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THE LAST WEEK OF VIRGINIA CRAFT BEER MONTH! STOP BY YOUR LOCAL BREWERY OR BREW PUB AND HOIST A PINT OF CRAFT MADE VIRGINIA BREW TO CELEBRATE!
Upcoming Brew/Beer Fests:
Sat, Sep 6 - Inaugural Virginia Craft Beer & Wine Festival, 12-5 pm, nTelos Wireless Pavilion, Downtown Portsmouth, VA. The festival will exclusively feature some of the finest selections of craft breweries and wineries, all hand-picked and selected from right here in Virginia. Tickets include unlimited sampling of craft beer and wine from Virginia breweries and wineries, along with a commemorative festival glass and live entertainment featuring Virginia natives Lewis McGehee and Major & The Monbacks. Participating local breweries will include O’Connor Brewing Co., Smartmouth Brewing Co., Back Bay Brewing Co., Young Veterans Brewing Co., St George Brewing Co., Larry’s Lemonade, Ale Works Brewing Co., Legend Brewing Co., Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Bold Rock Hard Cider, Starr Hill Brewing Co. and Sunken City Brewery, along with a selection of premier wineries from across the state. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate, as available. Tickets are on sale now at all Ticketmaster locations, or purchase online atwww.ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at the pavilion box office.
Steal the Pint/Glass Nights:
Wed, Aug 27 - Steal the Pint Night featuring Barrel-Aged Brown, by Legend Brewing, Halligan Bar & Grill, 7:00 pm, Shockoe Bottom, Richmond, VA. ‘Wednesday Night Steal The Pint’ series - this week featuring Barrel Age Brown Ale by Richmond’s own Legend Brewing Company! The fun kicks off at 7 pm - and we’ll be serving our special gourmet craft beer burger inspired by and paired with the Barrel Age Brown Ale.
Wed, Aug 27 - Pint Night/Beer Release/Tap Takeover, w/ O’Connor Brewing, The Public House, 5:00 pm, Colley Ave., Norfolk, VA. We’ve got the last of the Lil’S.I.P.A Session IPA and we have the official launch of Bells Beach, an Aussie-inspired Fall Saison!!! Both will be on draught for your drinking pleasure. Come by, enjoy some great beers, hang with our friends from the brewery, and snag a pint!
Thu, Aug 28 - Pint Night, w/ Devil’s Backbone, The Public House, 5:00 pm, Colley Ave., Norfolk, VA. Come by, enjoy some great beers, hang with our friends from the brewery, and snag a pint!
Thu, Aug 28 - Meet the Brewer Night, w/ O’Connor Brewing, Cure Coffeehouse & Brasserie, 6:30 pm, Botetourt, Norfolk, VA. Come hang out, meet the brewers, have some delicious eats, listen to some fabulous local singer-songwriters, and you can take home a pint glass souvenir!
Thu, Aug 28 - Steal the Pint Night, w/ Beach Brewing, Berret’s Seafood Restaurant & Taphouse Grill, 5:00 pm, Merchant Square, Williamsburg, VA. From just down the road in Virginia Beach, Beach Brewing Co. will be in the Taphouse! Live music 7-10 pm!
Thu, Aug 28 - Steal the Pint Night, w/ Alewerks Brewing, Ocean’s and Ale, 5:00 pm, Prime Outlets, Richmond Rd., Williamsburg, VA.
Local Brewery Happenings:
O’CONNOR BREWING COMPANY, 211 W. 24th Street, Norfolk, VA * New Taproom Hours: Tue-Thu 4-8:00 pm, Fri 4-9:00 pm, Sat 12-9:00 pm, Sun 12-6:00 pm
Our Flagship Beers now on Tap; Green Can golden ale, Red Nun red ale, Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale, El Guapo Agave IPA, Great Dismal Black IPA, O’Conner Dry Irish Stout, and the new Lil’ SIPA session IPA!
