Sunday, December 31, 2017

Local Craft Breweries in Tidewater Virginia

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BREWERY - 29 Local Craft Breweries, with more on the way!!!

(Scroll down for listing of local Growler Fill/Bottle Shops)


O'Connor Brewing Company, 211 W. 24th Street, Norfolk 
We are a mighty yet humble craft brewery located in an "industrial section" of Norfolk's Ghent neighborhood/district. Our mission is to create an original, world-class craft beer experience for all beer lovers through our innovative, evolving products and services while supporting our local communities. Cheers!
Tasting Room Hours: Mon-Wed 3-9 pm, Thu-Fri 3-10 pm, Sat 12-10 pm, Sun 12-7 pm

Smartmouth Brewing Company, 1309 Raleigh Avenue #300, Norfolk 
Epiphany and barley were not-so-secret ingredients that led our president, Porter Hardy, to take Smartmouth from homebrew experimentation to one of the Southeast's most promising startup breweries. After years of bottled up dreaming finally came to a head, he's traded his briefcase and corner office for pint glasses and tap handles, and now, with help from inspired brewers and a collection of like-minded investors/friends, Smartmouth is ready to please palettes anywhere that'll have us.
Tasting Room Hours: Wed-Fri 4:30-9:00 pm, Sat 12-9:00 pm, Sun 1-5:00 pm

The Bold Mariner Brewing Company, 2409 Bowden's Ferry Rd., Norfolk 
A Veteran Owned and Operated Craft Brewery in Norfolk Virginia, brewing traditional styles of quality craft ales. The Bold Mariner has a beer garden and an onsite tasting room with open views of the Brewery.
Taproom Hours: Wed-Thu 5-9:00 pm, Fri 4-9:00 pm, Sat 12-9:00 pm, Sun 12-6:00 pm

Coelacanth Brewing Company - CBC, 760 W 22nd St, Norfolk 
We are many things: A family-owned & independent brewery dedicated to the craft of brewing; a gathering place for locals and visitors; a venue for artists and musicians to showcase their talents; a painstaking, labor-of-love renovation of a derelict warehouse, and so much more. Offering unique takes on classic styles, Coelacanth will be your new favorite place to try interesting, hand-crafted ales & lagers in a relaxing atmosphere.
Taproom Hours: Wed-Thu 4:30-9:00 pm, Fri 4:30-10:00 pm, Sat 12-10:00 pm, Sun 1-7:00 pm

Rip Rap Brewing Company, 116 E 25th St., Norfolk 
The brainchild of 'Liam Bell and Ben McElroy. The two met at the Coast Guard Academy and were both stationed on the same cutter after graduating. After departing the ship, they picked up home brewing beer as a hobby that quickly spun out of control. Our Microbrewery in Norfolk has 8 rotating beers on tap so there's always something new on tap! We are family friendly and have board games to play. We also serve small snacks, non-alcoholic drinks, as well as Chips and Daddy G's Rockin' Salsa.
Taproom hours: Wed-Fri 4 - 10:00 pm, Sat Noon-10:00 pm, Sun 1-7:00 pm

Two Fathers Beer Company, 5714 Curlew Dr., Norfolk 
We are a wholesale beer company located in Norfolk, Virginia.
No Taproom 

BenchTop Brewing Company, 1129 Boissevain Ave., Norfolk
We focus on making hand crafted innovative ales that use local ingredients, and creating a collaborative atmosphere for all to enjoy. We harness all the beauty and complexity of brewing science and blend that with the bold creativity of an artist.
Taproom Hours: Tue-Thu 5-9:00 pm, Fri 3-10:00 pm, Sat 12-10:00 pm, Sun 12-7:00 pm

Bearded Bird Brewing Company, 727 Granby St., Norfolk 
A full service brewery with tasting room, as well as Hampton Roads Virginia's first ever co-op brewery. We look to unite local home brewers and help those interested in taking their craft to the next level. Not interested in brewing but still want to be a part of the community? Fear not, for a low yearly, or even monthly contribution, not only are you able to help support the brewery but enjoy the perks of our success, with our brew members benefits program; from exclusive tasting events, to special discounts just to say thanks.
Taproom Hours: Tue-Thu 4-10:00 pm, Fri 3-10:00 pm, Sat 11:00 am-10:00 pm, Sun 11:00 am-7:00 pm

