If you don’t have anything to do this weekend…do it with some fresh local beer!
"a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy" - Benjamin Franklin
Local Brew Happenings:
Saturday, 3 May: 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. Local Virginia brewing companies include: O’Connor, Smartmouth, Back Bay, St. George, Ale Werks, Legend, Starr Hill, Devils Backbone, and Sunken City. Also 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, 3 May: 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, Sweet Water, 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
Saturday, 3 May: Blues, Brews and BBQ’s - A Festival on the River. Yorktown Riverwalk Landing, from Noon to 6:00 pm. Wristband Tickets for sample tastings: $20 advanced or $25 at the festival, and will include a souvenir beer tasting glass Regional Craft Brewing companies include: Carolina Brewery, St. George Brewing Co., Ale Werks Brewing Co., Legend Brewing Co., Starr Hill. National Craft Brewing companies include: Sweetwater Brewing Co., Victory Brewing Co., and Kona Brewing Co. Unmatched Blues Entertainment by: Ron Fetner and BlueHouse - 12:30-1:45pm; Bobby Blackhat and the Bobby Blackhat Band - 2-3:45pm; and Jackie Scott and the Housewreckers - 4-5:45pm For more info: http://www.villageevents.org/brew/index.html
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
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!
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.
Friday, May 2: It’s a special ‘Hoppy Friday’ with the release of Hoptopus CANS! Hearth & Peel Pizza returns, and will be making fresh pies starting at 3 pm. Make sure you get your cans!
Saturday, May 3: There will be no cask this week, but the can release celebration will continue! Kapamilya’s is back with delicious Filipino cuisine starting at 1 pm!
YOUNG VETERAN’S BREWING COMPANY, (Oceana: 2505 Horse Pasture Rd., Virginia Beach, VA 23453) Tasting Hours: Mon-Thu 1500-2000, Fri 1500-2300, *Sat 1200-2300, *Sun 1200-2000 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!
Friday, May 2: Leilani’s Lunchbox (Island Style/Jamaican/Hawaiian).
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 !!!!
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, Nut Brown Ale, English IPA, Imperial Pale Ale, and Larry’s Lemonade!
Friday, May 2: 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)! Bobby Q and Yum Yum Concessions tonight 4:30-8:00 pm
Saturday, May 3: 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!
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.
Live music Wed-Sat nights: 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: Stillwater Existent, an American farmhouse ale - Big and bold, deep and dark, EPIC Brewing’s Escape to Colorado IPA - Big, fruity hop aromas.
Saturday, May 3: Hampton Block Party from 6pm to 11pm, with Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why, and The Dharma Initiative; then after-party at the Taphouse with Live Music by The Lonely Teardrops, Deadly Lo-Fi, and Larchmont Trash.
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.
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, Stone - Sprocketbier, Beach Brewing Oceanus Aurum, Founders Imperial Stout, Champion Black Me Stout!