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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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RVA Beer Explorer: Stouts, Pizza, FeedMore, and a Moving Shamrock




Stout Month at Starr Hill Richmond Beer

I’m late to the stout party here but there is still a week left to get your stout at Starr Hill

Love is in the air – AND on tap! 💘 Starr Hill is sharing the love all month long with the perfect pair: beer + chocolate 🍫 Enjoy our Stout Month flight with a special box of chocolate candy—buy one, get one flight HALF OFF only on Tues. Feb. 14th for Valentine’s Day!
❤️ Why Wait Snickers Stout
❤️ Ever Given Foreign Export Stout
❤️ You Oatta Know Oatmeal Stout
❤️ Chonkyfire Cherry Cordial Stout
🍫 Stout Month Flight 🍫
feat. each of the above beers paired with a special chocolate:
🍫 Oatmeal Stout with a maple buttercream
🍫 Foreign Export Stout with a coffee caramel
🍫 Snickers Stout with a peanut cluster
🍫 Cherry Cordial Stout with a chocolate-covered cherry

Ownby Lane Beer Crawl for Feedmore! at Castleburg and Hardywood
February 26th

Two breweries does not a crawl make but it’s for a great case so I’m posting about it. Get some beers and help out some folks.

Don’t have Sunday plans? Not sure what to do after brunch?
Come on over to Hardywood and Castleburg for a beer! Just a five minute walk apart, we’ll both be serving snacks and beer hopefully with weather good enough to hang outside!
We’ll be donating 10% of the day to FeedMore

Pizza Palace – Triple Crossing Downtown
February 26th

Talking with some of the folk that work here and they say it should be awesome. A great way to deal with a Sunday.

And the best pizza around is back. Welcome to Pizza Palace!!
On Sunday, February 26th, Triple Crossing – Downtown will be re-imagined as your go to by the Slice NY Style pizza palace.
Menu is as follows.
$4 House Salad
$4 Garlic Knots
$5 Cheese Slice
$6 Pepperoni Slice
-add Hot Honey for $1
48oz Pitchers:
$15 Falcon Smash
$12 Pathway Pils
Pizza Palace will be open from 12p – 8p.
All are welcomed.


Shamrock the Block is on the move. I avoid this festival but for those that enjoy you’ll be enjoying in a new spot over on Leigh Street between Movie Land and the Bon Secours Training facility. They’ve also announced the bands.


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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams Knockdown Fordham

VCU forced 22 turnovers and outscored Fordham 29-15 off miscues. The Black and Gold also owned a 42-20 scoring advantage in the paint.



Official VCU Game Summary

Score: VCU 80, Fordham 61
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 20-7 (11-3 Atlantic 10), Fordham 21-6 (9-5)
Attendance: 7,637 (Fourth consecutive sellout)

The short story:  Sophomore Nick Kern Jr. poured in a career-high 17 points and VCU forced 22 Fordham turnovers on the way to a Senior Day victory Saturday at the Siegel Center.


  • Kern scored eight of VCU’s first 11 points and finished 8-of-9 from the field
  • Junior guard Ace Baldwin Jr. scored 13 points and dished out 10 assists to record his second career double-double. He also grabbed six steals and four rebounds
  • Sophomore forward Jalen Deloach and redshirt sophomore guard Jamir Watkins added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Black and Gold
  • Will Richardson supplied Fordham with 21 points on 6-of-10 shootin from three


  • VCU forced 22 turnovers and outscored Fordham 29-15 off miscues. The Black and Gold also owned a 42-20 scoring advantage in the paint
  • VCU shot 51 percent (26-of-51) from the floor. Meanwhile, it also limited Fordham to 34 percent shooting (20-of-59) in the game
  • Kern keyed a 13-4 VCU run to start the game with a fast break layup and a dunk on the first two possessions of the contest
  • VCU held Fordham to 7-of-23 shooting in the first half on the way to a 37-24 halftime lead. Fordham never led and the lone tie came at 20-20 with 7:07 left in the first half. VCU would lead by as many as 24
  • VCU’s bench contributed 28 points


  • With six steals today and 170 in his career, Baldwin Jr. tied Doug Brooks for eighth all-time in VCU’s history Saturday
  • Baldwin’s 10 assists tied a career-high. It’s the third time he’s recorded double-digit assists in his career and the first time this season

The Rams hit the road for a matchup against Saint Joseph’s in Philadelphia, Pa. on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. That game will be streamed on ESPN+.

