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!
This Saturday, The Veil Brewing Co. will kick off its Forever Summer Fest, an annual charity festival which will take place outside at The VA War Memorial overlooking the James River and Richmond city. This year, the brewery is focusing on funky, wild and sour beer, offering 3oz pours from some of the best breweries in the country/world. 100% of the proceeds will be going to our friends at ChildSavers. You can check out some of the featured breweries (over 20) in the link above. -Session A: 11am-2pm, -Session B: 2:30-5:30pm, -Session C: 6-9pm. 200 tickets sold for each session. Tickets will be $100+tax/fees each. Tickets include a Forever Summer Festival glass and guaranteed 3oz pours from each brewery present. Now that’s a serious throwdown!
So BIG news over at Strangeways Brewing. The Dabney Road brewery will release the first ever beer made in Virginia with CBD on Saturday. Their “C.H.U.D. CBD Imperial Red Ale,” is made with a monstrous amount of Mosaic, Sorachi Ace, Simcoe, Mandarina Bavaria, Citra, and Amarillo hops. Along with the beer release, the brewery will host a “Hops, Hemps, & Hounds” event Best Bully Sticks will have a new line of dog treats, Happy Hempies Healthy Body treats, that they are launching that day. Shenandoah Shepherd Rescue, The Woofy Wellness Ranch and Goatocado are all joining the party. Come out learn more about the benefits of hemp infused treats to support your dogs’ wellness. Oh yeah, and to get some CBD-infused brews.
Cans of the tropical paradise IPA Pineapple Great Return along with Mamaw’s Mean Cobbler will be back in the taproom at Hardywood will be back this Friday.
This weekend, Fine Creek will bring back their Gürly Mann Coffee Cream Ale, which is brewed with Shenandoah Joe’s Gurly Mann Espresso. They also have a little of the Blueberry Grisette and Thai Tea Milk Stout left so make sure you stop by and snag some of that if you haven’t already. Thursday Fine Creek will be hosting another Bluegrass Jam with some locals, and holding a benefit Night for Shalom Farms, a regional food access and community development project located right up the road from them. Friday Addison Liming will be playing in the taproom. Saturday Rob Oliver will be playing in the taproom.
The Grid returns to Triple Crossing’s Fulton location to fill you with delightful bright tropical notes of passionfruit, guava, mango, and peaches
Mesa, Triple Crossing’s Hoppy Table Beer will also be making its appearance at the Fulton spot. This bright and citrus forward blonde ale is hitting you with notes of pithy orange rind and citrus, perfect for these muggy hot days.
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.
They also just released a Raspberry Sour Saison to their lineup. Get in there and try this crisp, clean refreshing brew while you’re sipping one of their sours.
It’s Flagship Flight Week over at Legend Brewing Company. A special flight highlighting the brewery’s famous Brown Ale and Brown Ale variations- Imperial Brown Ale, Brown Ale aged in Bourbon Barrels, and our Toasted Coconut Brown Ale will also be available for tastings. Pairs well with our bratwurst, beer cheese, and house-made spicy brown mustard all prepared using our Brown Ale in the recipe! Mouth watering already!
This Saturday, Kindred Spirit Brewery will celebrate their 2nd Anniversary with a special beer release, food trucks, and live music. The Goochland brewery will have its special KSB Anniversary Ale, with performances by Bobby Baine and Andrew Alli & The Mainline. River City Wood Fired Pizza and Smok-N-Pigz will serve up delicious eats.
Three Notch’d RVA Collab House returns this Thursday with its weekly collaboration. This go around, the brewery has churned out “Minor Accomplishment, a DIPA with Citra hops made by Head Brewer Willey Broaddus. Specials from 4-7pm.
Center of the Universe will host its 2nd Annual Circle the Wagon BBQ Cookoff and Concert this Saturday. Benefiting Circles Ashland, the festival will feature 5 BBQ vendors, 2 awesome bands, along with a Pro BBQ Competition, and amateur BBQ sauce competition, 50/50 raffles, a silent auction, and other unique items to raise money for the charity. Vendors include Saucy’s BBQ, GPE BBQ Mobile Kitchen, Jake’s Place, The UFO Truck, and Freekin’ Rican – Puerto Rican Food Carts & Catering. Free.
Final Gravity has Space Force, a DIPA which was Brandon Tolbert‘s first original Final Gravity brew on tap Friday. Armed with an abundance of Mosaic and Galaxy hops – this DIPA is ready to battle it out with a bouquet of floral notes and citrus undertones. Crowlers available.
Today, Canon & Draw Brewing Company releases its second iteration of their Sole Accomplice Double IPA series, this time brewed with 100% Citra. For those who didn’t get the chance to try this at VA Craft Brewers Fest, now is your chance!
Submissions or ideas for Tapped can be emailed to Amy at [email protected] Cheers!
Tapped Photo By: The Veil Brewing Co.