by Brandon Fox
1. Cider Conversations
Blue Bee Cider plays host to Coffee with Strangers RVA’s Kelli Lemon and historian Emmanuel Dabney on a panel moderated by Liquor Lady’s Melissa Davis. In conjunction with Black History Month, the discussion will center on Richmond, the history of its alcohol industry and the role of black people in it. Three cider tastings will be paired with small bites. $8. Blue Bee Cider, 212 W. Sixth St. Call 231-0280 or visit bluebeecider.com.
2. The Second Annual Sideshow Expo: Local Art & Edibles Market
Strangeways Brewing will play host to a panoply of artists, artisans and food vendors, including Daddy G’s Rockin’ Salsa, Birdie’s Pimento Cheese and Texas Beach Bloody Mary Mix on Sunday, Feb. 28, from noon-4 p.m. Lee Graves, author of “Richmond Beer: a History of Brewing in the River City,” will be on hand signing books. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Road. Call 303-4336 or visit strangewaysbrewing.com.
3. Second Annual RVA BrewCraft
Triple Crossing Brewing’s RVA BrewCraft was such a success last year, it’s bringing it back again for 2016. Drop off your best home-brew — only one entry per person — by 10 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, for a chance to work with head brewer and co-owner Jeremy Wirtes, and serve your beer in the brewery’s tasting room. Winners will be announced Saturday, March 12. Triple Crossing Brewing, 113 S. Foushee St. Call 308-0475 or visit triplecrossingbeer.com.
4. Shamrock Run RVA
Get out your green sneakers for Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s 5-kilometer Shamrock Run RVA on Sunday, March 13, at 11:30 a.m. The Lucky Leprechaun Kid’s Race, with a $10 registration fee, will start at 11:15 a.m. and live music begins at noon from the Tan and Sober Gentlemen, the Atkinsons and Miss Tess & the Talkbacks. The sedentary can have a bite at one of the many food trucks, and everyone should stick around to see who wins the runners’ costume contest. $25 registration fee. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane. Call 420-2420 or visit shamrockrunrva.com.
5. Isley Brewing Tap Tasting
On March 20, from 1-4 p.m., you can join Isley Brewing Co. at Capital Ale House Midlothian to give five of its latest brews a try, along with burger specials. Those include a smoked Gouda and pork belly burger with blueberry chipotle barbecue paired with Tall, Dark & Hopsome Double Black IPA and a chili and habanero-rubbed burger with smoked ham, bacon, Gouda, cheddar, spinach and lemon-cayenne mayonnaise paired with Root of All Evil Ginger Golden Ale. Capital Ale House, 13831 Village Place Drive. Call Isley at 716-2132 or visit isleybrewingcompany.com.