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. We are kicking off Virginia Craft Beer Month and 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!
Steam Bell Beer Works has a few releases for you this weekend. First up, the return of Twelve Trees on Saturday. The brew is a 5.9% ale fermented with pears, coriander and orange peel. Live music, food trucks.
Also on Saturday, Steam Bell will release Attaboy Brown Ale, a recipe founder Brad Cooper perfected in his home brewing days with family friend Mike Snead. This hoppy and well-balanced ale is their take on an American Brown.
Center of the Universe is celebrating VA Craft Beer Month and gearing up for Pride with a collaboration beer and celebration with VA Pride on Saturday. At their COTU-Cabana party, the Ashland brewery will release Tropic Like It’s Hot, a Hefeweizen with passionfruit, pineapple and lime brewed in partnership with Ardent, Hardywood, and Virginia Pride. The theme is tropical obviously, and the day’s activities include free salsa lessons, tropical cocktails made with the beer, a Carmen Miranda lookalike contest, and special guest bartenders.
Hardywood has packed a ton of festivities into this weekend starting tomorrow with their Food Court.
On Friday, they will release their Strawberry Papaya Berliner Wiesse, a German-style sour wheat ale on draft and growler fills.
On Friday, Hardywood is also celebrating Toast’s 5-year anniversary with a collaboration beer release with them. No details on the brew itself you will just have to head to Toast, located at 7007 Three Chopt Rd. and see.
On Saturday, Hardywood will also host Culture Clash Music Fest, an elcectic mix of bands brought to you by Plan 9 Music, WRIR 97.3 fm Richmond Independent Radio, Multiflora Productions and Hardywood Park.
Triple Crossing is overflowing with beer releases this weekend. they will have a quad can release at the Fulton location. Here’s the rundown:
Waxing Poetic Berliner Peach Pineapple – A 4% rotating fruit forward berliner series with some new fruit in the fold. Lager Bier- 4.5% ABV – First time the brewery has canned an unfiltered German style lager. Bright lemon yellow hue and unequivocally drinkable. Ivory Tower DIPA 8% – The Lockout Series returns. This time around the beer features Mosaic, Simcoe, Chinook, Citra and Columbus hops. Interstellar Burst DIPA 8% – Galaxy, Citra and El Dorado. Notes of grapefruit, nectarine and dank tropical fruits.
Also on Friday at their first location on South Foushee St., Triple Crossing will release Salinity Gose, their take on a Gose featuring salt and coriander in crowlers.
Midnight Brewery is continuing with their Saturday shindig this weekend, this time with Poor Boy Burgers and Church Hill Music Co., and of course their craft brews.
Three Notch’d Brewing Company RVA Collab House is back with its Thursday collaboration, this week its “Waterman” a wheat ale brewed with Crosswind Paddle Co. Collab taps at 5pm, Brewer’s Toast after 6pm and t pint specials on the 1st keg until it kicks or until 9pm.
On Friday, Three Notch’d has partnered with Mechanicsville’s Lush Cupcakes for a special pairing. The alcohol-infused treats will four unqiue flavors that were made with Three Notch’d beer. Each cupcake and topped with various flavors and liquors in the buttercream. Come grab a flight of cupcakes for $10.00, or individual cakes for $3.00 each. Then, step on over to the bartender and snag a matching flight of the four beer pairings.
Buskey Cider looks like they will have a new delicious treat this weekend with the launch of their Habanero Honey Cider. Made in collaboration with Belle Isle Premium Moonshine, the cider will be released this Friday at 5:30 at Fat Dragon Chinese Kitchen and Bar.
The Veil Brewing Co. wants to extend summer as long as they can with their Forever Summer Festival this Saturday. 100% of the proceeds go to ChildSavers. There will be 3x sessions: -Session A:11am-2pm, Session B:2:30-5:30pm, and Session C:6-9pm. *THERE WILL BE NO AFTER PARTY* Two tickets max per person so get them early! Tickets are $90+each. Food not included, check out link above for food vendors and more details. Tickets here.
Final Gravity will release Scientifical Madness, a 8% DIPA that will be tapped at the brewery and for The Veil’s FOrever Summer Fest.
On Thursday, from 3 to 8 pm, Fine Creek Brewing Company in Powhatan will host a benefit for the Fine Creek Fire Department. A portion of all proceeds from the night will go toward FCFD.
Garden Grove Brewing Company will release their Spice Bush Strong Belgian Gold this weekend. The 8.5% brew is brewed with spices including foraged spice bush leaves, and brewed in collaboration with VCU’s River Rice Center.
Any submissions or ideas for Tapped can be sent to Amy at [email protected] Cheers!