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Local Brew Happenings:
So I don’t really consider Williamsburg as part of our local scene, but they are close enough for a great road trip:
Sunday, April 27, 2014: 1 to 5 pm, rain or shine in Downtown Williamsburg -the Inaugural Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival presented by The Rotary Club of Williamsburg, and Young Emerging Professionals of Williamsburg.
Featuring 20 different craft beers served by 10 different breweries from Virginia and around the country, live music by ‘The Hark’, and food available for purchase from ‘Paul’s Deli & Restaurant’, and ‘College Delly’. We’ll be the first beer festival in Hampton Roads to feature Sweetwater Brewing Co.! Also featuring: Alewerks Brewing Co., Smartmouth Brewing Co., O’Connor Brewing Co., The St. George Brewing Co., Legend Brewing Co., Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co., New Belgium Brewing, Heavy Seas, and Lagunitas Brewing Co.
The Williamsburg Craft Beer Festival will be located near the Williamsburg Public Library on the lawn across the street from the Williamsburg Community Building at 401 N. Boundary Street, Williamsburg, VA 23185.
O’CONNOR BREWING COMPANY, Taproom (521 W. 25th Street, Norfolk, VA 23517) Taproom Hours: Wed-Fri 4:00pm - 7:00pm, Sat 12:00n - 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 23: Sin & Vinyl Night - On Wednesday nights bring in your vinyl or just jam to the great tunes we got playing in the tap room. It’s also SIN (Service Industry Night), so if you work in the restaurant, hospitality or service industry, you get 50% OFF EVERYTHING.
Thursday, April 24: Every Thursday is THIRSTY THURSDAY in the tasting room. EVERYTHING IS 30% OFF FOR EVERYONE. No reason, just cuz. Yeah, you’re welcome.
Friday, April 25: FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS. TGIF! What better way to start your weekend than with live music, street food and fresh, tasty beers! This week we welcome to the tasting room: Live music by DJ Ryan Thomas (50’s and 60’s Soul Music), and Delicious street food by ‘Bro’s Fish Tacos’.
Saturday, April 26: On Saturdays we open at noon. At 2pm and 3pm we host free 30-minute tours of the brewery, and from 4 to 7pm we have live music and food trucks to complement our fresh, tasty beers. This week we welcome to the tasting room: Live music by ‘Mercy Creek’ (Folk/Rock), and street food by ‘Leilani’s Lunchbox’ (Island Style/Jamaican/Hawaiian).
SMARTMOUTH BREWING COMPANY, Tasting Room (West Ghent: 1309 Raleigh Ave #300, Norfolk, VA 23507) Tasting Room Hours: Wed-Fri 4:30pm - 8:00pm, Sat 12:00n - 7:00pm * Sat - Discounted Growler Fills from 12-2pm * Sat - Free Brewery tours on the hour
8 beers on tap including seasonals; Safety Dance Pilsner, Cowcatcher Milk Stout, the new Jr. Coffee Porter, and the Green Flash collaboration beer - Man Crush saison. See you soon!
Wednesday, April 23: Tasting Room, Firkin this Wednesday - We will have a special cask-conditioned beer in the tasting room for several Wednesdays. Greg and Jimmy have infused them with additional hops to ramp up the flavor for all you hop-heads out there. This week - Rule G with Azacca hops! 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. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, April 23: Trivia Night with Virginia Stage Company at the Wells Theater, starting at 6:00pm
Thursday, April 24: Tasting Room, delicious food from ‘Karnage Asada’ food truck.
Friday, April 25: Tasting Room, delicious food from ‘CBX BBQ and Eats’ food truck.
Saturday, April 26: Tasting Room, Live Music by ‘Like the Water’, and delicious food from ‘Wrap-n-Roll’ food truck.
BEACH BREWING COMPANY,(Oceana: 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! It’s finally time! We’ve spent months preparing our new facility and taproom; we’re incredibly excited to finally be able to share it with you! Taproom Hours: Tue-Thu 3-7:00pm, Fri 3-9:00pm, Sat 12-9:00pm, Sun 1-6:00pm
Now there’s Oceanus Aurum Honey Rye Saison! Other beers on tap include: SUPER fresh Hoptopus double IPA, Hammerhead IPA, Zephyr, Riptide, Hurricane, Ghost Ship, Fire At Sea, Diablo, No Quarter, and Sea Devil Imperial Stout. See you soon!
Friday, April 25: Karnage Asada food truck starting at 3pm.
Saturday, April 26: Plan on a special cask tapping and Lucky Peach food truck serving at 12pm.
YOUNG VETERAN’S BREWING COMPANY, (Oceana: 2505 Horse Pasture Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453) High Speed - High Quality. Veteran Owned and Operated. Tasting Hours: Sun-Thu 1500-2030, Fri-Sat 1500-2300
Now serving All Six Beers on Draft! New Recruit Honey Blonde Ale, Pineapple Grenade Heffeweizen, Semper FI.P.A. Citra Hopped India Pale Ale, Big Red Rye a Rye India Pale Ale, Jet Noise Double IPA, and our Night Vision American Stout! Come get your growlers filled and get one of our new Loyalty Cards!
Check it out! We now have Cornhole boards and authentic Bier Garden Tables from Munich!
