Events happening in Virginia

  • 1 Mar 2013 17:30 - 19:30
    Corks and Kegs March Madness

    Corks and Kegs March Madness starts

    March 1!!!

    What is all the madness about?

    It is a month long beer tournament similar in format to the NCAA basketball tournament. First round match ups are set up by our manager and staff. Match ups after that are determined by you!

    Each evening in March we will have a “game”. Game times will be 5:30 to 7:30.

    During the above time period, you simply taste two unidentified beer samples and put your vote in the ballot box for the one you like the better.

    We will tally up the votes each night and post results and the identity of the beers on Facebook.

    The winner moves on to the next round and the loser gets on the beer bus back to its shelf spot.

    This year’s tournament will have an interesting wrinkle as Belgian style beers will be included in the field. What impact will they have?

    So plan to come in each evening in March, do the blind taste test, vote and then watch for results on FB.


    Corks and Kegs March Madness
  • 2 Mar 2013 10:00 - 21:00
    Bourbon Barrel Aged Sidamo Coffee Stout Release at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery


    We’re celebrating our barrel aged Sidamo Coffee Stout release with a bottle-only sale in the morning, followed by our 2pm tasting room opening (bottles, draft, food vendors) and an acoustic evening of Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcade!

    10-12am: Bottle-only sale, Hardywood merchandise offered as well, and Estes BarBQue serves you country ham breakfast sandwiches.

    2pm: Tasting room opens for Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout bottles, draft, and food from Monique’s Crepes, Estes BarBQue and Station 2.

    5:30-9pm: Acoustic sets from Exebelle and the Rusted Cavalcade


    Taking inspiration from Virginia’s folk tradition as well as the rural country-rock of Ryan Adams, the Band, and Neil Young, songwriters Philip Heesen and C.E. Wright formed Exebelle & the Rusted Cavalcade in September 2007. The current line up includes Philip Heesen, Kerry Hutcherson, previously with local group Copper Sails, bassist Ryan Owenby (of former Motion Picture Demise), Virginia native Ben Willson (member of Mason Brothers) on piano and vocals, and Greg Butler (member of Goldrush, Long Arms) on drums. The band mostly plays original music when performing live, but set lists also include covers of songs from Americana classics such as the Band, Neil Young, Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown, Tom Petty, the Eagles, and more.

    “Although headquartered in metropolitan Richmond, Exebelle & the Rusted Cavalcade brew up a rural sound inspired by folk, country and Southern rock. The band’s lineup took shape in 2007 and includes three songwriters, all of whom cut their teeth in local rock groups before joining the project. Taking a page from Ryan Adams — another country-loving Southern boy with deep ties to rock ‘n’ roll — the group released three EPs in 2009 alone, including the wonderful ‘Antipoison Creek Sessions’ and the upcoming ‘Vivement l’Automne!’” – from The Washington Times’ Andrew Leahey in an article entitled, “Top 9 Unheard LPs of 2009.”

    Listen to Exebelle here:

    RSVP to the Facebook event page:

    Bourbon Barrel Aged Sidamo Coffee Stout Release at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  • 2 Mar 2013 12:00 - 12:00
    ROCK MS Beer Release at Starr Hill Brewing

    To kick off a month-long celebration of ROCK MS, on Saturday, March 2nd, Starr Hill Brewery will release a very special brew for a very special occasion: our rare release, Bourbon Barrel Cryptical Imperial Stout, will be available for a special tapping in the Tasting Room.

    Tastings, pints and growler fills will be available, as well as a SIGN-UP SHEET to stake your claim for special Bourbon Barrel Cryptical BOTTLES from our super limited run of this extremely rare brew!*

    We’re hosting local food truck favorites Delicious George as well as a fierce competition of corn hole for VIP tickets to ROCK MS, Starr Hill Merch and more. Come for the afternoon to sample and sip on this limited-edition extraordinary brew.

    This Saturday marks the first of many community events surrounding our fundraising efforts for the National MS Society Blue Ridge Chapter and the James Q. Miller MS Clinic at UVA. Our main event, ROCK MS is being held at the Jefferson Theater on Saturday, April 13th and features the soul legend Charles Bradley.

    To donate directly to Walk MS, click here.

    Click here to purchase tickets to ROCK MS featuring Charles Bradley!

    *Bottles will be released at a later date.

    ROCK MS Beer Release at Starr Hill Brewing
  • 2 Mar 2013 13:00 - 16:00
    Weekly Beer Tasting at Arrowine

    Arrowine Saturday Beer Tasting
    March 2, 2013
    1-4 PM

    The Bruery Saison de Lente; Palcentia, CA: 6.5% ABV
    The Bruery’s spring seasonal beer is a lighter counterpart to their periodically-released Saison Rue. Saison de Lente is lighter in color than Saison Rue, with bright citrus notes more reminiscent of a traditional Farmhouse Ale. The brettanomyces however, is assertive in a way that identifies it immediately as a Bruery product.

    The Bruery Sour In The Rye; Placentia, CA: 8.7% ABV
    Sour In The Rye is as advertised. With around 40% of the base malt being rye, this annual Bruery effort stands out even among other Sour Ales for it’s heady, grainy undertones and trademark acidic intensity. Aging in wine barrels helps round some of the edges (just a little bit, thought) and adds a slight vanilla note to the beer. Get it while you can, Sour lovers!

