Pups & Pints: Dog-Friendly Virginia Craft Breweries

Man’s best friend enjoys a ride and the company of others. Leash up and head to one of these Virginia craft breweries where dogs are welcome with their well-behaved owners.

Erin Brunner of Strangeways Brewing in Richmond boasts, “We are a VERY dog-friendly brewery and are looking forward to our upcoming dog events, Yappy Hour and BARK-toberfest. Dogs are welcomed with a bowl of water and handful of dog treats.”

Dogs at Strangeways Brewing.

Dogs at Strangeways Brewing.


According to Yelpers, these are also great places to chill with your pooch and a cold one:

Starr Hill, Crozet — “Great beer, easygoing vibe in the tap room, and they allow dogs! Love this place.” – Patti T.

Three Notch’d, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg — “… you can bring your well-behaved dogs inside to the taproom too!” – Christine M.

James River Brewery, Scottsville — “Great outdoor beer garden out back. Dog friendly for well behaved dogs.” – Collette B.

Hardywood, Richmond — ” … a couple food trucks and some picnic tables for people to enjoy their food. Dogs and kids running around enjoying the space.” – Abbie A.

Wild Wolf, Nellysford — “We sat out on the patio as we had our dog with us.  This is a very dog friendly establishment that allows you to drink and eat outside with your dog.” – Maura G.

Parkway Brewing, Salem — “Dog friendly to the max!” – Caitlin J.

Blue Mountain, Afton — “During the summer you can sit outside on one of the picnic tables, play games, bring your dog, and shoot the breeze.” – Jessica H.

Triple Crossing, Richmond — “This place is fantastic! Great beer, casual atmosphere and dog friendly.” – Lemonjello J.

Smartmouth, Norfolk — “I often bring my dog along with me and enjoy my drink on the patio with her.” – Sarah N.

Lickinghole Creek, Goochland — “This is the only brewery that I’ve brought my kids to … lots of people bring their families and dogs …” – Katie B.

Back Bay, Virginia Beach — “They had me with the beer,  but the dog friendly environment and live music kept me around!” – Sal H.

Belly Love, Purcellville — “Outdoor seating and dogs welcome, our golden doodle Enzo is a huge fan.” — Tyler A.

Ardent, Richmond — “We pulled up on Sunday Afternoon and I was pleasantly surprised to see an awesome biergarten, which BTW is dog friendly.” – Tara S.

Crooked Run, Leesburg — “… friendly staff and homey feel plus they are dog friendly!  There is even brewery dog on premises you (and your pup) can play with.” – Joanna M.

Young Veterans, Virginia Beach — “Dogs are also welcome here and since they do not serve food, they encourage you to bring or order your own!” – Jesse P.

Brass Cannon, Williamsburg — “Beer was good. Tasting room was dog friendly.” – Christine L.


Please note that Virginia Department of Health has regulations in place regarding specific areas for dogs. There are some exceptions for service dogs, however.

Practice good ownership by keeping your dog leashed and by cleaning up after them. Be sure shots are up to date as well.

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