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Virginia Craft Beer Events Happening Today, June 25th

Events happening in Virginia

  • 25 Jun 2014 14:00 – 14:00
    “Grand Release” Bar & Restaurant Crawl with Ardent Craft Ales #Richmond
    “Grand Release” Bar + Restaurant Crawl! Join us at any of these fine establishments as we tap the first kegs of our beer. Thank you The Cask Cafe + Station 2 + Capital Ale House Richmond + Southern Railway Taphouse + The Roosevelt + Mekong Restaurant + Portrait House + Mellow Mushroom Carytown for hosting us!
  • 25 Jun 2014 17:00 – 17:00
    New Mead Crafted Artisan Meadery Tupelo Mead – Beer Education Wednesdays at The Birch Bar


    Mead, also known as honey wine, is regarded as the oldest of fermented beverage and has stood the test of time. From the dawn of pre-history to today mead has long been regarded as a delicacy, often referred to as the “nectar of the gods”.

    Crafted Artisan Meadery uses the finest raw, unfiltered, unpastuerized honey as well as fruits, spices, herbs, and other natural ingredients to create an experience that is solely “mead”. Some of our meads are aged on oak and others not…oak does wonders to an already complex mead. Our use of honey might make you think that mead is only sweet. While mead can be made as sweet as a dessert wine it can also be made dry…and anywhere in between. Yes, you’ll find a little of “traditional wine” and even a little of “craft beer” elements but mead is an experience all it’s own. Where other beverages work within the confines of industry standards and style categories mead can be broken down into a few broad categories that allow us to be as creative and unique as we want…there are no rules.


    Traditional mead consists of honey, water, and yeast. Traditionals allow the chosen honey to be showcased and the drinker to explore the characteristics of that honey. Tupelo, Clover, Orange Blossom, the list is long…there is a wide array of varietal honey available each with it’s own unique flavor and aroma characteristics.

    (Read more here)



    2013 Mazer Cup – Silver Medal Winner

    2013 FLIWC – Bronze Medal Winner

    Tupelo is a semi-sweet traditional mead crafted with 100% raw Tupelo honey, water, and yeast. Regarded as the gold standard of honey around the world, Tupelo honey is gathered for a few brief weeks in the Apalachicola River basin in the panhandle of Florida. Our Tupelo Mead is handcrafted to showcase this rare and world renowned honey.

  • 25 Jun 2014 17:30 – 17:30
    IndePINdence Week at Legend Brewing #Richmond
    We’re free, we’re free, from the TTB!

    Until the recent release of alleviated formula regulations, breweries were bound by strict formula regulations. These regulations made it hard to give the people rare and exclusive pins on a whim.

    Now we cheer! We are free from restrictions and celebrate the freedom of the cask conditioned pin! With a list of ingredients we can now legally add to cask conditioned pins, our brewers have gone PINsane! Below is the week’s worth of events:Monday, 5:30pm: Aaron (Cask Extraordinaire) will tap a Lager with Vanilla Beans and Orange // Brewery Tour to follow

    Wednesday, 5:30pm: Cam (Quality Control Tech) will tap a Pale Ale with Jalapeño and Cinnamon // Brewery Tour to follow

    Friday, 5:30pm: Jeff (Cask Extraordinaire) will tap a Brown Ale with Raspberries and Chipotle Peppers // Brewery Tour by Ashley (Marketing Guru) to follow

  • 25 Jun 2014 18:00 – 20:00
    Beer Run Weekly Beer Tasting #Charlottesville

    SweetWater Brewing Co.
    Tasting and Tap Event Wednesday 6/25
    SweetWater 420
    On The Tasting Table

    SweetWater’s roots began back in Boulder, Colorado in the early 90′s while Freddy Bensch and Kevin McNerney were roommates at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

    During their time out west, they realized they had more of a hankering for beer than books. Once they were finished with school, it was time to either find a real job, or get serious in the brewing business. Easy choice, right? Freddy and Kevin headed off to the American Brewers Guild in California aka Brewing School to sharpen up their knowledge of “Fermentation Science”! After that they were off and running, brewing beer for other breweries around the west coast, learning their craft while keeping the dream of their own place alive.

    In the summer of 1996, the energy and action of the Olympics brought Freddy to Atlanta. He found this town in need of a West Coast style brewery and knew that he and Kevin were just the guys to turn the local brewing scene on its ear with the hoppy, aggressive ales they had been brewing for years. February 17, 1997 marked the official beginning of SweetWater Brewery, and a new style of brewing and selling beer in Atlanta.

    On The Tasting Table 6 – 8 PM

    420 Extra Pale Ale: A tasty West Coast Style Pale Ale with a stimulating hop character and a crisp finish. It was first brewed on April 20th 1997. 5.4% abv.

    SweetWater Blue: A unique lighter style ale enhanced with a hint of fresh blueberry. When you drink this beer take a good whiff first and you’ll smell the blueberry influence, but on the taste it’s extremely subtle and the finish is extra clean. Ain’t no fruit beer, but it is our breakfast beer, usually folks that are looking to quench their thirst or for those that are new to the “good beer” lifestyle; this is their choice. 4.9% abv.

    SweetWater IPA: This mammouth India Pale Ale is loaded with intense hop character and subjected to an extensive dry-hopping process. It’s unfiltered, leaving all the natural flavors intact. 6.3% abv.

    Take Two Pils: This adventurous golden blonde German style pilsner is brewed with a mad hatter’s dose of spicy floral hops. It’s beautifully Bohemian in body, earthy in soul, and it’s moving low. 5.0% abv.

