Earlier this week news hit the area on the incredible news regarding Hardywood Park’s Gingerbread Stout. It seems the brothers at BeerAdvocate Magazine gave the beer a 100 out of a 100 score. You can read more over here. Not to be left out their Singel also got a very decent score of 86 out of 100. Just more evidence that Eric, Patrick, Brian, Rachael and Nick has really hit the mark.
As I stated last week, Festival has hit high gear. In fact Mike Killelea was on CBS 6 this morning to talk about what a cask was on air. All in preparation for this weekend’s VA Cask Fest.
You can check out his amazing feat here:
Mike Brings Down The House
So with that let’s get into our updates:
Fri April 20th:
Capital Ale House in Harrisonburg continues it’s week long “Beer Week” event. Today will will have a double event featuring Blue Mountain Brewing and Legend Brewing Meet the Brewer and Steal the Glass night. Come by for some great tasting beer.
Beer Run is hosting a “Dave’s Not here…but Founders is” tap take over. Starting in the wee early hours of the morning stop in for a pint of delicious Founders brews, including an eventually tapping of Curmudgeon’s Better Half 2012. Starts at 8am.
Tomorrow is Earth day and don’t think it won’t go un-noticed. Nope, in fact Chris W. over at Loveland Dist has been hard at work to put together Unplug It Earth Day Fest No.2 at Capital Ale House Downtown. Starting at 5pm, they will be tapping many different kegs of Sierra Nevada Brews through the evening. Some of the beers to be on hand include 2010 BigFoot, Jack and Ken’s 30th Anniversary black barleywine, Bourbon Barrel Ovila Quad & Beer Camp #68 Burley Wine. And it will be all by candle light (not really!)
So if you watched Mike do his thing on CBS 6, then head over to Capital Ale House Downtown for the Intramural Virginia Cask Fest! There are two session and many, many casks to be enjoyed through the day. Follow the link for an idea of what is to be on hand. Hopefully we’ll see this come around again next year!
Rustico Restaurant is having their Beer Academy but it is sold out. Check their site or contact them for any last minute openings.
There is another festival in Virginia. In Harrisonburg it’s the Rocktown Music and Beer Festival. Starts at 2:30pm. Tickets are available. Check the link for more details.
Total Wine and More is hosting this month’s beer class. This month is Great Beers from Great Breweries. Their are three locations in Virginia hosting the class and space is limited.
The locations are Chantily, McLean and South Richmond.
Because of the other Capital Ale House locations don’t want to be left out, Innsbrook is having an “April Showers brings Hop Flowers” event at 6pm. Come by to enjoy a great selection of hoppy beers.
Whole Foods is hosting a Meet the Brewer night...Virtually! Come and watch, listen and taste of some New Belgium Beers will talking with Brewer Peter Bouckaert on Skype. You must contact Whole Food Customer Service Desk in person for tickets.
BlowToad in Richmond will have their weekly beer class starting at 4pm.
Sun April 22nd:
There is a Oyster Roast to benefit Connor’s Heroes. This will take place at Crab Louis Seafood Tavern from 2-6pm. Come by for some Oysters and Virginia Beer all to benefit Connor’s Heroes.
Tues April 24th:
The Blue Goat (yes, the place that allows Steve McKenna to get near booze) is having a Brewery Ommegang Beer Dinner tonight. The dinner starts at 6:00. Cost is $45. Last I heard there were a few seats left.
….And this ends this week’s event updates. Be sure to follow me on Twitter for the latest and greatest event updates.