Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Local Tidewater VA Beer Festivals


Sat, Feb 17 - 4th Annual Bull & Oyster Roast, Smartmouth Brewing Co., 2 - 6:00 pm, 1309 Raleigh Ave., Norfolk. Shuck it up with the return of Smartmouth’s Annual Oyster Roast, and this year we're bringing the bull. As Jonathan Swift once said, “He was a bold man that first ate an oyster,” so be bold and join us for a day of salty bivalves, pit-cooked meats and tasty beer. Join Capt'n Crabby for a delicious all-you-can-eat menu including Raw Oysters | Roasted Oysters | Fried Oysters | Oysters Stew | Pit Beef, Ham & Turkey | Assorted Side Dishes. Tickets on sale now for $40 via email! They will be $50 at the door. (Beer not included.) Email: itscrabtastic@gmail.com to request your tickets! Also enjoy live music throughout the day and Capt'n Crabby food truck from 12-9 pm. Tasting room and outside area is still open to the public.

Sat, Feb 17 - The Grand 5 Year Celebration with BJ Griffin and the Galaxy Groove, Tapped Gastropub, 9:00 pm - 1:00 am, 1550 Laskin Rd., Ste. 198, Virginia Beach. Five years ago TAPPED Gastropub opened its doors. Since then we have been working hard to make TAPPED the best that it can be. Come get TAPPED with us. Also, five years ago a not so well known cello player came to our Tapped open mic. He took the stage, began playing his cello and then opened his mouth to sing. From the moment we heard his beautiful voice we knew he was destined for bigger things. And boy were we right. Let’s Rock, tunes start at 9 pm! Cake and champagne toast to follow!

Sat, Feb 24 - Music by the Pint Fest 2018 / Benefit Concert benefitting the Children of Soundscapes, Hosted by Tradition Brewing Company, 6:30 - 10:30 pm, 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Newport News. MUSIC BY THE PINT FESTIVAL is Newport News' newest music festival and all for a good cause of supporting Soundscapes and the children it serves! The festival will be held for 5 days at 5 venues in Newport News and feature a different band each night. Music by the Pint glasses will be sold at the door and proceeds will benefit Soundscapes. ROCKY 7 is a 7 piece band of musical All Stars from Hampton Roads. The brainchild of Fuzz Band cohorts Nik Madry and Duane Smith; Rocky 7 is an ode to coloring outside of the lines, having fun, and a tribute to musical schizophrenics everywhere. With inspirations ranging from Black Sabbath and the Foo Fighters to Maroon 5, Lorde, Beyonce, and Paramore, the band promises a night of epic memories, music, high intensity, sweat, and an unforgettable show of Rock, Alternative and Top 40 hits. With regular shows up and down the east coast this relative newcomer to the cover music scene has already begun booking gigs well into the 2015 season. Comprised of members from various seasoned bands, Rocky 7 will bring the energy, musicianship, and songs to get the party started and keep it going! SOUNDSCAPES' MISSION: Soundscapes is a nonprofit, educational, intervention organization that instills transformative life skills in underserved children in our community, using intensive music study and frequent ensemble performances. Learn more at www.Soundscapeshr.org

Sun, Mar 4 - 42nd Annual Oyster Roast & Craft Beer Festival, 1 - 5:00 pm, Hosted by Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th St., Virginia Beach. Raw, roasted and fried oysters; Local craft beer; Taste Virginia Tours' exclusive brew crafted by Smartmouth Brewery; BBQ, fried chicken, sides and soft drinks; Live music with HOTCAKES; Casino tables; Rescue squad demos and equipment; Silent and live auctions and raffles; Local artisans; Children's activities. One of our favorite events, the annual Oyster Roast & Craft Beer Festival is the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad’s largest fundraiser of the year. With it, we are able to continue to purchase the advanced lifesaving equipment we need to answer more than 14,000 calls every year. The treatment and transport we give our community costs you absolutely nothing. Your support is vital in maintaining this level of service. https://vbvrs.org/oyster-roast/

