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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks 4/16/19

If you’re a parent you’ve got eggs to hide this weekend. We’ve got all the hidden beer events for you adults to find.




Tech on Tap – Thursday, Ardent

Talk tech over a beer or two with fellow techies.


Join the Richmond Technology Council for Tech on Tap at Ardent Craft Ales! Network, enjoy a free beer and engage with the rvatech community!

Sponsored by: Flexential

Inaugural Easter Keg Hunt in Ashland – Saturday, Origin Beer Lab

The Easter Bunny has been dabbling in a little steroid use and beer drinking. No longer hiding eggs he’s moved on to kegs. We all win.

Forget Easter eggs, Ashland, Virginia businesses are planning an Easter Keg Hunt to celebrate the Easter holiday! Origin Beer Lab has teamed up with the Ashland Main Street Association to host the Inaugural event downtown on Saturday, April 20th. Local businesses have decorated Easter Kegs to hide them around downtown Ashland for a family-friendly and fun-filled afternoon.

How it works

Pick up a free Easter Keg Passport at Origin Beer Lab starting at 1pm on April 20th. Roam around the designated “hiding” area and find all the colorful Easter Kegs. Each keg will have a bright green tag with a serial number on it. Write down the serial number next to the business the keg represents (the business name will also be on the back of the green tag).  In addition to finding the kegs, participants can vote for their favorite Easter Keg to crown one businesses with the first “Golden Egg” trophy. Turn in your completed card to Origin Beer Lab for a free (kid friendly) treat and automatic entry to win the grand prize of a “We are Ashland” Easter basket valued at over $200.

Want to get a sneak peek of the kegs? Check out these businesses prior to the event: Ashland Theatre, The Caboose Market & Cafe, Trackside Grill, Refunkit, Center of the Yarniverse, Jake’s Place, Gotta Have It Gifts of Ashland, The Railside Law Group, Ashland Coffee & Tea, Luck Chevrolet, and Jersey Mike’s Subs.

Event details can be found here.

RVA Field Day & Beer Festival – Saturday, City Stadium

All sorts of fun outdoor activities will be going down at City Stadium and you’ll be able to sample beers from a ton of great breweries. Tickets get you in the gate and unlimited samples of beer and cider.

Come be a part of RVA’s newest favorite event!

Join us for an amazing day of Beer, Music, Sports, Food and Fun! The gates open at 11:00 AM so come early and stay late to enjoy all the day has to offer! Last call is 4:30 PM and taps will close at 5:00 PM.

Tickets for UNLIMITED sampling and access to ALL Field Day Events are only $30 in advance, or $40 at the door! Designated Driver tickets are available for a reduced rate of $20.

This is a 21 and up event; ID’s will be required at check-in.

We will have craft brewers from all over the region sampling some of their award winning beers.

Live Music performance by Jack Ryan & other local RVA musicians!

Please remember to drink responsibly…and plan ahead if you need a place to stay or a ride home for the evening.

Featured Field Day Sporting Events: Target Football, Wiffleball, Hula-Hoop Obstacle Course, Wood Slat Relay Race, Dizzy Bat Relay, Bouncy Ball Race, Tricycle/Small Bike Relay Rally, Corn-Hole, Frisbee Toss, Flip Cup Tournaments, Bean Bag Ladder, Watergun cup races, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect4, Spikeball, Giant Beer Pong, Laddar Ball, Minute-to-win-it contests, Shuffle Board and MUCH MUCH MORE!

This inaugural RVA Field Day will feature the following breweries: Wicked Weed, Marathon Brewery 26.2, Truly, Twisted Tea, Legend, Lickinghole Creek, Strangeways, Devils Backbone, Starr Hill, Steam Bell, Three Notch’d, Hardywood, Ardent Craft Ales, Bold Rock Hard Cider, PBR, Bingo Brewery, Allagash, Sweet Water, Founders & Firestone Walker!

RVA Food Trucks: Boka Taco, The Hungry Turtle, Happy Empanada, Buffalo Wild Wings, Sweet ‘N Sassy BBQ, Curbside Creations, Four Brothers Bistro, The Grapevine, & Papa Johns.

Area Vendors attending: Lisa’s Corn Hole Bags, Pop Pop’s Kettle Corn, Saturday Shoppin, Richmond Window Corp, & MORE!

