We got another full day of events today!
- 4 Dec 2013 16:00 – 16:00
Compendium of Curiosities: Just Desserts at Strangeways Brewing #Richmond
Curiosity Selections for Wednesday, December 12:
I. CHOCOLATE COVERED RASPBERRY WOODBOOGER BROWN ALE: The candied flavors of chocolate and raspberry accentuate the cocoa and bourbon soaked vanilla beans of this brown ale. A perfect pairing!
II. CARAMEL LATTE BLITZKRIEG BOCK: Caramel envelopes the warm roasted coffee notes of the Blitzkrieg Bock creating a sweet and savory blend that melts in your mouth and lingers on your tongue.
III. BLUEBERRY TART KISS OFF! CHERRY SOUR SAISON: The refreshing Cherry Sour Saison gets a berry boost with blueberry. Awaken your taste buds with a sweet beginning and a tart finish.
Every week Strangeways features small batches of new draft beers for your drinking enjoyment. This week we’re catering to your sweet tooth. Try them all without guilt but we’re sorry, no Growler or Grunt fills on Curiosities.
- 4 Dec 2013 17:00 – 17:00
Dogfish Head Kvasir on Tap! Beer Education Wednesdays at The Birch Bar #Norfolk
Dogfish Head’s Ancient Ale Kvasir
Revives Hybrid Scandinavian Grog
In ancient Europe, before wine arrived from the Near East, alcoholic beverages were cocktails of sugar-rich ingredients like honey, fruit and grain.
With the help of biomolecular archaeologist Dr. Patrick McGovern and Swedish brewer Lasse Ericsson, Dogfish Head is re-creating another ancient hybrid ale, this time from the Nordic climes of Scandinavia.
“Last year, we brewed an Ancient Ale from southern Europe,” says Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione, “so it’s been interesting to see the differences driven by the Scandinavian climate and terroir.”
Sam and Dr. Pat share a laugh while brewing a test batch of Kvasir in Delaware.
The recipe for Kvasir, which clocks in at 10% ABV, was developed with the help of chemical, botanical and pollen evidence taken from a 3,500-year-old Danish drinking vessel. The vessel, made of birch bark, was found in the tomb of a leather-clad woman who Dr. Pat says was probably an upper-class dancer or priestess.
The analysis pointed to the ingredients Dogfish and friends are using in this unique new brew: wheat, lingonberries, cranberries, myrica gale, yarrow, honey and birch syrup.
The base of Kvasir is a toasty red winter wheat, and the bog-grown berries will deliver a pungent tartness. While a handful of hops will be used, the earthy, bitter counterpunch to the sweet honey and birch syrup will come from the herbs.
“I’m psyched about doing this Nordic grog,” says Dr. Pat. “We’re bringing back to life an innovation of our prehistoric ancestors at the most northerly limits of the planet.”
In early April, Sam and Dr. Pat will fly to Sweden to brew a batch of Kvasir at Ericsson’s brewery, Nynashamna Ångbryggeri, which will handle European distribution.
“This beer is something no one has done here in Scandinavia for thousands of years,” says Ericsson. “We are super stoked to be trusted to be part of bringing it back alive.”
Dogfish Head’s version of Kvasir will debut in July in 750-ml bottles. It will be available throughout Dogfish’s 27-state distribution network, pending local approval.
- 4 Dec 2013 18:00 – 20:00
Beer Run Weekly Beer Tasting #Charlottesville
Sly Fox Brewing Co. TastingWednesday 12/4
What does the Fox say?
Beer-beer-beer-beer-bingaling-bing. Sly Fox beer is going to make you sing!
Award-winning, Sly Fox, was founded in December 1995 by the Giannopoulos family when Peter Giannopoulos opened the Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. The company was an early adopter of the craft-beer-in-a-can revolution and became the first brewery in the Mid-Atlantic region to put in a canning line in 2006, at Royersford. The awarding of a Gold Medal to Sly Fox Pikeland Pilsner at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in Denver marked the first time a GABF medal of any sort had been given to a canned craft beer.
