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Virginia Craft Beer Events Happening Today, April 2nd

If you missed the news over the past two days here a few things
Ardent Craft Ales has signed a distribution agreement with Brown Distributing. Last I heard they were still slating to opening the taproom late May.

Triple Crossing Brewing has set April 11th as their opening date. However, they will not be doing growlers fills until April 15th.
They are located at 113 S. Foushee St Richmond, Virginia 23220.

  • 2 Apr 2014 17:00 – 17:00
    RARE De Cam Oude Lambiek – 43 Hours of Bitter Next Week!! – Beer Education Wednesday at The Birch Bar #Norfolk


    De Cam Oude Lambiek

    SOLD OUT for 2013!

    Belgian Family Owned

    Suitable for Cellaring

    Barrel Aged/Cask Conditioned

    One of Belgium’s most sought after Lambics! Karel Goddeau is the Master Blender at the Geuzestekkerij De Cam in Gooik, the pearl of Payottenland in Flemish Brabant. De Cam occupies a barn on the grounds of a museum of folk life in Gooik in the heart of Lambic country. It is a setting right out of Brueghel. Karel is revered among Lambic lovers as one of the finest blenders working today. Base Lambics come from Girardin, Drie Fonteinen, Boon and Lindemans. The casks come from Pilsner Urquell. Many people have longed to see De Cam’s lambics in the U.S. and we are very proud to be able to finally offer them.

    We could wax poetic about the leathery, herbal, citric, woody, vanilla and buttery qualities—but the only way to truly appreciate it is to taste it yourself. The one quality we must emphasize is that this is an OUDE LAMBIEK (old Lambic) NOT Geuze. There is some very light sparkle to the beer but it is not intended to have the high champagne-like carbonation that Geuze aims for. Oude Lambiek is like a fine white wine and its stillness is a mark of this. De Cam’s Oude Lambiek is aged for a minimum 3 years in oak casks and then bottled (altogether 10 years of maturation!). There are only 1500 bottles in the entire United States. When De Cam opened it was the first of its kind in 40 years- a blendery dedicated to helping authentic Lambic beers to survive. Literally, when this product is gone it can never be made again.

    A mighty twelve Vanberg & DeWulf beers were named to the 2012 list edited by Chris Schonberger at Complex Media “100 Beers to Try Before You Die.” One among them is DeCam.

    We will be pouring this lambic by the glass, it is ordinarily a $50 bottle! An 6oz pour will be $10.

  • 2 Apr 2014 18:00 – 20:00
    Beer Run Weekly Beer Tasting #Charlottesville

    Breckenridge Taps and

    On The Tasting Table

    BreckenridgeIn February of 1990, Richard Squire opened the doors of Breckenridge Brewery, Colorado’s third craft brewery, in charming and historic Breckenridge. In 1992, the Brewery expanded its operations to Denver so that they could share the magic with more folks in Colorado. The Denver facility was the first Colorado brewery to package craft beer in 6-packs and 12-packs. Today, you can find the Breckenridge collection of beers in 32 states.

    On The Tasting Table 6 – 8 PM

    Avalanche Ale: A blend of pale and caramel malts – and just a kiss of bittering hops – to create a refreshing-but-flavorful, anytime beer. Aromas of pale grains, a semi-sweet middle and a clean-as-Coloradosnow finish. 4.4% abv.

    Vanilla Porter: Deep in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and Madagascar grows the perfect ingredient for an extraordinary Porter brewed in Colorado. Breckenridge Brewery’s Vanilla Porter. An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure. 4.7% abv.

    Agave Wheat: Agave complements the refreshingly light quality of Breckenridge wheat and adds a subtle note of flavor that expands this beer’s uplifting taste profile. It is familiar, yet creative. 4.2% abv.

    471 Small Batch India Pale Ale: 471 is a double IPA, that combines Pale, Munich, Caramel-30, Carapils and Torrified Wheat malts, with Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe and Fuggles hops. It has a big sweet mouthfeel, followed by more hoppiness than you’ve ever had at one time. 9.2% abv.

  • 2 Apr 2014 18:30 – 18:30
    World Class Craft Collaboration Beer Dinner at The Bungalow Lakehouse #Sterling
    The Bungalow Lakehouse
    46116 Lake Center Plaza
    Sterling, Virginia 20165

A Peek in the Week Ahead for Virginia Craft Beer

Well it’s Friday and NFL as well as College Football have started.  I’ve managed to keep my focus on this passion.  In fact I have some news today about a two new breweries opening and announcement of another coming soon.


Bartleby Hopsworth

Flying Mouse Brewing in Botetourt County (221 Precast Way Troutville VA) is holding their Grand Opening today.  They will be open 4-9 today and tomorrow and 2-6pm on Sunday.   From what I understand they will have three brews on hand and a limited seasonal.
No 3: Golden, fresh… and simply delicious. Lighter in color, but not in taste, the No. 3 is your go-to brew for the trail or backyard BBQ.
No 5: Bartleby’s brew of choice. The No. 5 has a tint of crimson to it, not quite an amber or red, but something all of its own. The perfect companion to watch the world go by.
No 8: Dark and moody. The No. 8 is full flavor in a stormy package. A little darker and a little bolder, this brew will get the gears turning with each sip.
Be sure to follow them on Facebook for event announcements or when they will release new stuff.

