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
WHAT IS MEAD?
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.
WE WILL BE FEATURING:
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 #CharlottesvilleSweetWater Brewing Co.Tasting and Tap Event Wednesday 6/25
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
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
Take Two Pils
SweetWater Blue – 1998 World Beer festival Bronze Medal Winner – Fruit beer category
Road Trip Pilsner