Coming Soon: 

Maker's Craft Brewery, 735 E 23rd St., Norfolk
A new Craft Brewery based in the Ghent neighborhood of Norfolk, located in an 18,000-square-foot warehouse just off Church Street. Half of the warehouse interior, will be used for brewery operations, and is expected to feature a tasting room along with a cigar bar and a sizable brew house. The brewery's large outdoor area will be used for yard games like giant chess, corn hole, bocce and more while, food trucks that will regularly be featured on location.


Reaver Beach Brewing Company, 1505 Taylor Farm Rd., Virginia Beach
We're proud of what we create here and love nothing more than sharing our passion with others.
Taproom Hours: Tue-Fri 3-9:00 pm, Sat 12-9:00 pm, Sun 1-6:00 pm

Young Veterans Brewing Company, 2505 Horse Pasture Rd., Virginia Beach 
High Speed - High Quality. Veteran Owned and Operated. Our taproom is family and pet friendly. Likewise, one must be at least 21 years of age to enjoy YVBC's artisan beer(s). And yes, we only serve beer in our taproom. However, you may have food delivered to you, bring it with you, and/or dine from a visiting food truck.
Taproom Hours: Sun-Thu 1500-2000 (3-8 pm), Fri 1500-2300 (3-11 pm), Sat 1200-2300 (12-11 pm)
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Back Bay Brewing Company, 614 Norfolk Ave., Virginia Beach 
A locally-owned craft brewery, located near the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, our name pays homage to the spot where we first decided to make our dreams of brewing a reality-in a duck blind in the Back Bay of Virginia Beach. Founded on life-long friendships deeply rooted in Virginia Beach, a shared passion for brewing and a love of the outdoors, Back Bay Brewing Co. is proud to provide unique and innovative craft beers for our patrons every day!
Taproom Hours: Tue-Thu 3 - 10 pm, Fri-Sat 12 pm - 12 am, Sun 2 - 9 pm

Pleasure House Brewing, 3025 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach 
We are passionate about two things: making great beer and serving our community! We always brew excellent, flavorful beers in small batches so there's always something new on tap, we aim to please local beer enthusiasts and serve our community.
Taproom Hours: Mon-Thu 3-10:00 pm, Fri-Sat 12-11:00 pm, Sun 12-10:00 pm

Wasserhund Brewing Company, 1805 Laskin Road, Suite 102, Virginia Beach 
Meaning "water dog" in German, Wasserhund Brewing Company was born from a love of the beach, dogs, and German beer. We aspire to bring the German beer culture to Virginia Beach in the best way; by brewing the highest quality ales, lagers, and meads and providing the environment to enjoy them with family, friends, and strangers.
Taproom Hours: Sun-Thu 12 - 10:00 pm, Fri-Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Commonwealth Brewing Company, 2444 Pleasure House Rd., Virginia Beach 
An artisanal, local family owned craft brewery located in the former Chesapeake Beach Volunteer Fire and Rescue site. At Commonwealth Brewing Company, we believe that beer should be adventurous, diverse, extremely drinkable, and sometimes even wild. We think there is a beer for everyone and find no greater pleasure than when our craft beguiles a friend to try something new. We uphold rustic farmhouse traditions, huge hop American styles, and the complex depths of wild fermentations.
Taproom Hours: Mon-Wed 3-10 pm, Thu 3-11 pm, Fri 3 pm-12 am, Sat 11 am-12 am, Sun 11 am-10 pm

Home Republic, 328 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach 
A locally owned brewpub, restaurant, and wine shop. Our mission is to make every customer feel at home by sharing our passion for good beer, wine, and food. We serve our own beer, brewed on-site, locally brewed beers on draft, and bottled beers from around the world.
Hours: Mon-Tue 4-10:30 pm, Wed-Thu 11 am-10:30 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am-11 pm, Sun 11 am-10:30 pm