Tue, Aug 26 - Movie Night: “Beer Wars”, a 2009 documentary film about the American beer industry, 5-7 pm. Every Tuesday in August (which, if you didn’t know, is Virginia Craft Beer Month!), we will be screening one of our favorite beer-themed films on our movie theater-size projection screen.
Wed, Aug 27 - VINYL NIGHT. We’re back again with Vinyl Night, so bring in a record or just jam to the great tunes we got playing in the tap room.
Thu, Aug 28 - Every Thursday is THIRSTY THURSDAY in the tasting room, which means that EVERYTHING IS 30% OFF for everyone. No reason, just cuz. Yeah, you’re welcome.
Fri, Aug 29 - OBC Brewers Battle Royale and Food Truck Friday. O’Connor Brewing Co. proudly presents its first official Brewer Battle Royale! Battle: Abbey! Each of our seven brewers-James, Brian, Skylar, Danny, Johannes, Sully, and Nick-will develop and brew his own 5-gallon recipe for a variation of an Abbey style beer. The only restriction is that they stay within the style - everything else is open! all 7 beers will be sold as a single flight, priced at $15. That flight will have a ballot listing each of the 7 beers. Guests who purchase the flight will then be able to vote on the beer they like the best. Voting will be closed at 8:15 and the winner will be announced at 8:30. The beers will be poured with the brewer being anonymous so as to avoid any potential bias. Guests’ votes will determine which beer will become a 30-barrel brewery release, and which respective brewer will be the champion of our first ever Battle Royale.
It’s also TGIF! What better way to start your weekend than with live music by ‘Johnny Rock’ (Acoustic/Blues), and street food from ‘Hashi’ Food Truck (Southern/Asian Fusion), paired with our fresh, tasty beers!
Sat, Aug 30 - On Saturdays now we’re open from noon to nine, and we have live music and food trucks to complement our fresh, tasty beers! This week Join us as we celebrate the re-release of ‘Bells Beach’, our Aussie-inspired Galaxy Saison. We also welcome ‘Double Dose’ (Rock) from 5-8 pm, and tasty food from ‘Karnage Asada’ (Latin Asian Fusion) from 3-8 pm.
Sun, Aug 31 - Closed for Labor Day - “Celebrate the Workers!”
SMARTMOUTH BREWING COMPANY, 1309 Raleigh Ave #300, Norfolk, VA
Tasting Room Hours: Wed-Fri 4:30 - 8:00 pm, Sat 12:00 - 7:00 pm * Sat - Discounted Growler Fills from 12-2 pm * Sat - Free Brewery tours on the hour, 2-6 pm
Smartmouth’s three flagship beers (Murphy’s Law amber ale, Alter Ego saison, and Rule G IPA) are now available in crafty 12-ounce cans.
7 beers on tap including seasonals; The New Missing Digit Hemp IPA, Sommer Fling Hefeweizen, Alter Ego Saison, Murphy’s Law American Amber Ale, Rule G IPA, Notch 9 Double IPA, and Chelsea Proper Special Bitter! See you soon!
Wed, Aug 27 - Tasting Room, Hump Day - Everybody needs a beer!
Thu, Aug 28 - Tasting Room, Cowcatcher Milk Stout back on draft, and delicious food from ‘Karnage Asada’ food truck.
Fri, Aug 29 - Tasting Room, delicious fresh pizzas delivered by Chelsea Bakehouse.
Sat, Aug 30 - Tasting Room, Celebrate the End of Virginia Craft Beer Month with Live Music by ‘Alice Conner’ (4:30-6:30 pm), and tasty food from ‘Bobby-Q Filipino Grill’.
BEACH BREWING COMPANY, 1505 Taylor Farm Rd., Virginia Beach, VA
Taproom Hours: Tue-Thu 3-7:00 pm, Fri 3-9:00 pm, Sat 12-9:00 pm, Sun 1-6:00 pm 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.
On tap - Our Gold Medal Winner: Ghost Ship Citra Pale Ale, plus Full Broadside Biere de Garde, Icarus Farmhouse Red, Sandshark Summer Kolsch, Riptide Altbier, Hurricane Wheat, Hammerhead IPA, Hoptopus Double IPA, and Sea Devil Imperial Stout. See you soon!
