About the Expo

Finely crafted beer events.

Welcome to the 4rd Annual Capital Ale House National Beer Expo (CAHNBE), in partnership with All About Beer Magazine, the nation's premier craft beer magazine. 

The CAHNBE is a national destination craft beer and food event, celebrating Virginia's and America's extraordinary craft beers and the Richmond region's culinary excellence.  

Join us and learn why TRAVEL+LEISURE magazine and NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC just put Richmond ("RVA") on their respective international lists of 'Best Places to Travel' (for amazing food, craft beverages and more) in 2017 in part because of its burgeoning art, food and craft beer scene.  

You'll have an opportunity to meet the owners and brewers behind Virginia's and America's emergence as a major craft beer destination and enjoy 15+ events, including the Walk-Around Grand Tastings, where you can taste more than 170 Virginia and American craft beers.

Craft Beer

 

Set in the middle of summer during Virginia’s rich harvest season, this premier event reflects the continuing drive on the part of America’s craft brewing entrepreneurs to make unique beers that offer extraordinary flavors and complexity and that taste good either on their own or with great food. Thus, the Expo offers premium experiences that explore the astounding quality of American craft beer and how those beers pair with a wide range of gourmet, farm-to-table, seasonal and ethnic cuisines.  

An Inspired Event

The Expo is intended to enlighten, educate and enrich both the palate and the intellect, whether the attendee be a novice or experienced craft beer drinker.

The founders of the event believe that exceptional craft beer should be held in the same high regard as great wine, bourbon, scotch, or other premium beverages. This requires an event focused on high quality experiences allowing participants to enjoy and learn about fine craft beer free from the crush of large crowds, loud music, bad weather, and lousy food.

At the CAHNBE, you’ll learn - and taste - why Virginia has emerged as one of America's hottest brewing destinations. And, you’ll understand why the Richmond region - almost overnight - has become a major foodie and brewing mecca.

Join us in Richmond at the Walk-Around Grand Tasting, Taco Throwdown, FARM COUNTRY FEAST!, RVA Brewery Parties and other events to experience the new world of American craft beer.

General Info

The Walk-Around Grand Tastings and Other Signature Events

In addition to the extremely popular Walk-Around Grand Tastings, this year's event schedule is packed with exceptional craft beer and food experiences that will highlight many of the chefs and restaurants behind RVA's emergence as a foodie destination.  

For example, you'll enjoy Taco Throwdown presented by Style Weekly, featuring 16+ artisan-made tacos, 40+ craft beers, Virginia and Kentucky whiskey, and live music.   Taco Throwdown has sold out two years in a row.

A new event on Saturday night called Farm Country Feast, which will be held in the Ballroom of the convention center, will feature smoked, southern, soul and cajun cuisine, Virginia craft beer and cider, top-shelf Virginia spirits and live music.  This event will be amazing!

Other events, such as The Craft Brewers' Locavore Dinner at Vagabond, The Gourmet Craft Beer Brunch, seminars on "Boozy Beers", "Coffee-Inspired Beers" (and many more), will captivate your palate and enlighten your understanding of Virginia's and America's finest craft beers and Richmond's extraordinary cuisine.

Come join us for an incomparable craft beer and food experience!

Tickets

Tickets go on sale in late March, 2016. 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 to the Taco Throwdown, Farm Country Feast, and the Walk-Around Grand Tasting at the Ticket Office on the ground floor, next to the main entrance to Exhibit Hall A in the Greater Richmond Convention Center during the following hours:

Friday, July 15, 5:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m..

Saturday, July 16, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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

Except for the NBE Kickoff Party, all events are held indoors. Thus, you won’t have to worry about bad weather, including searing heat or rain.

Volunteer

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.

Age and Kids

Individuals under the age of 21 are not permitted into any events where beer is being consumed. You must bring a valid ID to the event to be admitted.

Dress Code

The dress code is whatever you are comfortable wearing; it's summertime!

Event Tips

Although you will have an opportunity to taste over a hundred seventy beers, we do not recommend you swallow every drop poured in your glass.

We encourage you to master the art of swirling beer in your mouth and then spitting some or all of it out. Spitting is not considered bad manners at the CAHNBE. In fact, we encourage it. If you can’t bring yourself to spit, then limit the amount of beer you sip and pour out the rest of your glass.

Pace yourself. You are not in a race. Take your time as you make your way through the Grand Tasting. And feel free to partake in free water to cleanse your palate.

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.

Food

There will be numerous specialty food vendors sampling food, but the samples will not be nearly enough for a meal. However, full meals will be available for sale in the convention center, which may be enjoyed, along with beer, in the Beer Garden. If you get hungry during the event, meal-size portions of food will be available for sale.

Purchasing Beer Not Permitted

Beer may only be sampled at Taco Throwdown, Farm Country Feast 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.  

Smoking

Smokers will be permitted to use a special outdoor designated area in the loading dock, located adjacent to the Exhibition Hall, to smoke. This area will be highlighted on the Event Program and Map, which will be distributed to attendees when they enter the Exhibition Hall for the Walk-Around Grand Tasting.

Restrictions

THERE IS NO RE-ENTRY. YOU MAY NOT BE PERMITTED TO COME BACK TO THE EVENT AFTER LEAVING.

Ticket holders are not permitted to bring any food or beverages into the Greater Richmond Convention Center during the Grand Tasting or any other ticketed events. Complimentary water will be available at the Grand Tasting.

Pets are not permitted at the event.

Tasting Tips

Cologne, Hairspray, Aftershave, and Perfume

Please refrain from wearing strong perfume, lotion, hairspray, aftershave or colognes because their scent can interfere with the bouquet of the beer. This detracts from the tasting experience of our guests.

Charity Benefactor

A portion of the proceeds from all Variant Events goes to supporting a non-profit that is making a positive impact in our community. A portion of the National Beer Expo proceeds will be donated to LINC (the Legal Network for Cancer).

LINC - the Legal Information Network for Cancer

The Legal Information Network for Cancer (LINC) is dedicated to helping cancer patients and their families with their legal and financial needs. Serving the Greater Richmond community, LINC 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.  LINC's vision is that no cancer patient goes without needed support services.

LINC'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 LINC client receives eight dollars' worth of free services.

LINC 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.