Gordon Biersch, The Town Center of Virginia Beach, 4561 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach
Located in the new Virginia Beach Town Center, Gordon Biersch offers fresh handcrafted beer and premium, made from scratch food, all served up in a fun and friendly atmosphere. Our free standing brewery restaurant features main and private dining.
Hours: Sun-Thu 11 am - 11 pm, Fri-Sat 11 am -12 am

Green Flash Brewery & Tasting Room Virginia Beach, 1209 Craft Lane, Virginia Beach
From humble beginnings came true enlightenment for this leading San Diego-based brewery. Mike and Lisa Hinkley established Green Flash in 2002. Come visit our tasting room and beer garden in Virginia Beach. Enjoy up to 30 beers on our state of the art taps featuring Green Flash favorite front line beers as well as seasonal, rare, and special releases. Step out to our expansive beer garden to enjoy a bite from a local food truck and unwind. Our Virginia Beach location features a 100,000 barrel brewery, and we welcome you to enjoy Green Flash beers at the source.
Taproom Hours: Sun-Thu 12 - 8:00 pm, Fri-Sat 12 - 10:00 pm

Deadline Brewing Project, 2272 W. Great Neck Rd., Suite 2268, Virginia Beach 
A new, startup craft beer brewery specializing in unique, flavorful beers.
Taproom Hours: Thu 5 - 10 pm, Fri 3 - 11 pm, Sat 12 - 11 pm, Sun 11 am - 5 pm

Smartmouth Pilot House, 313 32nd St., Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Located in a former post office, the fully-renovated space will house a small-batch brewery system, private event space, and a tasting room with back patio and additional outdoor space, just three blocks from the oceanfront.  The new venue's name pays tribute to the area's nautical and aviation roots as well as the facility's core function of producing experimental and creative beers.
Taproom Hours: Wed-Fri 4 - 10:00 pm, Sat 12 - 10:00 pm, Sun 1 - 5:00 pm

Coming Soon:

Vibrant Shore Brewing Company, 505 18th Street, Virginia Beach ViBe District
A family owned, independent brewery in the heart of Virginia Beach's creative ViBe District. We are eager to join the artists and other creatives who have such a strong sense of community and interesting, well-established businesses there. Vibrant Shore Brewing Company hopes to blend the fine art of brewing with our commitment to promote, grow and serve as an integral part of the vibrant, local visual and acoustic arts community.

Back Bay's Farm House Brewing, 1805 Kempsville Rd., Kempsville, VB
The farm will include a tasting room in the original farm house that can also be used to host special events such as weddings. A farmers market is also planned and there are plans to plant additional fruit trees, including apple and peach, to be used in beer making. Other brewing ingredients, such as hops and barley, may also one day be grown there. Back Bay Brewing Co. will move its production to a 15-barrel brewing system and 30 barrel fermenters in a 1,500-square-foot hanger on site, instead of contracting with St. George Brewing.

The Bunker Brewpub, 211 21st Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
Young Veterans Brewing Co. will open The Bunker, a restaurant under Peabody's Nightclub at the corner of 21st Street and Pacific Avenue. At the new Oceanfront spot, they will sell beer from the original three-barrel system and serve other liquor. But they'll also be able to host live music, games and install TVs - entertainment they had planned to offer at the brewery but couldn't because of the restrictions.


