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RVA Beer Explorer: Burlesque, Crates, Summer Moon Music Fest, Sun Crushing




Burlesque Right Meow at Strangeways
May 13th, 9 PM, $12-$20

Kickoff your weekend watching beautiful folks kickoff their clothing.

Come out this Friday for another Pours and Pasties at Strangeways Brewing!

⬇️⬇️⬇️Tickets below ⬇️⬇️⬇️

CRATES at Triple Crossing Fulton
May 14th, 12-6 PM

If you’re a cool kid and have one of those record-playing thingies you need to head over to Fulton. You can get giant musical discs and beer.

CRATES is back at Triple Crossing- Fulton! Over 25 tables of records of all genres, DJ sets all day and of course, Beer. Admission is free.

8th Annual Summer Moon Music Festival at Center of the Universe
May 14th & 15th, 12-8 PM

There are a ton of bands. There has gotta be someone you like.

🎶🌛After a two year hiatus, Summer Moon Music Festival is back!!!🌛🎶

If you like live music, helping charitable organizations, or both, this is the weekend you’ve been waiting for.
This 2-Day long festival is a battle of the bands for charity and features 21 local bands who will be taking the stage to battle it out for their organization of choice. To accompany the bands, there will be food trucks and two draft beer stations, so you won’t have to worry about lines to get a delicious cold one.

We are excited to welcome the Summer Moon Music Festival back to our Biergarten, and with it comes our oh-so-refreshing Summer Moon Imperial Wheat Ale. Brewed with fresh lemon zest and hundreds of pounds of raspberries, this big beer brings tons of tangy fruit flavor!

Momma’s BBQ will be here all day Saturday, and Legendary Provisions and Freekin’ Rican will be here on Sunday. Come hungry, these trucks won’t let you down!

As always, this event is FREE, RAIN or SHINE event! Supervised, well behaved children and dogs on leashes are welcome to attend the festivities!

Suncrush Crushfest 2022 at Hardywood Westcreek
May 14th, 12-10 PM

Don’t try to actually crush the sun. First off it’s too far away and second, it’s way too hot. You’ll burn your fingers. The final reason for not crushing the sun is you don’t want to piss off Huitzilopochtli the Aztec God of war, sun, human sacrifice, and the patron of the city of Tenochtitlan.

Crushfest 2022 is back! Welcome warm weather and days spent outdoors with Suncrush at Hardywood West Creek Crushfest.
We will have a full day with:
🥏 Outdoor games
🚐 Food Trucks featuring Grandpa Eddie’s + Slideways + Dominion Dogs + Jiji Frozen Custard
🎤 Music all day
☀️Adaptive demos with Beyond Boundaries – learn more about this awesome non-profit here:
Music Line-Up
*Elby Brass: 12:30-1:30pm
*The Embalmers: 2-3pm
*Mother’s Little Helpers (Rolling Stones tribute): 3:30-4:30pm
*Green River (CCR tribute): 5-6pm
*Hot Legs (Tina Turner tribute): 6:30-7:30pm
*Sky Dog (Allman Brothers Tribute): 8-10pm
Hope to see you ready and #suncrushingit


Lilly Pad permit would limit live music volume, hours at Varina venue – Richmond BizSense

A provisional-use permit proposed for the restaurant and the larger Kingsland Marina would limit live music to certain hours and decibel levels, among other conditions that county staff is recommending after determining that the expanded restaurant had outgrown the parameters of a previous permit.

Three Notch’d Brewing to spill into adjacent space in Scott’s Addition – Richmond BizSense

Three Notch’d Brewing Co. is planning to expand its space at 2930 W. Broad St. to include the addition of a restaurant, according to documents filed with the city. The extra room came available after two adjacent spaces were recently left vacant by Red Goat Pizza and Richmond Wine Station.




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: Dandies, Burlesque, Mom, Ukraine

It’s Mother’s Day this weekend and nothing says, “I love ya Ma” like hitting up a brewery.




Vagabond Dandies at Bingo Beer
May 5th, 7:30 PM

I know recommending anything beer, related taking place on Cinco de Mayo is a crapshoot. I’m confident that this is a solid bet and there won’t be anyone from Bingo dressed in culturally inappropriate garb.

Earth’s Mightiest Burlesque Show at Center of the Universe
May 5th, 7-8:30 PM, $15 in advance, $20 at door

Earth’s Mightiest Burlesque Show is a bold statement. Head over and make sure they aren’t fibbing.