Fri, Mar 9 - Shamrockin' in Ghent 2018 / St. Paddy's Block Party, 6 - 10:00 pm, Colley Ave., Norfolk. Southern Bank presents Shamrockin’ in Ghent, which is Hope House Foundation’s annual St. Patrick’s Day block party on Colley Avenue in Ghent. The fun includes live music from Tidewater Pipes and Drums, The Deloreans, and The Fighting Jamesons! There will also festive adult beverages and delicious food from Belly Full Food Truck! Drink tickets are just $5 each (12 oz.) and can be purchased at the event. This event is FREE and open to the public. Proceeds benefit Hope House Foundation; the only organization in the state of Virginia that supports adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities exclusively in their own homes. To support Hope House Foundation send a text message to 41444 with the message HOPEHELPS, your DONATION AMOUNT and YOUR NAME. Corporate Sponsors: VEER Magazine, Bay Disposal & Recycling, Guinness, Bushmills Irish Whiskey, and Bath Fitter. https://www.hope-house.org/events/shamrockin/

Sat, Mar 10 - 7th Annual St. Kiuchi Day at The Birch, 1:00 pm - 12:00 am, 1231 W Olney Rd., Norfolk. The Birch was only three months old when the Earthquake and Tsunami disaster happened on March 11, 2011 in Japan. When we heard that the Kiuchi Brewery had stopped production to bottle water for nearby villages, despite their buildings sustaining their own damage, we wanted to help. St. Kiuchi Day was an event created by The Birch seven years ago. What started as an event featuring only a case of Hitachino beer has turned into a full brewery tap takeover and tasting event! Every year we continue to donate a portion of the sales to Global Giving’s Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund. Draft Line Up Coming Soon!

Wed, Mar 14 - LynnHaven Pub 10th Anniversary Party, Hosted by Next Door and LynnHaven Pub, 11:00 am - 2:00 am, LynnHaven Pub, 2236 W Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach. It's the 10th Anniversary of the pub's current form. Let's have a party to celebrate. What do you think is going to happen? Updates to come as details are finalized.

Sat, Mar 17 - Norfolk-Ocean View St Patrick's Day Parade, 10:00 am, Ocean View Beach Park, 100 W. Ocean View Ave., Norfolk. Join Us for the 51st Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Parade. The Parade steps off at 10 am on March 17, 2018. Don't miss the After Parade Party, presented by the Knights of Columbus of Ocean View at the Columbian Club starting at noon at 211 W. Government Ave., featuring live bands: Tidewater Drive (outside) and TBA (inside the Hall). Plenty of food and refreshment vendors will be available as well.

Sat, Mar 17 - OBC's 8th Anniversary & St. Paddy's Day Celebration, 12 - 10:00 pm, O'Connor Brewing Co., 211 W 24th St., Norfolk. Join us as we celebrate O'Connor Brewing Co.'s 8th anniversary and St. Patrick’s Day at our first big party of the year! Start off the day with Irish dancers from 12:30-1:30 pm. We’ll have live Irish-themed music from Celtic trio Glasgow Kiss from 2-5 pm. And from 6-8 pm is Lara Hope & The Ark-Tones, a Roots & Rockabilly band from Kingston, NY. We will have a lineup of specialty stouts, crafted exclusively for this event. As always, we'll have our World Beer Cup Award winning ODIS, a staple for any St. Patrick's Day party, including Nitro ODIS in cans. Oh, and of course, GREEN BEER! Our featured food trucks are: Your Pie, which brings you custom, hand-crafted pizzas baked in under 3 minutes; Redwood Smoke Shack, slinging the best Texas-style 'que in Hampton Roads; Just Cupcakes with ODIS stout birthday cupcakes and a full array of sweets; And Steel Spade Gelato & Coffee will be serving up stout gelato and other flavors! All of our food trucks will be creating and serving Irish-inspired menu items, special to our event! This day marks the official 2018 re-opening of our beer garden. So if it's relatively nice out, plan on partying outside with us! Also, dogs are welcome in our outside areas, including the beer garden and patios. Parking is limited, so please consider biking, carpooling, or utilizing our friends at App A Cab, a Norfolk-based company. *To keep the beer flowing and the lines moving, we will not be serving tasting flights or growler fills on this day. We apologize for the inconvenience.*