Big Ugly Brewing Company, 1296 S. Battlefield Blvd, Chesapeake 
Big, Bold, Barrel-aged Beers. Big Ugly is Chesapeake's first microbrewery, and we plan on revolutionizing our town one beer at a time. Most nights there are as many as 10 "Big, Bold, Beers" guaranteed to please on tap, including a number of popular sour beers.
Taproom Hours: Wed 5-9 pm, Thu 5-10 pm, Fri 3-10 pm, Sat 12-10 pm, Sun 12-4 pm


MoMac Brewing Company, 3228 Academy Ave., Portsmouth 
Derived from Monitor Merrimac, MoMac Brewing is Craft Micro Brewery that opened in the Western Branch/Churchland area of Hampton Roads in 2017. MoMac utilizes a 10 BBL Alpha Brewing system to make its fresh, approachable craft beers.
Taproom Hours: Mon-Fri, 3-10 pm, Sat 12-10 pm, and Sun 12-9 pm

Legend Brewing Depot, 1 High St., Portsmouth.
Legend Brewing's Portsmouth Depot is the first expansion of Virginia's Original Craft Brewery. We've been providing true premium craft since 1993.
Taproom Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm, Fri & Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am, Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm


Coming Soon:

Brick & Mortar Brewing Company, 212 E Washington St., Suffolk
Dave Stacknick and Scott Siebert - the Holland native who was experimenting with beer at 15 years old - already have big plans for the brewery they will set up next door to the Suffolk Police Department's First Precinct office. There will be specialty ales and lagers, along with a Peanut City Porter that could become the city's signature brew.


Wharf Hill Brewing Company, 25 Main Street, Smithfield 
WHBC is a full-service restaurant, bar, and craft brewery that also offers an event space for special functions. WHBC serves satisfying food, craft beer, wine and spirits for people looking for a comfortable small-town brewpub.
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:30 am - 11 pm, Fri-Sat 11:30 am - Midnight, Sun 11:30 - 10:00 pm 
Kitchen closes 9 pm Sun-Thu, 9:30 pm Fri-Sat

Coming Soon:

757 Brewing Company, 895 W. Main Street, Smithfield
Craft brewery based in Smithfield, VA. Close to downtown with large outdoor seating and entertainment area. We are happy to announce that we have finally found a home for the brewery right here in Beautiful Smithfield!!! We will be located at 895 W. Main Street between Farmers Service and Dave's Service Center. Let the build begin!


St. George Brewing Company, 204 Challenger Way, Hampton 
We are the Oldest Hampton Roads Craft Brewery. We produce traditional beers w/one-off's in the mix.
Tap Room Hours: Mon 12 - 6 pm, Tue-Fri 12 - 8 pm, Sat 10 am - 8 pm
Retail and Tastings Mon through Sat. Brewery Tours Wed through Sat.

The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery, 81 Patch Rd., Fort Monroe, Hampton 
Craft brewery serving the Hampton Roads, Virginia, community on Historic Fort Monroe. Our mission is to produce thought provoking beers that are hand crafted to challenge your palate in an atmosphere that shows a true appreciation for history and people!
Taproom Hours: Tue 4-9 pm, Wed-Thu 1-9 pm, Fri-Sat 1-11 pm, Sun 1-9 pm

Bull Island Brewing Company, 758 Settlers Landing Rd., Hampton
Hampton's oldest (and only) waterfront brewery is now open offering fine ales and a superior atmosphere. For now you can pack a picnic lunch/dinner or order in from local establishments as we work on our own kitchen.
Taproom hours: Sun-Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm, Fri-Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

Coming Soon:

The Vanguard Brewpub and Distillery, 504 N. King St., Hampton
Plans include an entertainment venue specializing in Craft Beers (BrewPub) and Craft Spirits (Craft Distillery). Opening late 2017.

Capstan Bar Brewing Company (CBBC), 2036 Exploration Way, Hampton
A small-scale craft microbrewery and taproom to be located in the City of Hampton. CBBC will create outstanding handcrafted beers using the finest sourced ingredients in an efficient and sustainable manor blending old-world techniques with modern innovations in recipe development, bringing west coast-style and rotating artisanal handcrafted beers to the Hampton Roads Region of Virginia. Opening Fall of 2017.