Thank you to our sponsors:River City Sports & Social Club, Fruit Fixed, Tang & Biscuit, Boston Beer Co., Wicked Weed, Lidl, 103.7 Play, Coca-Cola, Powerade, Richmond Kickers, Mosquite Authority, Papa Johns, Stony Point Fashion Park, Better Med Urgent Care, and more TBA!

And, Our RVA Bar Partners: Citizen Burger Bar, Lady N’awlins, F.W. Sullivan’s, Boulevard Burger & Brew, Pizza and Beer of Richmond, Babe’s of Carytown, World of Beer, Pies & Pints, River City Roll, Industrial Taphouse, Kreggers at Hand, Home Team Grill & MORE TBA!

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2nd Annual Mushroom Mania – Saturday, Champion Brewing

I’ve never been called a fun guy but I’m certainly no fungus. If you’re into the fungi and beer head downtown on Saturday.

A celebration of the mysterious marvel- MUSHROOMS! Join us at Champion Brewing RVA for a day of fun fungi presentations, workshops, film screening, craft market and MORE!

TICKETS: $10 advance / $15 door

-Tom Dadant, Host Defense, Educator and herbal story teller.
-Charlie Aller and Nina O’Malley, Mush Luv,
-Brett Nobile – Ninja Kombucha

– Basic Skills for Meeting Mushrooms – Hosted by Mush Luv. Info and resources on ID in the classic taxonomic sense. More info TBA.

The Last Season: Documentary Film
Not Rated | 1h 18min | Documentary | Director: Sara Dosa
In search of the lucrative matsutake mushroom, two former soldiers discover the means to gradually heal their wounds of war. Roger, a self-described ‘fall-down drunk’ and sniper in Vietnam, and Kouy, a Cambodian refugee who fought the Khmer Rouge, bonded in the bustling tent-city known as Mushroom Camp, which pops up each autumn in the Oregon woods. Their friendship became an adoptive family; according to a Cambodian custom, if you lose your family like Kouy, you must rebuilt it anew. Now, however, this new family could be lost. Roger’s health is declining and trauma flashbacks rack his mind; Kouy gently aids his family before the snow falls and the hunting season ends, signaling his time to leave.

Go Go Vegan Go, Gnarly Girls Baking Co. and Champion Brewing RVA

Vendor Application:
The capital city’s finest vendors and weirdos offer their wares and special mushroom-centric products and crafts.

PINTS & PIPES – Saturday, Shiplock Brewing

I’ll be honest I was hoping it was bagpipes but it’s the smoking pipes. Still a good time.

ShipLock Brewing presents its first annual Pints & Pipes! Here is a list of the following vendors that will be joining us for the party:

Live special performance from Space Koi from 4pm until 8pm.
DJ_J3RM_rva will then be spinning from 9pm until 1am
Glass blowing demonstration by Mitch Petersen from MAPglass starting at 4pm. MAPglass will also be holding two raffles for his glassware, each raffle item will include a Belgian-style glass and shot glass custom blown by Mitch himself. Raffle tickets will be $5.00 each.
Green House Glass will also be in attendance with a variety of products available for purchase.
Melissa Hester from Oils + Ales will be making an appearance with a variety of CBD products for both people and pets.
Boka Tako Truck will be here serving up some of the best street tacos RVA has to offer.
Last but not least Dr. Stoner’s Herb Flavored Spirits will be here featuring a few of their amazing spirits and cocktails for the event.

Don’t miss out on all the fun!!


Northern Equinox Release – Thursday, Väsen

Celebrate the glorious Richmond spring with our newest dry-hopped hazy IPA. Mosaic, Citra, Ekuanot, and Galaxy hops contribute complementary flavors and aromas of mango, citrus, and passionfruit to this complex and extremely hoppy brew. Hoppy, hazy, and delicious.

Brown Sugar Porter & Honey Wheat – Friday & Saturday, Intermission

Did you miss our Brown Sugar Porter the first go round? Your chance is back! Re-releasing Friday, April 19th at 4:00: our Brown Sugar Porter has a dark, roasty malt with a medium body and hints of molasses. 5.4% ABV

Releasing on Saturday: Honey Wheat!
Honey Wheat Ale is brewed with Wildflower Honey and Virginia- grown red wheat. 5.8% ABV.
Courtney brewed this in collaboration with Pink Boots Society – DC Chapter! $1 of each full pour sold will be donated to the Pink Boots Society, a non-profit organization with international membership which supports women working in the brewing profession, especially in creating craft beer.

