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RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

We pick five out of the approximately 10,000 beer-related events going this week and add a little dash of beer news that you might have missed.





Beer & Wine Classic, Friday, Maymont

I would rename this the Beer, Wine, Goat, Bear & Victorian Mansion Classic. There is a reason folks like me aren’t asked to name things like this and the reason is it’s too much awesome sauce.

Presented by Genworth Financial and Altria Group

Raise a glass to celebrate the Beer & Wine Classic at Maymont, hosted by the Dooley Noted Society! Guests can sample some of Virginia’s finest beverages from local breweries and wineries, all while enjoying delicious food and live music from Three Sheets To The Wind | America’s #1 tribute to Yacht Rock.

Breweries and wineries on tap for this year’s event are:
Alewerks Brewing Company
Barboursville Vineyards
Big Fish Cider, Co
Bingo Beer Co
Black Heath Meadery
Blue Bee Cider
Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery
Bold Rock Hard Cider & Brewery
Canon & Draw Brewing Company
Castleburg Brewery and Taproom
Garden Grove Brewing & Urban Winery
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Horton Vineyards
James River Cellars Winery
Kindred Spirit Brewing
Legend Brewing Company
Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
Saude Creek Vineyards
Starr Hill Brewery
Steam Bell Beer Works
The Virginia Beer Company
Trussings Craft Fizz
Valley Road Vineyards

Participants must be 21 years old or older. Tickets are $40; Maymont members receive a discount.**

Please note, there are no sales vendors or booths at this event.

**Will receive promo code via email this year

Derby Day Pre-Party – Friday, Hardywood (Ownby Lane)

Not entirely sure what races they’re talking about but let’s be honest we’re only going for the derby hat contest and the beer.

5 races, 5 opportunities for your horse to win!

We’ll have raffle prizes, derby hat contest, food from Charm City Crab Cakes RVA, and our beer.

Want your own horse? Buy the right to name one of the racers, all proceeds benefit US Equine Rescue League: RVA.

Wear your fanciest hat, bet on the horses, win big!

The mission of the US Equine Rescue League is to save, protect, and rehabilitate equines in need. We rescue abused, neglected, or abandoned equines; provide them with care and rehabilitation; and finally find them a compatible, loving home. We believe that education is the long-term solution to improving the lives of equines.

Barkitecture 2019 – Saturday, Ardent

This brewery has gone to the dogs for a good cause.

Barkitecture is back for it’s third year! Join the Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers for a day of paws and pints and help us raise money for some animals in need!

Come by to see custom built dog houses and kitty condos designed by local creatives, designers and architects and vote for your favorite.

There will also be food trucks, face-painting, a pet photo booth, games and raffles! Fun for the whole family, including the fur-babies.

A percentage of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the a local animal shelter.

May the 4th be with you!

Interested in submitting a design?

Early bird entry fees (between now and March 30th):
Youth – $30
Adult – $100

Entry fees (after March 30th):
Youth – $40
Adult – $125

General entry tickets are free!

Or the VIP experience is available for $25 – get two drink tickets, insider information and a pet themed swag bag!

Interested in sponsoring or donating to this event? Visit the eventbrite link above and click on the tickets button. For more information about sponsorship email [email protected]

Dock Party – Saturday, Tabol Brewing

Don’t go expecting boats and such. Go for the live music performed on a loading dock turned stage and a parking lot full of fun.

Saturday May 4 we will celebrate Quattro de Cinco by hosting our first outdoor event of many, the party’s in Northside with a jammin’ ‘Dock Party’ at our home on 704 Dawn st! Live, all original local RVA tunes/ ~4pm BILLY NEPTUNE ~515pm SLEAVE ~ 630pm KEITH YETTER BAND/ straight from our loading dock, our OG rockstar food trucks Retun of the Mac and Hollywood Cheesesteak serving the dankness / vendors / plus some surprise contests free high fives! ✌🏽🥳🍻🎧😻

Sour & Wild Beer Festival – Saturday, Strangeways

I don’t know if it’s a festival if you’re the only brewery but I’m not going to argue the point too heavily when the brewery is releasing 12 new beers.

Join us on Saturday, May 4th for our Take a Walk on the Wild Side – Sour & Wild Beer Festival featuring over TWELVE new Strangeways beer releases!

We’ll be featuring some oldies but goodies and new beers that have been consistently HUGE crowd favorites. We’ll be updating you on the list ASAP! But we promise it’ll be any Sour and/or Wild beer fan’s “wildest” dream!

We will have Land of Saffron cooking paella outside starting at 12 PM and The Grate Cheesini here with grilled cheese at 1 PM!


Craft Beer & Brewing – Breakout Brewer: Triple Crossing Brewing Company

Possibly the best quote ever from a local brewer.

“Like a lot of guys in the industry right now, I was a longtime homebrewer who probably got told incorrectly that his beers were so good he should sell them to people. It was a terrible way to go about opening a brewery without having any commercial experience before,” says Triple Cossing’s Cofounder and Head Brewer Jeremy Wirtes.

His path to professional brewer aside, Wirtes is a humble yet ambitious brewer who, alongside partners Adam Worcester and Scott Jones, launched the small but potent brewery back in 2014.




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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RVA Beer Explorer 5/21

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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