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Virginia Craft Beer Events Happening Today, April 17th

Events happening in Virginia

  • 17 Apr 2014 15:00 – 15:00
    3rd Thursday Beer Event at Foster’s Grill #Westfield
    Here is what we have lined up so far for 3rd Thursday…
    Port City – Colossal 1&2
    Port City – Tartan
    Abita – Spring IPA
    Blue Mountain – Maggie’s Maibock
    Victory – Swing
    Highlands – Little Hump
    Epic – Escape to Colorado IPA
    Speakeasy – Old Godfather Barley Wine
    Dogfish Head – World Wide Stout
    We are hoping to add 2 more as well.
  • 17 Apr 2014 16:00 – 16:00
    Pilsner Glass Giveaway at Mad Fox Brewing #FallsChurch
    Pilsner Glass Giveway Final
  • 17 Apr 2014 16:30 – 16:30
    Smoked Beer Tasting at Wine Warehouse #Charlottesville
    WINE WAREHOUSE CELEBRATES ’4/20′ A LITTLE EARLY, WITH A SMOKED BEER TASTING THURSDAY APRIL 17thA delicious proliferation of various styles of smoked beers in the store gave the inspiration to do an in-store tasting, and it being April we figured it would be fun to do so in honor of 4/20. That was until I realized April 20 was in fact Easter Sunday, so no go. Friday would be equally questionable for a tasting with this inspiration (I’ve already got way too much red in my ledger to explain on Judgement Day without trying to justify hosting a ‘Smoke Out’ tasting on Good Friday), so Thursday is the day of choice.

    Smoked beer (also referred to as ‘rauchbier’) is best known in its German forms, especially in and around the city of Bamberg. The malts are traditionally dried over beechwood fires, which imparts a smoky, meaty aroma and flavor into the finished beer, typically a Lager. Depending on the weight and intensity of the beer, the smoked characters can be deceptively subtle to downright massive. The use of smoked malts are also apparent in other beer styles around the world, though not as famously and pervasively as in Bamberg, and the variety of fuel sources to smoke the malts brings a wide diversity of flavors to the beer.

    Aecht Schlenkerla-One of the most celebrated Rauchbier producers, and probably the best known in America. Each of their core beers show off the signature beechwood smoke character, from their subtle Pilsner, through the unique Weizen, to the classic Marzen and intensive Ur-Bock. In recent years they have added an Oak Smoked Dopplebock for the winter season. All five styles are available in the store at this time, and we will pull a selection of them to taste tomorrow.

    Uinta Brewing-An American interpretation of the classic Bamber Marzen lager, even going so far as to import their malt, the Uinta Tinder from their Crooked Line series looks to stand up alongside the legends. Tell us how you think it stacks up.

    White Birch-The First Sparrow is a Spring beer based on a very delicate variation of smoke beer from Poland/Eastern Europe called a Grodziskie or Gratzer. Wheat based and built at a more sessionable 4%abv, the unfiltered character White Birch employs on its bottled beers add richness and texture a lighter weight beer like this sometimes lacks,and helps to intensify the smoke notes. If you happened to have been at Champion Brewing in your beer adventures, their Kielbasa Gratzer is very similar.

    Stone Brewing-Most dark malt beers carry more of a coffee-like roast character from the charring of the malts. A small portion of smoked malts can add a pleasant meaty note, especially if there is some silky textures in the malt and the charred character isn’t too aggressive. Alaska Brewing Company was one of the first to feature this style of Porter and became an early cult beer for traders on the East Coast. As part of Stone’s core beer production, their Smoked Porter is sometimes overlooked, but is a very well crafted beer with a subtle note of real smoke and not aggressively meaty.

    Stillwater Artisan Ales-Surprising to know this involves smoke from looking at the label, as it’s a Saison/Farmhouse style with Scandinavian inspiration, but when you first open up a bottle of Debauched the first aromas are all Brett and peaty smoke. The whole juniper bushes add a bit of Norse robustness as well. Stillwater is one of the great Saison specialists in America, and this is one of his most intensely flavored beers to date.

