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RVA Beer Explorer: Beer Bourbon BBQ, Gingerbread Stout, Summer Can Crush, Comedy

The weather is supposed not be so hot this weekend so you’ll be sweaty when outside instead full drenched with major swamp-ass.

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Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival – The Meadow Event Park
July 30th,

I’ve never been to this festival but I’m a super big fan of two of these things. Not a big fan of the way I-95 has been on weekends lately so attend at your own risk.

RICHMOND’s BIGGEST, BADDEST, BONE-IN, BBQ Fest is Back For More!!! This 13th Annual affair offers up all those pleasures that true Southerners live by – Beer, Bourbon, Barbecue, Boots, Bacon, Biscuits, Bluegrass, and Smoked Beasts! It’s a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbecue eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon.
– ALL NEW LOCATION! Farm Bureau Center at The Meadow Event Park – Same Location as the State Fair of Virginia!
– Each Guest Receives a Souvenir Glass to enjoy All You Care To Taste Beer and Bourbon Tastings as you stroll from table to table.
– BBQ Galore! Enjoy the great barbeque selection from our vendors onsite – pulled pork from whole hogs, ribs, brisket, chickens, sausages and all the fixins’ you can imagine. We’ll keep the portions heavy and the prices low.
– The SHRINE OF SWINE is back! Enjoy whole hogs during each session. Pork worship at its finest!
– GAME IT: The Cochon Carnival is loaded with fun activities and games to keep everyone challenged. Connect four, giant jenga, cornhole, and so much more…
– Enjoy Seminars in the Tasting Theater with Master Distillers, Brewmasters, and Pit Masters From the Deep South.
– DANCE: Listen To Live Rock & Blues Music on The Main Stage.
– SHOP: Browse brewerania, hot sauces, and BBQ accessories.
– and a few surprises.

Hardywood Christmas in July both locations
July 26-30th

I’ll be honest, a Gingerbread Stout when it’s 10,000 degrees outside doesn’t sound appealing to me at all. In fact there is a Gingerbread Stout sitting in my fridge right now. Don’t let my negativity prevent you from climbing aboard the gingerbread hype train.

What’s better than Christmas in July with a little GBS?
We will have a full week of select 2021 Gingerbread Stout variants on draft and specials on to-go bottles & cans. Missing some of your favorites from the holidays? Don’t wait to enjoy it!
Specials will be available at both locations while supplies lasts.

RVA | Summer Can Crush at Benchtop Brewing
July 30th

I’m not sure where they’re going to fit everybody because the taproom is small. I assume they’ll be taking over a sidestreet. I’ll let the pros worry about the logistics I’m just excited to see something happening in that part of town that’s not Basic City or Legend. Also, looks to be a good variety of beer to “crush”.

Mark your calendars for an epic summer event that will include only the most crushable cans from some of our favorite breweries, a special pop-up with Hamfish BBQ featuring a delicious menu + local vendors selling their goods!

☀️ 🅂🅄🄼🄼🄴🅁 🄲🄰🄽 🄲🅁🅄🅂🄷☀️
🗓️ 𝗦𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗗𝗔𝗬 | July 30
⏰ 𝟭𝟮 𝗽𝗺 – 𝟭𝟬 𝗽𝗺
📌 434 Hull St, Richmond, VA

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Our friends over at Reverie Distribution helped us select the crispiest and most crushable brews from some of our favorite 𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗪𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗦. We’ll have plenty of 𝘾𝘼𝙉𝙎 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙩𝙤 𝘾𝙍𝙐𝙎𝙃. Snag some DRINK TICKETS ($6.00 per ticket) and explore tasty brews from all over the Commonwealth + a few outsiders!
✅ Cans purchased during this event are for ON-SITE consumption only!
🍺 Ardent Craft Ales (Richmond, VA) – 𝗥𝗶𝗰𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿 – American Lager

🍺Barrier Brewing Company (Oceanside, NY) – 𝗞𝗶𝗻𝗴 – American Lager

🍺 Casa Agria (Oxnard, CA) – 𝗟𝗮 𝗟𝗼𝗰𝘂𝗿𝗮 – Japanese Rice Lager

🍺 Dutchess Ales (Wassaic, NY) – 𝗞𝗲𝘁𝘇𝗲𝗿 𝗟𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿 – Helles

