Tapped: RVA's weekly craft beer roundup for 9/23-9/29

Posted by: Amy – Sep 23, 2015


What’s happening craft beer lovers of RVA?! Welcome to this week’s “Tapped,” RVA Magazine’s go to weekly beer column.

We've brewed up quite a bit of news so all you beer thirsty folks can be in the know about recent news and actually have something fun to do with your weekend other than sitting on the couch stuffing your face with Doritos and binging on Netflix.

We are gearing up for Fall and so are the breweries! So you know what that means! Pumpkin and other autumn-inspired beers so hold on to your mugs because we’re ready to tap this thing!

This round we still have some Oktobefest parties, some awesome beer releases and an oyster festival and other cool events! .

First check out last week’s full roundup here.

Last weekend was the first Know Good Beer Music Festival for Richmond on Brown's Island. It featured 60 craft beers and music from the Sleepwalkers! Check out are article on it here and pictures below:

St. Benedicts annual Oktoberfest was a big hit too! Check out the crowd below. We were there, but my boyfriend was in an embarassing hat so I'm kindly saving you from those photos and you can check out these photos of beer lovers competing in the stein contest instead!

Anyway, on to this week's news! Hold out your cups and get ready for the good stuff!

Probably one of the coolest events, which is centered around the huge UCI Bike Race going on all this week, is Triple Crossing Brewing's event A Taste of Richmond Bike Week Block Party on Thursday Sept. 24. There will be music from White Laces, food from the Cultured Swine so swing by after the races for tunes and their tasty brews from 12 to 10 pm.

The Answer Brewpub is getting into the spirit of the UCI Bike Race with a Bicycle-Themed Drink n Draw event this Sat., Sept 26. The Answer is offering discounts on beer for people who ride their bike to the bar!!

Strangeways has two really AWESOME beer releases coming out this weekend. First up, is the Rot In Hell Pumpkin Sour on Saturday.

The next is "Just Say Go," a Belgian Black Tripel that is a collaboration with harcore punk metal band Iron Reagan!! Yes, they are that cool. The beer will be released this Sunday and on top of that, Iron Reagan will be peforming along with Valient Thorr, GIVE and Unsacred. Read our story on the collaboration here.

Legend Brewing is celebrating the UCI Bike Race as well with a week-long Blues and Brews event featuring different blues bands every night for the racers, bike fans, and beer lovers of RVA. Check out the fler below for more info.

Ardent Craft Ales even made their own beer in honor of the big cycling event. Called Radler, its citrusy brew that the brewery made in collaboration with cycling apparel company Rapha. RVA News has more on the story here. It will be available in their taproom through the weekend.

Isley Brewing is hosting their first festival, "Fall Fest" on Saturday Sept. 26. The festival will include live music, food trucks, beer "infusions" and more. 12 to 10 pm.

Capital Ale is hosting their annual Oktoberfest party this Saturday with German beers, sausages, and more! They have a whole package so check that out here.

Center of the Universe is celebating the bike race with a Hanover Bike Fest and party in their beer garden tonight. Head out to Rutland Commons in Mechanicsville and enjoy an afternoon filled with live Music, local food vendors, COTU brews beers and more!

And sorry I have been slacking on my Center of the Universe beer updates, but they just released four cool ones last month I think you should know about. The Ashland brewery has four new smoked beers on draft including Cherrywood and Mesquite Dopplebocks, a Rye Smoked Porter, and a Smoked Mild Ale. Yum. Go check 'em out!

Garden Grove just released some new tasty brews as well. They're called Life and Death and I know first hand, they are delicious. Life is Belgian Quad with white wine that's sweet and peachy. Death is a Belgian Quad made with red wine. It's very intense. Go have yourself one or five at the Carytown brewery!

Starr Hill is still celebrating their Sweet 16 and this week they have a new beer for you. This Saturday, they will release the King of Hops Variant which includes Grapefruit and Habanero versions of their Imperial IPA.

To submit events or other beer-related news to RVA On Tap, please send all information to [email protected]. Cheers!

Words by Amy David