|Tickle the Tastebuds - Beers & Breweries|
Richmond-Area Beer Events, February 27 +
Street Cred 2.0 Draft and Limited Bottle Release. Triple Crossing Brewing, 113 S. Foushee St., Richmond. (804) 308-0475. The return of the double IPA collaboration with The Answer Brewpub. Noon. www.triplecrossingbeer.com.
The Pursuit of Hoppyness Day: Wampus Cat Triple IPA Bottle Release with Bonus Beers. Strangeways Brewing. 2277A Dabney Rd., Richmond, (804) 303-4336. Releasing the 10.1% ABV, 90 IBU beer named for the wampus cat, a half-woman, half-mountain lion from Cherokee legends. Plus other highly hopped beers. Noon. www.strangewaysbrewing.com.
2nd Annual Sideshow Expo: Local Art and Edibles Market. Strangeways Brewing. 2277A Dabney Rd., Richmond, (804) 303-4336. A showcase of artists and vendors sampling and selling their wares, with beer-related books and groups, including Lee Graves’ “Richmond Beer,” River City Beer Betties and Fans of Virginia Craft Breweries. Noon-4 p.m. www.strangewaysbrewing.com.
Opening of Stone Company Store - Richmond. Stone Brewing Co. - Richmond, 4401 Williamsburg Ave., Richmond. The Stone tasting and retail room opens to the public officially for the first time. 4-9 p.m. www.richmond.stonebrewing.com or Facebook at Stone Company Store Opening.
Triple Crossing Brewcraft Deadline. Triple Crossing Brewing, 113 S. Foushee St., Richmond. (804) 308-0475. Home brewers, submit 1 beer per person, 3 bottles for judging and tasting; no barrel-aged or brewed with Brett or lacto. The first place winner will brew their winning recipe at the brewery, to be served in the tasting room. www.triplecrossingbeer.com.
Great Scotch Bourbon Barrel Release Party. Center of the Universe Brewing, 11293 Air Park Rd., Ashland, (804) 368-0299. This malt-forward brew enjoys a “wee heavier” alcohol content than the average ale, aged in bourbon barrels to impart the aromas and flavors of vanilla and bourbon, with a smoky, roasted character and a touch of sweetness. 1 p.m. www.cotubrewing.com.
Despot Day 2016. Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, 4100 Knolls Point Rd., Goochland. Advance tickets for guaranteed bottles of Enlightened Despot bourbon barrel Russian imperial stout and variants are sold out, but no ticket is necessary to attend Despot Day or to purchase draft beers, including the Despot, specialty pin infusions and guest taps. Noon – 9 p.m. www.lickingholecreek.com.
Heavy Seas 20 Beers for 20 Years. The Answer Brewpub, 6008 W. Broad St., Richmond. (804) 282-1248. Celebrate Baltimore’s Heavy Seas’ 20th anniversary. Besides 20 Heavy Seas beers – including vintage beers and seldom-seen favorites – the evening features owner and founder Hugh Sisson, brewmaster Chris Leonard, head brewer Chris Schultz and other pirate-loving persons. 4-10 p.m. www.theanswerbrewpub.com.
First Anniversary Party. Black Heath Meadery. 1313 Altamont Ave., Richmond. (703) 582-0856. Richmond’s only meadery celebrates one year and 14 meads. Six barrel-aged meads released throughout the weekend (available by the glass only). Pours and flights available. Friday, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. www.blackheathmeadery.com.
Shamrock the Bottom. 7 Hills Brewing, 115 S. 15th St., Richmond. (804) 716-8307. Food and drink specials, including the Irish-inspired 42nd Street dry stout. DJ and dancing after 9 p.m. 11 a.m. till March 13, 1 a.m. www.7hillsbrewingco.com.
Sugar Shack Samoa Porter Beer Release. Strangeways Brewing, 2277A Dabney Rd., Richmond, (804) 303-4336. This collaborative beer celebrates the values of the two businesses’ founders, both focused on unique local ventures fueled by quality and passion. The 7% ABV, 16-IBU beer hits the palate with flavors of caramel, toasted coconut and dark chocolate. Available in bottles and on draft. 750ml bottles & on draft. 11 a.m. www.strangewaysbrewing.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Party to Benefit St. Baldrick’s Foundation. Center of the Universe Brewing, 11293 Air Park Rd., Ashland, (804) 368-0299. Live music, food trucks and beer, including two limited-release, one-off Irish red ales. As a benefit to conquer childhood cancer, the event also includes a silent auction and raffles throughout the day. 1 p.m. www.cotubrewing.com.