Greetings, true believers! Making May MARVELous, Ellie Quinn Presents has assembled a team of heroic and villainous burlesque performers to pay tribute to Earth’s Mightiest!
Diving into the deepest depths of nerdlesque, Earth’s Mightiest Burlesque Show is going to offer a unique blend of storytelling with tantalizing performances by some of the most colorful characters. Aiming to tease, tantalize, and tremor every bone in your body, this will be one crossover event that will make you shout “excelsior”, all live in the round of the intimate COTU event space!

Ellie Quinn
Empress de Naste
Poppy la Fae
Santobella Spark
Scarlet Starlet
Center of the Universe Brewery
11293 Air Park Dr
Ashland VA 23005
Doors 6:30pm Show 7pm

Ages 21 and up

Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at door

Brunch for a Queen – Mother’s Day Drag Brunch at Hardywood (Richmond)
May 1st, 12 PM, $15

This event is guaranteed to be a drag.

Celebrate the queens in your life with a Mother’s Day Drag Brunch at Hardywood Richmond!
Expect a Sunday Funday filled with:
👑 Drag performances from Michelle Livigne and more
🍻 Ticket includes one drink
🍕 Brunch specials from the Hardywood Pizza Kitchen
🎟 Doors and brunch ordering start at 11am, show start at 12pm
🎉 Fun for all ages
A portion of ticket sales will be donated to Free Mom Hugs. To learn more visit


How these Richmond craft breweries are supporting Ukraine through beer – RTD

After Russia invaded Ukraine, a Lviv craft brewery with the name of Pravda stopped making beer and started brewing Molotov cocktails.

Soon after, the brewer called on fellow brewers around the world to show solidarity with Ukraine by brewing one of Pravda’s beers for charity. Pravda, which is the Russian word for “truth,” made that possible by posting its recipes online.

Several Richmond craft breweries have joined the “Brew for Ukraine” initiative, which aims to raise money for humanitarian relief through sales of the beer and to call attention to the plight of Ukrainians.




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RVA Beer Explorer: Drink Like a Brewer, Lager Jam, Artisan Market, Veil Anniversary

It feels like spring and we should all spring into some beers.




Drink Like a Brewer at Stone Brewing
April 30th, 12:30-3:30 PM

I think I can already do this but this is a chance to drink with a brewer and help out a charity.

This Saturday, the 30th, Stone Brewing Richmond is partnering with Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Guided tastings from one of our brewers, Hennessy, every 30 minutes from 12:30-3:30pm. Live music from @corycampbell 4-6pm.

Lager Jam at Triple Crossing Fulton
May 1st, 12-8PM

In the age of IPA, the lager is often underappreciated. This weekend it’ll be superappreciated. I feel the opportunity for a Lag Jam, Log Jam pun was missed somewhere in here though.

Come celebrate the vibrance of Spring with the beers we associate with good company and conversation that can last all day! Starting at 12pm until supplies runs out, Cask, Keg, and Can pours of your favorite Triple Crossing Lagers and visiting breweries. Free admission. Drink tickets sold at the door. Live Music by The Hot Seats. Additional details coming soon.

Veil Brewing 6th Anniversary at all tasting rooms
April 26th – May 1st, 6PM

The brewery that I used to think was just about whales and hype has proven me wrong over the years. Especially once one moved within walking distance. So I’m happy to wish them a wonderful 6th Anniversary. They’re doing special releases all week. The best way to find out what’s going down is on their regular Facebook page and their Instagram.

We are excited to celebrate our 6th Anniversary at all locations starting April 26th! We’ve got over 20 awesome beers planned to release and a killer food lineup!

You won’t want to miss this year. 🐈🌿👁

This release will be in person, first come first served. NO SHIPPING. NO PROXIES. More releases to announce so stay tuned in to our social media!

Artisan Market at Main Line Brewery
May 1st, 1-5PM

Go and pick up a few artisans for the wall or foyer. An artisan can really pull together a foyer.

Come out and shop local at our Artisan Market at Main Line Brewery!
Craft Beer, Live Music, Food Trucks, & Artisans selling handmade home décor, art, jewelry, apparel, food products, and more! We are an outdoor, open-air market. Come out to support our community and shop small! Pet friendly!