    NINE SweetWater On Draft

    Georgia Brown

    Happy Ending Imperial Stout – Winner of 2014 World Beer Cup Silver Medal in the American-Style Stout category.

    2013 Festive Ale

    420 Extra Pale Ale – 2002 Silver Medal- Great American Beer Festival, 1997 – 2005 Creative Loafing Readers Choice – Best local beer

    SweetWater IPA

    Take Two Pils

    SweetWater Blue – 1998 World Beer festival Bronze Medal Winner – Fruit beer category

    Waterkeeper Hefeweizen

    Road Trip Pilsner

Virginia Craft Beer Events Happening Today, June 12th

Tomorrow Ardent Craft Ale will throw their doors open at 4pm.  I’ve heard a lot of great things about their beer and even the space.    If you haven’t seen the article on Richmond.Com, you can read about these guys here.
Be sure to follow them on their social media sites: FacebookTwitter & Instagram

  • 12 Jun 2014 16:00 – 16:00
    Überlin Berliner Weiss Collab Beer Co-Release at Strangeways & Capital Ale House #Richmond
    Get ready for the release of the Überlin Berliner Weiss; a collaboration Strangeways Brewing & Capital Ale House Richmond.

    This cloudy, sour, wheat beers origins date back to the 16th century in the region of northern Germany in and around Berlin, and was dubbed “The Champagne of the North” by Napoleon’s troops. This refreshing beer brewed formerly by Frederick the Great himself, can be enjoyed as is, or with a touch of traditional flavoured syrups such as Himbeersirup (Raspberry) or Waldmeistersirup (Sweet Woodruff made from wild baby’s breath). Your senses will witness a sharp tartness beneath a dry, fruity funkiness from the wild yeast fermentation. So the question is, are you up to the challenge?Pay attention to your social media (twitter, facebook, Instagram, etc.) for your chance to win Strangeways VIP tickets. We’re doing giveaways every day until the event and it’s an opportunity you want to get in on. Seriously.
  • 12 Jun 2014 16:00 – 16:00
    Steal the Vessel at Strangeways Brewing #Richmond
    Grunt Night! is more than just Grunts, now…Come in on Thursdays and you can Steal the Grunt, Growler, or to-go Blue Ball pint glass! Already have plenty? Then just bring in your Strangeways to go containers for specials on refills. We have over 20 beers on tap you can take to-go so stock up!
  • 12 Jun 2014 17:00 – 17:00
    Firkin Thursday at Alewerks Brewing #Williamsburg
    We could play a fun game where you all guess what cask we’ll be putting on tap this week, or we could just tell you. You all are lucky this time around.

    This week’s FIRKIN THURSDAY: Chaka Latte!

    This imperial coffee stout with added chocolate is sure to please! Let’s start the hype train.
  • 12 Jun 2014 17:00 – 19:00
    Hardywood Park Brewery Happy Hour at Bilbo Baggins #Alexandria
    Hardywood Park Brewery Happy HourThursday, June 12, 2014
    5-7 PMFeatured drafts: Bourbon Cru, Hoplar IPA, Great Escape IPA, Capital Trail Pale Ale, Singel, Sidekick Porter, Saison Rustica
  • 12 Jun 2014 17:00 – 17:00
    Young Veterans Beach Stormer Black Rye IPA Pint Night/Release Party at The Public House #Norfolk
    This Thursday at The Public House we are having a release party and pint night with The Young Veterans Brewing Company for their D-Day memorial brew, The Beach Stormer Black Rye IPA. We will have the glass can pint glasses that everyone loves so much but they are limited so show up early to snag one for yourself. Did I mention the beer is amazing also, one of the best they have ever brewed. Come by, enjoy some great beer, honor D-Day and take home a sweet commemorative glass (while supplies last).


  • 12 Jun 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.

  • 12 Jun 2014 18:30 – 18:30
    Beer School at Whole Foods #VirginiaBeach

    Beer School features a different topic each week. Space is limited to 60 people, and The Porch will be closed during the event. Register online to avoid the line.

    June 5 – Williamsburg AleWerks June 12 – Smartmouth June 19 – Andy’s Choice June 26 – Back Bay Brewing

    Tickets can be Purchased here.


  • 12 Jun 2014 19:30 – 19:30
    “The Diaries of Adam and Eve” at Albemarle Ciderworks #NorthGarden
    “The Diaries of Adam and Eve”
    Directed by ‘Derby’ Thomas

    A classic, comical take on the story of the Garden of Eden, based on short stories by Mark Twain. Adapted for the stage by local playwright Alex Citron.
    Starring Jack Rakes as Adam and Victoria Carter as Eve; with narration by Nathan Beatty.“The Diaries of Adam and Eve” will be performed in four top notch locations. Ticket prices vary. For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit our website: www.playontheatre.org.

    The Schedule:
    Thursday, June 12 @ 7:30 at Albemarle Ciderworks
    Friday, June 13 @ 7:30 at Albemarle Ciderworks
    Saturday, June 14 @ 7:30 at Albemarle Ciderworks
    Sunday, June 15 @ 2:00 at the Studio
    Thursday, June 19 @ 7:30 at the Studio
    Friday, June 20 @ 9:00 pm at Impulse Social Club
    Sunday, June 22 @ 2:00 at the Studio
    Thursday, June 26 @ 7:30 at the Studio
    Friday, June 27 @ 7:30 at Kilaurwen Winery
    Saturday, June 28 @ 7:30 at Kilaurwen Winery
    Sunday, June 29 @ 2:00 at Kilaurwen Winery