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RVA Beer events, Feb. 11-25
One-Year Anniversary Weekend. Garden Grove Brewing, 3445 W. Cary St., Richmond. 804-918-6158. Live music, a Belgian-style tap takeover of Garden Grove beers. Surprises and door prizes throughout the weekend, including complimentary chocolates for the first 100 customers on Sunday. Feb. 11, 4 p.m. – Feb. 14, 10 p.m., during regular business hours. http://www.gardengrovebrewing.com.
Chocolates by Kelly Valentine’s Day Pairing. Triple Crossing Brewing, 113 S. Foushee St., Richmond. 804-308-0475. The Valentine’s Day themed chocolate and beer pairing includes a flight of four five-ounce pours paired with a four-pack of specially chosen chocolates. Feb. 12, 4 p.m. – Feb. 14, 8 p.m. $15. http://www.triplecrossingbeer.com.
2nd Annual Pucker Up Weekend. Station 2, 2016 E. Main St., Richmond. 804-249-4702. Highlighting sour, tart and wild beers on tap, from local breweries and beyond. Feb. 12, 5 p.m. – Feb. 14, 11 p.m. http://www.station2richmond.com.
Drunken Uncle Exclusive Bottle Release. Ellwood Thompson’s, 4 N. Thompson St., Richmond. 804-359-7525. Isley Brewing’s first bottles, released exclusively at Ellwood Thompson, of Drunken Uncle hard root beer. Purchase at least 2 bottles to receive a free Isley logo bottle bag. 4-6 p.m. http://ellwoodthompsons.com.
Java the Hutt Imperial Stout Collab with LIFT Release. Isley Brewing, 1715 Summit Ave., Richmond. 804-716-2132. Brown sugar is used to boost ABV and add complexity, with roasted barley and dark chocolate malts for color, roastiness and dark chocolate notes, plus spices. Uses organic, sustainable Nicaraguan coffee from Richmond’s Lift. Noon-10 p.m. http://www.isleybrewingcompany.com.
Desserts and Rosés. Blue Bee Cider, 212 W. 6th St., Richmond. 804-231-0280. Pick up a special flight of two rosé ciders, two brandy-fortified dessert ciders and sweets from Gearharts Fine Chocolates. $15. Noon-7 p.m. http://www.bluebeecider.com.
Barrel-Aged Honey Ginger Day. Ardent Craft Ales, 3200 W. Leigh St., Richmond. 804-359-1605. Release of the barrel-aged version of the Ardent fan favorite. Noon. http://ardentcraftales.com.
Liberty or Death Porter Bottle Release. Triple Crossing Brewing, 113 S. Foushee St., Richmond. 804-308-0475. This English-style robust porter pays homage to St. John’s Church on Richmond’s Church Hill and patriot Patrick Henry’s fiery speech. Mild bitterness comes from Super Galena hops with an aroma dominated by roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Noon-10 p.m. http://www.triplecrossingbeer.com.
Rum Barrel Chocolate Obsession & Rum Barrel Coffee Obsession Release. Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, 4100 Knolls Point Rd., Goochland. Brewery-only releases of two 13.5% ABV imperial chocolate stouts, both with South American grown cocoa nibs and aged in Nicaraguan rum barrels for more than three months. Noon-7 p.m. http://www.lickingholecreek.com.
Anti-Valentine’s Day. Center of the Universe Brewing, 11293 Air Park Rd., Ashland, 804-368-0299. No crazy red hearts, flowers or candies with creepy messages, but plenty of beer, live music, tacos and like-minded people wanting to avoid Cupid’s arrows. Tapping a new beers throughout the day. 1 p.m. http://www.cotubrewing.com.
A Celebration of Women in Craft Beer. Strangeways Brewing. 2277A Dabney Rd., Richmond, 804-303-4336. Education and celebration of what women have done for the beer industry, with fun, speakers and beer. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. http://strangewaysbrewing.com.
Hardywood Beer Dinner. Brew American Gastropub Bellgrade, 11400 W. Huguenot Rd., Midlothian. 804-454-0605. Four-course beer dinner with seven Hardywood beers, including Give Bock, Pineapple Great Return IPA and a dessert flight of GBS, Bourbon GBS, Christmas Morning and Kentucky Christmas Morning. 6 p.m. $65 (includes tax and gratuity). http://www.brewgastropub.com.
The Great Guinness Toast. Locations TBA. Travel the pubs of Richmond with Guinness representatives. Also known as St. Practice Day, this annual event of Guinness drinkers across the country marks the one-month-to-go countdown to St. Patrick’s Day. 5-10 p.m. Facebook – The Great Guinness Toast.
Burger Blast at the Virginia Wine Expo. Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd St., Richmond. Artisan burgers, Virginia wines, Virginia craft beers. $65 early admission (begins at 5 p.m.) or $50 general admission. 6-9:30 p.m. http://www.virginiawineexpo.com.
Nectar and Knife DIPA Release. Triple Crossing Brewing, 113 S. Foushee St., Richmond. 804-308-0475. This dry, hop-forward double IPA was brewed with Mosaic, Citra and Amarillo hops and triple dry hopped with over 18 pounds of hops per barrel. Bottle and draft. Noon. http://www.triplecrossingbeer.com.
Redneck Wedding Release. Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, 4100 Knolls Point Rd., Goochland. A Belgian-style quad with the house Belgian yeast strain and Belgian candi syrup, aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels for three months. Food trucks, music, plus a 1 p.m. pin of coconut Redneck Wedding. Bottles and draft. Noon-7 p.m. http://www.lickingholecreek.com.
Smoked! Dominion Art Center, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond, on Feb. 20, 6-9:30. Smoked foods, wine, whiskeys and select Virginia craft beers and cider. $75. Or focus on Virginia and Italian wines at the Walk-Around Grand Tastings, Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. 3rd St., Richmond. On Feb. 20, noon-6 p.m. and Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $60 VIP early admission (begins Saturday at 11 a.m.) or $45 general admission. http://www.virginiawineexpo.com.
Cuvée Van De Keizer Day. Commercial Taphouse & Grill, 111 N. Robinson St., Richmond. 804-359-6544. Variations of renowned beers from Het Anker Belgian brewery on tap, with Gouden Carolus Classic, Easter, Ambrio and Cuvée Van de Keizer. 5 p.m. http://www.commercialtaphouse.com.
Bell’s Winter Beer Dinner. Patrick Henry Pub & Grille, 2300 E. Broad St., Richmond. 804-644-4242. Five duck courses, from appetizer to dessert, paired with five beers from Bells Brewery. 7 p.m. $55. http://www.thephpub.com.
New Belgium Citradelic Launch Party. Buffalo Wild Wings at Westchester Commons, 15700 WC Main St., Midlothian. 804-594-6853. Celebrate the addition of the New Belgium Citradelic Tangerine IPA to the tap lineup. Giveaways. 5-8 p.m. http://www.bwws.net.
Triple Crossing Brewcraft. Triple Crossing Brewing, 113 S. Foushee St., Richmond. 804-308-0475. Begin brewing for the second annual homebrew competition. Deadline for entries is March 5. Rules: 1 beer per person, 3 bottles provided for judging and tasting; no barrel-aged beers or brewed with Brett or lacto. The first place winner will brew their winning recipe with Jeremy, served in the tasting room. Additional prizes for second and third place. http://www.triplecrossingbeer.com.
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