by Brandon Fox
Feb. 26: Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Four-Course Stout Brunch at Graffiato
It’s never too early to start drinking beer, am I right? And 11 a.m. seems like a perfectly reasonable time. It happens that Hardywood Park Craft Brewery’s four-course stout brunch starts then and lasts until 2 p.m. Make your reservation at Graffiato to give Hardywood’s Singel Mimosa, Bourbon Vanilla Raspberry Stout, Kentucky Christmas Morning and Bourbon Sidamo Coffee Stout a try. $45, not including tax and gratuity. Reserve your spot by calling 918-9454. Graffiato, 123 W. Broad St. graffiatorva.com.
March 15: Greenery Floral Arranging Workshop at Strangeways Brewing
Drinking beer is all well and good, but you really ought to learn something once in a while. If you head over to Strangeways Brewing at 6:30 p.m. March 15 and put yourself in the capable hands of the folks at Strawberry Fields Flowers and Finds, you’ll leave that night with a lovely St. Patrick’s Day arrangement and a healthy understanding of how to get flowers looking nice in the future when friends are coming over to share a few cold ones. $35. Reservations required. Strangeways Brewing, 2277 Dabney Road. Call 303-433 or visit strangewaysbrewing.com.
March 19: International Pilsner Day at Cask Café & Market
It’s International Pilsner Day, and you can celebrate at Cask Café & Market with new pilsners from Garden Grove Brewing Co., Ardent Craft Ales, as well as Ardent’s annual doppelbock, Defenestrator. Plus, you can fill up on schnitzel and bratwurst sandwiches to make the entire Germanic experience complete. The Cask Café & Market, 206 S. Robinson St. Call 355-2402 or visit thecaskrva.com.
April 20: Hops to End Homelessness Fundraiser at Triple Crossing Brewing
At both the downtown and Fulton locations of Triple Crossing Brewing, you can help out from 4-10 p.m. by hoisting a brew. Ten percent of proceeds from Hops to End Homelessness happy hour will benefit Home Again, a nonprofit that helps the homeless with shelter. Triple Crossing Brewing, 113 S. Foushee St. and 5203 Hatcher St. Call 495-1955 or visit triplecrossingbeer.com.
April 29: The Virginia Hopped Cider Festival at Blue Bee Cider
Blue Bee Cider started the trend with its Hopsap Shandy, and now other cideries in the state have followed by hopping ciders of their own. On April 29, the Scott’s Addition cidery will play host to the Virginia Hopped Cider Festival. You can expect tastings, hops-focused workshops, and art that focuses on hops. Even food that uses hops as an ingredient will be on hand, and you can commemorate the day with a snap at the festival’s photo booth. Blue Bee Cider, 1320 Summit Ave. Call 231-0280 or visit bluebeecider.com.