Tradition Brewing Company, 700 Thimble Shoals Blvd., Ste. 103, Newport News
Tradition is the first craft brewery to open its doors in Newport News. Head Brewer Dan Powell joined forces with four craft beer enthusiasts, all born and raised in Newport News, who united to open this brewery in their hometown. The classic environment invites folks to reunite with friends and family to celebrate the Tradition of blending exceptional beers with amazing experiences.
Tap Room Hours: Tue-Wed 4-9 pm, Thu 4-10 pm, Fri 2-11 pm, Sat 12-11 pm, Sun 12-6 pm

BJ's Restaurant Brewhouse Newport News, 12090 Jefferson Ave. #1400, Newport News
We're the place to go when you're looking for amazing craft beer, delicious pizza selections, and an extensive menu of high quality food-all in a fun, casual, accommodating setting.
Hours: Sun-Thu 11 am - 12 am, Fri-Sat 11 am - 1 am


Alewerks Brewing Company, 189-B Ewell Road, Williamsburg 
Established in 2006 and located in the heart of the early colonies in Williamsburg, Virginia, we have rolled out a broad range of beer offerings and quickly established a reputation for fine beer. We operate a direct fired brick-clad Peter Austin brew house and ferment all our beers in state-of-the-art conical fermenters.
Taproom Hours: Mon-Thu 2 - 9 pm, Fri-Sat Noon - 9 pm, Sun Noon - 6 pm

Alewerks Satellite Tasting Room, Williamsburg Premium Outlets, 5711-36 Richmond Rd., Williamsburg
Hours: Mon-Sat 10 am - 9 pm, Sun 10 am - 7 pm

Brass Cannon Brewing, 5476 Mooretown Road, Williamsburg 
Founded by enthusiastic home brewers, Brass Cannon Brewing is a craft brewery dedicated to the production of high quality brews for sale on tap. We currently offer 6 quality brews at our tap room. We usually have 4 year-round offerings, 1 seasonal and 1 langrage tap that changes whenever we feel like it.
Taproom Hours: Sun-Wed 12 - 7:00 pm, Thu-Sat 12 - 9:00 pm

The Virginia Beer Company, 401 Second St., Williamsburg 
We are a former financial analyst, a former consultant, and a former high school teacher turned professional brewer joining forces to open a community-based and philanthropy-focused force for good in the form of a brewery! We'll have plenty of beers and plenty of cheers ready and waiting for everyone.
Hours: Wed-Thu 4-9 pm, Fri-Sat 12-9:30 pm, Sun 12-6 pm

Billsburg Brewery, 2054 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg
Virginia Craft Beer, Brewery and Tasting Room - Forging a path forward for craft beer in Williamsburg VA. Dedicated to the artisan craft of small batch beer, delivering excellence without compromise in every pour.
Taproom Hours: Mon-Sun 12 - 9

Precarious Beer Project, at Amber Ox Public House, 521 Prince George St., Williamsburg
Precarious Beer Project brews modern, creative, inspired, and expertly crafted beer. We precariously brew on the edge of modern inspiration and extreme approachability. From total crush-ability to long sipping offerings. Precariously delicious brews!
Hours: Sun-Thu 4 pm - 12 am, Fri-Sat 4 pm - 1 am


Coming Soon:

Gloucester Brewing Co., 6778 Main St., Gloucester
Our brewery, which uses a deadrise work boat in its logo, would like to have a diverse range of eight or so rotating beers in addition to seasonal brews. The beer names would reference Gloucester, such as Low Ground Brown or Ordinary Pilsner. The goal is to be producing beer by April 2018 if equipment is ordered by the end of this year.


Coming Soon:

Cape Charles Brewing Company, 2198 Stone Rd, Cape Charles
The seashore islands bring memories of a warmth and a quality of life not found elsewhere. Memories of family and friends – good food, drink, and conversation - these are the roots of the Cape Charles Brewing Co – a production Brewery and Brewpub that emphasizes quality and integrity in everything we do to bring the rhythm of the islands to life. We are just as anxious as you to open our doors! See you all Summer 2017!