Rye-Fer Madness West Coast Rye IPA Release – Friday, Three Notch’d RVA Collab House

This Friday, April 19, is the release of “Rye-Fer Madness,” a West Coast Rye IPA! It’s a collaboration with Virginia NORML and Three Notch’d RVA Collab House Head Brewer Willey Broaddus.

“Rye-Fer Madness” West Coast Rye IPA
ABV: 7.3%
IBU: 60

From Three Notch’d: “Happy 4/20 everyone! Along with Virginia NORML, we present to you “Rye-fer Madness”, a dank west Coast Style Rye IPA. Virginia NORML is a non-profit organization that provides a voice for marijuana law reform to help establish regulated medical and adult-use production and sales for a safer Commonwealth. Hops are related to marijuana (both get their aroma from Terpenes) and we packed this beer to get that full aroma and taste. A heavy Citra, CTZ, Chinook and Amarillo dry hop schedule to cover several specific Terpenes: Limonene (citrus), Pinene (piney), Linalool (floral) and Humulene (typical hop aroma). Rye was chosen as the base to give it a peppery, dry background to help simulate the dank taste of your favorite strain.”

In addition to the beer release, Three Notch’d will be hosting CHUPACABRAS, an amazing, funky, afro-beat band. They play at 7!




Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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RVA Beer Explorer: Unhappy Hour, Pups and Pints, Space Jam, Castleburg turns 6




Poe Museum Unhappy Hour
May 26th, 6 PM,

Music by the Embalmers, drinking, two cats and surrounded by Poeness.

Wasn’t last week at the #poemuseum #unhappyhour fun??? Wanna do it again??? Well now, YOU CAN!!! Your fave fezheads are getting back to the garden in just a few short weeks for the May Unhappy Hour on Thursday, May 26th starting at the civilzed hour of 6pm!!!
What craaaazy hi-jinks will we get up to? What new tricks will we have up our well-tailored yet tasteful sleeves? Will we be debuting some new tunes for you???
Only way to find out the answers to these mysteries is to come to the Unhappy Hour to see and hear for yourselves!!!

Pups & Pints Summer Kick Off with Väsen Brewing Benefitting RAL at Ellwood Thompson’s
May 26th, 5:30-7:30

Drink some beer, pet some dogs, graze on snacks, buy some groceries all in one convenient spot.

This season’s first Pups & Pints is going to be a big one as we celebrate the warm weather and longer days. We are ready to start summer a few weeks early on our patio with Väsen Brewing Company & RAL!

Be ready to steal the pint to raise money for Richmond Animal League while enjoying the company of your furry friends and the smooth melodies of Justin Golden.
Väsen will be joining us on the patio to talk about their beers & there may even be a few adoptable dogs there too if you’re looking to add a four-legged companion to your family!
Festivities will start at 5:30 and will include a dog treat raffle benefitting RAL, doggie pools, treats, beers, music & more!
Of course your friendly dogs are invited (and encouraged to come!). There will be a fair amount of dogs and activities happening on our patio, so please ensure your dog will not be over stimulated and reactive. We want this to be fun for everyone!

While this event is focused on beer & dogs, all ages are welcome to come hang out! We will have non-alcoholic drinks available for purchase as well, along with plenty of snacks and food throughout the store!

Cinema by the Creek: Space Jam! at Hardywood Westcreek
May 27th, 8-10 PM

Don’t worry it’s the old Space Jam! not that new abomination. That’s all Folks.

Cinema by the Creek is back for the 2022 season and we’re kicking things off with 90’s sports classic throwback, Space Jam.
Swackhammer (Danny DeVito), an evil alien theme park owner, needs a new attraction at Moron Mountain. When his gang, the Nerdlucks, heads to Earth to kidnap Bugs Bunny (Billy West) and the Looney Tunes, Bugs challenges them to a basketball game to determine their fate. The aliens agree, but they steal the powers of NBA basketball players, including Larry Bird (Larry Bird) and Charles Barkley (Charles Barkley) — so Bugs gets some help from superstar Michael Jordan (Michael Jordan).
This is a free and family-friendly event! Join us on the West Creek lawn for a fun evening of an outdoor movie paired with a great beer!
WC FOOD TRUCK: 1. Smokery Pl.

