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.
ONE LAST BEERSTAGRAM
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.
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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.
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.
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!
RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks 5/14
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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.
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 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.
Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O
RVA New York Style
The Irish Rover
Right On Time Mobile Diner
The Hungry Turtle Food Truck
RVA Street Foodies
King Of Pops – Richmond
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
Not local but big news as Sam Adams gobbles up Dogfish Head for $300 million.
RVA Beer Explorer Weekly Picks 5/7/19
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Dispatch Game Night – Tuesday (tonight), Three Notch’d RVA Collab House
It’s an escape room in a box and you can drink beer while escaping or not escaping depending on your skill and amount of beers consumed.
Dispatch by Breakout Games is hosting a game night at the RVA Collab House for people to come out and play our take home escape room boxes for free! See details below and check out posts on this page for more info as we get closer to the day!
Our game night is drawing closer and closer! As it bears down, here’s a little description of “I, Spy”, the series we’ll be playing at the game night!
“By some twist of fate you have been mistaken for the top secret agent known as Wolf. Now you’ve been sent an assignment to stop the assassin known as The Raven from acquiring and using a nuclear device. You’ll track The Raven down with the help of a mysterious friend and use spy craft to ultimately sabotage the nuclear threat. Can you track down The Raven in time?”
Garden Pawty Adoption Event – Saturday, Lunch & Supper
Come for breakfast, leave with a puppy.
Please join us & Richmond SPCA on May 11th, from 11a-2p in the Beer Garden at Lunch. | Supper!
Ardent, Bingo Beer Co, and Courthouse Creek will be joining us with local brews, giveaways and of course, there will be dogs EVERYWHERE! As most of you know, we love animals so much and are so excited to partner with the Richmond SPCA in hopes of helping get these awesome pups their forever home!
We will be serving family style BBQ plates (VEGAN FRIENDLY!!) for $9 and will be featuring a super exclusive cider from Courthouse Creek made just for us! There may or may not be Frosé, too.
Legends of the James, A Whitewater Family Reunion – Saturday, Legend Brewing
Our city is famous for whitewater running down the middle. This event is to collect the history of the sport. Even if you don’t have something to contribute it’s a great opportunity to meet other paddlers.
Whitewater paddling has a long and storied history in Richmond, Virginia. Folks in our community have regularly paddled downtown for over 30 years, and continue to do so. Join us to share these stories and to hear them for the first time.
HOW TO BE INVOLVED:
1. Paddle! Join us at noon at 14th street to set shuttle (WHOLE RIVER!) with assistance from RVA Paddlesports.
2. Submit photos, videos, and priceless paddling artifacts from the ages to [email protected] Even better, bring prints to the party! We’ll have tables set up in the downstairs of Legend, divided by decade. Please label your prints and priceless paddling artifacts so that they come back to you.
3. Reach out to old paddling friends and encourage them to attend!
Day Drink’n Festival – Saturday, Kindred Spirit
The name really says it all and is really what most festival truly are about.
Friends, family and neighbors join us for the
1st Annual Day Drink’n Festival Celebrating Richmond’s Beer, Wine & Cider @ Kindred Spirit Brewing.
We will have 5 breweries, a winery, & cidery onsite.
Games, games & more games will be setup: Cornhole, Ping Pong, Big Jenga, Giant beer pong, Life size connect four & more…
Jadean’s Smokin’ Six O food truck will be serving up awesome food starting at 1pm.
Mike Lucci Band will take the stage at 5pm.
This is a FREE event to attend don’t miss the fun.
Mother’s Day Burlesque Brunch with Butchertown Burlesque – Sunday, Hardywood (Ownby Lane)
For the right type of mother, this could be a great time. It could also be a great time for you if it makes your mother uncomfortable but that wouldn’t be very nice on her “day”.
Treat your mama right this Mother’s Day with a classic vintage burlesque show complete with LIVE band and brunch with Butchertown Burlesque! Embark on a journey through the retro decades swin’ jazz from Charlottesville’s Zuzu’s Hot 5 while stripteasing sirens, Deanna Danger, Venessa Chevelle and Empress D’Naste tease and delight in an immersive, speakeasy setting.
Ages 21+ only
Limited tickets are available for this one-of-a-kind show!!
GENERAL ADMISSION (Seating 11:30am)
Admission includes a drink ticket, a cluckin’ good Chicken n’ Waffle meal from Mean Bird (veg options available), and entry into the sassiest soiree you can treat the lady in your life to.
VIP ADMISSION (Seating 11am)
Includes everything listed above as well as 30-minute advance seating. Come early for the best spots in the house!
$28 GA –
Tickets at the door: