About the Expo

A curated, limited release craft beer event.

The 2017 Capital Ale House National Beer Expo, a charitable fundraiser for CancerLINC, has been postponed.  We are working hard to move the event into the spectacular Main Street Station Shed (MSS), where we expect to have the flexibility to present a world-class craft beer and food event.  Discussions are ongoing with the Richmond Metropolitan Transit Authority (RMTA), which has authority over MSS, with regard to the use of the venue for our event.  We are optimistic that we will finalize arrangements with RMTA.  We are very excited about the long run opportunity to use MSS and would like to ask for your patience.   Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience.   We will announce the new dates for the National Beer Expo soon.

Thank you.

Alex Papajohn
Executive Director, Capital Ale House National Beer Expo

The 4th Annual Capital Ale House National Beer Expo, November 1-4 in Richmond, Virginia, is a destination craft beer and food experience, focused on extreme quality. Many of the beers you will taste will be debuting at the Expo for the first time and come from small, independent breweries.

Held in the spectacular Main Street Station Shed, the Walk-Around Grand Tastings are the main attraction, featuring a carefully curated selection of extremely creative, limited release, new and seasonal beers, premium Virginia spirits and artisan cuisine. VIP/Early Admission is available and offers attendees a one hour head-start and an exclusive access to very, very special beers.

For the first time, attendees at the Walk-Around Grand Tastings and Taco Throwdown presented by Style Weekly will enjoy premium Virginia spirits. The Virginia Distillery Association is partnering with the Expo and will have many Virginia distillery owners pouring their whiskey, vodka, rum, moonshine and more.

Further, also for the first time, the Expo will have an international guest region, which will rotate to a different region of the world each year. Belgium has been chosen for 2017. Thus, at the Walk-Around Grand Tasting you’ll enjoy great Belgian beer in addition of exceptional American craft beer.

Artisan cuisine is of crucial importance. Some of RVA’s best chefs will offer their delicious food at the Walk-Around Grand Tasting and, of course, at Taco Throwdown. Details on the participating chefs and restaurants will be gradually released on our Facebook page and specific event pages as we get closer to Fall.

Dramatically enhanced, the National Beer Expo is perfect for craft beer enthusiasts, spirits fans and foodies. Enjoy expertly curated content, an ultra-cool venue, a focus on quality and great entertainment. Inspire your palate at this epic tasting experience!

General Info


Tickets go on sale July 11 at NationalBeerExpo.com only. Buy your tickets online in advance to save money and secure your spot. Each event will have a strict limit on the number of tickets available to ensure a high-quality experience. We will update the specific event page if the event sells out.

If you buy tickets at NationalBeerExpo.com, you may use MasterCard, Discover, Visa, and American Express.

Tickets will be sold in advance until the day before the event unless the event sells out. If there is not a sell-out in advance, tickets will be sold at the door. Only cash or checks will be accepted at the door.

If you buy your ticket in advance, please print your ticket and keep it in a secure place. This ticket must be brought to the event, where it will be scanned at the event entrance by our volunteers. If you lose your ticket, please contact Variant Events and let us know. We will work with Eventbrite, our ticket-provider, to get you a new ticket.

Tickets are not refundable and may not be exchanged. You may give your ticket to someone else to use, even though your name is on it, as long as the person in possession of the ticket is 21 years old or older.

Event Venues and Weather

All events are held indoors. Thus, you won’t have to worry about bad weather.


If you want to volunteer for the National Beer Expo, please contact LINC, the Legal Information Network for Cancer, at 804-272-5462.

Sponsorship, Press, and Exhibitors

Please contact Alex Papajohn at apapajohn@VariantEvents.com.

Event Tips

Age, Kids and Kids’ Area

Individuals under the age of 21 are WELCOME into any event with a parent or legal guardian. You must bring a valid ID to the event to be admitted. A kids’ area will be available at the Walk-Around Grand Tasting (not Taco Throwdown). Capital Ale House, the Title Sponsor of the Expo, will provide volunteers in the kids’ area by parental supervision is still required.

Dress Code

The dress code is whatever you are comfortable wearing.

Be Responsible

Please make plans if you are not able to drive. Reserve a hotel room at one of our partner hotels, take a taxi or UBER, or find a designated driver. Taxi and bus information is available on our site, and we will have taxi/UBER information at the Walk-Around Grand Tasting.

Purchasing Beer Not Permitted But Buying Spirits Is!

Beer may only be sampled at Taco Throwdown and the Walk-Around Grand Tastings. Beer cannot be purchased to go in any format (including growler), per Virginia ABC laws.

At the Walk-Around Grand Tasting, the privilege to sample beer from exhibitors will end fifteen minutes before the closing time for the event.

Spirits can be sampled AND PURCHASED at the Walk-Around Grand Tasting!


Smokers will be permitted to use a special outdoor designated area to smoke. Event organizers will let you know where this area is located at the event.



Ticket holders are not permitted to bring any food or beverages into Main Street Station during the Grand Tasting or any other ticketed events. Complimentary water will be available at the Walk-Around Grand Tasting and Taco Throwdown.

Pets are not permitted at the event.

Charity Benefactor

Proceeds from the Capital Ale House National Beer Expo will be donated to CancerLINC.


CancerLINC is a Central Virginia based non-profit that connects cancer patients and their families with legal assistance, financial and community resources.

Serving the Greater Richmond community, CancerLINC provides information, education and referral services for legal, financial, and community resources to individuals confronted with the overwhelming issues that arise from the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. CancerLINC’s vision is that no cancer patient goes without needed support services.

CancerLINC’s network of over 150 volunteer attorneys and financial advisors assist cancer patients with such services as estate planning, bankruptcy, foreclosure, uncontested guardianship, Medicare/Medicaid, and Social Security, Disability, and insurance denials. For every dollar donated, a CancerLINC client receives eight dollars’ worth of free services.

CancerLINC is the only non-profit in Greater Richmond that offers these services to cancer patients. Diagnosis of cancer means so much more than a medical battle. We feel no one should have to face cancer alone.