Now that everyone ought to be at least somewhat recovered from the early Saint Patrick’s Day events in Ghent and Ocean View, it’s time to catch up on new Norfolk beer news!
First, a bit of philanthropy from our friends Ben and Malia at The Birch. This Thursday, March 17th, drop in for St. Kiuchi Day, a fundraiser for Japanese Relief. To keep that place from becoming Japanistan, two dollars from every draft beer purchased will be donated toward the Japanese Relief Fund on GlobalGiving.org, who is in turn working with the International Medical Corps, Save the Children, and other organizations in the heart of the disaster area.
Additionally, $2 from the sale of every Kiuchi Hitachino bottle will be donated as well. Their Kiuchi bottle list is composed of: Espresso Stout (a 7.5% ABV imperial stout full of coffee and chocolate notes), Ginger Brew (a 7% ABV deep red spiced beer), Commemorative Ale (a 9% spiced beer full of vanilla, citrus, and cinnamon), Classic Ale (an unusual 7% ABV India Pale Ale aged in cedar barrels that give it a spicy, woody finish), and Nest White (a 5% ABV citrusy Witbier offering a perfect balance of sweet and bitter notes). Check out the Facebook event here.
After doing your good deed of the week at The Birch on Thursday, head over to Town Point Park by Waterside to enjoy ShamROCK N’ ROLL from 5pm to 10pm. Cheap Thrills, a popular dance/cover band from the area, will be playing along with bagpipe performances by Tidewater Pipes and Drums. Omar’s Fountain Cafe will sell traditional Irish food like shephard’s pie and cornbeef sandwiches which you can wash down with a hearty pint of beer from Norfolk’s own O’Connors Brewing Company. A percentage of the money made from beverage sales will be donated to the Norfolk SPCA, a no-kill humane society devoted to finding local animals a good home. Check out the Facebook event here.
Also at The Birch this week is Steal The Pint Night tonight (Wednesday, March 16th). A glass from Virginia’s own Blue Mountain Brewery will be given away with every purchase of that brewery’s casked Lights Out*, an Old Ale characterized by intense crystal malts, spicy Williamette hops, and a bit of rolled oats to round out the body. At 7% ABV and 30 IBUs, it’s a balanced brown beer that’s sure to be popular with almost everyone, so get yours before it’s gone.
(*one glass per customer while supplies last). Check out the Facebook event here.
Last up, mark your calendars for Saturday, May 14th. Norfolk’s Town Point Park will be hosting the 10th Annual Virginia Beer Festival from 2pm to 6pm. With over 100 beers from Europe and America, fantastic food, and live music, it’s sure to be a great time. Tickets for tasters are $25 in advance and $30 on the day itself; if you want to bring a non-taster thirteen years or older, the cost is $15. Portsmouth residents have the added advantage of being able to simply ride the ferry across and disembark right onto the festival grounds adjacent to Waterside.
Next week, stay tuned for big news about the Chocolate and Stout food/beer pairing at Elements of Waterside in early April.