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RVA Beer Explorer: Queens of Pain and Three VD Markets

We took a little break but we’re back, cheers my fellow beer heads.




Starr Hill Spirit Night Queens of Pain at Starr Hill
February, 8th

Roller derby is cool and drinking beer while supporting local roller derby is the coolest.

Starr Hill and River City Roller Derby present…. QUEENS OF PAIN.
Join RCRD for an evening at Starr Hill Richmond Beer Hall & Rooftop. $1 from every pint sold between 4pm and 9pm will be donated to the league. Non-alcoholic beverages are available for our sober friends and supporters.
7pm we will showing the documentary Queens of Pain on Starr Hill’s big ole projector.
Since this event is leading up to Valentine’s Day, we will have an opportunity for electronic donations in exchange for a Valentine from your friendly neighborhood derby team

Buzzzzz Market at 2004 Dabney Rd
February, 11th

The event will be showing off local makers of the craft and beer/mead variety. The first description is from Capsoul Collective and obviously focused on the beers they’ll be slinging. The second is from the official event page, linked above.

Pull up with Capsoul THIS Saturday, 2/11, for the re-up only we could provide. We’ll be at the Buzzz Market with @blackheathmeadery from 12p – 5p serving up two new releases.
Imprint 🗿
Dry hopped with a heavy dose of El Dorado, Cashmere and Exp 158, Imprint, our Double IPA boasts impressions of soft stone fruit with a finishing indentation of intense citrus and dank pineapple. The nose is like diced pineapples 👌
Night is Dark 🌌
Drinking as easy as, well, the Night is Dark, this 5.5% dark lager gives impressions of lightly roasted coffee beans with a beautiful milk sweetness, all of this is rounded out by notes of bitter, dark chocolate. Night is Dark finishes very light.
📍Buzzzz Market/ 2004 Dabney Rd


Inaugural RVA focused crafters market. Let’s promote our wares in a chill space, with mead for sale during the event.
Vendors include:
Boho Bota –
Capsoul Collective
Colin Plouffe –
Davideatin –
Diego Cusano –
Down By The Creek LLC –
Jayne Heffner – crochet
Jenny Jones – Resting Bear Holistic Solutions
Natasha Crawford – Healing Hope Urban Gardens
Nick Vaughan –
Rayna Liddell (Wyld Faebles) –
Thomas Glazier –
TJ Krivanec – Woodworking, Furniture, Glass
Tre Artz –

Valentines Weekend Brunch & Market at Triple Crossing (Midlothian)
February, 11th

We don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in this house but we do drink beer and eat so we’re down with this event.

On February 11th, 2023, Triple Crossing Midlothian will host another outdoor market, weather permitting, as well as a special Brunch menu.
The market will be from 12p to 4p, with Brunch being served from 11a to 3p.

Brunch Menu ⬇️
Sun dried Tomato Frittata with spinach & feta plated with a wild berry parfait, hashbrowns and a biscuit.
Maple Sausage Frittata with cheddar cheese plated with your choice of bacon or sausage, hashbrowns, and a biscuit.
Avocado Toast with everything bagel seasoning & sprouts
Brunch Pizza, egg based, topped with sausage, bacon, caramelized onions and spinach.
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Cinnamon Rolls

Valentine’s Day Market at Veil (Forest Hill Ave)
February, 11th

Love and beer are in the air south of the river.

Ooh la la Veil-entines Day is approaching y’all, come out to our Valentine’s Day market February 11th from 12-4pm in Forest Hill.💓
💋 Mimosas will be served, will be firing up some 🌮 and the beer will be juicy!😘
💖Shop with these sweet vendors:💞
See ya there! 😍


It’s nice to get the background on one of the local brew master powerhouses and the creation of Gingerbread Stout


In 2011, I created the RVA IPA using local hops and that recipe went into our Farmhouse Pumpkin beer, which is still a staple today. We then moved on to our base single and experimented with batches that incorporated cocoa, coffee, and vanilla. Suddenly, Bill Cox from Castleman Farms came in with a big bunch of ginger and asked if we could do anything with it. He was trying to find restaurants in Richmond that could use it. This ginger had big green stalks that were four feet tall, and the root has “hands” that were in the ground. It was baby ginger, meaning the translucent flesh was edible without peeling the outer skin. So he presented this to us and we were grinding our gears when Eric McKay came up with this idea, how do we integrate gingerbread? There wasn’t a gingerbread stout out there in the market — it had never been done before and we still consider our gingerbread stout, the original gingerbread stout.


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