by Brandon Fox
Center of the Universe is ready to fill your dad up with beer and barbecue on Father’s Day, and you can impress him with your thoughtfulness by grabbing him the Ultimate Dad Ticket for the second annual Dad’s Day Pig Out. It includes a limited edition Universe’s Greatest Dad mug, which can be filled with a free beer, plus a plate of food from Firehouse Bar-B-Que — whole pigs will be roasting on-site Sunday, June 19, from noon-6 p.m. $20. Center of the Universe Brewing Co. 11293 Air Park Road, Ashland. Call 368-0299 or visit cotubrewing.com.
If your father would rather have a taste of the sea, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is holding its annual Father’s Day Keg ’n’ Oyster Fest with raw and fried oysters from Rappahannock Oyster Co. and a specially brewed Hardywood Oyster Stout on Sunday, June 19, from noon to 6. Proceeds will benefit oyster replenishment and the James River Association. Free. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, 2408 Ownby Lane. Call 420-2420 or visit hardywood.com.
The best way to try four-time James Beard Award nominee Dale Reitzer’s food is when he goes off menu to create a five-course pairing. The Acacia Mid-Town chef will match food with Garden Grove Brewing Co.’s best in its Carytown taproom on Monday, June 20, from 7-10 p.m. Reservations are required. $38, plus tax and tip. Garden Grove Brewing Co. 3445 W. Cary St. Call 918-6158 or visit gardengrovebrewing.com.
The Savory Grain and Isley Brewing Co. will join for their Southern Seafood Boil on Sunday, June 26, from 7-9 p.m. You’ll find two community tables — one in the tasting room and the other outside, “piled high with crawfish that will be purchased fresh June 26, shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn,” event coordinator Jaymie Mitchell says. $35. Isley Brewing Co., 1715 Summit Ave. Visit isleybrewingcompany.com or thesavorygrain.com.
The Capital Ale House National Beer Expo comes along only once a year, so mark your calendars. It all starts with the Craft Brewers’ Locavore Dinner at Quirk Hotel’s Maple & Pine on Wednesday, July 13, at 6 p.m. There will be brewery parties the next night, and on Friday, July 15, you can head down to the Greater Richmond Convention Center to visit Style Weekly’s Taco Throwdown at 6 p.m. On Saturday, July 16, you can sip your way through the big convention hall at the Grand Tasting. And new this year, the Farm Country Feast on Saturday night will feature Southern, soul and Cajun food. $45-$85. Greater Richmond Convention Center, 403 N. Third St. Call 349-6909 or visit nationalbeerexpo.com.