🍺 J. Wakefield (Miami, FL) – 𝗕𝘂𝗿𝗶𝗲𝗱 𝗶𝗻 𝗢𝗮𝗸 – Dark Lager

🍺 Masthead Brewing Company (Cleveland, OH) – 𝗢𝗻𝗶 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗶 𝗟𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿 – Japanese Rice Lager

🍺 Oxbow Brewing Company (Newcastle, ME) – 𝗠𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗿 – Lager

🍺 Threes Brewing (Brooklyn, NY) – 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗲𝘁 – German Pilsner

🍺 Torch and Crown (NYC, NY) – 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗼𝗽 𝗕𝗲𝗲𝗿 – Citra American Lager

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Hamfish BBQ has crafted an insanely tasty menu he’ll share with our fans all day. This pop-up will run from 12 pm – 6 pm (or sold out).

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Plus, we’ll have a few talented local 𝗩𝗘𝗡𝗗𝗢𝗥𝗦 selling their goods from 12 pm – 5 pm.
🔸 Val’s Art Cavern
🔸 Peaceful Fringe
🔸 Rutitta
🔸 Kate Berinhout Art

Hearst Girls & Friends Comedy Show at Strangeways (Dabney Road)
July 30th

Everyone is funnier when you’ve had a couple beers.

Hearst Girls & Friends is back…and at a new venue!
Catch this comedy showcase featuring stand up from Patrice DeVeaux and Leila Youmans, plus Special Guest Heather Joyce.
All followed by a made-up-on-the-spot improvised monoscene with guest improviser Kathryn Michael. NICE.
Hosted by the Hearst Girls (Casey Michelle Neeley, Kiersten Anna, & Amber Hendrix).
See y’all soon! xoxo
Doors at 6:30 PM // Show at 7:00 PM
$10 // tickets online or at the door
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Please note: Masks are optional, but full vaccination is mandatory.

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Looks like the Three Notch’d RVA Collab House expansion is up and running. I haven’t been by yet. I’m looking forward to giving it a try.

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RVA Beer Explorer: Two more Ocktoberfests, 5k at Hardywood West Creek, Tortas at Final Gravity

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The 52nd Annual Richmond Oktoberfest at Richmond Raceway
October 7-8th

Some say this is the more authentic Oktoberfest. I’m not one to judge since I haven’t been to this one. Either way brats and beer FTW.

The Board of Directors will do whatever it takes to provide you with an Oktoberfest filled with great entertainment, authentic German food, German beer and the famous German “Germutlichkeit”.
You will be greeted with live music when the doors open to get you into the Barvarian mood. The annual march-in parade, featuring the members of the two German clubs which have been organized this event since 1969, the Deutsche Sport Club and the Gesangverein Virginia, will happen as always. Representative of all German clubs of Central Virginia that are present will also participate in the parade.

We will crown our Oktoberfest Queen on Friday evening. Both nights will feature live music with traditional German favorites. You can also join us outside in our beirgarten or participate in our fun stein holding contest either night.

Doors open at 6:00 on Friday and at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday. Ticket details to follow.

Stone Brewing Richmond Oktoberfest Celebration
October 8th

This one I’m posting because “Whiskers for Whiskers” Beard & Mustache Contest held by the RVA Beard League. Men and women in beards drinking beers seems about right.