    Orkney Brewery-We usually think of the beechwood and meaty flavors when we talk about smoked beers, but the Scottish have mastered the art of smoking their malts with peat, the accumulated decayed vegetation in the many bogs of Scotland and Ireland that has been the source of fuel since civilization began. The character of the peat in different areas is as much of a factor in the distinct flavors of the famed Scotch Whisky as the waters, and that distinctness also carries over to the beers that are brewed from single area malts. Dark Island is made from 100% Orkney Island malts, whose malt character is noted for a touch of seaside saltiness. If you’re lucky enough to have a glass of Highland Park alongside a pint of this, the smoke character between the two is undeniably similar. Not a ‘rauchbier’ but perfectly appropriate in a tasting like this.

  • 17 Apr 2014 16:30 – 19:00
    Weekly Thursday Tasting at Grape Gourmet #VirginiaBeach
    TGI…THURSDAY!Look at the beers that Gabe is sampling out today from 4:30-7 for you!
    Victory White Monkey…golden monkey aged in white wine barrels.
    Monomoy Kreik…a cherry sour
    Mikkellers Better Half
    Three Heads Brewing Tre Kind-their 3rd anniversary beer
    Cisco Indie Pale Ale

    LOOK! I can see the weekend from here!

  • 17 Apr 2014 17:00 – 17:00
    Allagash Tap Occupation at Fireworks Pizza #Arlington
    Allagash Tap OccupationTensions are high between our draft lines & several limited releases from Allagash Brewing Company. We’ve received reports that they intend to send kegged troops to occupy our draft lines for a limited time. Help us make sure this remains a brief occupation & come enjoy a few delicious beers in the process.

    Beers in the trenches:
    Red Howes
    All beers will be discounted during happy hour & 5oz sample sizes available as well. We’ll have Allagash personnel in house to discuss brewery operations, no guarantees that classified material will be available.

    Chef Frank will provide MREs for troops that need rations to get them through the night.

    PS – buy any limited release* Allagash beer & get an official glass to keep (limit 1 per guest while supplies last)

  • 17 Apr 2014 17:00 – 20:00
    Thirsty Thursday at Hop & Wine #Fredericksburg

    Beer Trivia:
    Easter Beer Hunt- Come find the beers that
    are 40% off!

    Beer Trivia:
    What Brewery produced the first 6-pack?
    A) Pabst
    B) Budweiser
    C) Schtilz
    “Thirsty Thursday”

    Mendocino 30th Anniversary Pale Ale (Single Hop Cascade)- this beer honors the Cascade hop that started it all and changed the way people view American Craft Beer. This hop has an intense floral with a spice and clean finish. We brewed this Pale Ale with multiple additions of Cascade during the boil, then topped it off with generous dry-hopping to give you an exceptional experience. Savor this Limited Edition Anniversary Pale Ale, the first of three unique ales that will herald our celebrations. This is an ale 30 years in the making – You deserve the best.
    ABV- 7.0% BA Score- 81 Pts.
    RB Score- 82 Pts.
    Hardywood Hoplar IPA- No Longer Tasting*

    Boulevard Smokestack Series “GrainStorm” Black Rye IPA- *Hoplar Sub.* Just when you thought it was safe to come out of the root cellar, along comes Grainstorm, a big, wet wallop to the senses. Dark clouds gather on the horizon of your glass. A high-pressure system of pungent hops collides with a stationary front of barley, oats, wheat, and rye. The forecast: a monsoon of flavor with surges of roasty malt, microbursts of fruity notes, and a chance of golfball-sized hail. The extended outlook calls for unseasonably pleasant enjoyment.
    ABV- 7.7% BA Score- 91 Pts.
    RB Score- 98 Pts.