Fri, Mar 23 - Chesapeake Soirée|Wine-Spirits-Craft Beer, hosted by Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival, 6 - 11:00 pm, Chesapeake Conference Center, 700 Conference Center Dr., Chesapeake. Chesapeake Rotary Club's newest event, Chesapeake Soiree|Wine-Spirits-Craft Beer, features several themed sets joined together with music, dancing and fun. This Spring Break - timed event is adulting at its finest. Chesapeake Conference Center is transformed into an Ice Palace (vodka), a Caribbean Island (rum), a Barrel Room (bourbon), a Bier Garden (craft brews) and a Vineyard (wine). Admission choices include Tasting Tickets and Reserved Tables for groups of 10 or more. Special Corporate Discounts are available. Of course, soft drinks and bottled water will be provided and Chesapeake Conference Center's award-winning Culinary team will have for purchase a creative menu to satisfy your cravings. $30 Tasting Tickets - includes souvenir glass;  $250 Corporate 10-Pack - includes 10 Tasting Tickets at a discounted price. Reward your staff or invite all the neighbors!  $500 Reserved "Ballroom" Table - includes Tasting Tickets and seating for 10 guests in the center of all the action. These are perfect for entertaining clients or bringing the whole office! https://embed.showclix.com/event/chesapeake-soireewine-spirits-craft-beer7593158

Sat, Mar 24 - Dieu du Ciel Péché Day 2018 hosted by The Birch, 3:00 pm, 1231 W Olney Rd., Norfolk. From Dieu du Ciel: "Peche Day will be back for another edition, Saturday March 24th! This year, we have the honour to announce that the event will take place in 50 bars simultaneously, including 7 in Quebec, 12 in Canada, 18 in the United States and 13 International! Our Participating Bars Reserve 7 Varieties of our deadly sin stout: Péché Mortel Classique, Péché Bourbon 2017, Péché Bourbon 2018, Péché Framboise, Péché Houblon, Péché Latte, Péché Termopilas."  The Birch will be one of only 18 bars in the US serving these amazing stouts! #Pecheday

Sat, Mar 24 - Parrotheads of the Phininsula 7th Anniversary Party, 5 - 9:00 pm, Billsburg Brewery, 2054 Jamestown Rd., Williamsburg. What a Jimmy Buffett Club anniversary party without Jimmy Buffett music? Well you are about to find out. Don't worry The Billy Joe Trio will be rocking your socks off at our anniversary party March 24 starting at 5 pm. Wear your best tropical attire to let everyone know you are part of the club.  Billsburg Brewery is located at the Jamestown marina and has a wonderful view to sit back with a cold brew and enjoy some great tunes with some great people. Food Truck to be announced.

Sat, Apr 7 - 3rd Annual York River Beer Festival, Watermen's Museum, Yorktown. 

Sat/Sun, Apr 7/8 - Spring Crafted 2018, O'Connor Brewing Co., 12 - 6:00 pm, 211 W 24th St., Norfolk. Our 4th Annual Spring Crafted Indie Arts and Craft Market at O'Connor Brewing Co. in Norfolk, VA. This will be our 1st two day indoor market ever! Come and shop the market both Sat. and Sun. April 7th and 8th 2018. Shop from the unique selection of handmade goods directly from the makers themselves at the brewery all while enjoying an amazing atmosphere, award winning craft beer, unique local food trucks, live music and more all in one place! LIVE MUSIC and EATS TBA!

Sat, Apr 14 - Smithfield Wine & Brew Fest Weekend. Over 100 tastings of Virginia Wines & Virginia Craft Brews, special offerings of Organic Wines, three stages of live music, weekend hotel packages, wine dinners and handcrafted artist vendors. Individual Tickets and Non-Sponsor tables will go on sale in  Feb. 2018.  Visit the website: www.SmithfieldVAOysterFest.com  for more information.

Sat, Apr 21 - Phoebus Spring Fling and Craft Beer Festival, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Phoebus Partnership, 7 E. Mellen St. and Monitor Lodge, 212 E Mellen St., Hampton. Historic Phoebus will transform into a vibrant outdoor street festival featuring handmade arts and crafts, community exhibits, food trucks, live music and craft beer. The Spring Fling is free and open to the public. Craft Beer Festival - $25 per person (Must be 21-years old or above) 757/727-831 | www.phoebusvaevents.com/spring-fling

