What’s happening craft beer lovers of RVA?! Welcome to this week’s “Tapped,” RVA Magazine’s go to weekly craft beer column where you can find all your craft beer-related events, releases, festivals and all the booze news your little hearts’ desire.
If you missed last week’s beer news, you can check those out here. Our cup is overflowing with news this week from releases to events, and other cool happenings around town, so hold on to your mugs because we’re getting ready to tap this thing!
The biggest event this weekend is going down at Intermission Beer Company. The Glen Allen-based brewery is celebrating their one-year anniversary this Friday and Saturday with food trucks, music, prizes, and of course, beer. On Friday, they’ll have Firesides Food truck, music from The Robert Elwood Revival, and a Honey Hibiscus Saison. On Saturday, Thandie Catering LLC will be serving food, Intermission will release Virginia Center Common, and The Spirit Light Band will be providing the tunes. James River Winery will be on site selling wine and there will be special guest taps from Potter’s Farmhouse Dry Cider and Big Ugly Brewery. If that’s not enough to entice you, the brewery will have kick the keg prizes, raffles, and an announcement about their new membership club!
A lot going down at Hardywood this weekend. On Friday, the brewery will have its Tropic Like Its Hot Sour Ale, a collab brew with Ardent Craft Ales and Center of the Universe made with Butterfly Pea Flowers, Passionfruit, & Pineapple. Get this tart, tropical beer at their Richmond and Goochland locations.
Pumpkin lovers rejoice. Hardywood will release its Farmhouse Pumpkin this Saturday at their Richmond and Westcreek spot. Brewed in the style of the farmhouse ales of Belgium’s southern countryside, Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin utilizes a blend of rye, wheat, and barley. Ripe, flame-roasted Virginia sugar pumpkins and brown sugar provide this beer with a hearty backbone and cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice along with fresh ginger root round out this tasty brew. Get ready for a taste of fall.
Also on Saturday, the brewery is throwing down with its Tuckahoe Creek Americana Festival at their Goochland location. National, regional, and local music acts will perform on indoor and outdoor stages. The festival will also have local craft makers, bonfires, yard games, and food trucks. On the bill are newly-formed Americana band Holy Roller, Dharma Bombs, Hackensaw Boys, The Tillers, Dogwood Tales, The Judy Chops, VILLAGES, Alexa Rose, Mackenzie Roark, and Eliza Jane. Food trucks on site: Mean Bird, The Return of the Mac, Dank Eats, Grandpa Eddie’s Alabama Ribs & BBQ, Sara Lou’s New Orleans Style SnoBalls. General Admission tickets are $20 and VIP Guest will cost you $50, but includes access to an indoor private serving area, complimentary catered food throughout the day, and a Tuckahoe Creek Americana Music Festival commemorative glass, koozie, and poster. Snag yours here.
Starting on Friday, Strangeways Brewing will host its Long Weekend Beer Release Party. To quench your thirst, the brewery will release Smashburg Pacifica, a SMASH IPA, along with Radagast Cedar, a Fermented IPA made with Citra and Amarillo hops and aged on the planks of cedar trees, giving it the smells of sweet bark. Strangeways will also release its FEST Bavarian Lager. Lots of good choices for your Labor Day weekend festivities.
On Saturday, Petersburg’s Trapezium Brewery will release its Salted Caramel Brown Ale. Smooth, slightly sweet, roasty, and perfect to get you prepped for fall even though its a billion degrees out.
Triple Crossing is hitting you with a triple beer release this weekend at its Fulton spot. First up, the Double Dry-hopped Clever Girl IPA. Available in four-packs, the brew packs a punk with Mosaic and Citra taking a front seat on this one with pungent notes of citrus rind, orange, and mango. Next up is Citra Triangles, a 6% All Citra IPA. Soft, dank, yet tropical notes of guava, pungent peaches, oranges, and nectarines will tantalize your tastebuds. finally, the brewery will have Far Fields, 5% Warehouse Ale. This beer, born in a warehouse dating back to the 1960’s Fulton Hill neighborhood. This familiar Wallonian style will be a crisp and refreshing brew to beat this heatg.
Isley Brewing returns this Friday with its weekly infusion. This go around, they’re serving up a Mango Gose. HH kicks off at 4 pm.
Three Notch’d RVA Collab House has a decadent release for you this Thursday with their Dark Dessert mint chocolate milk stout. Pint Specials from 4-7pm
This weekend, Fine Creek will have 2 new coffee beers on draught, their Gürly Mann Coffee Cream Ale, brewed with Shenandoah Joe’s Gürly Mann espresso; and their Cold Brew Coffee Stout, brewed with Blanchard’s Dark as Dark roast coffee. The Powhatan brewery will also have their Macho Mug Super Session IPA and their Brut DIPA on draught. This Saturday, they will be tapping a cask of Strawberry Basil Hefeweizen and offering a STEAL THE GLASS with pours. The cask has their Bavarian Style Hefeweizen with added Strawberries and Opal and Genovese Basil from their gardens. Lots to choose from so get on it!
Vasen Brewing continues to celebrate their Gose Month will their Otter Series, a variety of four different goses including traditional German Gose The Otter and three variants, The Tangerine Otter, The Cranbiscus Otter, and The Añejo Otter.
Vasen will also release its Barrel-Aged Grapefruit Tripel, an abbey-style ale tonight. Citrusy and tart, perfect for these hot last few days of summer.
On Friday, Magnificant 7 DIPA returns to Final Gravity Brewing Co. Catch the taste of apricot, red grapefruit, and papaya with notes of resiny pine and black tea in this 8% brew.
For the final day of VA Craft Beer Month, Garden Grove Brewery & Urban Winery will release its collab brew with Lewis Ginter on Friday. This Belgian Gold features fresh herbs lemon verbena and pineapple sage from both their gardens. The folks from Lewis Ginter will have a table set up in the taproom and will be around to chat with folks. In addition to the release, we will be featuring some Authentic Brazilian music from RVA locals, Quatro na Bossa. $1 per pour benefits Lewis Ginter’s Ginter Urban Gardeners Grow Truck.
On Friday, Castleburg Brewery will release its All the King’s Horses IPA. This oat IPA is bursting with citrus, tropical fruit, and melon flavors. Get in the saddle and grab one of these brews!
This Friday, Buskey Cider will release its Maple-Spiced Cider in cans. Crafted with maple wood spirals, real vanilla beans, cinnamon, and maple syrup, this premium fall cider will get you in gear for the harvest and apple season.
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Tapped Photo By: Intermission Beer Company