Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tidewater VA Brew Happenings, 6-11 May

The Weather is here and so is the Beer!
Support your local Brewers!

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

** Next Week is American Craft Beer Week - May 12-18, 2014 **

Pint Night, or Steal the Pint Nights:
Tue - Belmont House of Smoke, Heavy Seas Brewery Steal the Pint, 6 pm
Wed - 80/20 Burger Bar, Bells Brewing Steal the Pint, 6 pm
Thu - The Public House, TBD Pint Night
5/14 - The Birch, 43 Hours of USA Steal the Glass
5/15 - Norfolk Taphouse, Foothills Brewing Steal the Glass

Local Brew Happenings:

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 

Our Six Flagship Beers on Tap; Green Can golden ale, Red Nun red ale, Norfolk Canyon pale ale, El Guapo agave IPA, Great Dismal black IPA, and O’Conner Dry Irish Stout, as well as seasonals and small specialty batches

Wednesday, 7 May:  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, 8 May:  Comedy Night with George Booker & Friends - Every second Thursday of the month, we put a mic in front of George Booker (comic, writer, OBC dishwasher/barback, misanthrope) and his droll group of friends, enemies and other local comics. Hilarity ensues. It’s also Thirsty Thursday, of course, so everything’s 30% off. Draughts, flights, growler fills, merch, everything. Drink beer, laugh your head off, repeat.

Friday, 9 May:  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 ‘Red Clover Ghost’ (Folk Rock), and Delicious authentic Neapolitan pizza from ‘Pizza Bella Vista’.

Saturday, 10 May:  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 ‘Mimsy’ (Indie Blues Folk Rock), and street food by ‘Bobby Q Filipino Grill’.

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, 7 May:  Tasting Room, Firkin this Wednesday - We will have a special cask-conditioned beer in the tasting room for several Wednesdays. This week - Rule G IPA with Amarillo 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!

Thursday, 8 May:  Tasting Room, Beer Release - Hefeweizen, and delicious food from ‘Karnage Asada’ food truck.

Friday, 9 May:  Tasting Room, Asa Jackson Mural reveal and delicious food from ‘Bro’s Fish Tacos’ food truck.

Saturday, 10 May:  SMARTMOUTH CAN RELEASE PARTY - Your cooler’s about to get even cooler! Pack it full of Smartmouth beer to enjoy at the pool, on the boat, at the beach, on the patio. These mini-kegs are portable, stackable and ever-so drinkable. Join us as we celebrate their release with a big block party. There’ll be beer, food and live music. 2 Beer Trucks; 4 Food Trucks ( Bros Fish Tacos, Karnage Asada, Pizza Bella Vista, and Twisted Sister Cupcakes); 2 Live Bands (Esoteric Ramblers, and Derick Smith & the Family Tree);  All on the street in front of the Smartmouth Tasting Room.

Saturday, 10 May:  The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, from 10-5. Beer Release - A Crystal Weiss, created by Smartmouth in honor of the Chrysler Museum’s Re-Opening, will be served at the Chrysler throughout their celebrations.

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 Hoptopus double IPA in CANS!  On tap we have for a short time the beast - Kraken, a Monstrously Hopped Triple IPA, as well as Oceanus Aurum Honey Rye Saison, Hammerhead IPA, Zephyr, Riptide, Hurricane, Ghost Ship, Fire At Sea, Diablo, No Quarter, and Sea Devil Imperial Stout. See you soon!

Friday, 9 May:  Food truck starting at 3pm.

Saturday, 10 May:  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.
New Summer Hours and Events*  
Military Discount - 15% with valid ID

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!

Tuesday, 6 May: Taco Tuesdays with ‘Karnage Asada’ Food Truck.

Friday, 9 May:  Food Truck starting at 1500.

Saturday, 10 May:  Food Truck in the afternoon. Stogie & Stout night, 17-2100*

Sunday, 11 May:  Food Truck starting at Noon.

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 !!!!

Wednesday, 7 May:  We will be showing the Classic Surf Film ‘Big Wednesday’ promptly at 7:30 pm. Bring some popcorn/snacks and come get radical!

Thursday, 8 May:  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. 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!

Tuesday, 6 May:  Thirsty Taco Tuesdays with ‘Stuft - Not You Average Street Food’ starting at 4:30 pm.

Friday, 9 May:  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, 10 May:  Bull 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!

** Next Week we celebrate 43 Hours of USA! **

Tuesday, 6 May:  Cards for Humanity at 7 pm!!

Wednesday, 7 May:  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, 8 May:  Cheesmonger Thursday - special grilled cheese sandwiches to go with your Craft beer?

Friday, 9 May:  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! 

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, 7 May: Wine Down Wednesday, 50% off select bottles of wine

Thursday, 8 May: Virginia Craft Beer Night, $3 pints of Virginia Craft Beers 

Live music Wed-Sat nights: Wed, Bryan Dunn; Thu, Jack Becker; Fri, David Carter; Sat, Lewis McGehee; Sun, BJ and Jason for Mother’s day, 12:00 pm  

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 (pints and Growler fills), 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.

Sunday, 11 May:  Bonfire Magazine Food Truck Rodeo - Grab a bite from local food trucks from 11 am - 2 pm in our east side parking lot, and 10% of food truck sales will be donated to Samaritan House. This month we’ll also have live musical entertainment by 504 Supreme, and food from ‘Sofrito’, ‘Twisted Sisters’ Cupcakes & Sugar Shack Cafe, Malbon’s BBQ “The Flying Pig”, ‘Bro’s Fish Tacos’, and The Coop. We’ll also be collecting gently used books for donation to The Up Center.

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: Goose Island Matilda. This is a world class Belgian Style pale ale. Stillwater Existent, an American farmhouse ale - Big and bold, deep and dark, St. George Fest. A celebration of everything St. George is. It’s a hopped up marzen, and it is tasty, and EPIC Brewing’s Escape to Colorado IPA - Big, fruity hop aromas. 

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, 8 May: Craft Beer Night - We feature a specially selected rotating limited release draft beer list which is 50% off from 4 - 9 pm.

Friday, 9 May: Ladies Night. 

Saturday, 10 May: 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, Ommegang Hop House, Beach Brewing the Kraken, Boulder 35th Anniversary, Brewery Humulus, Champion Black Me Stout!

Drink Happy - Be Safe

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