Sat, Apr 21 - StarFire Festival 2: A celebration of MUSIC, ARTS, COMICS & VIDEO GAME culture, O'Connor Brewing Co., 12 - 11:00 pm, 211 W 24th St., Norfolk. Galaxy Dynamite, TNT Entertainment & O'Connor Brewing Co. Present StarFire Festival 2 in Partnership with 96X, WHRO, Veer Magazine, VA Growler, 13News Now - WVEC and tHRive. StarFire Festival was created to blend the classic American transformational music festival experience with a comic book and video game convention. Enjoy exciting and intelligent workshops, sample delicious local food trucks, explore engaging activities and more while putting the spotlight on the best music acts this region has to offer with THREE STAGES OF MUSIC. Hosted by Norfolk's very own psychedelic electronic rock band, Galaxy Dynamite, we are excited and proud to announce a new edition to StarFire Festival 2: COLOR WAR! Activities include: 3 Stages of Music, 'BAE' package option (VIP), Yoga workshop by Eat.Yoga.Drink, Hoop / Flow Arts workshop by Enchanted Flow Artists, Live painting showcase and regional artist gallery curated by Khalil Riddick, Video Game Tournaments, Cosplay Contest, Magic: The Gathering Tournament, Eating Contest, Cornhole Contest, The return of L.A.R.P.ing hour (Live Action Role Playing), Vinyl Record Swap, Local Comic Book Showcases / Galleries, Open Card / Board game area (Provided by Atlantis Games & Comics (Norfolk), E-Sports Viewing (Overwatch League Matches and More), Delicious Food Trucks, StarFire Hoop Troupe Contest (by Enchanted Flow Artists), Virtual Reality Stations. Contact us. E-mail 'StarFireFestival@gmail.com'

Sat, Apr 21 - SAVE THE DATE: 3rd Annual Revolutionary Beer Fest, Khedive Shrine Center, 1 - 6:00 pm, 645 Woodlake Dr., Chesapeake.

Sat, Apr 28 - CoVa Battle of the Burgers, Military Aviation Museum, 12 - 5:00 pm, 1341 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach. Help us crown Coastal VA's best burger while enjoying a day of fun, live music, planes, VA craft beer and of course - burgers, burgers and more burgers! Join Coastal Virginia Magazine as we invite local restaurants to the battle it out to become CoVa’s Best Burger at the 2018 CoVa Battle of the Burgers. Attendees will be invited to vote for their favorite burger after sampling the delicious sliders, drinking Virginia craft beers and enjoy live entertainment! www.coastalvirginiamag.com

Sat, Apr 28 - Annual YSC Spring Oyster & Pig Roast, hosted by VB Youth Service Club, 1 - 6:00 pm, Camp Pendleton, . Join us to kick off the Summer at the 2018 YSC Spring Oyster & Pig Roast. We will be serving beer, wine, chili, chowder, chicken, oysters and our famous Pork Barbecue. All you can eat and drink. All proceeds go to fund charities benefiting children in Hampton Roads. Live Music by: Little Country and Family Tree . TICKET SALES ARE LIMITED & WILL BE FILLED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR BEVERAGES ALLOWED, NO ONE UNDER 21 YEARS OF AGE, WHICH INCLUDES INFANTS. THERE WILL BE 100% ID CHECK TO ENTER CAMP PENDLETON. email tickets@vbysc.org | https://www.eventbrite.com/e/47th-annual-ysc-oyster-pig-roast-tickets-38888152511

Sun, Apr 29 - 5th Annual Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival, 12 - 5:00 pm, 401 N Boundary St., Williamsburg. Join us for Williamsburg's Biggest Beer Benefit, the fifth annual Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival — a fun day of craft beer, great food and live music — all for a good cause. Over the past 4 years, you helped us raise more than $75,000 for local non-profits. The 5th annual Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival will feature more than 30 craft beers from at least 14 different breweries. Enjoy craft beer, live music from Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos and food available for purchase from Prost Food Truck and Old City Barbeque. Tickets will be available for sale starting Wednesday, February 21, 2018 on the event website. Advanced ticket prices are $35 for general admission and $50 for VIP tickets. Admission includes a complimentary 16-oz tasting glass and unlimited 4-oz pours. VIP hour includes early access to the festival (at noon) and complimentary select food items from the food trucks for the first hour. www.williamsburgbeerfest.com

Sat, May 5 - Chic's Beach Festival 2018, HK on the Bay, 12 - 8:00 pm, 4600 Lookout Rd., Virginia Beach. Chic's Beach Festival presented by Hk on the Bay is a one-day, outdoor music & craft beer featuring over twenty craft beers from Green Flash Brewing Co. including seasonals, cask ales, barrel-aged brews and more. It’s all going down in the historic Chic's Beach under the beautiful oak trees by HK on the Bay, and tickets go live on 2/2. Spots are limited, so don’t sleep if you want in. TICKETS: General Admission tickets go on sale February 2nd. Tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door. Tickets will include entry into all the radness of the festival and a really sweet commemorative 16oz Chic’s Beach Festival cup. There will be games such as Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four, Cornhole and more! We're going to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo AND The Kentucky Derby in style! Details coming soon! MUSIC: All acts will be performing on the AFK Books & Records Main Stage: Bennett Wales & The Relief, Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos. FOOD: Food is not included in the ticket price. Outside food not permitted: Sofrito, The Coop - Virginia, Hk on the Bay. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chics-beach-festival-tickets-15525551342

