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RVA Beer Explorer: Paolo Franco, Southern Railway Taphouse Anniversary, Paint Party, Moon Market

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Paolo Franco & the Freightliners at Main Line Brewery
August 18

Paolo Franco lives in my hood and is a hell of a guy and musician. Semi-country vibe with lyrics that make you think. Go check him out.

9 Year Anniversary Celebration at Southern Railway Taphouse
August 19th

I honestly didn’t know it’s been that long, good on ya Southern Railway Taphouse.

It’s been 9 AWESOME years!
We couldn’t have done it without you! Friday, August 19th we will be hosting our 9 year anniversary party and we can’t wait to see everyone! There will be giveaways, raffles and we will be running happy hour from 11:30AM – 9PM.
*$3 Rails
*$3 Domestic Bottles
*$4 Wine by the Glass
*$4 Craft Drafts
*$4 White Claws
* 1/2 Off Signature Cocktails
*1/2 Off Apps
Zack Artis will be rocking on the patio from 6PM – 9PM.


Paint Party Fundraiser at Strangeways Brewing (Dabney Rd)
August 20th

Painting while drinking ensures that you’ll be more relaxed and creative and will create a masterpiece. The Mona Lisa was painted while DaVinci was blind stinking drunk or at least I think it happened that way. Added bonus this paint party is for a good cause.

Presented by Aura Management to benefit the National Kidney Foundation.
Come for the painting, stay for the party! Let out your inner artist at Strangeways Brewing with an instructed paint class from 2-4 to benefit a worthy cause. Admission includes all the painting supplies you will need. After you’ve created your masterpiece, stay and hang out with us for a night filled with live music and dancing. While you’re here, try out your luck with our fun raffles, including a wide variety of fantastic prizes donated by our local community!
Live out of town but still want to paint with us? We have a few options for you to participate virtually! We can send you the supplies you’ll need, or we can send you just the virtual link, and you can use the supplies you have at home.

Richmond Moon Market at Stone Brewing
August 20th

It’s a nice little market with unique items. Shop and drink it’s a thing to do on a Saturday.

The Richmond Moon Market hosts artists, healers and vendors of handmade crafts, art, jewelry, apparel, tarot readings, clothes, home goods, plants, crystals, metaphysical work, herbal healing, magic craft supplies, wild-crafted botanical products, vegan products, and more. We want to build inclusive community and support local makers.

 

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Richmond did pretty well. Although, I’m disappointed in the judges’ lack of love for Triple Crossing. I’m not going to post the full list of winners because you need go to Richmond BizSense since they did the compiling.

Local breweries win 18 medals at state craft beer awards program – Richmond BizSense.com

The gala, held at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s West Creek location, marked the annual competition among independent brewers in the commonwealth. Breweries could submit up to four beers for consideration in 33 categories.

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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!

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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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