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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’s Last Call

The RVA Beer Explorer is sailing off into the sunset but hopefully, you’ll like its fuzzy replacement.




The RVA Beer Explorer is throwing in his beer-soaked towel. The number of breweries and the beer scene of Richmond is awesome. Over the years for health reasons (nothing dramatic just self-realization about my intake) I’ve become less and less part of that awesome beer scene. As a result, I don’t have the passion needed to keep writing about beer every week so it’s time to say goodbye. RVAHub will continue to cover the big beer events and they’ll show up in their respective neighborhood areas or on the main site. We wouldn’t want you to miss out on some of the more unique events that pop-up.

Later today I’ll launch my new weekly post Critters of the Week. It will feature a picture and information about a wild animal spotted in the RVA area and an animal up for adoption by SPCA or RACC.

To my loyal readers out there I thank you for spending time with me each week and putting up with my many, many typos.





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We’ve got the big Memorial Day weekend coming up which means for many an extra day to do stuff. Here is some of the stuff we think you should do.





Richmond Kickers Red Army Watch Party – Wednesday, Tabol Brewing

The Richmond Kickers are our local professional soccer team and the Red Army is the group of passionate fans that are at every home game and even a few of the away ones. The team is playing in Florida against Orlando City but the Red Army has a seat at the Tabol for a viewing.

Come out and hang out with Red Army for mid week game. Also The Rivercity 93 podcast will being fan interviews after the game so be ready to have some fun! You can check out the podcast on Twitter @rivercity93

Meet the Candidates (Richmond Area) – Thursday, Three Notch’d RVA Collab House

I would probably like more of the politicians if I met them over a beer or two. This week there is a chance to do exactly that. Even if you can’t make this event be sure to read up on your candidates and VOTE.

This November, Virginia will vote on all 100 House of Delegates seats and all 40 Senate seats. On June 11, many districts will hold primary elections to choose the party candidates.

🍻Join Virginia NORML at Three Notch’d RVA Collab House and hear the candidates’ positions on marijuana policies and criminal justice, and how they would work towards achieving common-sense law reforms for a safer Commonwealth. Refreshments will be provided.

CANDIDATES 👩🏽‍💼👨🏻‍💼👩🏼‍💼👨🏾‍💼
All candidates are welcome to participate in this Virginia NORML event and share their marijuana policy positions. Kindly RSVP to ​[email protected]​ with your candidate or surrogate’s information.

This event is free and open to the public. Virginia NORML relies on the generosity of grassroots support. Help make this a successful event with a donation via the “tickets” link.

Deadline to register to vote, or update an existing registration, is Monday, May 20, 2019.

Deadline to request an absentee ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Your request must be received by your Registrar by 5:00 p.m.

Deadline to vote in-person absentee is Saturday, June 8, 2019

Capsoul Hop Crawl: Brewery Tour & Tasting – Friday, Väsen

After doing these weekly post for several years it’s pretty cool to see a new take on the traditional brewery tour. Bravo Capsoul Collective. The picture is from Veil but this week the Collective is at Vasen.


If you’ve ever wanted to visit a brewery with a group of people that share in not only your love of craft beer, but dope music, vibes and conversation, then this is the Hop Crawl for you.
Join us at the intersection of craft & culture as we tour some of Richmond’s best and highly sought out breweries.

Your ticket will include:
– 4 Sample Beers
– Private Tours
– Guided tastings
– Curated Musical Playlists by the Capsoul Collective
– Knowledgable Crawl Guide

And just because we like to level up your experience, all beer will be available for purchase at a special discounted price. You’ll also receive a complimentary Capsoul glass during the tasting and a band signifying you’re with the crew.

Follow us on @wearecapsoul to stay up to date.

Artisan & Craft Market + Beer Release – Saturday, Isley

I’m always a fan of shopping and drinking. One tends to increase the other.

Saturday, May 25th, we’ll be joined by local vendors for Isley’s Artisan & Craft Market!

Craft Beer – Craft Vendors – Local Food – and More!

Whether your treating yourself, getting something for the house, or picking up a gift for someone else, Isley Brewing Company is the place to be on May 25th! See you there!

Jonny Z Fest 2019 – Sunday, Hardywood (Ownby Lane)

The yearly event to celebrate the life of Jonny Z is back.

JONNY Z FEST is in its 11th year, and we couldn’t be prouder to be part of this beautiful day celebrating the life of Jonny Zanin, a much-loved community activist who we lost far too early. In keeping with Jonny’s boundless energy for connection and mobilization of the creative spirit, the festival features local musicians, interactive art booths, play areas and kids’ projects, an amazing raffle, and the Bizarre Market, of course. Jonny was a champion of the market and organized market events for several years. Free to attend!





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Open Mic – Wednesday, Castleburg

Got a song in your heart and you want to let it out? Now’s your chance.

Take the spotlight & show everyone how talented you are!

Bring your guitars, keyboards, voices, ideas and crew! This is a supportive community of artists, and nothing is unwelcome here.