    Mendocino Talon Double IPA- An aggressive and old-school American Double IPA here, and a well named one, as this beer rips out your palate and the flies off to regurgitate it into the mouths of its frenzied young. Its combo of five malts and six hops creates a unique experience too. Anyone who touts themselves as a true hophead should seek out this beer now. Malts: Specialty 2 Row, Wheat, Munich, Vienna, CaraMunich 40. Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Amarillo, Summit, Pilgrim, Centennial. Dry Hop: Amarillo, Summit, Simcoe.
    ABV- 10% BA Score- 81 Pts.
    RB Score- 97 Pts.

    Dogfish Head Hellhound On My Ale- 2011 marks the 100th birthday of Mississippi Delta bluesman Robert Johnson who, according to legend, sold his soul down at the crossroads in a midnight bargain and changed music forever. Working again with our friends at Sony Legacy (yup, the same folks we did our Miles Davis-inspired Bitches Brew with), Dogfish Head pays tribute to this blues legend by gettin the hellhounds off his trail and into this finely-crafted ale. Hellhound is a super-hoppy ale that hits 100 IBUs in the brewhouse, 10.0 ABV, 10.0 SRM in color, and dry-hopped with 100% centennial hops at a rate of 100 kilos per 100 barrel brew-length. Can you tell we at Dogfish are stoked for this mighty musical centennial? To accentuate and magnify the citrusy notes of the centennial hops (and as a shout out to Robert Johnsons mentor Blind Lemon Jefferson) we add dried lemon peel and flesh to the whirlpool.
    ABV- 10% BA Score- 88 Pts.
    RB Score- 97 Pts.

    Beer Trivia Answer:
    Pabst Brewery in the 1940s. The brewery conducted numerous studies, which found six cans were the ideal weight for the average housewife to carry home from the store.

  • 17 Apr 2014 17:00 – 20:00
    Thirsty Thursday at Red, White & Bleu Wine & Gourmet #Falls Church

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    We in the greater DC area are lucky to have one of the heavyweights of the craft beer world in our back yard. As a reminder of what they have to offer, we’re tasting a lineup of some of our favorites. Come in and try some great beers from Dogfish Head.
    Rhizing Bines
    Ta Henket
    90 Minute IPA
    Midas Touch
  • 17 Apr 2014 17:30 – 19:30
    Center of the Universe Brewing Sampling at Urban Farmhouse #Carytown
    Stop by after work and enjoy an array of COTU brews while dining on delicious food from the Urban Farmhouse. A COTU representative will be on hand to guide you through a variety of year-round, seasonal, and one-off brews. Can’t wait to see you there!
  • 17 Apr 2014 17:30 – 21:00
    Hardywood Food Truck Court #Richmond
    FOOD TRUCK COURT (1)We’re kicking off the season with a mix of 16 new and favorite local gourmet mobile food vendors, with many more carts on rotation in the weeks to come. Enjoy our line up of seasonal craft beers to pair with eclectic tacos, wood-fired pizza, authentic French crepes, handmade ice cream, Cajun street food, traditional Mediterranean kabobs and more.

    Hardywood Food Truck Court runs from 5:30-9pm every Thursday through the season and is a family friendly environment. All ages are welcome at the brewery. Virginia ABC law prohibits bringing outside alcoholic beverages on-site, and underage drinking will be strictly prohibited.

    Visit Hardywood Park’s Web Site for list of food vendors.

  • 17 Apr 2014 19:00 – 19:00
    Blue Mountain vs Cardinal Point, Beer vs Wine Dinner at TJ’s Restaurant #Richmond
    Blue Mountain vs. Cardinal Point
    An Afton Mountain Beer vs. Wine Throwdown
    Thursday, April 17 7:00pmTJ’s at The Jefferson Hotel

    Who doesn’t love a good competition? That’s why our next dinner at TJ’s is a wine vs. beer dinner. We’ve got an Afton Mountain showdown featuring Blue Mountain Brewery and Cardinal Point Winery.

    How did we come up with idea, you ask? The media was begging for this epic event, and TJ’s, it seemed, is the perfect venue. Frenemies Taylor Smack from Blue Mountain and Tim Gorman from Cardinal Point, have chosen the beverages to be featured and Chef Patrick Ehemann has prepared a menu to delight. One thing is for sure, the real winner of this epic battle is you! Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to eat, drink and decide the winner – beer or wine.



