Beer News: A new pub, an old cyder, and a sewage beer

If one were to drink each beer released this weekend, one would have a quite a weekend.

James Talley strikes back

The big beer news of the week–as in the news is important, not about large-volume beers (although I’d be into that too)–is that James Talley will open a new spot on the south side of the river. You might remember Talley from such beer-nerd hits as the old Commercial Taphouse (RIP) and the current Cask Cafe. I’m trying not to get super excited about this but…he plans to do British things in this new space! One would hope English-style beer things as well?? ONE WOULD DARE TO DREAM??

Mekong: A new hope

Celebrations for Richmond’s favorite draftsman, An Bui! He welcomed a new tiny human into his family, thus expanding the number of folks in Richmond for whom beer really is the answer by one.

Return of the beersball

With spring comes the inexorable sport of baseball. I’m frequently told that the best part of baseball is the parts that don’t involve the actual sport of baseball, and lucky for us, this is the part that our local AA affiliate has absolutely perfected. To help you better enjoy non-baseball things while baseballing, The Diamond’s taps are stocked with a pretty solid lineup of brews from: Bold Rock, Center of the Universe, Strangeways, Hardywood, Legend, and Ardent.

Cyder with a “y”

I’d suggest you pick up a ticket to the Virginia Historical Society’s second History on Tap, but they’re 100% sold out. Shame, too, because for this round they’ve partnered with Blue Bee Cider to make a recipe from that 1742 cookbook classic, The Compleat Housewife. No, seriously, it was published for over 40 years and even has it’s own wikipedia page and everything. The Historical Society and Blue Bee will unveil the Compleat Cyder this coming Tuesday–of which you will not partake unless you already purchased a ticket–with a release at the cidery on May 2nd. Cidercraft Magazine has a short rundown on the recipe they used.

Fur babies welcome

I don’t have anything to add to this description of Strangeways’s BARK & Beer Fest:

Beer. Food. Contests. Dog-centric vendors. Facepainting. Prizes. Live music by Voodoo Dolls and Andrew Alli and Last Night’s Blues Band (more to come!) Even a pet blessing.

Families and “fur babies” are welcome. Proceeds benefit BARK.

National news…

Clean Water Services, a water utility in Oregon, wants to give treated, recycled sewage water to a group of home brewers who will then turn it into delicious beers. Presumably delicious, I guess. They’re still seeking some of the regulatory approval that’s needed to serve sewage to humans.

Bon Appétit has an article entitled “The Beer for People Who Don’t Think They Like Craft Beer,” which is a weird type of person to be. The beer style in question is a Helles Lager, and is a delicious, delicious style of beer for all sorts of people.

Did you hear Ben and Jerry’s teamed up New Belgium on a beer collaboration, a Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale? I loved this take by the Burlington Free Press and its assertion that Vermont is CLEARLY home to the best breweries in the world.

Takeovers and releases

  • This Saturday, Triple Crossing will release Black Cat IPA which is a Poe-themed collaboration with the Poe Museum. The day includes a sad poetry reading contest.
  • Also on Saturday, Isley debuts The Man Behind the Curtain, a 4.8% ABV session Pale Ale full of malts with a moderate bitterness. Sounds drinkable!
  • Lickinghole Creek drops Nuclear Nugget on your palates this Saturday as well. An Imperial Honey IPA with lots, and lots, and lots of hops (10.5% ABV, 105 IBU(!?)), don’t drink this one if you want to taste or drive anything for the rest of the evening.
  • I think, but I’m having a hard time finding a link to back it up, that Devils Backbone releases their 16 Point Imperial IPA this coming Tuesday at Sedona Taphouse.
  • Hardywood has two releases this weekend: a Walpurgisnacht-inspired Smoked Maibock and their Bourbon Barrel Cru. Plus there’s this Twin Peaks thing which people of a certain age will be stoked on.

‘Graming with @lccb_farmbrews

Photo by: Sky Noir

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