GrandOpenerYoung Veterans Brewing is hosting their Grand Opening on Sat Sept 7th.  They are located at 2505 Horse Pasture Road, Unit 104, Virginia Beach, VA 23453.  They will have six regular beers in their line up plus seasonals and limited releases.
Double IPA
This ale is not for the faint of heart. It’s specifically designed for the craft beer drinker who says, “Too hoppy? No such thing!” With a burst of America’s favorite hop strains, including Simcoe and Nugget, this ale does not disappoint on aroma, bitterness or flavor. If the sound of afterburners had a taste, it would taste like this! A sweet and complex malt profile helps to balance this hop bomb out. This ale will be brewed when the extremely popular hops used in it are available to us.
A German wheat beer with hints of pineapple and cinnamon. These thick wheat beers are one of the oldest styles of beer on Earth. The word ‘hefeweizen’ translated means “unfiltered wheat”, hence the beers cloudy appearance. We take this style in a new direction with the addition of real pineapple juice in the fermentation process. Pineapple Grenade is another brew meant to appeal to a wide variety of beer drinkers’ palettes. Wheat beers are enjoying growth worldwide in markets where new styles have been traditionally hard pressed to find a place, mainly due to their smooth and sweet taste profiles.
India Pale Ale
A red rye india pale ale. This beer combines a full bodied and complex malt profile with flavors of rye and intense hop flavor and aroma. It’s crystal clear red appearance, delectable fruity aroma, and lasting foamy head make it a drink to remember. With multiple additions of Amarillo and Pearle hops it appeals to the experienced ‘hop-head’ while still maintaining drinkability glass after glass.
Citra Hopped IPA
Our most drinkable IPA is designed to teach those that fear the bitter bite of any typical IPA that the india pale ale, when hopped with the right hops, can be extremely refreshing, enlightening, citrusy, and sessionable. It’s our recruiter to the IPA world of beers. With a crisp and clean finish and an aftertaste with notes of citrus and passionfruit, we will show the naysayers what IPAs are capable of.
Honey Blonde Ale
An extremely sessionable blonde ale that combines a light body and mouth feel with the full flavor of sweet honey malt and a crisp hop finish. This beer is designed to be light and thirst quenching, with a moderate 5% ABV. New Recruit Honey Blonde Ale is intended to lead typical craft beer haters or dedicated light pilsner drinkers to the greener pastures of the craft beer world. It’s unique light taste and extreme drink-ability will have everyone requesting a second, third and even fourth round. Inevitably these customers will become our “new recruits”.
American Stout
A drinkable stout called “Night Vision” for its pitch black appearance. It’s a beer that guides you towards the joys of dark beer styles. As far as flavor goes, this beer takes the cake with a light mouth feel but rich notes of chocolate and coffee malts as well as mellow hops. The flavors are well balanced to ensure that even those new to dark beers will be coming back for more of this one.

This bit of news I’ve known about for a few months but told to keep quiet.  Well the news is finally out of the bag.  The following has been released by Ardent Craft Ales:

Ardent_twitterFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Ardent Craft Ales To Open Richmond Brewery in Scott’s Addition

The short version is that we have signed a lease on a building in Scott’s Addition and are working through the architectural and construction planning. Our equipment has been ordered, and we are working on deciding what beers we will bring to market. There will be an on-site taproom, and we plan to open in early Spring 2014.

Make sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest information.

So here is a little view of upcoming events this week:
Starting on Sat. Sept 7th Three Brother’s Brewing is hosting a 3 Mile Run.  Here’s how they describe the run “The coolest, most unique, and refreshingly rewarding event for you and your friends in the ‘Burg. The Three Brothers Three Miler is a relay race that starts and finishes at Three Brothers Brewing in downtown Harrisonburg, VA. Live music, food trucks, and Three Brothers Brew greet you immediately following the race. The forecast calls for 100% chance of a good time.”  Check out their link to register and more information.
Also on Sat with the second full weekend of College Football the town of Winchester is having a Downtown Tailgate party.  Runs from Noon until 8pm.
On Monday Short Pump Pour House is hosting a Punts and Pints.  Come out and watch the Redskins mean while enjoying some brews from Lost Rhino Brewing.  Starts at 5pm. 
Tuesday beings the 43 Hours of Sour at The Birch Bar in Norfolk.  Come out and enjoy Sours including Cantillon’s Fortwith in celebration of “Zwanze Day”.
Also in Roanoke 1996 Ale House is hosting a Unibroue Beer Dinner.  There are tickets left better act now.
Wednesday Sept 11th, Billy Jack’s Wing Shack will host an Allagash Tap Takeover starting at 5pm.  In you are in Leesburg Tuscarorao Mill is hosting Beers of America Beer Dinner start at 7pm.  Last I check there were a few spots open.

And this ends our Weekly Review.  Follow me on Twitter for the last minute updates.