Looking for a way to celebrate Pride Month? Virginia Pride has teamed up with Hardywood Craft Park Brewery for "Love on Tap," which takes place Sunday.
The event is in honor of the four year anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling that said same sex couples had the same right to marry as opposite sex couples. The June 26 ruling legalized same sex marriage in the United States.
And Virginia Pride and Hardwood are celebrating with a day of live music, the return of the brewery's "Tropic Like It's Hot" (a sour ale brewed with passion fruit, pineapple and dragon fruit), drag shows and food trucks.
"Tropic Like It's Hot" was brewed for Virginia Pride and it will be the official 2019 Pride beer for Virginia PrideFest. The beer will also be available in grocery stores in cans and features a Lyft discount code to promote safe transportation home.
"An anniversary is the celebration of an ongoing story. Today, we celebrate the stories of all LGBTQ+ Americans who resiliently marched through inequality and found common ground on the foundations of love and equity," Virginia Pride wrote in the event description for Love on Tap.
The event is free and open to the public. The taproom at 2408 Ownby Lane opens at noon. The festivities kick-off at 1 and run until 6 p.m.
Of course, the anniversary of marriage equality isn't the only LGBTQ+ event in June. Friday, June 28 marks the 50 year anniversary of "Stonewall," a six-day skirmish between New York City police and the gay community that began at a gay bar called Stonewall Inn on June 28. The event is seen as the launch of the gay rights movement in America. Stonewall is why June is considered Pride Month.
"Love on Tap is an event that celebrates Pride Month and the historic events that have propelled the fight for LGBTQ equality forward, including the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and nationwide marriage equality," said James Millner, president of Virginia Pride, which puts on Virginia's annual Pride Festival. Virginia's festival takes place in September so as not to compete with the pride event in D.C.
Virginia's festival takes place in Richmond and is scheduled this year for Sept. 28.