BACK BAY BREWING COMPANY, Brand New Taproom (Oceanfront: 614 Norfolk Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451) New Taproom Hours: Thu 3-10pm, Fri 3pm-12am, Sat 12n-12am, Sun 12n-8pm
Serving our classic ‘False Cape Ale’, as well as ‘Beach Cruiser’ Pale Ale, and a smooth Porter! Plus 3 New Beers - IPA, Belgium Blonde, and an American Strong Ale! We are now brewing in our new Taproom!
Thursday, April 24: Vinyl Night - Spinning records starting at 7pm sponsored by Vinyl Daze.
Saturday, April 26: Grand Opening!!! Come on out and join us for our official Grand Opening. We are pitching a tent in the lot directly behind the brewery. Food trucks, live music by ‘Safeplace’, new brews and more… Come early to get in before the place blows up like a high school keg party!!!
ST. GEORGE BREWING COMPANY, (204 Challenger Way, Hampton, VA 23666) Tap Room Hours: Mon-Fri 3 - 5pm, Sat 10am - 4pm. Retail and Tastings Mon through Sat. Taco Tuesdays. Brewery Tours Wed through Sat. Chili Friday Fires: Stuft - Not Your Average Street Food, fires and Live Music.
On Tap: Black Forest Ale, Porter, Oktoberfest, English IPA, Imperial Pale Ale, Golden Ale, Winter Scotch Ale, and Larry’s Lemonade!
All this April we will host FOOD TRUCK FRIDAYS and we are super stoked about it. We are putting together the schedule now and will post it as soon as all of the dates are filled. Not only share this but please make this a topic of discussion at work because there is nothing better that starting your weekend off with food trucks and beer….it’s a match made in heaven (or Hampton if you’re a local)!
Friday, April 25: Food Truck Friday
Saturday, April 26: Bill Island Barbecue
Other Local Brew specials:
THE BIRCH BAR, (West Ghent: 1231 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk, VA 23507) Hours: Tue-Thu 5:00pm - 12:00am, Fri-Sat 3:00pm - 2:00am A Bar that specializes in Craft, Artisanal, European, Crazy-hard-to-say Beer and Cheese!
Tuesday, April 22: Cards Against Humanity, starting at 7:00pm
Wednesday, April 23: Wednesday Nights Beer Education - 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!
Thursday, April 24: Cheesemonger Thursday, with special platter offerings. At 5:00pm the kids from Shady Goat Farm will be at The Birch visiting! Shannon will have cheese to sell and lots of goat trivia for you! Bring your kids!
Friday, April 25: Friday Nights Pairing Menu - 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!
Saturday, April 26: Growler fill specials.
TAPPED GASTROPUB, (East Hilltop: 1550 Laskin Rd #198, Virginia Beach, VA 23451) 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.
Wednesday, April 23: Wine Down Wednesday, 50% off select bottles
Thursday, April 24: Virginia Craft Beer Night, $3 pints of Virginia Craft Beers
Live music Wed-Sat nights: Wed, Bryan Dunn; Thu, Borderline Trio; Fri, Mike Proffitt and Dana Silvercloud; Sat, Jack Becker
PORCH AT WHOLE FOODS MARKET, (West Hilltop: 1800 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23454) Hours: 7 days 7am to 9pm 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.
Thursday, April 10: Beer School. Space is limited to 60 each week. Avoid the lines, and register online at www.wholefoodsvab.eventbrite.com. The Porch will be closed during this event. Ticket required for entry with valid ID. 21 years of age and older.
HAMPTON TAPHOUSE, (Downtown: 17 E. Queen’s Way, Hampton, VA 23669) Hours: Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am, Sun 10:30 am - 2:00 am The Taphouse…the “Acme of Beer Since 1984”. Long before the micro revolution, the Taphouse was serving up pint after pint of American and world craft brews. Our Hampton location has 37 constantly rotating draught selections and hundreds of bottles to choose from. Belgians are our prides, trappists, abbeys, and other merry monk quaffers will surely entertain. Our food….not pub grub….stands up to any kitchen, anywhere.
Specials On Tap: Dogfish Head ApriHop, Founder’s KBS Stout, and Beach Brewing Riptide
11th STREET TAPHOUSE BAR & GRILL, (VB Oceanfront on the Boardwalk: 1011 Atlantic Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451) Hours: Mon - Thu 4:00pm-12:00am, Fri - Sat 11:30am-1:30am, Sun 11:30am-12:00am Quench your thirst with over 30 draft beers which includes micro, craft and macro brewed beer.
Thursday, April 24: Craft Beer Night - We feature a specially selected rotating limited release draft beer list which is 50% off from 4 - 9 pm.
Friday, April 25: Ladies Night. Live Music - The Special Guests
Saturday, April 26: Locals Night, 15% off with proof. Live Music - Rooster Foot
LYNNHAVEN PUB (N. Great Neck Beach: 2236 W. Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23451) Hours: Mon-Sun, 11:00am - 2:00am An Average Of 100 Different Beers And New Styles Coming In Every Week
This week’s Tap Line Up so far: Great Divide 20th Anniversary, Boulevard GrainStorm, LoneRider PeaceMaker, Founders Imperial Stout, Champion Black Me Stout, Three Heads Tre Kind!