RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks

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.




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