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Three Sheets to the Wine

Local yacht rockers Three Sheets to the Wind aims to become local yacht wine stockers with their new venture Steely Can Wine

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It started as some post-gig riffing, naming wines after songs in the band’s repertoire, and now it’s turned into a new business venture for the members of Three Sheets to the Wind.

This month, the band’s wine business, Steely Can Wine, officially launched its online store, where thirsty visitors can purchase cans for local delivery or get them shipped throughout Virginia. The Steely Can team offers free delivery within a 15-mile radius of their Scott’s Addition warehouse, plus some surprise perks for special customers. The brightly-colored cans contain 375 mL — half a standard bottle of wine, sourced from California and canned in Ashland, VA in partnership with Wine & Beer Supply.

“There’s no shortage of canned wines with clever, humorous names, but we looked out at our crowd and saw a market for wines that would have been just as appropriate to drink on a California beach in 1978 as they would be to drink poolside, on the river or by the firepit in 2022,” says Gregg Brooks, whose job as a private label wine brand developer was a catalyst for this endeavor. “We knew we needed to put easy and approachable, yet delicious wine in these cans.

With the band’s immersion in the 70s and 80s California lifestyle, we also knew that a Chardonnay was going to be one of the products.” Brooks had the wine industry knowledge, and other bandmates brought their own expertise as creative directors, digital marketers and sales professionals, so all of the pieces naturally fell into place.

As for how it all began, Brooks says they were relaxing after a gig at a mountain resort in Pennsylvania when they challenged each other to name a hypothetical wine referencing bands on that night’s setlist. Bandmates blurted out ideas that name-checked artists whose songs were favorites of the fans who had kept Three Sheets to the Wind going for more than a decade, playing shows all over the country and garnering numerous “best band” awards.

It wasn’t unusual for these musical collaborators to come up with offbeat business ideas. By this time, the unconventional band had already evolved into a tongue-in-cheek lifestyle brand, offering branded plastic tumblers imprinted with the rallying cry, “Let’s get Sheetfaced!” (The band and the brand-new wine business would like to kindly remind everyone to please drink responsibly.)

As it’s often said about the best wines, it didn’t take long for the bandmates to realize their canned wine idea had legs, and that their pandemic pivot would be from vintage California smoothness to smooth California vintages.

About the wines:

The inaugural lineup includes three wines: Rosé Darling, Kid Chardonnay and Deacon Red —
names that pay sly but entirely earnest tribute to one of the Steely Can team’s favorite bands.

Tasting notes:

  • Rosé Darling: Central Coast CA / 13% ABV / 2021 / Aromas of fresh strawberries andtropical fruit, with slight citrus notes. Some slight floral notes, with bright fruit flavors andminerality. A clean finish with crisp acidity.
  • Kid Chardonnay: Central Coast CA / 13% ABV / 2021 / All steel fermentation. Tropical fruitwith hints of pineapple on the nose, crisp palate with lingering acidity and white peach notes.
  • Deacon Red: Lodi CA / 14% ABV / 2020 / Dark garnet color, intense blueberry aromas withhints of cassis and dark cherry on the palate. Full-bodied and well-balanced with a longlingering finish.

And now for some yacht rock since Thursday is really just a baby Friday.

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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.

Business

Short Pump Town Center seeks open container ABC license

Soon you might be able to sip and shop at the Far West End mall.

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From Richmond BizSense:

Short Pump Town Center wants to allow people to walk around the mall with alcoholic beverages open and in hand.

The Henrico County mall recently filed a request with the Virginia ABC for one of the alcohol control agency’s commercial lifestyle center licenses, which would allow Short Pump’s visitors to consume alcoholic beverages in the mall’s common areas. The mall hopes to offer the perk no later than spring 2023.

“In short, it is similar to an ‘open container’ license and will allow visitors over the age of 21 to take their purchased alcoholic beverages (bought at one of our tenant restaurants) out with them while they shop,” said a spokeswoman for Brookfield Properties, the New York firm that co-owns the mall.

The company offers similar open-container programs at other properties in its portfolio.

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Richmond BizSense Reporting Goatcado Moving into Forest Hill Avenue Spot

There is no timeline for when the Goatcado will be up and running.

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In the spot that held a fish market, Dixie Chicken then Happy Empanada there will be a new eatery. Goatcado will be setting up. The three store strip is currently home to Current Culture Fly a shop focused on fly-fishing.

From Richmond BizSense

The fast-casual eatery is planning to open an outpost in the strip center at 1205 Westover Hills Blvd., while keeping its existing West Main Street location in the Fan.

Its 3,800-square-foot Southside storefront will be next to Current Culture Fly, a fly fishing shop that opened earlier this year.

Goatocado owner Ian Newell said he’s taking over the remaining two suites in the center: one going to Goatocado and the other for a to-be-determined concept.

“Goatocado is still doing well. I think it’s a solid model, it’s a good offering for both locations – fast-casual, kind of health food,” Newell said, adding that the menu at the Southside location will be similar to that of the Fan location.

Goatcado has one other brick and mortar spot on West Main Street in the Fan. Goatcado started as a food cart (still in operation) and serves up veggie focused bowls and wraps. Most of which is grown on their own farm. You can check out the menu here.

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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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GO DO THIS

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

BEER NEWS

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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