Fri, Aug 29 - Hoppy Friday! Start your Labor Day Weekend right!! Join us for a special edition of Hoppy Friday and killer eats from ‘Bros Fish Tacos’ starting at 3 pm!
Sat, Aug 30 - LABOR DAY CELEBRATION & MARKET!!! 12-9 pm. ‘Wrap-n-Roll’ will be serving up their amazing wraps & burgers, ‘Just Cupcakes’ with their tasty treats, bounce house for the kids provided by Bounce Hoppers, tents set up for plenty of shade, an urban marketplace & live music from ‘Brackish Water Jamboree’!! Don’t miss out on this awesome weekend!
Sun, Aug 31 - THE THIRSTY FROG & GROWLER POWER HOURS!! The Weekend’s not over! For the first time we welcome The ‘Thirsty Frog’ who will be serving up some delicious Italian Bistro, smoothies, and a host of other frozen drinks! We will also have our Growler Power Hours from 2-4 pm with discounts on all growler and grenade fills!
YOUNG VETERAN’S BREWING COMPANY, 2505 Horse Pasture Rd., Virginia Beach, VA
Tasting Hours: Mon-Thu 1500-2000, Fri 1500-2300, Sat 1200-2300, Sun 1200-2000 High Speed - High Quality. Veteran Owned and Operated. Military Discount - 15% with valid ID
Now back on Draft! Pineapple Grenade Hefeweizen, Semper FI.P.A. Citra Hopped IPA, Jet Noise Double IPA, Night Vision Stout, and Big Red Rye a Rye India Pale Ale! 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 out back!
Tue, Aug 26 - Taco Tuesday with ‘Bro’s Fish Tacos’ starting at 1600.
Fri, Aug 29 - Local food truck ‘Karnage Asada’ (Latin Asian Fusion) to pair up with delicious fresh beer, starting around 1500.
Sat, Aug 30 - Local food truck ‘No Brick Grill’ to pair up with delicious fresh beer, starting around 1500, then Stogie & Stout Night from 17-2100. Bring in a cigar and get $2 off your first beer.
Sun, Aug 31 - Local food truck ‘CXB BBQ & Eats’ to pair up with delicious fresh beer, starting around 1500.
This will also be our latest edition of ‘Vet Noise’ fundraiser for a veteran-related charity, 15-2200 hrs. We Partner with the Military Relocation Team of Hampton Roads the last Sunday of each month. This month 15% of all proceeds will benefit the Chief Petty Officer Scholarship Fund. We’ll have raffles, silent auction, cornhole, music, food and more! Come out for a good time, for a good cause!
BACK BAY BREWING COMPANY, 614 Norfolk Ave., Virginia Beach, VANew Taproom Hours: Thu 3-10 pm, Fri 3 pm-12 am, Sat 12n-12 am, Sun 12n-8 pm
Serving our classic ‘False Cape Ale’, as well as ‘Beach Cruiser’ Pale Ale, ‘Steal Pier Lager’, ‘Atlantic Ave IPA’, and ‘Blonde Betty Belgium Blond’
* Barrels and firkins and brews…Oh My! Yes beer fans, we will be starting our barrel program shortly. Along with that, we will also begin “Firkin Fridays”!
Wed, Aug 27 - Open mic night starting at 7 pm!
Thu, Aug 28 - Vinyl Night! Spinning records starting at 7 pm, sponsored by Vinyl Daze Record Shop.
Fri, Aug 29 - “Firkin Friday”! Come out and enjoy some Cask Ale. We only have one firkin that will be tapped at 3pm and when it’s gone it’s gone.
ST. GEORGE BREWING COMPANY, 204 Challenger Way, Hampton, VATap 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, and Larry’s Lemonade!
Tue, Aug 26 - Thirsty Taco Tuesday, with 4:30 to 8:00 pm with “Stuft- Not Your Average Street Food”. What a great way to spend a Tuesday evening with great food, great beer and great times.