On The Tasting Table 6 – 8 PM
Helles Golden Lager: A German-style golden lager brewed with imported German Pils malt and Saaz and Hallertauer hops. This light-bodied beer offers a gentle, dry finish. A perennial favorite in the Sly Fox pubs and our brewer’s go-to session beer. Helles Golden Lager in a can offers wide open flavor and aroma. 4.9% abv.
Bronze Medal, GABF 2002
Pikeland Pilsner: A Northern German-style Pilsner brewed with imported German Pils malt and hopped with German and Czech hops. Light in body, light straw in color and dry. 4.9% abv.
Gold Medal GABF 2007, 2000
Bronze Medal GABF 2003
Phoenix Pale: A bold American Pale Ale brewed with Pale and Crystal malts and hopped with Centennial and Cascade hops from the Pacific Northwest. Copper in color, medium-bodied and spicy. 5.1% abv.
Route 113 India Pale Ale: A big, flavorful IPA, brewed with Pale and Crystal malts, and hopped with Bravo, Centennial, Cascade and East Kent Goldings. Bold and spicy. 7.0% abv.
*** ON DRAFT ***
Sly Fox Christmas
Phoenix Pale Ale
- 4 Dec 2013 18:00 – 18:00
Foothills Kick Off Bar Crawl in #Richmond
We will be Welcoming Foothills Brewing to Richmond at RVA’s oldest craft beer bar (and newest!). Crawl will start at Commercial Taphouse and go to Cask! Come out and be the first to try these brews in Richmond…
- 4 Dec 2013 18:00 – 18:00
Saucony Creek Meet & Greet at Rustico Restaurant #Ballston
Next Wednesday, Rustico Ballston will play host to one of the newest breweries to make their way to the VA market: Saucony Creek! Brewmaster & Owner Matt Lindenmuth will be making the trip down from Kutztown, PA to talk shop and offer insight into these exciting and wonderful brews!
Launched a mere 9 months ago, Saucony Creek has quickly developed a strong following in both its home market and beyond.
We are thrilled to offer up 5 Drafts & 1 Cask for the event. Captain Pumpkin’s Maple Mistress, Saucony Creek’s 10% Imperial Pumpkin Ale, brewed with squash, maple syrup & spices, will be available on both draft and cask (with the cask version receiving some extra love in the form of added spicing) and we will also be pouring: Schnickelfritz, a luscious Milk Stout brewed with chocolate and cherries that will dazzle the palates of those with a bit of sweet tooth; Stonefly, a citrusy IPA with a beautifully biscuity backbone; The Saucony Sessions, a 4.5 % IPA brewed with Cascade, Liberty, and Crystal hops to deliver a bold hop punch at a sessionable level; and finally, North Ramp Stout, an Oatmeal Coffee Stout brewed with locally-roasted Benchwarmers Coffee for a smooth & silky breakfast of champions-esque brew!
There is no admission fee for this event and all Saucony Creek Drafts will be priced individually by the glass and in 4 oz. tasting pours.
The Official Saucony Creek Draft List!
North Ramp Stout
Maple Mistress with Extra Spicing Added (Cask)
- 4 Dec 2013 19:00 – 21:00
Ladies Only: Pints and Pies at Three Brothers Brewing Harrisonburg
The second of our food and beer pairings with LOCAL Chop & Grill House. Beer pairings from Three Brothers Brewing with both sweet and savory pies.Tickets will be sold in person at the brewery on a first come first serve basis. Tickets are $45, pay in advance at 3 Brothers in person. 30 tickets total! Can pay cash/card.
Three Brothers / Devils Backbone collaboration Saison
“Pot Pie”: Chicken “hop ” pie, bacon jam, bubble gum marshmallows and bacon drizzle.
Three Brothers Belgian Blonde
“Hand Pie”: Brie and lemon hand pie with brown butter crust and pineapple puree.
Three Brothers Bock
“Pierogi Pie”: Caramelized onion and sour kraut pierogi, deep-fried, with a malt vinegar emulsion.
Three Brothers Barrel Aged Vanilla Elementary
“Shepherds Pie”: Coffee and lamb ragout, smoked whipped mashed potatoes, candied carrots, and chocolate demi glace.
Three Brothers Resolute
“Stout Pie”: Chocolate Stout Pie with cocoa graham cracker crust, bourbon fudge, stout mousse, and vanilla bean whip garnished with dark chocolate shavings.