bottleBOX craft beer to-go, 325B W 21st St., Norfolk
bottleBOX is a retail craft beer store featuring 12 rotating taps and an extensive bottle selection. Let us fill your growler with your favorite local brew or exciting seasonal selection.
Hours: Sun-Thu Noon to 8 pm, Fri-Sat Noon to 10 pm

exception(Ale) Growler Fills and Gourmet, 2000 Colonial Ave., # 6, Norfolk
exception(Ale) is a 41 tap growler fill, bottle shop and gourmet food store. Sought after craft beer, artisanal cheeses, and all things beer.
Hours: Mon-Tue 3 - 9:00 pm, Wed-Thu 12 - 9:00 pm, Fri-Sat 12 - 10:00 pm, Sun 12 - 6:00 pm


Mix It Up Growlers, Flights & Pints, 2973 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach
Mix it Up is a new local business that is dedicated to providing customers convenience, new and unique products and personalized service. Mix it Up is the first of its kind in Hampton Roads providing drink mixers, craft beer, import and domestic beers and wine.  

Bottlecraft Virginia Beach, 1560 Laskin Rd., suite 156, Virginia Beach
Bottlecraft Beer Shop and Tasting Room is a boutique beer shop that curates the best local, domestic and international craft beer.
Hours: Mon-Wed 11 am  - 10 pm, Thu-Sat 11 am - 12 am, Sun 11 am - 9 pm

Grape & Gourmet, 4000 Virginia Beach Blvd., Ste. 180, Virginia Beach 
Grape & Gourmet is your local, independent wine & microbrew beer store serving Virginia Beach and all of Tidewater. With over 1000 different wines and 800 different microbrews from all around the world, all priced for you to enjoy, let us help you find the right wine or beer for you.
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Next Door (Bottle Shop), 2238 W Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach
We are a bottle shop next door to Lynnhaven Pub featuring the best of the best beer, cider, mead, knowledgeable staff, and educational events.
Hours: Tue - Sat 12 – 7:00 pm, Sun 1 - 4:30 pm


Bon Vivant Wine & Brew, 1504 S Church St., Smithfield 
Bon Vivant Market offers personal service in a casual and local atmosphere for~Great Wine~World Class Beer~Gift Baskets~Cigars~Glassware and Accessories~And So Much More!
Hours: Mon-Thu 11:00 am - 6:00 pm, Fri 11:00 am - 7:00 pm, Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Great Bottles, 1901 Governors Pointe Dr., Suffolk 
An eclectic collection of wine, imported beer, friends, wine classes and tastings, cigars, whole bean coffee, cheese, and did we mention fun?  Great Bottles wants to be your wine and craft beer destination! New wines and craft beer are selected weekly from tastings with over fifteen distributors, so there is always something new to try and love.
Hours: Tue-Fri 11:00 am - 6:30 pm, Sat 11:00 - 5:00 pm

Mix It Up Suffolk, Growlers, Flights & Pints, 5911 Harbour View Blvd #101, Suffolk
Mix it Up is a new local business that is dedicated to providing customers convenience, new and unique products and personalized service. Mix it Up is the first of its kind in Hampton Roads providing drink mixers, craft beer, import and domestic beers and wine.


Hair of the DoG Bottle Shop, 401 W Duke of Gloucester St., Williamsburg 
Take DoG Street Pub home with you. Wide selection of Virginia, imported and domestic craft beers. cocktail mixers & supplies. Gourmet foods.
Hours: Sun-Thu 11:30 am - 8:00 pm, Fri-Sat 11:00 am - 8:30 pm

The Wine Seller, 4680-15 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg 
We love great wine, and beer, cheese, and cigars. Become a fan, share your tastes, read our wine reviews, and stop by our FREE weekly tastings to give some great vino a try for yourself.
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm


Hop Time, 5005F Victory Blvd., Yorktown 
Growler filling store that features 30 rotating taps of craft beer. A tasting bar of 25 flavor infused extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars.
Hours: Mon-Thu 10:00 am - 8:00 pm, Fri-Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm, Sun 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Howl-N-Growl, Growler Station & Bottle Shop, 800 Dare Rd., Yorktown 
A 20 Tap Growler filling station at Dare Deli & Steamhouse
Hours: Tue-Sun, 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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