Fri, Aug 29 - Food Truck Friday, 4:30- 8:00 pm. 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)!
Up and Coming -
BIG UGLY BREWING COMPANY, 1296 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake, VA.
Big, Bold, Barrel-aged Beers. Big Ugly is Chesapeake’s first microbrewery. We plan on revolutionizing our town one beer at a time.
We appreciate all of your support and enthusiasm for Big Ugly Brewing! In an effort to fulfill our vision of bringing you Big Bold Beer, We concluded an unbelievable Kickstarter campaign with an amazing 192 backers!
PLEASURE HOUSE BREWING, Coming soon to Shore Drive, 3025 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA.
Anticipated Hours (after we have gov’t approval): Thu 4-9:00 pm, Fri 4-11:00 pm, Sat 12-11:00 pm, Sun 12-9:00 pm At Pleasure House Brewing we are passionate about two things: making great beer and serving our community!
Opening tap list: 4-16 Double IPA, Southern Cross XPA, Summer Citrus Saison, Billy’s Best Bitter, Dawn Patrol Single! email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 757-PHBrews
Storm Forge Brewing Company is the dream of a couple of advanced homebrewers who desire to take their experience to the next level and open a Craft Brewery.
Other Local Brew and Brew Pub Happenings:
THE BIRCH BAR, 1231 W. Olney Rd., Norfolk, VA 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! Happy Hour every Fri-Sat 3-5 pm.
Tue, Aug 26 - Cards Against Humanity, starting at 7:00 pm
Wed, Aug 27 - 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! This Week it’s ‘The 43 Hours of B. United’ Steal the Glass Night.
Thu, Aug 28 - Cheesemonger Thursday, with special platter offerings.
Fri, Aug 29 - 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!
Sat, Aug 30 - Growler Fills and Draft Flight specials.
NORFOLK TAPROOM, Corner of Granby & Main Streets, Downtown Norfolk, VA Hours: Mon - Fri: 2:00 pm - 2:00 am, Sat - Sun: 12:00 pm - 2:00 am 24 Beers on draft and over a hundred other beers from here, there, and everywhere. Happy Hour from 5-7 pm
THE PUBLIC HOUSE, 1112 Colley Ave., Norfolk, VA Hours: Mon - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 am Welcome to The Public House - Ghent’s first “gastropub.” GastroPub - It’s just a fancy word that people invented to describe places that put a creative spin on traditional pub food - and charge you eight bucks for fries. We put a lot of work into creating those spins, though, like making nearly everything in-house and using as many locally or regionally produced products as possible. We hope you enjoy.
What’s your favorite Virginia Brewery? Come by The Pub and check out all of our Virginia Beers on tap all month long!
BELMONT HOUSE OF SMOKE, 2117 Colonial Ave, Norfolk, VA Hours: Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am, Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am A True urban BBQ and Smokehouse, with a full upstairs Bar, outdoor deck and live Music venue, with a constantly changing selection of local, regional, and national craft beers.
Cool news for our August Beer of the Month! All New Belgium drafts are $4.50, and $.50 from every New Belgium Draft will go directly to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Save the Bay while @ the bar!
Big, BIG like borderline HUGE, news for our beer lovin’ friends. So y’all know we are currently the only bar in Norfolk to have New Belgium’s Blue Paddle on Tap, we’ll things just got sweeter, because we are the only bar in Norfolk to have New Belgium’s Tour De Fall in house!!!! No one else will get this till 09/01/14!!! Come drink up.
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!
Tap Line Up - Stone Quadrotriticale, Off Color Troublesome, The Bruery Smoking Wood, Boulevard Grainstorm, Six Point Tesla, BFM Bon Chien ‘13
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. Growlers now Available!
