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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks 4/22

Spring is in the air and there is a spring in my step as I head out to all the local breweries.

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Richmond Symphony at West Creek – Wednesday, Hardywood (West Creek)

Get a side of culture with your beer. Hardywood West Creek has one of the best views for a brewery along with Lickinghole Creek, and Legend of course.

More room for more fun! Join the Richmond Symphony for an exciting concert at Hardywood West Creek. The Richmond Symphony will be collecting donations in support of our music education programs in Goochland County Public Schools.

More information here:
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Special Screening of “Straws” – Wednesday, Väsen

The way we humans treat the earth sucks. Learn about single-use plastics such as straws which also suck and alternatives that we can implement in our daily lives.

We are honored to work with a group of students that are striving to make a difference in our community and the environment. This student lead campaign is focusing on educating folks about single-use plastic and alternatives that we can implement in our daily lives.

“Straws” is a 32-minute-long and showcases the problems caused by plastic pollution and empowers individuals to be a part of the solution.

In addition to the film, students will engage with attendees and encourage them to sign a pledge to not use plastic straws.

Grab a beer, order up some delicious food from our Stella’s Grocery kiosk and enjoy a screening of “Straws.”


Veil 3rd Anniversary – Tue thru Sun, Veil Brewing

The hotness that is Veil is turning three this week and celebrating with all sorts of releases. Check out their event page for all the details.

We are totes amped to announce the dates for our 3rd anniversary week long rager!

This past year we pushed ourselves more than ever. We continue to be humbled by the love and support you all have given us! We can’t thank you guys enough and can’t wait for what year four has in store for us (including some new locations).

Starting April 23rd-April 28th we will be releasing a bunch of bottles/cans and draft as well as tapping a bunch of guest taps on Sunday April 28th from some buddiez. We will have some rad food from some of our food buddiez like Cobra Burger Intergalactic Tacos and The Highroller Lobster Co. We will be announcing more info about the beers and other details about the festivities over the course of the next few weeks. Stay tuned y’all! This anniversary is going to be bigger and better than ever!!!


Monthly Bottle Share – Thursday, Cannon & Draw

Get a taste of rare beer that a complete stranger brought. It’s much less creepy than it sounds. Trust me.

Join us at The Hop Craft Pizza & Beer with Canon & Draw Brewing Company Thursday, April 25th, for our monthly bottle share! Grab a beer, come grab some pizza, and let’s talk beers.

This month we’ll be mixing it up, and we’ll be doing a completely BLIND tasting of Richmond breweries popular or flagship IPAs. Doesn’t matter the sub style of IPA, just some of what Richmond has to offer! We’ve got a months worth of Richmond releases to pick up some fun ones.

Comment below what you want to bring and add to the blind tasting so nobody duplicates their offerings.

This will be an interesting one, and we’ll see you then!


Swine & Brine – Saturday, Ardent

The description says “celebration of pork, seafood, and of course, beer” I’m really not sure what more you need to know. It costs nothing to get in the door you just pay for what you want stuff into your mouth hole.

 

Swine & Brine is returning for a fifth annual celebration of pork, seafood, and of course, beer! Join us this Saturday for a local food feast, with a focus on oysters, pork dishes, and homemade sides, along with beer, cider, and prosecco.

Local restaurant lineup:
ZZQ: Housemade pork sausage over Boracho Beans
Saison: Pastrami pork ribs, pickled red cabbage & spicy Russian dressing
Rappahannock River Oysters, LLC: Oysters + crab cakes
Perch RVA: Filipino pork bbq skewers w/ soy, sugar cane vinegar & garlic
Southbound & Autumn Olive Farms: Ham salad w/ pork rinds + smoked pork w/ slaw & Duke’s mayo brioche
Oak & Apple brought to you by Postbellum: Red Fresno spare ribs, apple coleslaw w/ Alabama white sauce
Nightingale Ice Cream Sandwiches

We’ll have our full lineup of Ardent beers on tap, as well as Blue Bee Cider and Zardetto Prosecco.


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Sir Falstaff West Coast DIPA Beer Release – Saturday, Isley

As part of our Hops & Houses event on Saturday April 27, Isley Brewing Company will be releasing a new West Coast DIPA!

“Sir Falstaff”
West Coast DIPA
9.19% ABV
90 IBU

A pre Y2K IPA? With more clarity and a higher perceived butter character than the new school IPAs, this beer pours golden with a thick white head. The 90 IBUs slowly creep up behind a big, sweet malty backbone, and at over 9%ABV, this brew will remind you of where craft IPAs began!


Splashdown Double IPA – Friday, Final Gravity

Final Gravity’s newest Double IPA provides bursts of grapefruit, citrus, and resinous aromas and flavors from the copious amounts of Citra and Apollo hops but drinks so smooth with billowing waves of melon and lime. Splashdown lands at 8% ABV and will be available by the glass, growler, and Crowler.


A Hoppy Home VACU Release – Three Notch’d RVA Collab House, Friday

We’ve partnered with Three Notch’d Brewery on a collaboration beer to benefit Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity. Come out and enjoy a pint of A Hoppy Home; a New England IPA brewed in Richmond by the Three Notch’d RVA Collab House.

Stop by Three Notch’d RVA this Friday, April 26th and every Friday for New Releases from RVA Headbrewer Willey Broaddus and draft specials on those releases til 7pm.

Additionally Three Notch’d will be hosting their next Proceeds Night and for every pint sold of “A Hoppy Home” NEIPA on Friday, April 26th they will donate back $1 to Richmond Metropolitan Habitat For Humanity.

Check out the details on this week’s release:

“A Hoppy Home” NEIPA
ABV: 6.9%
IBU: 10
Collaboration with Virginia Credit Union to benefit Richmond Metropolitan Habitat For Humanity


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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.

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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.

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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.

SUPPORT OUR WORK💚💚
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.

VOTER REGISTRATION📝
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.

~~BREWHOUSE EXPERIENCE – 1pm – 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.

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

~~BEER LIST~~
Stone Totalitarian Triple Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
Stone Totalitarian Espresso Imperial Russian Stout w/ Bourbon Oak
Chips
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.

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

DESSERT
King Of Pops – Richmond

BANDS
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: http://shine.farm

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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