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DIY Beer Dinner: dining in, swearing in

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“I mean, I’m a grown man, and I still cry at the end of Toy Story 3, no matter how many times I’ve seen it.  And it ended just right. Why would they make a fourth? I don’t know if I can emotionally make it through that. ”

“The way they print the letter ‘D’ totally looks like a vagina. And then they printed it on pink paper. Come on.”

“He didn’t want that sippy cup, he wanted the other sippy cup that was downstairs in the kitchen, in dishwater… I”m like dude, drink your water. Go to sleep. We are not having a power struggle.”

“So we are in the middle of nowhere and the only place to eat is either Walmart or McDonald’s. We got her chicken nuggets. And she said it was the best thing she had ever eaten. Ever. Damn it.”

“So you made him trudge back across town, through the snow, with the bag of bagels and the receipt because they didn’t charge him the sales price?” “Absolutely. It was like $2 a bagel! He needed to learn an an important price tag lesson.”

“‘Cause, you know, it’ll go straight through your colon.”

These are the types of conversations you can expect to have when you get a group of parents and friends together around a kitchen table and ply them with craft beer. Three babysitters were managing eight kids under five years old corralled in two different houses and texting pictures of the chaos. We knew we were walking home and about to taste 7 amazing brews paired with gourmet courses, so this sentiment was completely appropriate: “Since we don’t have our kids here, let’s make a pact to swear as much as possible.”

table set, plated and paired
table set, plated and paired

We love going out to eat in Harrisonburg, there are so many excellent choices! But when Thanh and John concocted a plan to have our own five course craft beer dinner in their home, we were all game and everyone sitter-ed up! I’ll let Thanh explain it in the email she sent:


Hello Beer Dinner Guests! So glad you can join us! 

 Here’s how it works:
  1. Each of you needs to pick a course.  You are responsible for perfectly pairing a delicious beer with that course and bringing a 6-pk (or equivalent) of that awesome beverage to share with everyone on Saturday. Let us know which course you’ve chosen so we don’t end up with 6 beers all paired with dessert. As we hear from each of you we’ll let the group know that the course has been claimed. 
  2. Be ready to tell everyone a little about the beer you chose on the night of the dinner.
  3. You’ll notice there are 7 of you and only 5 courses. Great news!  Whoever doesn’t get a course is still responsible for bringing a beverage for all of us to share throughout the night. (As if 5 beers weren’t enough.)
  4. Plan to spend 3ish hours eating, but hanging out could go longer.
  5. Meals like this are a little pricey so we are asking everyone to throw in $5 to help us offset the costs. 
  6. Have the time of your life, like you’ve never felt that way before.
Below is the menu with a list of the major ingredients. No one mentioned any food allergies or preferences, but there is still time to make adjustments. If you need a better listing of ingredients let us know.  
See you at 6pm on Saturday.
Thanh & John

 Read more at Chicks Love Beer A DIY Beer Dinner – Part 1 – dining in, swearing in | Chicks Love Beer and check out Part II: indulging in, eating in.

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so… how was the Fall ’15 edition of Rocktown Beer & Music Festival?

it was SO effing good…

Save the date for April 25th, 2015… When we celebrate 5 YEARS of Rocktown Beer & Music Festival and we WILL be back in the Fall too: Sept 26th, 2015

And email kelly@rocktownfestival.com if you would like to volunBEER!

Henrico County, VA creates documentary on the James River Steam Brewery

A son of Yuengling, spooky caves, post Civil War boom, steam punks, fire devastation and craft beer…

You never know what you will dig up on Instagram… well you know you’ll get puppies, babies, selfies and what your friends are eating. But it has also become a really great way to network with craft beer people and hear about what is happening all over the state of Virginia.

vintage_rva has been a great follow, with beautiful photos of nature and city life in Richmond and other parts of the state. He also seems to be a craft beer lover and has posted several eerily cool and mysterious black and white photos of the ruins of the James River Steam Brewery caves.

He shared on Instagram that some of his photos were being used in this documentary created by Henrico County:

Frozen in Time: The Ruins of the James River Steam Brewery – May 20th, 2014.

This documentary will be airing on local channels in Richmond next week or you can watch it at the link.  It has a running time of just over 20 minutes and while it initially feels a little like the movies you had to watch on the 4th grade field trip to the local museum… BUT stick it out, it’s an interesting story with lots of great insight from historians, preservationists and architects.  It’s crazy to hear about the scale of the place… 400 barrels a day, a huge capacity for production, even by today’s standards. Sounds like Henrico County has some plans for development opportunities that will bring the ruins back to life.

Check it out and follow vintage_rva on instagram! And more insider reporting here complete with spelunking :

HOLMBERG: Deep-down RVA – a new life for 145-year-old underground beer vaults? | WTVR.com.

365 Updates – Day 59 to Day 75

02.28.14 - 59/365 - city hall 02.28.14 - 59/365 - city hall
02.28.14 – 59/365 – city hall
Down at the municipal building for paperwork. We love the friendly city and it’s awesome they support local business growth right back. We made the local paper too! DNR headline reads “Brewery Gets Boost From City”
3.1.14 - 60/365 - cellar dinner After a happy morning spent celebrating lil guys 2nd birthday, we left him with his auntie and went to a friends for a beautiful dinner and a huge bottle tasting from their cellar. It was heavenly. Lots of Upright, BFM of years past, Stillwater, Schneider Weisse, Russian River, and too many others to count. I couldn't keep up w Untapped. Which is fine because it was great company, idea sharing, dream building and happy friends. We ended with a 41%, palate crushing Sink the Bismarck. I could only handle a quick swirl!
3.1.14 – 60/365 – cellar dinner
After a happy morning spent celebrating lil guys 2nd birthday, we left him with his auntie and went to a friends for a beautiful dinner and a huge bottle tasting from their cellar. It was heavenly. Lots of Upright, BFM of years past, Stillwater, Schneider Weisse, Russian River, and too many others to count. I couldn’t keep up w Untapped. Which is fine because it was great company, idea sharing, dream building and happy friends. We ended with a 41%, palate crushing Sink the Bismarck. I could only handle a quick swirl!
03.02.14 - 61/365 - kitten All curled up in a sunny window
03.02.14 – 61/365 – kitten
All curled up in a sunny window
03.03.14 - 62/365 - not impressed Once again 20 minutes of getting ready to go outside and about 5 minutes actually spent outside.
03.03.14 – 62/365 – not impressed
Once again 20 minutes of getting ready to go outside and about 5 minutes actually spent outside.

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