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Did you know that one of the most decorated breweries in the world is located in Virginia, at the base of Wintergreen mountain? But odds are, unless you’re a total beer nerd (like myself), an avid skier (like not myself) or both (like these three people), you’ve probably never experienced the delicious, World Beer Cup-dominating beers from the Devils Backbone Brewing Company. But thankfully now, after three years of brewing and racking up awards, Devils Backbone is finally stepping out the cozy confines of its brewpub and invading the Richmond market.
Come celebrate their arrival with us on The Devils Crawl, a three-bar pub crawl on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Beginning at Commercial Tap House at 6PM, the crawl then proceeds to Secco around 7PM (where we’ll be tapping kegs of their Vienna Lager and Schwartz Bier) before ending up at Caliente at, I dunno, like 8ish? (What do you want? It’s a pub crawl, not a Blue Angels maneuver.)
The Devils Crawl is just one of many events included in Devils Backbone Kickoff Week. Welcome to RVA, DB!
See y’all on the crawl!
Just the other day Julia, Tim and myself got the first time to sit down together since the onset of Holiday mayhem. In one epic, three-hour-long pow-wow, interrupted only by the requisite distractions that come with working in Carytown (seriously, what kind of monster dyes their dog purple?) we hatched, in very skeletel form, Secco’s agenda for 2012.
For starters, FLIGHT NIGHT will continue but will be limited to Monday nights only. Not because we’re jerks but because we want to free Tuesday nights up for special events, classes (cheese, wine, beer, etc) and the occasional private party. As we speak, Tim is putting the final touches on his Valentines Day menu; masterminding a pop-up restaurant in Church Hill; hammering out the logistics for an event with brewery-in-the-making, Ardent Craft Ales; and brainstorming a multi-chef “Street Food” themed dinner. All the while he’s testing out new salads and sandwiches for a revamp of Secco’s lunch menu later this month.
Secco will greet every season in the only way we know how: with high spirits, a sense of humor and plenty of booze. We’ll take the edge off Old Man Winter at this weekend’s Beer Breakfast, and paint the town pink on our second-annual Rosé Crawl this summer. And, since 2012 is sure to be a renaissance for ridiculous end-of-the-world theories, we may even work in a second-annual Post-Apocalypse After-Party as well.
Finally, fellow Carytowners will be happy to know that we’re hatching a plan to offer lunch delivery up and down the main drag.
Details on that and all of the above will be posted here and on our facebook and twitter feeds as soon as they’re available. For further information on renting Secco out for a private party, email us at email@example.com.
Here’s to a great 2012!
Perhaps no wine is in greater need of a good PR campaign than Riesling. In the minds of most Americans, Riesling is conceived as being just a shade drier than high-fructose corn syrup, and enjoyed only by little old ladies and diabetics in training.
The truth is that Riesling (traditionally grown in Germany, Austria and France) is one of the world’s most versatile grape varieties, producing wines that run the gamut from bone dry to syrupy sweet. And the irony is that it was America’s collective sweet tooth that compelled its importers to seek out only the most freakishly sweet Rieslings from the Old World and produce similar sugary ones in the New World. The best, off-dry Rieslings are bold, balanced and super food-friendly, often contrasting fruit-forward notes of peaches, apples or melon with a juicy acidity and/or a crisp minerality.
In an effort to redeem this exceptional grape of its undeserved reputation, we have put together Richmond’s First Ever Riesling Crawl. On Tuesday, April 19th, four of Carytown’s top wine haunts will each feature a different wine to showcase the variety’s versatility. Both Amour and Secco will be offering a special food pairing as well. Details below:
5:30 pm – Ellwood’s Cafe 10 South Thompson Street
NV Wegeler Riesling Brut, Mosel, Germany
6:15 pm – Amour Wine Bistro 3129 West Cary Street
2008 Trimbach Riesling, Alsace, France
7:00 pm – Can Can Brasserie 3120 West Cary Street
2008 Heimberger Riesling Reserve Particulaire, Alsace, France
7:45 pm – Secco Wine Bar 2933 West Cary St
(..and clocking in with the longest named wine name on the crawl…)
2008 Von Beulwitz Kaseler Nies’chen Riesling Spatlese Alte Reben, Mosel, Germany
On Monday, January 17th, between the hours of five and ten PM, bungholes in and around Carytown will be hammered in celebration.
What on earth could I be referring to?
John McCain’s paranoid vision of the world after the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell? Hardly.
The concept behind some rare, unreleased Judas Priest album?
I’m talking, of course, about firkins. A firkin, for the uninitiated, is a type of cask, or barrel of ale. Unlike your typical keg, casks do not incorporate any outside carbon dioxide, with all the carbonation coming from active yeasts inside the ale itself. The beer is quite literally alive–resulting in fresher and more vibrant flavors. Firkins tend to be smaller than your typical cask, and rely solely on gravity (as opposed to a hand pump) to draw out the beer. And that’s where all that “hammering the bunghole” magic comes into play, as tapping the firkin involves the hammering of a sealable spout into an opening at the base of the barrel known as, you got it, the bunghole. Beautiful.
So, now that you’ve learned all there is to know about firkins, who’s up for a little field study?
This Monday is the “It’s Firkin Freezing” pub crawl. Things kick off promptly at 5PM at Can Can then proceeding to Secco (for the Uerige Dopple Sticke), New York Deli and Commercial Taphouse before concluding at F.W. Sullivan’s. Check out the facebook event page HERE for details and updates.
Can Can-Firkin Green Flash IPA
Secco- Firkin Uerige Dopple Sticke
New York Deli-Firkin Duck-Rabbit Milk Stout finished on honey
Commercial Taphouse- Firkin Legend Imperial IPA
F.W. Sullivans- Firkin Heavy Seas New Black Cannon Black IPA