Sat, May 5 - Blues, Brews & BBQ: A Festival on the River, Riverwalk Landing, Historic Yorktown. Join us for Yorktown's Fifth Annual Blues, Brews & BBQ, a festival on the river. Enjoy down-home blues, incredible microbrews, and amazing BBQ for purchase. $30 in advance and $35 at the door. More details soon. www.villageevents.org. | 757.877.2933 

Sun, May 6 - The Mariners' Craft Beer Festival, The Mariners' Museum and Park, 12 - 5:00 pm, 100 Museum Dr., Newport News. Great beer, good food and live music! The sixth annual Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival will features craft beers in the unique setting of The Mariners’ Museum’s outdoor courtyards. Enjoy a selection of 50 craft beers from local, regional and national breweries. Listen to live music by Esoteric Ramblers and Hey Hey Hooligan! Brewery representatives will be on-site to answer questions and offer several “Beer Talks” throughout the event. Food trucks will be on-site with food for purchase. General Admission Advance Tickets: $35 (through May 5), Day-of General Admission Tickets: $45, Non-drinker tickets: $15. Tickets include 20 four-ounce craft beer tastings, a souvenir tasting glass, live music, beer talks by brewery representatives, and the day’s admission to The Mariners’ Museum! Food trucks will be onsite for an additional charge. Tickets Coming Soon! RAIN OR SHINE | http://www.marinersmuseum.org/beerfest/

Fri, May 18 - Suds & Buds 2018, Norfolk Botanical Garden, 5:30 - 9:30 pm, 6700 Azalea Garden Rd., Norfolk. The fourth-annual Suds & Buds party with a purpose benefits three causes -- Norfolk Botanical Garden, Rotary Club of Norfolk and Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc. This casual, after-work party is for ages 21 and up who will enjoy an evening at Norfolk Botanical Garden's rose garden. Tickets include garden admission, food from area restaurants, craft beer, wine, a garden tram ride and music by Lewis McGehee and Young Audiences performers.

Sat, May 19 - Annual Virginia Beer Festival 2018, Town Point Park, Norfolk. Mark your calendars: tickets go on sale February 28th! Come join us on May 19th for the 17th annual Virginia Beer Festival at Norfolk’s scenic Town Point Park! More details at www.beerfestva.com  #CHEERS #VABEERFEST

Sat, May 19 - 2018 Pungo Wine Festival Benefiting Connect With A Wish, Back Bay Farms Inc., 12 - 6:00 pm, 1833 Princess Anne Rd., Virginia Beach. Please join us at the beautiful Back Bay Farms for the 2018 Pungo Wine Festival benefiting Connect With a Wish. Come out and enjoy a fun-filled day of wine tasting from some of your favorite Virginia wineries. Plus there will be live music, craft beer, food trucks and local artist and vendors. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. Wristband and tasting glass will be provided for guests ages 21 and over. Bring a blanket or chair, invite your friends and come enjoy a great day for a great cause. *Please contact pungowinefestival@gmail.com with any questions.  

Apr TBA - Town Center Craft Beer Festival, Virginia Beach Town Center

May TBA - 2018 Coastal Virginia Beer Fest & Food Truck Rodeo

May TBA - Portsmouth Service League's 10th Annual BEER BAND & BBQ

May TBA - 2018 Bacon Bash: A Bacon, Beer & Bourbon Affair, The Virginia Living Museum

Jun TBA - Common Grounds: A Collaborative Brewer's Festival, Commonwealth Brewing Company

Jun TBA - Barks & Brews 2018, Norfolk Botanical Garden

Jun TBA - Brew at the Zoo and Vino Too 2018, The Virginia Zoo

Jun TBA - Annual Norfolk Harborfest 2018, Town Point Park

Jun TBA - New Town Summer Fest 2018, Williamsburg

Jun TBA - Annual Bayou Boogaloo Music & Cajun Food Festival 2018, Town Point Park

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