Castleburg’s Sixth Anniversary!!
May 28th, 2-10 PM

This is a brewery I don’t give enough credit to. Their beer has steadily improved and they host a ton of local groups. Great to see them hit their 6th Anniversary.

We’re turning six!!! Come celebrate the entrance into this new year of Castleburg Brewery with us!

-We’re bringing back our Six Fingered Man Sour Ale w/ Blackberry and Lime! Get it? Six Year Anniversary? Six Fingered Man? We think we’re clever.
*Six Fingered Man is heavy on the malted wheat and a big helping of milk sugar giving this 3.3% ABV sour a full body. Our signature kettle souring technique and the addition of both blackberry and lime provides an approachable tartness and fruity finish. Prepare to… drink.*

-We will also have cider! Our friends over at Old Town Cidery of Winchester, VA will have their Pippin hard cider on! This cider is a single varietal of the Ablemarle Pippin, an apple grown by Thomas Jefferson. More of a fine wine, with a sharp, dry finish. 6.9% ABV

-Big Fundamental will be performing in the taproom at 7pm, with Midnite Taxi and Whitney & the Saying Goes


Seems like this would be a no-brainer but I guess it needs to be said out loud.

Maybe Don’t Use Serial Killers in Your Craft Beer Marketing – The TakeOut

Dahmer, Kemper, Gacy, and Ramirez collectively killed at least 80 people. The horrors they committed are only a generation behind us—Kemper is still alive in prison in California—and victims’ families are constantly retraumatized by the continued commodification of these killers’ likenesses. To take these figures’ legacies of violence, sanitize them, strip them of context, and turn a profit is to delegitimize the suffering they’ve caused.

Beyond these very good reasons to not use a serial killer’s face to sell any product, craft beer has all the more reason to avoid this kind of marketing. This is an industry that, exactly a year ago, experienced a large-scale reckoning where dozens of people came forward with stories of sexual misconduct and abuse. The Murder Box stands as a signal that, despite any progress made in the past year, there are still sections of the beer industry that remain untouched and unconcerned.




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RVA Beer Explorer: Burlesque, Crates, Summer Moon Music Fest, Sun Crushing




Burlesque Right Meow at Strangeways
May 13th, 9 PM, $12-$20

Kickoff your weekend watching beautiful folks kickoff their clothing.

Come out this Friday for another Pours and Pasties at Strangeways Brewing!

⬇️⬇️⬇️Tickets below ⬇️⬇️⬇️

CRATES at Triple Crossing Fulton
May 14th, 12-6 PM

If you’re a cool kid and have one of those record-playing thingies you need to head over to Fulton. You can get giant musical discs and beer.

CRATES is back at Triple Crossing- Fulton! Over 25 tables of records of all genres, DJ sets all day and of course, Beer. Admission is free.

8th Annual Summer Moon Music Festival at Center of the Universe
May 14th & 15th, 12-8 PM

There are a ton of bands. There has gotta be someone you like.

🎶🌛After a two year hiatus, Summer Moon Music Festival is back!!!🌛🎶

If you like live music, helping charitable organizations, or both, this is the weekend you’ve been waiting for.
This 2-Day long festival is a battle of the bands for charity and features 21 local bands who will be taking the stage to battle it out for their organization of choice. To accompany the bands, there will be food trucks and two draft beer stations, so you won’t have to worry about lines to get a delicious cold one.

We are excited to welcome the Summer Moon Music Festival back to our Biergarten, and with it comes our oh-so-refreshing Summer Moon Imperial Wheat Ale. Brewed with fresh lemon zest and hundreds of pounds of raspberries, this big beer brings tons of tangy fruit flavor!

Momma’s BBQ will be here all day Saturday, and Legendary Provisions and Freekin’ Rican will be here on Sunday. Come hungry, these trucks won’t let you down!

As always, this event is FREE, RAIN or SHINE event! Supervised, well behaved children and dogs on leashes are welcome to attend the festivities!

Suncrush Crushfest 2022 at Hardywood Westcreek
May 14th, 12-10 PM

Don’t try to actually crush the sun. First off it’s too far away and second, it’s way too hot. You’ll burn your fingers. The final reason for not crushing the sun is you don’t want to piss off Huitzilopochtli the Aztec God of war, sun, human sacrifice, and the patron of the city of Tenochtitlan.

