Good Morning, RVA: Beer, fried fish, bike hangs (best day ever?)

Why yes, it is a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

Photo by: cpjRVA

Good morning, RVA! It’s 62 °F, and today’s weather forecast looks beautiful. Expect highs in the upper-80s, tons of sun, and an extremely likely chance of patio-based happy hours throughout the city.

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Ballast Point, makers of the absolutely delicious Grapefruit Sculpin IPA (which scores a 99 on Beer Advocate), announced they will open a location out in Botetourt County. This makes for the fourth West Coast brewery to open an East Coast outpost in Virginia: Green Flash Brewing Company, Stone Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, and, now, Ballast Point Brewing Company. Pardon me while I sing “We are the Champions” quietly to myself.

Karri Peifer at the RTD reports that Croaker’s Spot will reopen their original location in Jackson Ward, which, dang, has been closed for six years. The same folks also own the recently-opened Sugar’s Crab Shack on Chamberlayne, a place I’ve yet to try but, along with Sugar Shack Donuts (no relation), makes my bike ride home from work smell amazing.

Keep your eye on this Danville court case related to HB 587–that’s the one dealing with whether or not localities can remove Confederate war memorials. While I don’t agree with the lawyer who’s fighting to keep a Confederate flag flying over Danville, I do agree with him that the current legislation is confusing.

This…does not seem awesome. Audio from that Public Safety Standing Committee will be up on The Boring Show soon (now on iTunes).

Style Weekly’s Best of Richmond issue is out! There a million and a half categories (including most addictive de-cluttering technique–I bet you know what that one is), so you may just want to go pick up a paper copy and settle down with a beverage of your choosing for a good long while.

Communal bike hangs! I am into this idea and will totally be taking part in tomorrow’s inaugural Breakaway RVA ride. You should, too!

Vox has put together some links and context surrounding the investigation into Governor McAuliffe’s fundraising. Honestly, the article is more about how campaign finance is gross and works counter to what most people believe should be allowed.


  • In your face, Binghamton! Squirrels even the series with a 3-0 win. They’ll continue tonight at 6:35 PM.
  • Nats beat the Mets 7-4 and wrap that series today at 1:05 PM.

This morning’s longread

The Insane Story Behind Iconic Hot Sauce Brand Tapatio’s Legacy

Hot sauce longread!

Why the name Tapatío? Is there a story behind that name?

Luis: When my father started the business, it was called Cuervo. Because on my mother’s side, there was a direct relation to the Jose Cuervo family.

Dolores: She was a Cuervo. Oh, wow.

Luis: And so, my father, when he started the company, he said, “It’s a family name, it’s a catchy name.” So probably two years into it, he got sued by Jose Cuervo! But the funny thing is, he had the state trademark here in California to sell Cuervo. So if Cuervo was to sell or advertise, they would be infringing on our trademark. So he had several meetings with them through an uncle. Basically he said, “Look. They need the name, we need the money to grow, so why not just buy out that name?” Cuervo said, “Okay, that’s fine. Let’s do that.” So we had that full year to make the slow transition to Tapatío.

This morning’s Instagram

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