It’s been a hectic week. I’ve been out of town – in Syracuse – the past five days, but there were a few things that I definitely wanted to get into TasteBudz. So, while this may be a somewhat abbreviated version of the world’s most loved and trusted restaurant column, it is, nonetheless, a column.
BREWHAHA: How can I ignore any beer fest with such a cool name? I can’t. But what I can do is share the press release, which I shall do:
In recognition of Virginia Craft Beer Month, the Virginia Museum of History & Culture (VMHC)
will host its second annual “BrewHaHa” craft beer festival on Saturday, August 4, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. An exclusive VIP tasting with Virginia beer historians and brewers will take place 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. and will include a “Battle of the Brews” tasting of four brews inspired by a lemon beer recipe found in the collections of the Virginia Historical Society. VIP tasters will cast their vote for the best modern twist on this fruity classic from the 1850s. Colonial Foodways historian Frank Clark and local beer historian, author Lee Graves, and David Garrett, owner of the Cask Café & Market will act as official judges of the Battle of the Brews.
“We are thrilled to invite guests to sip a little history on our beautiful campus. Food and drink culture is an ever-present and critical part of our state’s history. We are excited to bring together some of the best breweries in the commonwealth as we open our doors to the community for a relaxing evening at the museum,” said Jamie O. Bosket, President and CEO.
The lemon beer recipe was found within the Edmunds Family papers collection. The recipe is from a cookbook kept by Jane Watkins Edmunds (1790–1870) of Charlotte County, Virginia. The handwritten recipe is thought to be from the mid-1800s. The recipe is signed “Dr Edmunds,” a relative of the family. The cookbook contains many different types of handwriting throughout. The recipe may be attributed to “Dr Edmunds” but may not have been written by him into the cookbook. The book includes recipes for food, drink, medicine, dying clothes, making ink, and more.
Beers and cider produced by brewers from across the commonwealth will also be on tap at the BrewHaHa. Alewerks Brewing Co., Ballast Point Brewing Co., Blue Bee Cider, Blue Mountain Brewery, Buskey Cider, Fair Winds Brewing Co., Smartmouth Brewing Co., South Street Brewery, Stone Brewing, Trapezium Brewing Co., Virginia Beer Co., and Wild Wolf Brewing Co. will participate. Live bluegrass music and games on the museum’s lawn will add to the evening.
Purchase BrewHaHa tickets before July 20 at the reduced price of $24 per adult for General Admission and $36 for VIP. General Admission after July 20 will cost $30 per adult. Tickets to the VIP discussion and special tasting are limited and will increase to $40 after July 20. All tickets include free admission to special exhibitions The Commonwealth and the Great War and Inside Looking Out: The Art of Queena Stovall, a commemorative tasting cup, and access to paid food concessions and live music. Designated drivers and non-tasters 21 years and older may purchase a $10 ticket to enter the event. Visit VirginiaHistory.org/Beer for tickets and more information.
ALOI SETS GRAND OPENING: We told you last week that Brandon Pearson’s new Aloi restaurant at 3103 W. Leigh St. in Scott’s Addition was shooting for an early August opening. Well, it looks as if they’re going to stick to that schedule. Brandon tells me the restaurant opens its doors to the public on Tuesday, August 7. Not only is the restaurant quite attractive aesthetically speaking, but the menu looks very tempting. Check it out.
LET THERE BE MUSIC: Here’s a rundown of some of our favorite weekend musicians who’ll be appearing in local restaurants and bars.
Friday, August 3
Bill Phelps Project – Cary Street Cafe 10 p.m. Soul / Funk / Jazz sweetness to tickle the earbuds
Saturday, August 4
Triad – O’Toole’s Restaurant & Pub 8 p.m. Dave, Dale and Vickie entertain.
Sunday, August 5
Bill Kirchen – Tin Pan 8 p.m. The Rockabilly Guitarist will be performing and GET THIS, the opening act is The Taters!
We’ll be back next week with a real, honest edition of TasteBudz. You can help. Send your restaurant stories and great dining experiences, as well as any upcoming weekend live entertainment that you’d like to promote to TasteBudz@RichmondNavigator.com