Wed, Aug 27 - Wine-Down Wednesdays, 50% off select wine. Live Music by Bryan Dunn, 8 pm
Thu, Aug 28 - Virginia Craft Beer Night, $3 Pints of local and regional beers. Live Music by Johnny Smallwood on the patio, 9 pm
Live Music Fri by Paul Wergley, 9 pm; and Sat afternoon by Bob Bettis on the patio at 2 pm, and then by Brian Sewell at 9 pm, Sun afternoon by Matt Holloman on the patio at 2 pm; then Open Mic w/ Jon & Justin, 10 pm
Mon, Sep 1 - Military Mondays, 50% off your meal with valid ID
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.
Drafts: Terrapin - Maggie’s Farmhouse Peach Ale, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers - Big Daddy IPA, Bell’s - Two Hearted Ale, Steven’s Point - Nude Beach, Starr Hill - Grateful Pale Ale, Sierra Nevada - Summerfest, New Belgium - Snapshot, Sam Adams - Boston Lager, Terrapin - Recreation Ale
Thu, Aug 28 - Craft Beer Night, 50% off our rotating Drafts!
Fri, Aug 29 - Ladies Night. Live Music by The Get Down, 9:30 pm
Sat, Aug 30 - Locals Night, 15% off food order with proof. Live Music by Rich Whiskey, 10 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, 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.
Sat, Aug 23 - Keg Tapping, featuring Warlock Stout with Pumpkin from Southern Tier Brewing, 3 pm.
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.
THE BIER GARDEN, (438 High St., Portsmouth, VA) Hours: (Dining) Tue-Thu: 11 am - 9 pm, Fri-Sat: 11 am - 10 pm, Sun: 12-9 pm; (Bar) 7 days a week until 2 am Family owned and operated by the Osfolk family since 1997, The Bier Garden is a German restaurant and bar, combining authentic Bavarian cuisine with a stellar European beer selection and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Whether you enjoy yourself in one of our two cozy indoor dining rooms, relax on our popular patio, or spend time with friends at the bar you are sure to feel at home. Come in and experience a bit of old world charm and gemutlichkeit with The Bier Garden family.
Garden Tap List: A’Chouffe Houblon Chouffe, Ayinger Brau Weisse, Ayinger Celebrator, Ayinger Oktoberfest, BFM Cuvee de 7eme Zynatore, Blackthorn Cider, Bosteel Karmeliet Triple, Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, Caracole Saxo, Chimay Premier, Firestone Union Double Jack IPA, Foothills Barrel Aged Peoples Porter, Kostritzer Schwartzbier, Lindemans Frambiose, Mannaken Pis Wit, O’Haras Irish Stout, Schneider Aventinus, Schneider HoamadWeisse, Schneider HopfenWeisse, St. Bernardus ABT 12, Van Steenberge Gulden Draak, Weihenstephan Dunkel Weisse
BERRET’S SEAFOOD & TAPHOUSE GRILL, (199 S Boundary St., Williamsburg, Virginia 23185) Hours: Mon - Sun, 1130 am - 9:30 pm Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill offers two great dining options in one convenient location. Located in Merchant’s Square, Berret’s serves the freshest local seafood and produce in a relaxed dining environment.
Sun, Aug 31 - Mark your calendars for the 24th Annual Crab Races, from 6 to 7 pm. Sponsor a crab and support the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. For more information, please call 757-253-1847 or visit www.berrets.com!
DoG (Duke of Gloucester) STREET PUB, (401 W Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg, Virginia 23185) Hours: Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am, Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am, Sun 11:00 am - 12:00 am Williamsburg took the best of England and made it American. Chef David Everett continues the trend with his unique take on the British Gastropub.
New sliders every Thursday paired with 3 craft brews. 5-9pm
Draft List : Cask Ale - Legend Brown Ale, Blue Mountain Lager, Breckinridge Vanilla Porter nitro, Bells’ Kalamazoo Stout, O’Connor Great Dismal Black IPA, Perennial Woodside, Saucony Creek, Maple Mistress, Green Flash Road Warrior, Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted Zymatore, Champion Missile IPA, Lickinghole Creek Magic Beaver, Off Color Troublesome, Emelisse Black IPA, Bruery Tart Of Darkness, BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien 2013, Crispin Original Draught