Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Support your local Brewers! 5 - 8 Feb 2014 Beer Happenings

"a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy" - Benjamin Franklin

Local Brew Happenings This Week:

SMARTMOUTH BREWING COMPANY, at the Smartmouth Tasting Room, Norfolk (West Ghent)

What’s better than Shark Week??  Stout Week!  Coming the first week in February will be the release of our Iron Fist Imperial Stout! We’ll have special Firkins every day Wednesday - Friday.  Check the calendar for the special flavors.  Our Firkin Ales are special cask-conditioned beer.  Cask Ale, or Real Ale as it is sometimes called, is beer which has not been filtered or pasteurized; it is “Alive.”  The beer is transferred straight from the fermenter into the cask along with some priming sugar. The yeast consumes the sugars to produce carbonation and complex flavors. The cask we are using is called a firkin and holds 10.79 gallons of beer.

Wed 2/5: 4:30pm - 8:00pm, Tasting Room Open.  Iron Fist Imperial Stout Release.  Stout Week - Imperial Stout w/ Oak & Vanilla Firkin Keg! 

Thu 2/6: 4:30pm - 8:00pm, Tasting Room Open.  Stout Week - Imperial Stout w/ Sarsaparilla Firkin Keg!

Fri 2/7: 4:30pm - 8:00pm, Tasting Room Open.  Stout Week - Imperial Stout w/ Cocoa Firkin Keg!  Food from Hearth & Peel Pizza, and Live Music by Esoteric Ramblers.

Sat 2/8: 12:00n - 7:00pm, Tasting Room Open.  Bobby Q - Filipino Food (Food Truck).

* Sat - Discounted Growler Fills from 12-2pm
* Sat - Free Brewery tours on the hour

O’CONNOR BREWING COMPANY, Taproom events at 521 W. 25th Street, Norfolk, VA 23517

Wed 2/5: 4:00pm - 7:00pm, SIN and Vinyl Night at OBC - Wednesday nights bring your vinyl or just jam to the great tunes we got playing in the tap room. It’s also SIN (Service Industry Night) at OBC on Wed nights, so if you work in the restaurant, hospitality or service industry, you get 50% OFF EVERYTHING.

Thu 2/6: 4:00pm - 7:00pm, It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means. Trivia Night at OBC! Games begin at 5:30, but please be early if you wish to play.  It’ll cost a dollar per person to participate, and there are all sorts of prizes up for grabs.  Our own Brian Mandeville runs it, and we promise you, it’s a ton of fun.  It’s also Thirsty Thursday, so everything is 30% off. Draughts, flights, growler fills, merch, everything.  And if that wasn’t enough, we will also have CXB BBQ & Eats serving up some seriously delicious, finger-lickin’ food in the tap room.  So make sure you come out for this!
Fri 2/7: 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Food Truck Friday: CXB BBQ will be back with their tasty creations, and we’ll have live music from Deathhouse Blues. Mark your calendars and come visit us for some great brew, music and amazing food!

Sat 2/8: 12:00pm - 7:00pm, On Saturdays we are open from noon to 7, and from 4 to 7 we have live music performances and mobile food vending, as well.  This weekend we welcome local musician Nate Sacks of the Reckless Passengers to the brewery, and delicious food from Wrap-N-Roll.

BEACH BREWING COMPANY, 1505 Taylor Farm Rd., Virginia Beach, VA  23453 
Beach Brewing Company operates a production microbrewery and taproom in Virginia Beach, VA.  We’re proud of what we create here and love nothing more than sharing our passion with others.

Beach Brewing 2.0 GRAND OPENING!  It’s finally time! We’ve been hard at work the past few months preparing our new facility and taproom; we’re incredibly excited to finally be able to share it with you!

Saturday, February 8th at 12:00pm, the doors will open and the first kegs will be tapped. We realize this lands in one of the coldest times of the year - no worries!  In addition to our much larger and improved taproom, we will have a 40’ x 20’ tent (with heaters) outside.  We’ll also have great food from not one, but two of our favorite Food Trucks: Bro’s Fish Tacos, and Hearth & Peel Pizza.  There’s even going to be a Bounce House (sorry, for kids only), courtesy of Bounce Hoppers.

*Tap list to be finalized* - growlers will be honored and filled as usual. Come celebrate with us!  We’re thrilled to finally have this move completed and get to what it’s all about - GREAT BEER!

YOUNG VETERAN’S BREWING COMPANY, 2505 Horse Pasture Rd., Virginia Beach, VA  23453
  Sun-Thu 1500-2030; 
  Fri-Sat 1500-2300

"Pineapple Grenade" Hefeweizen is back on draft in the taproom, as well as "Big Red Rye" (Rye IPA)!  Come get your growlers filled and get one of our new Loyalty Cards!

On Sunday 16 Feb, we are releasing the Bravo Foxtrot! That’s right, we are letting the Blue Falcon fly!  A Dark Belgian Strong Ale, brewed with blackberries and honey, and aged on French oak chips, cinnamon, vanilla, and sweet orange peel.  Join us for a documentary screening about how this beer was made and the process behind crafting a new YVBC beer.  This beer will ONLY be in 22oz bottles.  Please check the event page on Facebook for further details and RSVP.

ST. GEORGE BREWING COMPANY, 204 Challenger Way, Hampton, VA  23666
Retail and Tastings Mon through Sat.  Taco Tuesdays.  Brewery Tours Wed through Sat.  Chili Friday Fires: stuft, fires and live music.
Tap Room Hours:
  Mon to Fri 3 to 5pm
  Sat 10am to 4pm
On Tap:  Black Forest Ale, Porter, Oktoberfest, Imperial Pale Ale, English IPA, Golden Ale, Winter Scotch Ale

Other Local Beer specials:

THE BIRCH BAR, Norfolk (West Ghent)
A Bar that specializes in Craft, Artisanal, European, Crazy-hard-to-say Beer and Cheese!
  Fri-Sat 3pm-2am

Wednesday Night’s Beer Education started in August 2011! We feature special tappings of rare beer, we pour crazy bottles by the glass, hold Steal the Pint nights, and we even sometime incorporate food into it!
This week, Modus Operandi is the perfect accompaniment to red meat and game dishes, such as duck or venison, a beer that could easily replace a red wine on the dinner table.  A transformation of an old English ale into a beer that is Wildly different. A unique, dark, flavourful beer with a smooth, rich, full body and complex fruit flavours of berries, sweet cherries and tannins. 
Friday Night’s Pairing Menu was created in September 2011 as a way to offer a bridge between our beer menu and our cheese! The pairings can be ordered individually or they can be ordered together as a flight!

TAPPED GASTROPUB, Virginia Beach (Hilltop) 
Open daily 11:00 am - 1:30 am
Do-it-yourself Draught Tables to practice your perfect pour. Choose from our selection of local microbrews and enjoy a new favorite beer you can’t find anywhere else.
Sun - Open Mic
Mon - Military Monday, 50% off w/ID
Wed - Wine Down Wednesday, 50% off select bottles
Live music Wed-Sat nights
Thu - Virginia Craft Beer Night, $3 pints

PORCH AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET, Virginia beach (Hilltop) - an organic coffee bar and pub serving fresh-brewed organic coffee, seven local and craft beers on tap, wines by the glass and delicious pub food, including breakfast all day.  Located in the front of the store, The Porch also features refillable growlers, mix-a-six custom six-pack program, weekly dinner specials and a NEW cheese platter menu.
Hours: 7 days 8am to 9pm

Drink Happy - Be Safe

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