Tidewater Virginia Brew Happenings, 29 April-4 May
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Local Brew Happenings:
Saturday, May 3rd: Something’s brewing at the first-ever craft beer festival at Town Center in Virginia Beach! The Town Center Craft Beer Festival will be held from 1:00-6:00 pm, featuring local Virginia beers and national and regional craft beers and ciders. Over 50 craft beers from over 25 breweries will be available for sampling. Tickets include sampling and live entertainment featuring Seth Stainback & Roosterfoot. Local Virginia brewing companies include O’Connor, Smartmouth, Back Bay, St. George, Ale Werks, Legend, Starr Hill, Devils Backbone, and Sunken City. These national and regional brewing companies will participate: New Belgium, Sweetwater, Heavy Seas, Victory, Lagunitas, Kona, Harpoon, DuClaw, Goose Island, Lonerider, Natty Greene, Oskar Blues, and Gordon Biersch. Tickets for the Virginia Beach Craft Beer Festival are $25 in advance (plus service fees). Tickets at the gate (if available) are $30. Live music sets the stage at this perfect outdoor setting for tasting some of the best craft beers brewed. Seth Stainback & Rooster Foot will perform on an outdoor stage throughout the day. For more information on the Town Center Craft Beer Festival, call 757-491-SUNN (7866).
Saturday, May 3rd: The 2nd Annual Mariner’s Craft Beer Festival! Live music, good food and great beer in a unique setting! The second annual Mariners’ Craft Beer Festival will feature 15 craft breweries and over 40 craft beer selections in the unique setting of The Mariners’ Museum’s outdoor courtyards. The event also includes live music, food vendors and beer talks by brewery representatives. Participating breweries will include: Heavy Seas, Smartmouth, Devils Backbone, Legend, Starr Hill, AleWerks, New Belgium, St. George, O’Connor, SweetWater, Lonerider, Anheuser Busch, Sunken City, Bold Rock and Goose Island. Ticket prices are $35 in advance, $40 day of event and $30 for Museum Members. Tickets include 20 craft beer tastings, souvenir tasting glass, entertainment from Hey Hey Hooligan and Esoteric Ramblers and admission to tour The Mariners’ Museum. Visit www.MarinersMuseum.org/BeerFest for more information and to buy tickets
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 30: 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, May 1: 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!
Friday, May 2: 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 Drama Club (90’s Rock covers), and Delicious gourmet Hot Dogs by ‘Granby Street Hot Dogs’.
Saturday, May 3: 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 ‘Sharkophagus’ (progressive jazz), 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 30: Tasting Room, Firkin this Wednesday - We will have a special cask-conditioned beer in the tasting room for several Wednesdays. This week - Murphy’s Law Amber Ale w/ White Oak and Vanilla! 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 30: Trivia Night with Virginia Stage Company at the Wells Theater, starting at 6:00pm Thursday, May 1: Tasting Room, delicious food from ‘Karnage Asada’ food truck.
Thursday, May 1: Tasting Room, delicious food from ‘Karnage Asada’ food truck.
Friday, May 2: Tasting Room, delicious food from ‘Lucky Peach’ food truck.
Saturday, May 3: Tasting Room, delicious food from ‘Karnage Asada’ food truck.
BEACH BREWING COMPANY,(Oceana: 1505 Taylor Farm Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453) Taproom Hours: Tue-Thu 3-7:00pm, Fri 3-9:00pm, Sat 12-9:00pm, Sun 1-6:00pm 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.
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, May 2: Food truck starting at 3pm.
Saturday, May 3: Plan on a special cask tapping and a local food truck serving around 12pm.
YOUNG VETERAN’S BREWING COMPANY, (Oceana: 2505 Horse Pasture Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453) Tasting Hours: Mon-Thu 1500-2030, Fri 1500-2300, *Sat 1200-2300, *Sun 1200-2030 High Speed - High Quality. Veteran Owned and Operated.
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! Also this weekend we will open at Noon on Saturday and Sunday!
Friday, May 2: Hearth & Peel wood-fired pizza.
Saturday, May 3: Lucky Peach food truck.
Sunday, May 4: The Coop (Breakfast Sandwiches)
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 three new beers; ‘Steal Pier Lager’, ‘Atlantic Ave IPA’, and ‘Blonde Betty Belgium Blond’! THE NEW IPA AND BLOND WHERE BREWED RIGHT HERE ON NORFOLK AVE AND TASTE AWESOME !!!!
Thursday, May 1: Vinyl Night - Spinning records starting at 7pm, sponsored by Vinyl Daze.
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 w/ Stuft - Not Your Average Street Food. Brewery Tours Wed through Sat.
On Tap: Black Forest Ale, Porter, Oktoberfest, English IPA, Imperial Pale Ale, Golden Ale, Winter Scotch Ale, and Larry’s Lemonade!
Friday, April 25: Food Truck Friday. 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)!
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!
The Birch will be CLOSED for vacation, Tuesday April 29th - Saturday May 3rd. We will resume normal business hours Tuesday May 6!
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 30: Wine Down Wednesday, 50% off select bottles of wine
Thursday, May 1: Virginia Craft Beer Night, $3 pints of Virginia Craft Beers
Live music Wed-Sat nights: Wed, Bryan Dunn; Thu, Johnny Smallwood; Fri, Seth Stainback; Sat, Mike Gombas
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.
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, May 1: Craft Beer Night - We feature a specially selected rotating limited release draft beer list which is 50% off from 4 - 9 pm.
Friday, May 2: Ladies Night.
Saturday, May 3: Locals Night, 15% off with proof.
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: BFM - Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, Boulevard - Grainstorm, Stone - Sprocketbier, Beach Brewing Oceanus Aurum, Founders Imperial Stout, Champion Black Me Stout!