    Small Bite Beginnings
    Smoked Chicken Croquant with Apple Mostarda
    Blue Mountain Maggie’s Maibock
    Virginia Ham and Gougers with Grayson Cheese en Pipette
    Cardinal Point Quattro


    Warm Salad of Grilled Octopus
    Crisp Chickpeas, Piquillo Peppers, Easter Egg Radishes,
    Petite Herbs, Charred Onion and Black Rice Vinaigrette
    Our Choice – Cardinal Point 2012 A6
    Blue Mountains Choice – Rockfish Wheat


    Duo of Rabbit
    Harissa Roasted Rabbit Loin, Crispy Moroccan Rabbit Pastillias
    Yogurt, Pistachio Butter, Chili Oil
    Our Choice – Blue Mountain Steel Wheels ESB
    Cardinal Points Choice – Hopped Chardonnay 2013 IPC


    Petit Lamb Osso Bucco
    Sundried Tomato Soft Polenta, Braised Tuscan Kale, Garden Herb Gremolata
    Our Choice – Cardinal Point Clay Hill Cabernet Franc
    Blue Mountains Choice – Red Zeppelin


    Chocolate Hazlenut Crunch
    Condensed Milk Gelato, Bourbon Cherries, Nutella Powder
    Our Choice – Blue Mountain Dark Hollow
    Cardinal Point’s Choice – Rockfish Red 2013


    $50.00 Per Person, plus tax and gratuity
    Contact TJ’s Restaurant at 804-649-4672 for reservations
    or by email at

  • 17 Apr 2014 19:00 – 19:00
    Stone Beer Dinner at Magnolia at the Mill #Purcelville


  • 17 Apr 2014 20:00 – 20:00
    Shuck and Chug with Hardywood Park at Whole Foods #ShortPump

    Shucking and Chugging w/ Hardywood Park
    next Thursday nite.,tapping last years vintages of these drafts..
    4/17 5-8pm
    Greg Self's photo.
    Greg Self's photo.

    Shuck and Chug with Hardywood Park at Whole Foods #ShortPump

Virginia Craft Beer Events Happening Today, April 16th

For Immediate Release


Ashland, Virginia, April 15th: It’s that time of year again! COTU’s second annual Kentucky Derby party is on Saturday, May 3rd. The Colonial Downs and the EZ Horseplay trailer will set up shop at the brewery for attendees to place live wagers on the races leading up to and including the main event itself! There is a best hat contest starting at 5:00pm and special beer concoction constructed exclusively for the event with commemorative cups to drink it in.

Watch the races live from the 22 foot television inside the brewery, or the various televisions scattered outside in the beer garden. There will be an array of food from local food truck vendors available throughout the day.

There will also be live music from nationally touring blues-rock singer-songwriter/guitarist Eli Cook! Don’t miss the celebration that everyone will be talking about!

Doors open at 3:00pm and the party continues all the way till 9:00pm.

Center of the Universe Brewing Company opened its doors in Ashland, VA on November 16th 2012. Brothers Phil and Chris Ray, who started as homebrewers turned their hobby into an obsession that is now a successful brewery in Virginia.

Here are today’s events

  • 16 Apr 2014 16:00 – 16:00
    Steal the Glass – Flying Squirrels RVA Day at Capital Ale House #Richmond Midlothian #Innsbrook
    Help us celebrate Flying Squirrels RVA Day with Center of the Universe’s nod to our hometown team, Chin Music Amber Lager along with many other great RVA brewed beers by joining us for Steal the Glass after the day game. You can take home our exclusive Capital Ale House Flying Squirrels RVA glass!This special Steal the Glass will be going on at all three of our Richmond locations: Capital Ale House Richmond, Capital Ale House Midlothian, and Capital Ale House Innsbrook.
  • 16 Apr 2014 17:00 – 17:00
    Great Lakes Brewing Tap Takeover at Fireworks Pizza #Leesburg
    We will be featuring a firkin of Burning River Pale Ale, Rye of the Tiger IPA, Dortmunder Gold Lager, Eliot Ness Amber Lager, Commodore Perry IPA, and Chillwave DIPA. We will tap the firkin around 4pm but the event will officially kick off at 5pm. Don’t miss the chance to try these great beers!
  • 16 Apr 2014 17:00 – 19:00
    IPA Happy Hour 5-7PM – Beer Education Wednesdays at The Birch Bar #Norfolk

    IPA Happy Hour 5-7PM


    In case you didn’t get enough IBUs last week!

