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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.



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!!
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!
– 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!
– 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!


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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