The craft beer movement has taken off in Virginia, bringing small batch beverages to even smaller towns throughout the state. From hefeweizens to stouts, get a taste of the latest craft drinks at these new brewery additions opening in 2016.
Water’s End Brewery—Lake Ridge
Grand Opening: Summer 2016
Water’s End Brewery welcomes all types of beer lovers to their tap room. Whether you are a craft beer enthusiast eager to discuss the latest industry trends or are simply looking for a cold brew to satisfy your thirst, this brewery caters to every beer drinker. They brew all of their craft beers in-house and only plan to sell at the tap room next door.
taStable Craft Brewing—Waynesboro
Grand Opening: May 4, 2016
taStable Craft Brewing has been open for only a few weeks, but we are already positive this is going to be a popular brewery location in Virginia. The brewery is built on a working farm with horse stables and pastures surrounding the business, and some of Virginia’s most beautiful landscape act as a scenic backdrop for your visit. If the weather is chilly, you can sit at the tables indoor and still have a prime view of the mountains through the brewery’s huge windows. Get outside on warmer days and sit on the patio while you drink one of the sixteen rich craft beers brewed only a few yards away. The brewery offers tours of the farm, allowing guests to visit with the horses and walk through the hop fields. In addition to serving an array of craft beers, the location also has a full menu that includes everything from small cheese plates to handmade burgers.
The Virginia Beer Co.—Williamsburg
Grand Opening: March 26, 2016
The Virginia Beer Company features up to eight draft selections in their taproom, with at least four beers rotating out for new recipes while a few favorite brews remain year-round. The brewing team at the Virginia Beer Company thrives on creating new beers, releasing a new beverage almost once a week! Instead of producing only huge amounts of every single craft beer they release, the brewery makes large quantities of their fan favorites while using smaller scale systems to try out new recipes and promote creative experimentation with their beers on a regular basis.
Mustang Sally Brewing Company—Chantilly
Grand Opening: May 25, 2016
Mustang Sally Brewing Company is a classic American brewery that embraces a rich culture and quality brewing practices. With over 14,000 square feet of space, the brewery includes a large, open tasting room that can comfortably hold about 200 people. The traditional tasting room area is complemented by a beer garden and a wide outdoor court yard. In addition to delicious craft beers, the brewery provides a limited food menu, with items like Panini sandwiches and thoughtfully paired small bites.
New District Brewing Company—Arlington
Grand Opening: January 9, 2016
The first distribution brewery in Arlington County since 1916, New District Brewing Company is the culmination of work between two brothers and the support of their friends and family. The name recognizes the changing region, when Arlington used to be part of the District of Columbia. Using both locally sourced and quality imported ingredients, the beers created at New District are carefully handcrafted by the brewer. Try the 1821, a Belgian-style Saison that their fans absolutely love.
Green Flash Brewery—Virginia Beach
Grand Opening: 2016
This is the second location for Green Flash Brewery, with the first in San Diego. The new Virginia Beach location sits on a nine acre industrial plot of land that is a fifteen minute car ride from the ocean. This new beach brewery will feature a 58,000 square foot building to hold the brewing facility, as well as a tasting room and beer garden. The brewery plans to include a brewery tour program, retail store, and even a private event space for customers.
The Veil Brewing Company—Richmond
Grand Opening: April 16, 2016
Located in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood of Richmond, the Veil Brewing Company may be a new comer to the already flourishing craft beer scene, but business at the brewery has been booming since day one. The brewery focuses on hop-forward beers, utilizing barrel aging and spontaneous fermentation methods to produce a wide variety of popular craft beers, including crisp lagers and wild ales.
Wort Hog Brewery–Warrenton
Grand Opening: Tentatively August 2016
Utilizing an old historical building in the downtown Warrenton area, Wort Hog Brewery supports the revitalization of the district wholeheartedly. They pledge to work hand-in-hand with businesses in the area, like neighboring restaurant Claire’s at the Depot, to keep their craft beers local while sustaining the area’s economy. The brewery is ready for the craft beer fans, no matter how popular they become, with a scalable model allowing them to produce up to 7,000 gallons of beer per week.
Twin Creeks Brewing Company—Vinton
Grand Opening: Fall 2016
Community and revitalization are two words that describe Twin Creeks Brewing Company, the first microbrewery for Vinton and Roanoke County. When it comes to revitalization, the brewery has chosen an area that is in the midst of a sort of “Renaissance”, with new apartment buildings and restaurants being developed within walking distance of the new brewery. They wish to build a strong foothold in the community, acting as a meeting place where locals can gather and share, all while sipping on a beverage that was brewed in their own backyard.
The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery—Fort Monroe
Grand Opening: Summer 2016
The legend of the Oozlefinch began in 1905, when Captain H.M. Merriam reported seeing a large-eyed, flightless bird outside of the Fort Monroe Officer’s Club. Because of the man’s propensity for imbibing, the other officers had an inclination to disbelieve the story, causing them to dub the bird an “Oozlefinch” and place a statue of the fictitious creature behind the bar. The Oozlefinch Craft Brewery pays homage to the local legend, bringing delicious craft beers to the community so that locals might spot the elusive Oozlefinch once again.
Grand Opening: February 19, 2016
Stone Brewery opened their Richmond brewery location in February of 2016, making them the tenth largest craft brewer in the United States. The brew house is held in a cavernous warehouse space near the canal past the downtown district, and a courtyard with picnic tables gives customers a place to enjoy their more than fifteen draft beers during the warmer summer months. The small retail shop inside allows you to purchase Stone Brewing Co. merchandise and gifts, including shirts, glassware, and dog treats.
Lake Anne Brew House—Reston
Grand Opening: April 16, 2016
Lake Anne Brew House is a nanobrewery that sits in the historic Lake Anne Center Plaza. Established by a husband and wife team, the owners combine their knowledge and skill to produce a welcoming environment and impeccable beers. As a long time brewer, Jason Romano creates and tests the signature craft beer recipes, while his wife Melissa brings her expertise as an Architect and designer to the taproom area. Sit on the shaded patio overlooking the Lake Anne dock and enjoy your craft beers with a gorgeous view, or come inside to the modern yet intimate space where the pouring happens.
Steam Bell Beer Works—Midlothian
Grand Opening: Summer 2016
The owners at Steam Bell Beer Works believe that beer should be for everyone, and their exceptional selection of beers honor tradition, history, and innovation in the industry. Not content to just sit in the brewing room and work, the brewers at this new craft beer destination have made a point of attending as many beer festivals as possible, answering questions and getting inspiration from their customers. Although a formal date for the grand opening has not yet been set, brewing has begun at Steam Bell Beer Works and the taproom has already received its certificate of occupancy, so an announcement should be coming any day now.
Officially announced by the state on May 16, the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail is the latest beer trail in Virginia. Take a day trip with friends to visit a few of the breweries listed below that line the mountain-side brewing trail.
- Brothers Craft Brewery—Harrisonburg
- Pale Fire Brewing—Harrisonburg
- Seven Arrows Brewing Company—Waynesboro
- Redbeard Brewing Company—Staunton
- Stable Craft Brewing—Waynesboro
- Queen City Brewing—Staunton
- Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company—Staunton
- Basic City Beer—Waynesboro
- Three Notch’d Brewing Company—Harrisonburg
- Wolfe Street Brewing—Harrisonburg
- Blue Lab Brewing Company—Lexington
- Devil’s Backbone Outpost—Lexington
Stop by one of these new craft breweries to sample the latest Virginia craft beers while supporting your local brewers and businesses. Visit our complete list of Virginia breweries, trails, festivals, and events to learn more about craft beer in your area.
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