Breweries from up and down the East Coast will gather in Richmond next weekend for a meeting of the malts.
Triple Crossing Brewing next week is hosting the first East Coast Covenant, an event to showcase more than 20 breweries from Burlington, Vermont, down to Jupiter, Florida. Local brewers Ardent, Final Gravity, Hardywood and The Answer Brewpub will also be there.
The gathering will take place Nov. 11 at Triple Crossing’s Fulton brewery at 5203 Hatcher St.
Adam Worcester, who co-owns Triple Crossing with Scott Jones and Jeremy Wirtes, said many of the breweries will be pouring in Richmond for the first time.
“We wanted to give our hometown the opportunity to experience these breweries firsthand and meet and speak with the owners and brewers,” Worcester said.
The event will span all 30,000 square feet of the Fulton brewery, which opened just under a year ago.
Triple Crossing wanted to highlight the East Coast’s brewing scene in what it hopes will become an annual event. Worcester said it hosts plenty of beer tourists from out-of-town, and he’s heard a similar sentiment from the breweries on the guest list.
“What we’ve noticed is these brewers are saying they’ve been wanting to come (to Richmond),” he said.
Fairfield, New Jersey’s Magnify Brewing will head down Interstate 95 for the event. Founder Eric Ruta said he’s excited to be in one place with likeminded brewers.
“There’s definitely a style that the East Coast is putting on. It’s more than the New England-style IPAs. A lot of the East Coast’s beers are super juicy, there’s lots of fruitiness and hopiness,” Ruta said.
Baltimore’s Union Craft Brewing will also be among the out-of-town vendors pouring at the event. Co-owner Kevin Blodger said he immediately jumped at the prospect of heading down to Richmond.
“I think these kind of festivals are becoming more and more prevalent,” Blodger said. “These breweries are making cool and interesting beer and testing it out together. It’ll be fun to meet these guys and see what they’re doing.”
He added that Richmond’s brewery scene is carving out an identity of its own.
“It’s very hop-centric and very hop-forward,” Blodger said. “It feels like a cool, expanding scene.”
Also pouring at the event will be Black Hand Coffee, the local roaster that Triple Crossing collaborated with to produce Nitro Cold Brew canned coffee.
The one-day event will have a pair of 3.5-hour sessions in the afternoon and evening. Worcester said it’s expecting about 400 people at each session.
Tickets for East Coast Covenant cost $75 on Triple Crossing’s website and will be available the day of. Admittance guarantees a 4-ounce pour from each of the 24 breweries and merchandise from the event.