What’s happening craft beer lovers of RVA?! Welcome to this week’s “Tapped,” RVA Magazine’s go to weekly craft beer column where youday 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 news this week comes from Goochland-based farm brewery Lickinghole Creek. RVA Mag had the chance this past week to get a sneak peek at their new location that will open in Shockoe Bottom, located at 1717 E. Franklin St., this Friday. The party for LCCB Goodwater Brewpub will kickoff from 12-9 pm with entertainment, food and of course…new beers.
Isley Brewing will release its Up All Night Coffee Porter today, which will be on tap and available for crowler and growler.
Hardywood has a stacked weekend of releases for you starting with their Christmas Pancakes release this Friday. The brew is a GBS variant with the nostalgic breakfast-time flavor of maple syrup! The beer is draft only, and will be available for tasting in the taproom and in growler fills to go.
On Saturday, Hardywood will also release its Apple Brandy GBS variant. This apple brandy barrel-aged imperial milk stout crescendos with notes of honey, chocolate, and fragrant cinnamon LIMIT: 4 bottles/guest per transaction. Guests are permitted to get back in line. Price: $15.99+tax/bottle.
Strangeways Brewing has a triple release going on this weekend. First up, this Wednesday, is their Gingerbread Gourd of Thunder Imperial Pumpkin Porter which is a variant of their Gourd of Thunder is aged in oak barrels and seasoned with gingerbread goodness.
On Friday, Strangeways will release its Reindeer Fuel Imperial Stouts. The first, Reindeer Fuel Imperial Stout w/Coffee & Vanilla conditioned on 10 pounds of Counter Culture coffee and rich Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans to boost the flavors of this decadent stout. The second brew, Reindeer Fuel Spiced Imperial Stout just in time for the holidays.
Finally, on Saturday, Strangeways will release its Thistle Jillya Scotch Quad. The brew is a hybrid between a Scotch Ale and a Belgian Quad aged for a full year in Macallan Scotch barrels.
Steam Bell Beer Works will release its Bourbon Maple Brindle Brown Ale today, a 5.5% bourbon aged version of their Brindled Brown Ale that has been fermented with maple syrup, vanilla, and cinnamon.
And on Friday, Steam Bell will host a Tree Lighting. The Chesterfield brewery will have cookies and milk (while supplies last) for the kids + cookies and milk stout for the adults.
Looking for a dessert beer? Lebkuchen Ale is pouring on nitro at Legend! A holiday special inspired by German spice cakes made especially for the season. Like its namesake, tastes of molasses, brown sugar and cinnamon.
RVA Magazine President John Reinhold and Three Notch’d RVA Collab House have partnered up to release “Feeding Frenzy”, a 7.9% hazy, fruity, DIPA. Stop in and grab a fresh pint at the RVA Collab House. Opening early at 1pm!
Vasen Brewing in Scott’s Addition just released its DOUBLE AMERICAN PALE SAISON: Bursting with aromas of grapefruit and lychee, this soft, hazy golden ale is brewed exclusively with Maris Otter malt and Amarillo hops. Come check it out this week in the taproom.
Fine Creek Brewing will release two new beers; our Imperial Thai Tea Milk Stout and ‘Cascadian Boheme’ Hopped Pilsner which was hopped with Cascade hops. They will also have a firkin of their cask conditioned Oatmeal Stout on Saturday. East Lex Boys will also be playing here on Saturday from 4:30-7:30.
On Friday, Center of the Universe will host its Shut Up Release Party. This year, Shut Up is a 10.2% Doppelbock aged in Napa Red Wine Barrels and Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrels.
On Friday, the One Drop DIPA returns to Final Gravity Brewing Co. Revisit the refreshing citrus flavors of Lemondrop, Mosaic, and Citra hops and take a few Crowlers to go.
The Veil Brewing Co. will host their first annual Dark Daze Black Friday special. Dark Daze is celebration of stouts and other dark, complex, malt forward beers.
We will have over 10 different dark beers on draft from us in addition to our other standard offerings. There will be no guest beers pouring.
On Friday, Buskey Cider will release its Gold Rush Cider. This is the next exciting single varietal cider in our series celebrating individual Virginia apples. This apple is a cousin of the Winesap Apple, and is bright and intense due to the high acidity of the apple.
Any submissions or ideas for Tapped can be emailed to Amy at [email protected] Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!
Top Photo Credit: Lickinghole Creek