Beer News: Coffee stout with strangers, horses, and more beer dinners

I’m still surprised that every week there’s enough beer to warrant an entire column.

Horses, what’s with ’em?

This weekend, the shortest sporting event in all of sports takes place, and Center of the Universe is throwing their third annual Kentucky Derby party to celebrate. You’ll get your live music, your food trucks, your best hat contest (!), and a Kentucky-Derby-inspired Kölsch. Doors open at 1:00 PM.

Beer for dinner

Ardent and Southbound will team up for the very first beer dinner at Ardent’s Scott’s Addition brewery on May 4th (that’s Monday, y’all). Tickets are $70 per person and include five courses, snacks, sides, and six beers. The menu looks delicious–more of these types of things, please!

Don’t talk to strangers unless they have coffee

Do you guys know about Coffee with Strangers, with Kelli Lemon? Normally Kelli grabs some coffee and a stranger, and then they talk about life for a couple minutes. This week she and Hardywood’s Head Brewer Brian Nelson share a conversation and a coffee stout. I love oral history!

Beer o’ clock

Oh, hey, Triple Crossing is now open until 10:00 PM Tuesdays through Thursdays. More time for drinking great beer!

Beering for a good cause

Beyond Boundaries has the truly excellent mission of offering individuals–no matter their physical, cognitive, or economic situation–the opportunity to experience outdoor activities. You could do a million worse things with your Sunday than drinking at Hardywood for such an wonderful cause.

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Someone didn’t think too hard (or at all) when greenlighting the following slogan for Bud Lite’s #upforwhatever campaign: “The perfect beer for removing ‘no’ from your vocabulary for the night.”

Here’s a long article about all of the recent mergers and acquisitions going on in the craft beer industry.

Have you see this rad chart of beer styles? Someone should buy it for me/you!

Takeovers and releases and things

  • Lickinghole will release their Fearnought Bourbon Barrel Imperial Brown Ale. The standard Lickinghole warnings apply: limited availability, plan on not driving anywhere for a while after downing a bottle, etc.
  • The Answer wraps up their first week of releases with the unveiling of Grand Larceny, a Mosaic and Citra-hopped Double IPA.
  • This Sunday, Hardywood brewers Ken “the Lager Wizard” and Nick will drop some german beer knowledge at the Cask while working through the brewery’s three German classics: Pils, Maibock, and Berliner Weisse.
  • Legend will release their new summer seasonal, Z Dam Ale, in conjunction with the Celebrate the River 5K. It’s another one of those things where you can run and then drink, which is fine I guess, but what if–and stay with me here–what if you drank and then just drank some more? Just spitballing.
  • Isley wins the best-named-beer award with their “Jah’s Fire Smoked Marleywine.” As their Facebook says, when “you sip, you feel no pain.”

‘Gramming with @strangewaysrva

Only Brewed 4 Cuban Linx bottles!!!! #RVAbeer #rvasour #tastethelocal

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Photo by: Jellaluna

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Ross Catrow

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