Virginia Beer Company. Williamsburg, VA

 

The Lowdown:

Location: 401 2nd St. Williamsburg, VA

Food: Not on site.  But, they do have a rotation of food trucks that come in every day. Virginia Beer Co also has an exclusive delivery menu with a nearby Italian restaurant, who waves their delivery charges for their customers. They also allow picnics and food delivery from other restaurants.

Kid Friendly: Yes. They have a special area available with games, coloring books, wifi, etc to keep the kids busy while the parents can sip and relax. Also, there is a grassy area outside where they have corn hole available for play.

The quality of beer:  https://untappd.com usually average between 3-4.5 stars.

Beer to go: Yes. Cans available of year-round beers. Wrenish Rye (Dry hopped Amber Ale), Elbow Patches (Oatmeal Stout), Free Verse (IPA), and Saving Daylight (Citrus Wheat).  VA Beer Co will also fill/sell 32 oz. & 64 oz. aluminum Crowlers, 32 oz & 64 oz. grunts/growlers, 32 oz and 64 oz branded Hydro Flasks, and 64 oz stainless steel ManCan mini keg growlers.

What else to drink: A selection of gourmet sodas and Coke products, and offer filtered water (for free) and bottled water (for sale).

Contact info: www.VirginiaBeerCo.com

Instagram:@virginiabeerco

Facebook: The Virginia Beer Co.

The Virginia Beer Company, located just a few miles away from Colonial Williamsburg, will celebrate its one-year anniversary in March 2017.  This brewery is gaining traction fast, with well-organized and committed founders.

We found this brewery via untappd . After a tour of William and Mary College, we were in desperate need of adult refreshments. Luckily, the Virginia Beer Company was able to help us. There is plenty of parking on the side of the building and large bay doors on the front of the brewery that allows a nice breeze to come through.

The Virginia Beer Company doesn’t have a kitchen. They have bags of local snacks available, such as Route 11 Potato Chips and Whitley’s Peanuts.  Every day they’re open they have local food trucks come to the brewery. On the day of our visit, we enjoyed tasty and traditional Southern Barbecue.

The inside of the brewery is new, neat, clean, and family friendly. Our kids were drawn to the family area stocked with toys, cards, and board games. They made fast friends with other kids and seemed happy and content to play while we sipped on our flights.

 

Our flight of eight beers was a diverse assortment of palatable brews. consisting of Free Verse (IPA-American), Saving Daylight (Pale Wheat Ale), Elbow Patches (Oatmeal Stout), Deadbolt (Imperial/DIPA), Kind Intentions (English Mild Ale), The Convert (Brown Ale), Wit and Measure (Witbier). Our favorite of the flight was Saison Tournante, a Farmhouse Saison made with Citra and Mosaic hops. The Saison Tournante was the beer I went back for more of, it conceals a high abv and it is perfect for a hot June day.

I did have the pleasure of speaking with one of the owners of the brewery. I told him I was from PA and just visiting the area for a few days and how impressive both the beer and new brewery are. He told me that they always have the four year-round beers on draft and a small batch Workshop Series. They aim to release one new beer per week, start selling cans of their IPA series and will start to offer 750 ml bottles releases of barrel-aged beers. The first release for their one-year anniversary will be a variant of Waypost, a Russian Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon and Scotch barrels.

My trip to this brewery was brief, but I am looking forward to going back. I follow their Facebook and Instagram accounts to see what they’re planning next. I’ve seen them do collaboration brews with other breweries such as Aslin Beer Co., O’Connor Brewing Co., Alewerks Brewing Co., and Twain’s Brewpub and Billiards. In just one year, Virginia Beer Co has won seven regional awards for their IPA series, Saison Tournante series, Citrus Wheat, Imperial Red Ale, and American Mild.

There always seems to be something going on at the brewery.  Some events include it’s offering discounts to William and Mary Students, faculty,  and alum,  live music, karaoke, industry nights, beer dinners and local/national fundraisers.

Even though this brewery is in its early stages I am impressed by the organization and focus of the brewery team.  Robby,  from Virginia Beer Co, has gone above and beyond to help me prepare this post, providing information on the brewery, their upcoming plans, and future vision.  He also has given me permission to use some photos off of their Facebook site to use in this blog.

 

This attitude of attentive customer service is also apparent when you visit the brewery.  On my visit, the staff was very knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful.

Thank you for the information and I look forward to visiting again. Cheers!!!!

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