Crushfest 2022 is back! Welcome warm weather and days spent outdoors with Suncrush at Hardywood West Creek Crushfest.
We will have a full day with:
🥏 Outdoor games
🚐 Food Trucks featuring Grandpa Eddie’s + Slideways + Dominion Dogs + Jiji Frozen Custard
🎤 Music all day
☀️Adaptive demos with Beyond Boundaries – learn more about this awesome non-profit here:
Music Line-Up
*Elby Brass: 12:30-1:30pm
*The Embalmers: 2-3pm
*Mother’s Little Helpers (Rolling Stones tribute): 3:30-4:30pm
*Green River (CCR tribute): 5-6pm
*Hot Legs (Tina Turner tribute): 6:30-7:30pm
*Sky Dog (Allman Brothers Tribute): 8-10pm
Hope to see you ready and #suncrushingit


Lilly Pad permit would limit live music volume, hours at Varina venue – Richmond BizSense

A provisional-use permit proposed for the restaurant and the larger Kingsland Marina would limit live music to certain hours and decibel levels, among other conditions that county staff is recommending after determining that the expanded restaurant had outgrown the parameters of a previous permit.

Three Notch’d Brewing to spill into adjacent space in Scott’s Addition – Richmond BizSense

Three Notch’d Brewing Co. is planning to expand its space at 2930 W. Broad St. to include the addition of a restaurant, according to documents filed with the city. The extra room came available after two adjacent spaces were recently left vacant by Red Goat Pizza and Richmond Wine Station.




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RVA Beer Explorer: Dandies, Burlesque, Mom, Ukraine

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend and nothing says, “I love ya Ma” like hitting up a brewery.




Vagabond Dandies at Bingo Beer
May 5th, 7:30 PM

I know recommending anything beer, related taking place on Cinco de Mayo is a crapshoot. I’m confident that this is a solid bet and there won’t be anyone from Bingo dressed in culturally inappropriate garb.

Earth’s Mightiest Burlesque Show at Center of the Universe
May 5th, 7-8:30 PM, $15 in advance, $20 at door

Earth’s Mightiest Burlesque Show is a bold statement. Head over and make sure they aren’t fibbing.

Greetings, true believers! Making May MARVELous, Ellie Quinn Presents has assembled a team of heroic and villainous burlesque performers to pay tribute to Earth’s Mightiest!
Diving into the deepest depths of nerdlesque, Earth’s Mightiest Burlesque Show is going to offer a unique blend of storytelling with tantalizing performances by some of the most colorful characters. Aiming to tease, tantalize, and tremor every bone in your body, this will be one crossover event that will make you shout “excelsior”, all live in the round of the intimate COTU event space!

Ellie Quinn
Empress de Naste
Poppy la Fae
Santobella Spark
Scarlet Starlet
Center of the Universe Brewery
11293 Air Park Dr
Ashland VA 23005
Doors 6:30pm Show 7pm

Ages 21 and up

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door

Brunch for a Queen – Mother’s Day Drag Brunch at Hardywood (Richmond)
May 1st, 12 PM, $15

This event is guaranteed to be a drag.

Celebrate the queens in your life with a Mother’s Day Drag Brunch at Hardywood Richmond!
Expect a Sunday Funday filled with:
👑 Drag performances from Michelle Livigne and more
🍻 Ticket includes one drink
🍕 Brunch specials from the Hardywood Pizza Kitchen
🎟 Doors and brunch ordering start at 11am, show start at 12pm
🎉 Fun for all ages
A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Free Mom Hugs. To learn more visit


How these Richmond craft breweries are supporting Ukraine through beer – RTD

After Russia invaded Ukraine, a Lviv craft brewery with the name of Pravda stopped making beer and started brewing Molotov cocktails.

Soon after, the brewer called on fellow brewers around the world to show solidarity with Ukraine by brewing one of Pravda’s beers for charity. Pravda, which is the Russian word for “truth,” made that possible by posting its recipes online.

Several Richmond craft breweries have joined the “Brew for Ukraine” initiative, which aims to raise money for humanitarian relief through sales of the beer and to call attention to the plight of Ukrainians.




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