Location: 197 B. Ewell Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188
Food: Snacks- Just enough to help you enjoy the beer. Offering a made-from-scratch pretzel served with cheese or mustard. Chips and salsa are also available (not made at the brewery).
Kid Friendly: Yes. The casual atmosphere is great for families, especially in the outdoor seating area you can find; corn hole and giant Jenga.
Quality of beer: Untappd
Beer to go: Yes- Growler fills available year round beer as well as limited bottle releases.
Other items to drink: Bottled water and soda.
Contact info: (757) 220-3670 alewerks.com
We first came to the Alewerks Brewing Company in the summer of 2010 when it was nothing more than a simple tasting room and a small retail shop. Since then they have dramatically expanded their space. Alewerks has added a bar, additional seating, improved their retail selection, and built a beautiful family friendly Biergarten. Another noticeable change is they’ve redesigned their packaging and tweaked their lineup to allow new additions, specifically Superb IPA and Weekend Lager. Both beers have received positive feedback and demand thus far.
This summer we found the outdoor Biergarten to be the perfect place for the family on a warm June day. We sampled our flights while the kids played Corn hole and Jenga.
Our flight included year-round offerings as well as a few limited releases. Drake Tail (IPA ), Tavern Brown Ale, Red Marker Ale (Red Ale), White Ale (Witbier) and my personal favorite, Chesapeake pale ale, are some of the Alewerks drafts that you can find all year.
Additional beers on tap at the time included The Springhouse Ale (Saison/Farmhouse Ale) and Pumpkin Ale. Alewerks also had bottles of the Springhouse Ale and Droste Effect (Imperial/Double Stout).
On the day we went to Alewerks the brewery was hopping, but the staff was very attentive and helpful.
On weekends, the brewery offers scheduled tours covering, the history of beer, the brewing process and a closer look at the operation. Weekends and special events will bring the sweet smell of food trucks to the site. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates about special events.
While the “barbecue” scene in Williamsburg is well established, the craft beer scene is still fairly fresh. Alewerks is forging the path and setting the bar high for those who come after. If you visit Williamsburg the Alewerks is definitely a worthwhile stop.
Thank you Alewerks for giving me permission to use some of the pictures from your Facebook site.