BrewCraft 2016 Results Announcement. Triple Crossing Brewing, 113 S. Foushee St., Richmond. (804) 308-0475. Home brew competition results announced, prizes conferred and judging sheets given to competitors. 1 p.m. www.triplecrossingbeer.com.
Brewer and Artist Series Release: Spirit Braid. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Ln., Richmond. (804) 420-2420. Celebrating the creativity of brewers and artists, this installment in the series highlights brewer Nick Walthall and artist Sara Gossett. The 5.2% ABV Spirit Braid beer is an unfiltered, bottle-conditioned, dry, effervescent Saison brewed with organic raw wheat with added Seville and Cara Cara oranges, fermented with brewers yeast and Brettanomyces claussenii. Artist Sara Gossett works primarily with watercolor, using vintage style and design. Spirit Braid is available on draft, bottles and four-packs. Live music begins at 5 p.m. 2-9 p.m. www.hardywood.com.
Shamrock Run RVA 2016. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Ln., Richmond. (804) 420-2420. A new annual St. Patrick’s Day family tradition, including a 5k run and Lucky Leprechaun Kids’ Race. Packet pick-up begins at 9:30 a.m., kids’ race at 11:15, 5k at 11:30 and more. Food trucks, St. Patty's Day surprises and activities for the kids and adults, including a runner's costume contest. www.shamrockrunrva.com.
Ales Through the Ages. Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, 326 W. Francis St. and other Williamsburg locations. Symposium on beer and its colorful story, Beer experts from across the U.S., the Netherlands and Ireland will speak on such subjects as the beginning of beer in the ancient world, home brewing, the history of beer and brewing beer for today’s market. Speakers include Randy Mosher, Stan Hieronymus, beer scientist Karen Fortmann of White Labs and Mitch Steele. Ticket includes all programs, beer tasting, opening reception and a beer pairing with food. Single-day and event guest tickets are also available. $325. 800-603-0948 or www.history.org/conted.
St. Paddy’s Day. Starr Hill Brewery, 5391 Three Notched Rd., Crozet. Featuring classic Irish fare by local chefs using locally sourced pork products, live music and contests. Starr Hill will also hold an Irish wake for the classic Dark Starr, their dry Irish stout. www.starrhill.com.
Harrison Release. Blue Bee Cider, 212 W. 6th St., Richmond. (804) 231-0280. Get a taste of culinary history with this small-batch cider of 100% Harrison cider apples. Harrison was the leading cider apple in the Mid Atlantic and eastern U.S. in the early 1800s and 1900s. Rediscovered in 1976, the apple offers full-bodied complexity with notes of allspice, golden raisins and orange zest. Food and music. www.bluebeecider.com.
Dead Rock Double IPA. 7 Hills Brewing, 115 S. 15th St., Richmond. (804) 716-8307. The brewpub releases this big, hoppy and bitter DIPA. Music throughout the afternoon and evening. 11 a.m.-midnight. www.7hillsbrewingco.com.
This Ain’t Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Oatmeal Porter. Isley Brewing, 1715 Summit Ave., Richmond. (804) 716-2132. Aging Isley’s dark-roasted oatmeal porter with its notes of coffee and chocolate in bourbon barrels from Reservoir Distillery creates a Richmond-centric beer. Noon-10 p.m. www.isleybrewingcompany.com.
Spring into Local Beer with Isley Brewing Company. Capital Ale House Midlothian, 13831 Village Place Dr., Midlothian. (804) 897-5815. Five Isley brews on tap plus three Isley-designed burgers to pair with the beers, such as the Picnic Burger with cheddar, peanut butter, jelly, and bacon paired with Isley’s PB&J (Choosy Mother mixed with Blueberry Plain Jane). 1-4 p.m. www.capitalalehouse.com.
The Capital Ale House Virginia Beer and Bluegrass Mini Festival. Capital Ale House Downtown, Music Hall, 623 E. Main St., Richmond. (804) 780-2537. Presenting bands and breweries from the three regions Capital Ale calls home – Harrisonburg, Fredericksburg and Richmond – with folk, Americana, and bluegrass music, Virginia beers and Capital Ale House cuisine. 2 p.m. www.capitalalehouse.com.
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