Willkommen! Get ready to celebrate the season with a great lineup of our German-inspired beers, festive live music, and fun live-stream-worthy charity contests to benefit RACC, the Richmond Animal Care and Control!
The Tap Room doors open at Noon, and be sure to have your seat saved, because at 2:30 PM we’ll start our “Whiskers for Whiskers” Beard & Mustache Contest held by the RVA Beard League, with a $5 donation to RACC to enter. We’ll have 6 different categories, including a fake beard category – with free supplies on hand – so anyone and everyone can build their own beard and participate! ***Registration for the contest begins at noon.***
🧔 Mustaches
🧔 Partial Beards – goatees, Lincoln/Amish beards, mutton chops, etc.
🧔 Business/Short Beards
🧔 Full Beards
🧔 Full Beards with Styled Mustaches
🧔 Creative/Fake Beards
🕓 Then at 4:00 PM comes a feat of sheer strength and will for those who haven’t skipped arm day at the gym, a Stein Hoisting contest! Participants should make a suggested donation to RACC and will be provided a stein for the beverage of their choice. Will the world record time be beat on October 8th as you hold a filled one liter stein (weighing in at 20 lb.) straight out at arm’s length? Maybe not, but how long do YOU think you can last?
🕔 Next, from 5:00-7:00 PM, don’t miss musician, composer, and celebrated accordionist Miles Hoyle of the Fighting Jamesons for that authentic Oktoberfest experience. Miles has over 13 years of experience & specializes in folk & world music, including German Oktoberfest music and songs.
Thirsty? ​We’ll have our year round and seasonal beer offerings available, including gluten-reduced Delicious IPA, Buenavida Hard Seltzers, and of course, it being Oktoberfest, half a dozen German-inspired beers too!
🍺 Stone Notorious P.O.G., a Berliner Weisse with passionfruit, orange, and guava
🍺 Stone Kolche, a light-bodied cold-fermented and conditioned golden ale.
🍺 Stone Mattzen, a traditional Oktoberfest Marzen style beer (our brewers are most excited about this one)
🍺 Stone Witty Moron, a dark wheat ale with orange and coriander
🍺 Stone Smoked Porter, a dry dark beer with smoke notes.
🍺 Stone Smoking with the Gnomies, a Belgian quad where 10% of the malts were smoked over cherrywood.


2022 Hardywood West Creek Ales for ALS 5K
October 9th

I’m a drinker not a runner but hats off to those running for a good cause.

Do you love to run or walk for a good cause? Obviously! We are hosting our annual 5K at Hardywood West Creek for the fight against ALS.

Sign-ups are now open to register. Enjoy a fun run/walk/roll with us on a 5K route that will start and end at Hardywood West Creek, and then treat yourself to Andrea’s Ale or Bob’s Brew at the finish line!

All proceeds benefit the cutting-edge research at the ALS Therapy Development Institute to #EndALS.


Torta Sunday with TBT EL GALLO at Final Gravity
October 9th

One of my favorite taco slingers combined with one of my favorite IPA slingers spells a good time to me.

We are excited to have TBT EL GALLO join us for the FIRST time! Expect a menu full of TORTAS!

BEER NEWS

I’m all fore a new brewery.

Brewery owner aims to revive long-shuttered Jordan Point Golf Club – Richmond BizSense

The former Jordan Point Golf Club at 1100 Jordan Point Road in Prince George County is being lined up for a reopening at the hands of Hani Atallah, co-owner of the neighboring Holy Mackerel Small Batch Beers.

County records show that in July Atallah bought the 143-acre golf property for $3.5 million and he’s now seeking a special exemption permit to bring the club back to life. His plans for the property include hosting weddings and other events and adding biking trails, pickleball courts, a dog park, a pool and more to the property, per Atallah’s permit application.

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RVA Beer Explorer: Mural Fest, Oktoberfest, Mystic Markets 90’s Halloween, Spooktoberfest Makers Market

It’s starting to get spooky out there and our beer choices reflect that ominous mood.

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Three Notch’d Mural Fest
September 30th

This event was supposed to happen this summer but now it’s a fall event. Yay fall, yay murals, yay beer.

‘Leave Your Mark’ Mural Fest WEATHER UPDATE:
Due to the impending storm, we have unfortunately been forced to condense this weekend’s planned event into a one-day celebration of the Richmond Art Community.
We invite you to join us for our now UPGRADED #artoberVA kickoff event on Friday, which will include a Meet & Greet with our muralists, the release AND toast of ‘Stipple’ Mixed Fruit Sour,’ our collaborative beer w/ Art on Wheels & CultureWorks Richmond , and live music from Richmond local artist Musiqreiv!
Please see our Facebook event (Leave Your Mark Mural Fest) for more specific times as we determine them — let’s make the most of this situation and come together for an unforgettable night!

Hardywood Oktoberfest 2022 West Creek
October 1st

Oktoberfest goes on forever. Another one going down at West Creek.

Dust off your lederhosen and grab a feather for your hat, Oktoberfest is here!
Expect a fun day with some of your favorite Hardywood Oktoberfest traditions including:
🇩🇪 Cask tapping to kick off the day
🇩🇪 Plenty of beer including Benny & The Fest & more!
🇩🇪 Brats from Tyler’s Big Fat Meat Truck (Autumn Olive Farms) + other festive German fare from local food trucks 1115 Mobile Kitchen + Curry in a Hurry + Jiji Frozen Custard
🇩🇪 Stein holding contest with Goochland Cares
🇩🇪 Polka tunes from the Sauerkrauts, plus music from Herb & Hanson + Seth Winters + Justin Trawick & The Common Good
Limited amounts of exclusive 2022 steins will be available for purchase.
This is a fun and free all day event. Spread out on the lawn in West Creek and enjoy Oktoberfest with us!