    Anything classified on the list as an IPA will be discounted between 5-7PM tonight!

  • 16 Apr 2014 17:00 – 17:00
    Man Crush…Hoppy Saison at Mekong #Richmond
    Hang out with the Brewers Nite at MekongCome celebrate the release of Smartmouth brewing and Green Flash Brewing collaborationMAN CRUSH…Hoppy Saison
    Also on tap
    *Green Flash Green Bullet…Triple IPA
    *Green Flash Cedar Plank…American Pale Ale
    *Smartmouth Notch Imperial IPA
    *Smartmouth Cow Catcher…Milkstout
  • 16 Apr 2014 18:00 – 20:00
    Beer Run Weekly Beer Tasting #Charlottesville

    The Duck-Rabbit Taps and
    Tasting Wednesday 4/16

    The Duck-Rabbit Hoppy BunnyThere are Jackalopes and then there are Duck-Rabbits. Well, Duck-Rabbit craft beer, that is. The Duck-Rabbit is a small packaging microbrewery located in Farmville, North Carolina. They sold their first beer in August of 2004 and specialize in beautiful, delicious, full flavored dark beers.

    So what’s the perfect beer for Easter? Hoppy Bunny, of course! It will be on the tasting table Wednesday 4/16 from 6 – 8 PM.

    On The Tasting Table 6 – 8 PM

    Hoppy Bunny ABA Black India Pale Ale: It’s both intensely hoppy and intensely BLACK! Eight separate hop additions offer delicious bitterness and beguiling hop aroma/flavor. Heavily represented among these hops are Chinook, which provides deep pine and sticky citrus components and a New Zealand hop called Motueka.

    Amber Ale: A medium bodied beer with a lovely tawny copper or bronze color. This brew emphasizes malt complexity with layered caramel malt flavors.

    Milk Stout: A traditional full-bodied stout brewed with lactose (milk sugar). The subtle sweetness imparted by the lactose balances the sharpness of the highly roasted grains which give this delicious beer its black color.

    Brown Ale: An American brown ale brewed with loads of hops from start to finish (it’s hoppy and beautifully bitter). Amarillo hops in the boil provide a spicy citrusy bitterness. Saaz dry hops in the fermentor provide a refined flowery aroma. These hops are supported by a grain bill of seven varieties of malt.

  • 16 Apr 2014 18:30 – 18:30
    Devils Backbone Tap Invasion at Rustico Restaurant #Ballston
    Meet up with Adrienne tonight 0-Wednesday @ Rustico for the Devils Backbone Tap Invasion with Apocalypse. Find out what their secret collaborative brew is starting @ 6:30pm. Plus there is quite the collection of favorites from Devils Backbone on tap -the Belgian twin beauties – Azrael Belgian Golden Ale & Dark Abby Belgian Dubble, Eight Point IPA, Gold Leaf Lager,‪#‎PearLager‬, Ramsey’s Draft on nitro, Ten Point IPA, Schwartz Bier, ‪#‎StripedBassPaleAle‬ & the 2014 World Beer Cup winner ‪#‎ViennaLager‬…. little firkin of Cattywompas too!
  • 16 Apr 2014 19:00 – 21:00
    Center of the Universe Tap Takeover at The Flyin’ Pig Midlothian

    Come out to the Flying Pig in Midlothian for a COTU tap invasion! We will have 4 different delicious beer offerings on tap to pair perfectly with the decadent BBQ from the Flying Pig. Come on out and say hello!