So many places to go, things to do

There’s so much going on, what with Halloween, brewery anniversaries and RVA Beer Week, that all the upcoming events would not fit in my usual space in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. So here’s a more complete rundown, and if you see anything missing, let me know at (You can also check out event listings at, and other sites.)


Oct. 25: Triple Crossing Brewing Co., 113 S. Foushee St., will host a Hops and Heal event to benefit the World Pediatric Project, a Richmond-based group that treats children suffering from birth defects in developing countries and empowers the local medical communities to provide better care for children. The brewery will release Skellington Stout, a pumpkin spice stout with a “heavy dose” of Black Hand coffee. Noon to sunset. Live music and food trucks. Call (804) 308-0475 or visit

Oct. 25: The Answer Brewpub, 6008 W. Broad St., will hold its first Halloween Bash beginning at noon. Festivities include pumpkin carving, a costume contest, specials on beer and live music. Call (804) 282-1248 or visit

Oct. 25: Center of the Universe Brewing Co., 11293 Air Park Road in Ashland, will hold its inaugural Growl-O-Ween event. Costumes and canines welcome. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of Hanover Dog Parks and the Hanover Humane Society. 2 to 5 p.m. Call (804) 368-0299 or visit

Oct. 25: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane, will hold its Third Anniversary Party with Third Anniversary Ale, a Berliner Weisse with three variations — cranberry, apricot and raspberry. Food trucks and live music. 2 to 9 p.m. Call (804) 420-2420 or visit

Oct. 25: Isley Brewing Co., 1715 Summit Ave., will hold its First Anniversary Birthday Bash starting at noon. Live music begins at 2 p.m. with Chris Buerkley and The People’s Key. Call (804) 716-2132 or visit

Oct. 31: Legend Brewing Co. will hold its Legendary Halloween Party, with a Haunted Brewery Tour and costumes for staff and Manchester Mug Club members. Donations accepted to UnBound RVA. Music by DJ PJ. 8 pm. to midnight. Call (804) 232-8871 or visit

Oct. 31: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery will hold Night of the Living ’70s, “resurrecting the most wickedly rapturous years of American rock and roll, New Wave and punk” with bands covering music from the era. 7 p.m. to midnight.


RVA Beer Week events (that I know of!!)

Oct. 31-Nov. 2: Strangeways Brewing, 2277A Dabney Road, will celebrate Vatos Muertos Release Weekend. An imperial stout, Vatos Muertos is brewed with agave nectar, jalapenos and other ingredients, then aged for three months in Mexican tequila barrels. The event starts that Friday at 4 p.m. and continues to 7 p.m. Sunday. For more details, call (804) 303-4336 or visit

 Nov. 1: Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, 4100 Knolls Point Drive in Goochland County, celebrates the release of La Calavera Catrina Tequila-Barrel Three Chopt Tripel aged on lime zest. Festivities include a Day of the Dead Extravaganza with an artisans’ fair, farmers’ market, food trucks, costume contest and live music. Noon to 7 p.m. Call (804) 314-4380 or visit

Center of the Universe Brewing Co., 11293 Air Park Road in Ashland, will hold a release party for the 2014 version of El Duderino, its White Russian stout. 1 to 9 p.m. Call (804) 368-0299 or visit

Isley Brewing Co., 1715 Summit Ave., will release a pin of its “one-time only” bourbon-barrel-aged Stunt Dubbel Pumpkin Ale. 5 p.m. Call (804) 716-2132 or visit

Strangeways Brewing will feature the debut of its Can-able Crowler (combined can-growler) Filler and Trick-or-Treat pairings with candy from Southern Season all week, Oct. 31 through Nov. 9.

Learn to Homebrew Day, sponsored by the James River Homebrewers in conjunction with the American Homebrewers Association, will be held at Ardent Craft Ales, 3200 W. Leigh St., beginning at 10 a.m. Extract, all-grain and brew-in-a-bag methods will be demonstrated. For details, email

Nov. 2: Autumn Bottom Brews at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market will feature beers from 15 craft breweries. Food and live music included. Noon to 5 p.m. For details, go to

Isley Brewing Co. will host a brunch with its brewers at 1 p.m. in the tasting room.

