RVA Beer Explorer: 8th Anniversary Answers, Rocktoberfest, Oktoberfest, Final Gravity 7th Anniversary


The 8th anniversary of answers!
September 23-25

When the answer opened up, we all thought it should be pretty good because An has impeccable beer tastes. After 8 years we have not been disappointed. Beer really is the answer.

The Answer’s 8th anniversary is coming up!! This will be a 3 day outdoor tent event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday!!
Bring your chairs, get your life gear ready in line and get ready to party!!!
Trust us!! This is the one event you will NOT want to miss!!
Food Trucks on site:
1. Sisig and Grill by Ato #atissigandgrill
2. Fun Maria #amusingmaria
3. King of Popz #Kingofpopz
4. TBT El Gallo #tbtelgallo
5. Noahs Rockin’ Buns #noahsrockinbuns
6. Eat my egg roll #eatmyeggroll
7. Latin Quarter Cuisine #latinquarterRVA

Rocktoberfest at the center of the universe
September 24-25

COTU gets bonus points for the Rocktoberfest name. A clever name almost always guarantees you a spot on the explorers list.

Rocktoberfest is back and we’ll be bringing the heat to the stage in 2022. Enjoy liters of beer, German fairgrounds and live music all weekend! No, we don’t put you to sleep with Oompah music, we light up the stage with 5 different bands playing everything from covers to rock originals. Free entry, open to all ages, and leashed (and friendly) dogs welcome on the beer garden.

🎸 Group schedule 🎸

Saturday 24/09:
12-2:30 p.m. – James River Junction is back to pack the house again. Playing classics that span decades, this local band will have you tapping your feet all afternoon!
3-5:30 p.m. – Room For Improvement is next playing a mix of classic rock and blues covers.
6-8:30 p.m. – Bombage Band is in the house! These guys are Ashland locals and no strangers to our Biergarten. These vet artists will rock us until the end of the day and make you want more for Sunday.
sunday 9/25
1-3:30 p.m. – COTU classic Something Shiny takes the stage for kick-off on Sunday.
Their unique touch on the songs coupled with their humorous live banter work together to present a most unusual acoustic spectacle. Sit back and enjoy as they play songs spanning 5 decades and multiple genres with the goal of playing ALL your favorite songs in a familiar yet very different way.
4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – The “Chad’s Fault” duo takes us to the finish line! A fusion of country, rock and blues, this musical duo offers popular covers and gems to discover. Features the powerful vocals of Vonda Fox and the multi-instrumental musings of Tim Robinson.

Oktoberfest at Strangeways Brewing
September 24-25

Boo, hiss, boo, no clever name. At least they have a smart beer and a Masskrugstemmen contest. I have no idea what a Masskrugstemmen contest is, but I’m going to assume it’s all about slapping bratwurst. J/K – Masskrugstemmen (literally, “beer mug holding”) is a traditional Bavarian endurance contest in which competitors must hold a one-litre beer mug in one outstretched arm for as long as possible.

Come celebrate Oktoberfest with us at Strangeways Brewing on September 24-25 with Six Ways Market!
– 20+ local suppliers
– Entry into the raffle of $25 in gift cards for each Fest purchase (13 oz, 20 oz or Stein)
– Best lederhosen contest (come to the bar and let us take a photo to enter!)
– Masskrugstemmen competition at 2 p.m.
– Buy a Strangeways Stein and Fest Beer refill for $25
– Smashed RVA serving the best smash burgers in Richmond!
– 20+ local suppliers
– Entry into the raffle of $25 in gift cards for each Fest purchase (13 oz, 20 oz or Stein)
– Best lederhosen contest (come to the bar and let us take a picture to enter!)
– Masskrugstemmen competition at 2 p.m.
– Buy a Strangeways Stein and Fest Beer refill for $25
As an added special treat, we’re releasing our Gourd of Thunder Pumpkin Porter with its Gingerbread variant the same weekend!

Final Gravity 7th Anniversary Party
September 25

Final Gravity makes some of the best beer in town and still looks like a local joint. This is arguably the best reason to go to Lakeside. This is hands down the best reason to go to Lakeside on Sunday.

Final Gravity Brewing Co. turns 7 and we’re excited to celebrate with all of you! We’ll be taking over the large parking lot out back again and filling it with amazing dishes from River City Wood Fire Pizza and Smashed RVA Burgers, a plethora of amazing guest taps from local and regional breweries, Final Gravity Anniversary specialty beers, live music by the Hot Seats Bluegrass Band and another band-TBA. and special anniversary merchandise.

Want to skip the lines at FINAL GRAVITY 7TH ANNIVERSARY! party this Sunday, September 25? Limited Glassware tickets are available for purchase in the Dining Hall – Buy your Glassware ticket today for $10 and collect it at the event. You can also buy beer tickets all week – $6 per ticket will get you installments from 13 different breweries, including taps from Brasserie Cantillon, Widowmaker Brewing, Coastal Fermentory, Brouwerij 3 Fonteinen, Civil Society Brewing, Dssolvr, WeldWerks Brewing Co., Torch & Crown Brewing Company, Funktastic Meads, Prairie Artisan Ales, Põhjala Brewery! And of course there will be plenty of OG Final Gravity beers and some new ones too! Stay tuned!
Our fabulous birthday design was made by Mended Arrow Design! Thank you Bizan!


I hate with burning passion any list compiled by people filling out an online form. That being said, I have no major issues with the two beer-related categories from a recent RTD “Best of” list. Although before this list I had never heard of Southern Revere Cellars. They are located in Louisa and closer to Charlottesville than Richmond. That puts them 51 miles from my home in Westover Hills. From the Southern Revere Cellars Facebook it looks like a nice place and if I’m in the area I’ll give it a try but 51 miles is definitely not local.



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