How Breweries of All Sizes Are Getting Creative With Sustainable Initiatives – VinePair

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery became the first brewery in Virginia completely powered by renewable energy and Cheers Virginia has this quote.

Patrick Murtaugh, co-founder and brewmaster at Hardywood, feels that doing so is our collective responsibility — plus there’s the growing financial incentive. “Protecting the environment is not only important to us, but to our customers as well,” he says. “Customers not only appreciate our efforts, they expect them.”

From the article:

Executive director of the North American Craft Maltsters Guild Jesse Bussard (who goes by she/they pronouns), says climate change remains one of the most concerning threats that the trade faces in modern times. “It’s affecting the capacity for us to grow barley,” she says, pointing to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado as the top states for barley production which, in 2021, collectively faced the worst crop output in recent history. Bussard believes that scientific trials, like Heineken’s attempt to reduce agriculture-related emissions by 33 percent by 2030, are promising, but not happening fast enough.




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RVA Beer Explorer: Strangeways Bingo, Crazy Rooster turns 2, Earth Day Drinking, Buskey turns 6




Beers and Bingo at Strangeways (Dabney Road)
April 22, 6-8 PM

I didn’t know it was gone but it’s back. You should go B4 it’s too late all the tables are taken.

Beers and Bingo is BACK baby! Start off your Friday night right drinks, prizes, and fun for all 🙌🏼
Each round has a prize and they only get better throughout every round…
1. sunglasses
2. keychain
3. bottle opener
4. Silipint Pint
5. SW Logo T-Shirt
6. Crowler
7. Camp Mug
8. $25 Gift Card
Don’t forget we always have a raffle on Bingo nights! $5 cash to enter and the choice of any of the prizes from each round (excluding the $25 gift card).

Crazy Rooster 2nd Anniversary
April 23rd, 12-7 PM

I have been out to this brewery yet but this could be just the excuse I need to make the epic trek out to the wilds of Powhatan.

April 23, 2022
Join us for our 2nd Anniversary Celebration!!!
12-7 pm
$5 Entry Fee*/Kids Under 12 Free/No Pets
*Limited Edition Anniversary Koozie included for first 200 guests!
Parking On Street in Oakbridge Business Center
1-2 pm Susan Paulette and Todd Gravatt Duo
4:30-6:30 pm Barstool Rodeo
Food Trucks

Earth Day Festival + Market at Center of the Universe
April 23rd, 2-6PM

I like the Earth, I like Day, I like Market. I like beer. All things I like in one spot.

The Earth Day Market is back with vendors and live music to celebrate Mother Earth! April 23, rain or shine, we’ll have vendors from 2-6 and music from 3-6.

Come out and check out a variety of vendors at the brewery as we set up a lively market to help you enjoy your Spring season. Our friends Flashlight Tag are back on the Biergarten stage to entertain you with their own brand of quirky pop rock from 3-6PM. So grab a beer, do a little shopping, and enjoy some tunes!

This event is free to attend for all ages, and well behaved leashed dogs are welcome in the Biergarten!

Buskey Cider’s 6th Anniversary Party
April 23rd, 12-10PM

Not beer but my doctor told me I need more fruit in my life so…..

Celebrate Buskey Cider’s 6th Anniversary on April 23rd at Buskey in Scott’s Addition.
6 years of business, hundred of ciders enjoyed, millions of pints served, great times had, hard times survived – we can’t wait to celebrate with the incredible customers and team members who helped us get here! 🎈🎈🎈
🍻 NEW! Buskey Cider Release for our birthday weekend // Buskey Fruit Punch Cider – made with cherries, cranberries, and pineapples 🍒🍍
🍦 NEW! Boozy Soft Serve Hard Cider flavor // Chocolate Birthday Cake Boozy Soft Serve 🍰
♨️ Food // our friends at 191 Smokery


Danville set to become first Virginia city with designated outdoor drinking area – Radio IQ

Earlier this month Danville City Council voted to allow outdoor consumption of alcohol in their downtown area, called the River District.

Councilor Lee Vogler says it’s something he’s heard folks ask for for years, especially after local festivals.

“And so any time we’ve had these outdoor events in the downtown where you could eat and drink and socialize they’ve been very popular and folks said, ‘You know, I wish we could do this all the time,'” Vogler explains. “And so now, they will.”

Scott’s Addition is screaming for something similar. I’m not sure if it would be a great idea or not.




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