Mystic Markets 90’s Halloween at Strangeways
September 30th

It’s either Oktoberfest themed or Halloween themed. There are no other options.

Join us for another Mystic Markets at Strangeways! 🍻
90’s theme costume contest!👻
Live music by Waking Napster!🔊
Local Vendors, Food, & Brew!!
So mark your calendars, wear your best 90’s themed costumes, and we will see you there!

Spooktoberfest Richmond Makers Market at Basic City Brewing
September 30th

Halloween or Oktoberfest like I said.

Unique finds, jewelry, and functional art.
Stickers, pins, magnets, and cutesy things.
Dog treats, and toys and collars and DOG COSTUME CONTEST.
Candles, crystals, and tarot readings.
‘gram worthy specials from Basic City Beer, Billy Pie, and Auntie Ning’s including queer beer in your choice of spooky colors.
Aergase Art
Angry Black Gxrl Art
Beer Money
bud and thorn
dagnabit
Daniela Noel Collections LLC
Dayum Jam RVA
Griot Goods
I Wear Blue Tights
Katastrophic Creations
KitColorShow
L’Essentials LLC
Merrin Winkel Art
Midnight Thicket
O Wisteria
Pretties + Papers
Pretty On the Inside Candles
Project CommuniTEA
RamsGirl Design
Ryan Myers Prints
Sarah Rebecca Crafts
Sassy Hound
Silver Bramble Jewelry
Sollie Stitches
SummerBeeClay
TGI Studio LLC
The Asylum
The Curio Fairy
The Queen of Arts~Curiosities by Adrienne
TheCBKShop
ThePrplePumpkin
Throws like a Girl
Twisted Spinnerz
Witching Flower

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Not local news but important Wold Cup news for all my footie fans out there.

DC Council approves measure allowing bars to stay open 24 hours during World Cup – WTOP

D.C. Council passed an emergency measure to allow bars, restaurants and breweries in the District to stay open 24 hours a day during the World Cup, which will take place from Nov. 20 to Dec. 18 in Qatar.

Places that sell alcohol normally would close at 2 a.m. on weekdays and at 3 a.m. on weekends.

Now they will be able to sell booze until 4 a.m. and remain open 24 hours, but they would have to pause their alcohol service between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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RVA Beer Explorer: Answers 8th Anniversary, Rocktoberfest, Oktoberfest, Final Gravity 7th Anniversary

It’s still feeling very Oktoberfesty out there also Anniversaryly.

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The Answers 8th Anniversary!
September 23-25th

When the Answer opened we all thought it should be pretty good since An has impeccable beer tastes. After 8 years we haven’t been disappointed. Beer truly is the Answer.

The Answer’s 8th Anniversary is upon us!! This will a 3 day outdoor tented event Fri, Sat and Sun!!
Bring your chairs, get your line life gear ready and lets prepare to party!!!
Trust us!! This is the one event you will NOT want to miss!!
KEEP YOUR EYES PEELED FOR DAILY UPDATES AND ADDITIONS TO THE SCHEDULE!!!
Food Trucks on site:
1. Ato’s Sisig and Grill #atossisigandgrill
2. Amusing Maria #amusingmaria
3. King of Popz #Kingofpopz
4. TBT El Gallo #tbtelgallo
5. Noahs Rockin’ Buns #noahsrockinbuns
6. Eat My Egg Roll #eatmyeggroll
7. Latin Quarter Kitchen #latinquarterRVA

Rocktoberfest at Center of the Universe
September 24-25th

COTU gets bonus points for the name Rocktoberfest. A clever name almost always guarantees you a spot on the Explorer list.

Rocktoberfest is back and we are bringing the heat to the stage in 2022. Enjoy liters of beer, German Faire, and live music all weekend long! No, we aren’t putting you to sleep with Oompah music, we are lighting the stage up with 5 different bands playing everything from covers to rocking originals. Free admission, open to all ages, and leashed (and friendly) dogs welcome on the beer garden.

