Grace Manor Inn - Richmond, Virginia, 23220, USA

Virginia Cask Festival

Monday, April 16th, 2012
Sure, you’ve consumed plenty of beer over the years, but have you ever had real ale? Yes, those hop-filled brews you sipped, and the buzz you may have felt afterward did exist, but they weren’t necessarily real. Real ales are top-fermented beers that complete their secondary fermentation in the containers from which they are served—they’re also known as cask ales. They’re served at cellar temperatures and are not fermented or pasteurized. Many say real ales are beer in its most delicious, natural state.

If you come to town on Saturday, April 21, you can taste ten of them at the Capital Ale House Downtown Music Hall’s Virginia Cask Festival. Your ticket, $20 in advance and $25 at the door, gets you in to one of two four-hour sessions from noon to 4 p.m. or 6 to 10 p.m. Along with admission, you’ll get a glass to keep and eight two-ounce tastings. If that’s not enough, you can also buy more tastes for $2 each. The Virginia breweries there will include:

Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Richmond-based Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Richmond-based Legend Brewing Company
Mad Fox Brewing Company
O’Connnor Brewing Company
Port City Brewing Company
Starr Hill Brewery
Williamsburg AleWerks
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
St. George Brewing Company

Sounds like a perfectly hop-filled festival. Cheers!

Spring Bada-Bing Returns

Sure, “I Heart Virginia” T-shirts and stuffed ravens can make a fun souvenirs from a visit to Richmond, but coming this weekend, you’ve got the chance to get some way cooler, handmade stuff to bring home from your trip to our fair city. Richmond’s not-to-be-messed-with independent crafting coalition, The Richmond Craft Mafia (Really, don’t mess with them. Their motto is “Rubbin’ out the mass produced.”), is hosting its spring shopping event, Spring Bada-Bing, this Sunday (4/15) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Plant Zero.

This super-fun shop-portunity, dubbed by the Craft Mafia as “the BOSS of all craft shows,” will host more than 60 independent crafters from Richmond and across the nation selling all kinds of cool stuff. You’ll find handmade perfume, crazy toys, wall art, clothing, accessories, stationery and more. Take some one-of-a-kind stuff home, then when your friends jealously ask where you got it, brag about how it’s handcrafted and one-of-a-kind.

While you’re in the Manchester area, also make sure you sidle over to Artspace, the spacious gallery located inside Plant Zero that’s open from 12 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, as well as to ArtWorks, right next door, which is open from 12 to 6 p.m. and boasts artists’ studios and five galleries you’re welcome to wander through.

Happy shopping!

New Music Festival: Shadrock

Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Get your lawn chair, sunblock and comfy shoes ready—Richmond’s got a new all-day music festival that’s bringing national acts to beautiful Brown’s Island. Shadrock Music Festival presented by weekly newspaper Style Weekly goes down Saturday, April 28 from noon to 10:30 p.m. and you don’t want to miss out.

There’ll be eight bands playing, including De La Soul, Yo La Tango, Dum Dum Girls and Shabazz Palaces. There’ll also be food and libations for sale, and you’re welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets so you can camp out and enjoy the tunes all day. Regular admission tickets cost $35, and VIP tickets, which include preferred parking, a T-shirt and access to a VIP lounge, cost $100. The event will be held rain or shine.

Plan your weekend at The Grace Manor Inn now. We’ll give you a delicious three-course gourmet breakfast to prepare you for the day and help you plan the rest of your weekend in town.

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