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Devils Backbone 2016 Adventure Pack Collaboration Sampler

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Brewed with NoDa, Sun King, Surly, Thunder Road and Wicked Weed

DB Adventure PackSix great breweries; assuredly six great beers – in January, Devils Backbone debuts their 2016 annual Adventure Pack Collaboration Sampler, featuring five creative collaborations and their award-winning Vienna Lager. Notable collaborations include one Australian brewery and a beer with ingredients from seven summits around the world.

Collaboration beers are:

Session IPL (3.8% ABV; 60 IBU), a session India-style pale lager brewed with hop-centric NoDa Brewing from Charlotte, North Carolina. At only 3.8% ABV, the hoppy, crisp beer was brewed with Vienna malts, oats and Northern Brewer, Simcoe and Azacca hops.

Another State of Kind (6.8% ABV; 68 IBU), a double dank cream-style ale, showcasing the craft cream credentials of Sun King Brewery from Indianapolis, Indiana. Brewed with plenty of Simcoe and Columbus hops, this beer is a creative combination of a cream ale and a double IPA. 

Risen (8.4% ABV; 50 IBU), a coffee and oak, double brown ale brewed with Surly Brewing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, which Beer Advocate named Best Brewery in America. The brown ale was brewed with lots of locally roasted coffee and rested on oak for a toasted finish.

Double Pacific Ale (8.4% ABV; 50 IBU), a strong Australian-style ale, brewed with Thunder Road Brewing Company, debuting in the U.S from Melbourne, Australia. Pacific ale, an emerging style, features Australian and New Zealand hops. This collaboration beer is made with Aussie Galaxy hops.

Seven Summits (10.5% ABV; 20 IBU), an imperial stout, brewed with Wicked Weed of Asheville, North Carolina. Added ingredients for Seven Summits were inspired by the world’s famed Seven Summits: coconut (South America’s Aconcagua summit), cocoa (Africa’s Kilimanjaro summit), blue-green algae (Antartica’s Vinson summit), American oak (North America’s Denali summit), pink Himalayan sea salt (Asia’s Everest summit), black rye bread (Europe’s Elbrus summit) and Wattle seeds (Australia’s Mt. Kosciuszko summit).

The 12 pack will hit shelves in mid-January in Virginia, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina and West Virginia. 

“We really enjoy the collaboration process,” said Devils Backbone brewmaster Jason Oliver. “Creatively, as brewers we get to learn from each other from recipe formulation to working with new ingredients and brewing techniques.  It also allows us the opportunity to introduce beer lovers to highly sought after breweries they might otherwise not have access to due to each brewery’s distribution area.”

“We had a great time brewing with Walt and Luke Dickinson from Wicked Weed, Chad Henderson from NoDa, Todd Haug from Surly, Clay Robinson from Sun King Brewery and Marcus Cox from Thunder Road,” said lead brewer Nate Olewine. “In the end, we wound up with five incredible beers, including the highest and lowest ABV beers we’ve brewed to date at Outpost.” 


James River Brewery Belgian Holiday Ale

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James River Brewery releases their first holiday ale on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. Belgian Holiday is an amber ale with fresh ginger and coriander as well as Belgian yeast. This is a limited release available only in the taproom and only on draft. The beer will probably be available for a couple weeks afterwards, so if you can’t make it on Dec. 11, you can still celebrate the holidays with James River’s Belgian Holiday Ale! 

James River Brewery is located in an 1840 tobacco warehouse in the small, historic river town of Scottsville, Virginia on the James River. You can enjoy their beers fresh onsite in the rustic tasting room or the beer garden beside Mink Creek

James River Brewery

561 Valley Street, Scottsville VA 24590


Taproom opens at 4 p.m.


Holiday Gifts for Richmond Beer Lovers

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Beer Lover Books & Wares

Dec. 10, 2015 - Richmonders have two distinct opportunities to find resources for gifts for the beer aficionado in their life.

Ardent Craft Ales Annual Beer Craft Market

On December 12, 1-6 p.m., Ardent Craft ales presents an on-site market, featuring local beer-centric vendors selling their wares in the covered brewery space.

Food trucks will also be on site for this family-friendly afternoon. The day also highlights release of Ardent’s Rum Barrel-Aged Dark Rye.

Ardent Craft Ales

3200 W. Leigh St. Richmond, VA 23230


Best Beer Books

The First Drafts beer column for Thursday, Dec. 17, features beer book recommendations from some local Richmond beer celebs. For yourself or as gifts, see which books should be next on the reading or buying list! Pick up the First Drafts column in Thursday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch or visit on the Food & Drink tab, click on Beer, Wine & Spirits.



Breckenridge Brewery at Jack Brown's Richmond

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I’ll admit it. This event targets two of my weaknesses. 


Jack Brown's Beer & Burger JointFirst, I have a weakness for the Richmond location of Jack Brown’s Beer and Burger Joint. I love to check in, so Jack Brown’s feeds my need. (Go to my Untappd or Runkeeper feeds should you want to verify my claim.) No, I’m nowhere near Notched Club status, but if I lived closer, I’d be up there with the best of them!


And Breckenridge Brewery? That represents one of my gateways into craft beer, with fond memories from my early days of appreciating tasty brewed beverages and affirmations from all that’s come from their tanks in the meantime.


The November 23, 2015 event will target both. From 5 to 9 p.m., Jack Brown’s presents a Breckenridge Brewery tap takeover, featuring Oatmeal Stout, Agave Wheat, Christmas Ale, 471, Breck IPA, 72 Imperial Chocolate Stout, Breck Lager, Fresh Hop and Twenty-Five (and Vanilla Porter and Avalanche always in package at Jack Brown’s). 


If you need more reason to feel good, the event will also feature $5 raffle tickets, with proceeds going to FeedMore and Central Virginia Food Bank. As I hear it, the potential exists for scoring stickers, glasses, stickers, a snowboard and maybe even a one-piece pajama suit.


NeedMore? Breckenridge Brewery Director Todd Usry will be there for part of the evening. I hear from a reputable source that he and his wife have Richmond roots, so let’s welcome them with open arms to Richmond’s craft beer revival!




Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint

5810 Grove Ave, Richmond


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