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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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    *Please note that once our tasters are poured out, THAT’S IT.
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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 10th

Don’t forget this weekend there are four festivals happening (one of which is sold out)
OnTap! RVA ROCK$ and Fetch A Cure April 12th Noon – 5PM
SpringFest at Lost Rhino Brewing
Smithfield Wine & Brew Weekend April 11 – 13 SOLD OUT
New River Brewfest April 12, 2014 Noon – 6PM

Next weekend is the Fredericksburg Brewfest.

  • 8 Apr 2014 00:00 – 00:00
    43 Hours of Bitter at The Birch Bar #Norfolk


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    Hops, herb, and all kinds of bitter.
    Opening Day!
    GGG Admission at 4:30
    Steal the Glass Night ft. Classic IPAs
    GGG Admission at 4:30
    The Perfect IPA Board ft. Charcuterie, Cheese, and Accompaniments
    Friday Beer and Cheese Pairing
    The IBU Flight

  • 10 Apr 2014 15:00 – 18:00
    Flying Squirrels Opening Day Party at Nacho Mama’s #Richmond
    We are going to be having an official Squirrels pre party at Nacho Mama’s on the Boulevard for opening day. You can come tailgate and then walk over to the park for the game which is at 6:35. We will have a block of tickets for $10 a piece. Nacho Mama’s will have drink and food specials from 3-5 PM.
  • 10 Apr 2014 15:00 – 15:00
    DC Brau Tap Takeover at The Cask Cafe’ #Richmond
    That’s right, we’re tapping 12 DC Brau kegs! Plus a very special pin. Happy hour pricing starting at 3!
  • 10 Apr 2014 16:00 – 20:00
    Shuck and Chug at Whole Foods #ShortPump
    Shuck and Chug returns tonight with these guys!!! We will be pouring 3 of their drafts for a great price! And don’t forget the awesome OYSTERS.. 4-8 pm
  • 10 Apr 2014 17:00 – 20:00
    Thirsty Thursday at Hop & Wine #Fredericksburg

    Beer Trivia:
    Which U.S. President was the first to brew their own beer in the White House?
    Keep Reading Below to find Answer

    “Thirsty Thursday”
    Mission Brewery El Conquistador Extra Pale Ale- Pale golden color with soft lemon and melon esters and a bready malt body. Dry hopped with Centennial and experimental hops from the Yakima Valley. If you like a hoppy IPA, but don’t always care for the higher alcohol, try an El Conquistador XPA.
    ABV- 4.8% BA Score- NA
    RB Score- NA

    Shipyard Pugsley’s Signature Series XXXX IPA- this is a non-traditional American IPA with a brilliant copper color and the classic citrus nose of Cascade hops. This beer demonstrates a unique balance of malt-inspired, delicate red grapefruit sweetness and lingering hop dryness. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body to balance the harmony of distinct flavors.Cascade, Warrior,Summit and Glacier hops are used for bittering and Cascade hops are added for dry hopping after fermentation. This hop blend is well balanced with malted wheat, pale ale, crystal, and caramel malts. To full enjoy all the flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. This beer pairs well with Cajun dishes, blackened fish, and BBQ. XXXX draws its name from the British brewing convention of using X’s to denote style. 70 BU,s, 1.092 OG. 22 Plato
    ABV-9.25% BA Score- NA
    RB Score- 91 Pts.

    Mikkeller X-mas Porter 2013- Clear dark black brown colour with a large, creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, spicy, pine neddles – spruce. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, roasted, spicy hops, pine, chocolate. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.
    ABV- 8% BA Score- NA
    RB Score- 98 Pts.

    Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout- Made from our award-winning imperial stout, rated one of the top 50 best beers in the world in 2008. This bodacious oatmeal Russian imperial stout will crush you like no other. This is the grand-daddy of all stout styles, with an intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor. A robust hop character adds a refreshing balance. Aged in Heaven Hill Whiskey barrels.
    ABV- 9.4% BA Score- 94 Pts.
    RB Score- 100 Pts.

    Beer Trivia Answer:
    Obama (White House Honey Ale)

  • 10 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.

  • 10 Apr 2014 17:45 – 17:45
    Brewpub Run Club at Strangeways Brewing #Richmond
    Did you know there’s a Brewpub Run Club that meets at local breweries to go for a walk/run and then corrals back to belly-up for a cold one? Well, now you do and they’re doing a run from Strangeways on April 10th. Everyone is welcome…even if you just want to meet up post run at the laboratory and socialize.If you want to join their facebook group, go to Brewpub Run Club.Be healthy, be happy, and beer.
  • 10 Apr 2014 18:00 – 18:00
    Hopslam Firkin at Joe’s Inn #Richmond
    Tomorrow night (Thursday) We are doing a FIRKIN of BELLS HOPSLAM!!! First firkin of Hopslam in over 5 years in Richmond come help us enjoy it Cheers!!
  • 10 Apr 2014 18:00 – 18:00
    The April Showers Beer Tasting & Dinner with Heritage Brewing at The National Museum Of the Marine Corps