RICHMOND, Va. – The RVA Collab House, the local outpost of Charlottesville-based Three Notch’d Brewing Co., helped wash away Monday’s dreariness with a Sept. 26. soft opening.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe was spotted pouring some craft beer at the 24th craft beer spot to open in the metro-area. The governor has appreciated the state’s craft beer economy boom and at the executive residence keeps a Kegerator that pours Virginia craft beer.
“I was honored and extremely proud that Governor McAuliffe took time out of his busy schedule to share a pint and welcome us to the neighborhood,” said Three Notch’d CEO George Kastendike.
The neighborhood just happens to be boozy Scott’s Addition, where Reservoir Distillery settled back in 2009, and then Isley Brewing Company opened in Oct. 2013, followed by four breweries (one yet to open), two cideries, and a meadery.
This newest brewery, located in a 4,000-square-foot space of a redevelopment project at 2930 Broad Street, hopes to leave their mark through collaborating.
They are partnering with locals who want to tell their story in seven barrels of beer.
“The idea is to try to have a deeper meaning, find a story, hopefully, a story of their company that ties in with us,” said taproom manager Aaron Thackery. “Helps them tell a story about themselves, but helps explain our motto, its meaning of leaving your mark.”
Each week a new beer will be released that is the collaboration between Three Notch’d and a restaurant – or company, musician, sports team, homebrewer, artist, or nonprofit.
Brewer Stefan McFayden, a JMU grad as well as a Minnesota native who moved to Richmond 16 years ago, said that the opening day collaborations were actually brewed in Charlottesville; a ‘Fernet Saison’ in collaboration with Rogue Gentleman and ’25 Gose by Quick’ in collaboration with Sergios Restaurant.
Looking forward, there is a “Strong Scotch Ale” collaboration planned with Boomer Magazine and beer writer Annie Tobey, a “Burger Bach- Big IPA” featuring all New Zealand Hops and a sessionable brew collaboration with RVA Magazine/No BS! Brass Band/Broadberry.
The crew has been working all year on transforming the former Stuffy’s. Their neighbors will eventually be a co-working office space and hot dog shop.
‘It’s been amazing to watch a bare room transform into a comfortable, welcoming space to sip on some brews,’ Thackery said.
There will be 12 taps, which, in addition to the featured collaborations and McFayden’s originals, will feature head brewer Dave Warwick’s award-winning flagships and solid seasonals.
Throughout the week the RVA Collab House will operate from 4 to 8 p.m., until the Oct. 1 grand opening, which is noon to 10 p.m. Saturday.
There will be music and food trucks – the Tin Can Fish Band takes the stage around noon and Return of the Mac and Continental Divide Taco Truck will be slinging culinary creations.
“I’m looking forward to teaming up with the Richmond community and leveraging some of their creative ideas in my beer recipes,” McFayden said.
How to collaborate
Those who make it through the first draft, so to speak, set up an appointment with McFayden to talk about their beer. If chosen, they will get in the door physically; throw in the grains, stir the pot – really get the full experience of making beer.
“We will invite them to the brew day; they get to see how the product is made from beginning to end,” McFayden explains. “And we’re gonna put a lot of effort forth just to make sure they get to see what happens.”
On brew day, a maximum of four people can be present at any given time, and a minimum of two people have to show up for the big day.
Seven barrels will be made on the 3.5 barrel system and the brewing process probably takes about four hours per batch, so expect at least an eight-hour day.
A look at past collaborations can be seen here.
To submit your own collaboration request, click here.
Three Notch’d beer can also be found through most local Kroger’s, both Total Wines, Whole Foods, every bottle shop, many of the small local markets, and nearly every craft beer-focused bar in the greater Richmond area.