Hosted by Chuck Parker

Signups start at 6:00 PM, and we will start promptly at 6:30 PM

Every artist will get up to 20 minutes to show their stuff.

AUDIENCE: It’s your job to clap loudly, and reward these artists with praise, to include tips! They are not being paid to be here, so please bring cash to show your support.

Castleburg’s Taproom has a stage, speakers, sound board, and two mics. If you need additional equipment, please bring it, but we’d like for the turnaround to be quick, so please try and use what we have.

Stone Brewing Richmond 3rd Anniversary – Saturday, Stone Brewing

The plans for the Stone Bistro seem to have vanished into the ether but the brewing facility and tasting room are going strong. Celebrate their third year in our fair city.


The Stone Brewing Tap Room – Richmond is turning three, and what better way to celebrate than pouring unique variations, vintage releases, barrel-aged brews and other amazing Stone-crafted beers? Saucy’s BBQ will provide the grub to pair with our epic beer list, and we’ll have live music from 12-6pm.


Join our team for a behind-the-scenes look inside our brewing facility. This is a unique opportunity to hang out in the brewhouse and talk shop with our crew.

12:00pm – Addison Liming
3:15pm – Ol’ Riles Band

Stone Totalitarian Triple Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Totalitarian Espresso Imperial Russian Stout w/ Bourbon Oak
Stone Give Me Stout or Give Me Death
Stone Revengeful Spirit IPA
Beachwood / Stone BeachStone Brut IPA
Stone Barrel-Aged Milk Chocolate Porter
2012 Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
2013 Double Bastard Ale
2014 Stone Imperial Russian Stout
Stone ///Fear.Movie.Lions Double IPA
Stone Tropic of Thunder Lager
Enter Night Pilsner
Stone Barrel-Aged Imperial Saison w/ Peach
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA aged in Red Wine Barrels
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA aged in White Wine Barrels
Stone Mission Warehouse Sour – Strawberry & Sour Cherry
Stone Water Lily Sour
Stone Wazzle Barrel-Aged Sour
Double Bastard – Bigger, Longer, Uncut
Stone Borreo Gose w/ Boysenberry
Stone Jovian Orbit Double IPA
Stone Millennial Decay
Stone Titanic Tartistry
Stone White Geist Berliner Weisse
Stone IPA
Stone Delicious IPA
Stone Tangerine Express IPA
Stone Scorpion Bowl IPA

Brewing in Richmond: A History Tour – Saturday, Three Notch’d RVA Collab House

Richmond has a long history of beer. Learn about Scott’s Addition’s role in that history on Saturday.



Big News! New Tour!
Join Richmond Historic Haunts for the first run of Brewing in Richmond: Over 300 Years of Fermenting by the Falls of the James.
Richmond’s brewing scene today is just the latest chapter of our city’s history with fermented beverages.
During this afternoon walk through Scott’s Addition we will talk up Richmond’s boozy history over some modern RVA brews with stops at Bingo Beer Co, Buskey Cider & Three Notch’d RVA Collab House.
Tickets include one drink per stop and some light bites as we kick things off at Bingo.
This first run will be limited to only 15 tickets, so don’t wait to get yours or they might be gone!
Tickets for this 21 and over event are $50 (plus a small service fee) and include the previously noted drinks, food, and gratuities. Guests are welcome to purchase extra drinks and food (where available) at their discretion. All guests should partake and enjoy responsibly.


RVA Taco Festival – Sunday, Hardywood (Ownby Lane)

Taco cat is very pleased with this Sunday’s plan to serve up a bunch of tacos, beer and music.


In conjunction with RVA Taco Festival, we’re excited to announce RVA Taco Festival at Hardywood!

A food festival featuring everyone’s favorite food – the delicious and versatile taco.

We’ll have a variety of unique tacos from some of Richmond’s favorite food trucks and restaurants, Hardywood craft beers (including the return of Cream Ale with Salt & Lime!!!) and live music, all to benefit Safe Harbor!

FREE to attend, beer and tacos will be available for purchase.

Intergalactic Tacos
La Bête
Taco Club
Wigglestick Barbecue
Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O
RVA New York Style
The Irish Rover
Mean Bird
Taqueria Panchito
Right On Time Mobile Diner
The Hungry Turtle Food Truck
Dank Eats
RVA Street Foodies

King Of Pops – Richmond

Weekend Plans
Fallen Roads
Grayling Skyy

Shine Farms Market & CSA Pick Up – Sunday, Vasen Brewing Company

Eat your veggies young man or no beer for you.


Shine is offering produce this spring at two market sites and through Community Supported Agriculture, known as CSA, shares. Shine practices regenerative agriculture with a no-till system, allowing the soil’s microbiology to thrive. Shine produces chemical free, no-spray, nutrient dense food.

SIGN UP for a CSA share:

Shine Farms fresh markets and CSA pick-up sites May 11 through November 23 on:

Saturdays 9:00am – 1:00pm at Goatocado, 1823 West Main street, Richmond

Sundays 12:00pm – 3:00pm at Vasen, 3331 West Moore Street, Richmond



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