🎸 Band Schedule 🎸

Saturday 9/24:
12-2:30pm – James River Junction is back to pack the house out again. Playing classics that cover multiple decades, this local band will keep your toes tapping all afternoon!
3-5:30pm – Room For Improvement is next on stay playing a mix of classic rock and blues cover music.
6-8:30pm– Bombage Band is in the house! These guys are Ashland locals and are no strangers to our Biergarten. These vet performers gonna rock us through the end of the day and leave you wanting more for Sunday.
Sunday 9/25
1-3:30pm – COTU classic Something Shiny takes the stage to kick off Sunday.
Their unique twist on songs coupled with their humorous stage banter work together to present a most unusual acoustic show. Sit back and enjoy as they play songs spanning 5 decades and several genres in an effort to play ALL your favorite songs in both familiar and very different ways.
4 – 6:30pm – The “Chad’s Fault” duo takes us to the finish line! A fusion of country, rock, and blues, this musical duo delivers popular covers and undiscovered gems. Features the powerful vocals of Vonda Fox and the multi-instrumental musings of Tim Robinson.


Oktoberfest at Strangeways Brewing
September 24-25th

Boo, hiss, boo, no clever name. At least they’ve got clever beer and a Masskrugstemmen Competition. I don’t have any idea what a Masskrugstemmen Competition but I’m going to assume it involves bratwurst slapping. J/K – Masskrugstemmen (literally, “beer-stein holding”) is a traditional Bavarian endurance contest during which contestants must hold a one-liter stein of beer in one outstretched arm for as long as possible.

Come celebrate Oktoberfest with us at Strangeways Brewing on Sept 24th & 25th with Six Ways Market!
9/24
– 20+ local vendors
– $25 gift card raffle entry for every Fest purchase (13oz, 20oz, or Stein)
– Best lederhosen contest (come to bar and let us snap a picture for entry!)
– Masskrugstemmen Competition at 2pm
– Purchase a Strangeways Stein and Fest Beer fill for $25
– Smashed RVA serving up the best smash burgers in Richmond!
9/25
– 20+ local vendors
– $25 gift card raffle entry for every Fest purchase (13oz, 20oz, or Stein)
– Best lederhosen contest (come to bar and let us snap a picture for entry!)
– Masskrugstemmen Competition at 2pm
– Purchase a Strangeways Stein and Fest Beer fill for $25
As an extra special treat we are releasing our Gourd of Thunder Pumpkin Porter along with its gingerbread variant the same weekend!

Final Gravity’s 7th Anniversary Party
September 25th

Final Gravity makes some of the best beers in town and still feels like a local joint. It is arguably the best reason to go to Lakeside. It’s unarguably the best reason to go to Lakeside on Sunday.

Final Gravity Brewing Co. is turning 7 and we’re excited to celebrate with you all! We’ll again be taking over the large parking lot out back and filling it with amazing food from River City Wood Fire Pizza and Smashed RVA Burgers, a plethora of amazing guest taps from local and regional breweries, special Final Gravity Anniversary brews, live music by the Hot Seats Bluegrass Band and another band-TBA. and special anniversary merchandise.

Want to skip the lines at FINAL GRAVITY’S 7TH ANNIVERSARY! party this Sunday, September 25th? Limited glassware tickets are available to purchase in the taproom- Buy your glass ticket today for $10 and pick up at the event. You can also purchase beer tickets all week -$6 a ticket will get you pours from 13 different breweries including taps from Brasserie Cantillon, Widowmaker Brewing, Coastal Fermentory, Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen, Civil Society Brewing, Dssolvr, WeldWerks Brewing Co., Torch & Crown Brewing Company, Funktastic Meads, Prairie Artisan Ales, Põhjala Brewery! And of course there will be plenty of OG Final Gravity brews and a few new ones too! Stay tuned!
Our fabulous anniversary design was made by Mended Arrow Design! Thanks Bizhan!

BEER NEWS

I hate with a red-hot passion any list that is compiled by folks filling out a form online. That being said I have no major problems with the two beer-related categories from a recent RTD “Best of” lists. Although before this list I had never heard of Southern Revere Cellars. They’re located in Louisa and closer to Charlottesville than Richmond. That puts them 51 miles from my home in Westover Hills. From the Southern Revere Cellars Facebook, it does look like a nice spot and if I’m in the area I’ll give it a shot but 51 miles sure ain’t local.

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