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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!


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