 Nov. 3: Center of the Universe sponsors Jackass Flats at The Broadberry, 2729 W. Broad St., playing the soundtrack of “The Big Lebowski,” the inspiration for El Duderino. 8 p.m.

RVA Appreciation Night at The Answer Brewpub. Call (804) 282-1248 or visit

Nov. 4: Kick the Keg Night at The Answer Brewpub. Call (804) 282-1248 or visit

Nov. 5: Ardent Craft Ales, 3200 W. Leigh Street, plans a Honey Ginger Farewell Party for its summer seasonal ale. 4 to 10 p.m. Call (804) 359-1605 or visit

A Bike Crawl sponsored by Legend, Hardywood and Strangeways breweries will be held with stops at Agee’s Bicycles, Portrait House, Postbellum and the Cask Café. Maps of the route will be provided; beers from each brewery will be tapped at every stop. Call (804) 232-8871 or visit

The Answer Brewpub will sponsor a Center of the Universe Stout Event. Call (804) 282-1248 or visit

Official book launch of “Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City,” hosted by the Fountain Bookstore, at Southern Railway Taphouse, 111 Virginia St. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call (804) 874-6069 or visit the book’s Facebook page.

Nov. 6: Legend Brewing Co. will release HooVale, the fourth in this year’s Urban Legend Series. The spiced holiday ale, brewed in collaboration with Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet, is inspired by the tale that Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was based on the author’s not getting into the University of Virginia. Time and site TBD.

Lickinghole Creek will have a tap takeover at Bailey’s Smokehouse and Tavern, 7502 W. Broad St.

Center of the Universe will have a tap takeover at the Short Pump Burger Bach, 2225 Old Brick Road.

The Anwer Brewpub will host a tap takeover by Founders Brewing Co. of Michigan.

Nov. 7: Center of the Universe hosts The Big LeByrdski, screening of “The Big Lebowski” at the Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., and pouring of El Duderino and other COTU beers. The event benefits the Byrd Theatre Foundation. 7 to 10:30 p.m. After-party at Portrait House, 2907 W. Cary St.

Nov. 8: Ardent Craft Ales will feature five different IPAs in IPAaaaaal Day. Varieties will include IPAs brewed with Mosaic and Citra, Belma, Falconer’s Flight and Crosby Hops Farm Blend hops. Noon to 10 p.m.

Isley Brewing Co. will have a tap takeover at Capital Ale House Downtown, 623 E. Main St.

The Answer Brewpub will host a tap takeover by Blue Mountain Brewing Co.

Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane, will release its 2014 Gingerbread Stout. 2 to 9 p.m.

Nov. 9: The fifth annual Richmond Beeristoric Tour will be held with stops at the James River Steam Brewery caves and other historic beer sites. Tickets are available only through Strangeways Brewing during regular business hours. Buses depart from Mekong Restaurant at 11:30 a.m. and Capital Ale House Downtown at noon. Tickets are $58. Call (804) 303-4336 or visit This might be sold out–call before going to get tickets.

About admin

I am a writer. And a musician/songwriter. And a husband/father. I love good beer, the outdoors, the embrace of family, the company of true friends, the telling of a good story and the inner peace derived from quiet reflection in solitude. Recently I have specialized in beer writing. My most recent adventure is "Virginia Beer: A Guide from Colonial Days to Craft's Golden Age" published fall 2018 by University of Virginia Press. In October 2014, "Richmond Beer: A History of Brewing in the River City" was published by History Press. "Charlottesville Beer: Brewing in Jefferson's Shadow," followed in January 2017. Send me an email at As you can see from this site, however, my interests are broader than beer. Spend time, leave a comment or just enjoy. Lee
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