Monday, March 6, 2017

Midnight Brewing at Wegmans

Thursday night, we had the pleasure of attending an amazing beer dinner collaboration between Wegmans and Midnight Brewing. The event was at Wegmans' newest and most Southern location in Midlothian, Virginia. At our arrival, we were greeted with a house brewed shandy and hors d'oeuvres. I was glad to see both the Chef and Brewer mingling with guests. After introductions, we were seated, and the first course arrived. 

The night's menu
The first course of baked brie and fig jam paired beautifully with the Cairns Wee Heavy. The sweet maltiness of the brew and the sweet jam were balanced wonderfully by the phyllo wrapped brie.
Brie De Normandie phyllo purse with fig jam and Sambuca crostini
Beer Pairing: "Wee Heavy" Scotch Ale
The second course achieved balance with the bitter spinach, salty pancetta, and sweet house honey mustard coming together to be paired with a crisp, refreshing New Beginning Kolsch. 
Baby Spinach greens with crispy pancetta warm honey mustard dressing
Beer Pairing: "New Beginning" Kolsch-style Ale
Course Three came in the form of a perfectly cooked tenderloin medallion in house red wine sauce, seasoned Brussels, creamy garlic potatoes, all paired with Midnight's crowd pleasing Not My Job Southern English Brown Ale.
Tenderloin medallion with red wine sauce and roasted wild mushrooms, brussels sprouts and garlic mashed potatoes
Beer Pairing: "Not my Job" Southern English 
Finally, we arrive at my personal favorite pairing of the night. When I first saw the menu for the final course, I must admit that I thought there would be no way two items as sweet as an espresso chocolate cake and an oatmeal stout would pair. I was sure that the sweetness of one would overpower the other, rendering the second half of the course tasteless. I'm happy to say that I was wrong. The Flourless Espresso Chocolate Cake and Granite Oatmeal Stout were the perfect pairing and the highlight of my night (and that's saying a lot). I want to extend a special thanks to Wegmans for inviting us and providing tickets. Personally, I've been enjoying their products for years, but this was my first visit to one of their locations. I can tell you with confidence, I will be returning very soon. 

Flourless espresso chocolate cake
Beer Pairing: Granite Stout
When you see a pub next to the produce section, you know this is not your average grocery store

Beer for days! Make sure you have plenty of time to take it all in

Monday, February 27, 2017

Wegmans/Midnight Brewing Craft Beer Dinner

Craft beer lovers rejoice! Central Virginia's own Midnight Brewing is collaborating with The Pub at Wegmans (Midlothian), to bring an amazing four course beer dinner to the masses. Join part of the Virginia Beer Blog Crew (Clay and Sam) and other local beer enthusiasts this Thursday, March 2nd at 6pm. You'll find the event page here. Check out that menu!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Champion Brewing's Richmond Location is Now Open

Charlottesville's own Champion Brewing Company opened it's Richmond Brewpub Friday night. The new location, formerly Aurora Night Club, is located at 401 East Grace Street. The location will serve pub fare, as well as beer brewed onsite and from the main brewery in Charlottesville.

If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and show your support! 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

RVA's Stone World Bistro & Gardens

Image from Baskervill Architecture
Richmond Bizsense is reporting that Stone Brewing is ready to turn focus to the first stages of its World Bistro and Gardens, on RVA's Riverfront: 

Steve Wagner, president of the California-based brewery, said the firm met with its general contractor this week about previously announced plans to renovate the former Intermediate Terminal site at 3101 Wharf St. into Stone World Bistro & Gardens.

Just weeks after Stone Brewing announced it was moving forward with plans for its planned Stone Hotel in Escondido, CA, the company hinted that RVA could see their own craft beer hotel. Only time will tell. The company is still sticking with its original 2018 time frame for the Bistro, so we should see some movement in the coming months.