    La Socarrada; Xativa, Valencia, Spain: 6% ABV
    Every now and then, I get something truly new and unique, and this Ale from La Socarrada Cervesa Artesanal de Xativa is certainly both. La Socarrada is an Amber Ale brewed with rosemary and rosemary honey; the honey fully ferments so it doesn’t come through as a cloying influence. And now a quick history lesson from our friend Tom Cizauskas of Yours For Good Fermentables and distributor Select Wines: “The name, ‘La Socarrada’, means ‘smoke’ or ‘burned’, called that because of the slight haziness of the bottle-conditioned beer and from a bit of history. After the victory of King Philip V of Spain at the Battle of Almansa during the War of the Spanish Succession (1714), he ordered Xativa to be burned for its opposition. The city’s inhabitants became known as the ‘Socarrats’, the burned.” See? We learned something today.

    Dogfish Head/Sierra Nevada Rhizing Bines; Milton, DE: 8% ABV, 70 IBU
    As a follow-up to the original Dogfish/Sierra collaboration, Life & Limb, which was brewed at Sierra Nevada’s facility, Rhizing Bines was brewed at the Dogfish Head brewery in Delaware. Where Life & Limb was a smooth, dark Ale, Rhizing Bines is an Imperial IPA intended as not only and experiment in using newer hop varietals, but as a union of east- and west-coast styles of IPA not to mention the brewing techniques of both houses. To that end, Rhizing Bines sees Bravo hops added through the classic Dogfish continuous-hopping process, while the as-yet-unnamed Hop 644 is used to dry-hop the beer using Sierra’s torpedo, which made a pit-stop in Delaware on its way to Sierra Nevada’s new North Carolina brewery. A lot has been said about Rhizing Bines already, and readers of my column will see more from me on it this week, but in my opinion this is going to be remembered as one of the best beers of 2013. Try it while it’s available.

    21st Amendment Lower De Boom (Barleywine); San Francisco, CA: 11.5% ABV, 92 IBU
    This monster of a Barleywine from 21st Amendment comes in 8.4oz cans, so as not to outright flatten anyone who dares consume it. Huge resiny, piney hops meld with sweet caramel and toffee from the malts in a dangerously delicious blend. Decidedly not for fans of the classic, balanced English Barleywine style, Lower De Boom is a wee grenade of a beer that explodes with flavor and intensity.

    Thanks and I’ll see you this weekend.


    –Nick Anderson, your friendly neighborhood Beermonger

    Weekly Beer Tasting at Arrowine
  • 2 Mar 2013 13:30 - 18:30
    Local Suds West End Brew Tour of Richmond

    **The Local Suds West End Tour encompasses ALL of RVA’s finest craft breweries**
    Purchase tickets here
    Attention West End Local Suds lovers, this tour is especially catered to you! Due to demand we have moved our starting point slightly westward and will be invading the Innsbrook area. See all the finest breweries in the greater RVA area and end it back where it all began, Capital Ale House (Innsbrook). Beer experts and novices are welcome! Snacks and waters are provided on the bus with dinner specials provided @ Capital Ale House (Innsbrook) at the close of the tour.
    SCHEDULE (Subject to change)
    1:30 Meet-up/Check-in
    Capital Ale House (Innsbrook)
    Feel free to come early and take advantage of the 51 taps, 2 cask conditioned ale hand pumps and a selection of over 200 bottled beers….Need we say more?
    Midnight Brewery
    Meet the Owner
    Goochland’s own Midnight Brewery will be sampling their signature beverages and you’ll have a chance to meet Trae Cairns the mastermind/owner behind one of the Richmond area’s newest Breweries.
    3:15-4:10 PM
    Center of the Universe Brewery
    Ashland’s First Brewery
    We’ll introduce the tour group to the first brewery in Ashland, VA. Hang out in the brewery and hear how they got started and prepare yourself for a line-up of fresh COTU beer.
    4:30-5:20 PM
    Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
    Bourbon Sidamo Release Party!
    Coffee, Beer, and Bourbon Lovers (I think that covers just about everyone) get ready for the new spin on Hardywood’s Sidamo Reserve series without the hassle of driving. Hardywood classics will be ready for you to accompany your look around the brewery as well.
    5:30PM-6:15 PM
    Legend Brewery
    Tap into the Legend
    Richmond’s first craft brewery, Legend, is a staple of Virginia Craft beer. This Richmond classic will provide a one of a kind private event and tour. Get an up close experience, special to the Local Suds tour that is unlike any other available.
    Capital Ale House (Innsbrook)
    We hope you’re hungry. Capital Ale will have a section for the Local Suds Crew so you can enjoy dinner specials and access to one of the best beer selections in the greater Richmond area.

    Local Suds West End Brew Tour of Richmond
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    1. i like how all videos say blottes and stuff can be purchased at your local homebrew shop , seriously i lived in ATL and Charl. NC, bot major cities and havent found anything remotely close to thess so called homebrew shop

    2. We’re having a craft beer festival on Feb 22. Can you please add information to your website?

      A t this lunchtime event, producers of high, quality craft beer will be on hand to share thoughtful, intelligent, and sometimes funny perspectives about their use of seasonal ingredients, brewing techniques, and how they get inspirations for new flavors. Area chefs from will be onsite with Whole Foods Market Chef Kiet to demonstrate how to cook with beer.

      The beer line-up includes: Evolution, Great Lakes, Harpoon, Heavy Seas, Lagunitas, Lost Rhino, Schlafly, Sierra Nevada, Starr Hill, Victory, and more. Each beer company will have 2 – 3 different varieties. Whole Foods Market Beer Buyer, Jeff Forest will kick off the event with the cracking of a fresh cask at 1PM sharp.

      Tickets can be purchased online via EventBrite

      The early bird price of $16.00 is valid until Friday, Feb 21. The ticket price is $20 anytime after.

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