The Craft Beers of Virginia Beach

There has never been a better time to be a beer lover in Virginia. Craft beer in Virginia has exploded in recent years, growing from a handful of breweries to over 100 and counting. I’m lucky that in and around my home of Virginia Beach there is an ever-expanding roster of local breweries that are putting out some really great beer. With that in mind I wanted to highlight a few of my favorite local breweries in the Virginia Beach area.

The Craft Beers of Virginia Beach

Back Bay Brewing Company

The Craft Beers of Virginia Beach

The packs of beach cruisers parked out front signal that you’ve found the right place. The compact tasting room, equal parts active brewery and beach shack, is filled with surf-loving locals and in-the-know tourists. The False Cape Ale is a quintessential amber ale with a smooth finish and slightly bitter caramel notes while the Bayville Milk Stout packs a strong punch of espresso.

Back Bay Brewing Company is located at 614 Norfolk Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

 Reaver Beach Brewing Company

Formerly Beach Brewing Company, Reaver Brewing Company has steadily gained a loyal following since opening their doors in 2010. Their flagship beer is their Hoptopus I.P.A.; hoppy, citrusy and totally addictive. In addition owners Justin and Kristin MacDonald get creative with their seasonal offerings. Case in point- the Ruse de Gurre, a violet-hued spontaneously fermented wild ale aged in oak barrels with black currants.

Reaver Beach Brewing is located at 1505 Taylor Farm Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Young Veterans Brewing Company

The Craft Beers of Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach is a military town that appreciates a good beer so the success of Young Veteran’s Brewing Company is no surprise. The compact tasting room features a bar, a few tables and a leather couch for chillin’ with military and beer memorabilia hanging on the walls. The owners, Thomas Wilder and Neil McCannon, are both Iraq War vets and die-hard beer lovers.Military themed offerings include their Semper FI.P.A., with citrus overnotes and just the right amount of bitter hoppiness, changed my mind about IPAs. The Night Vision Stout is another standout, with smooth notes of dark chocolate and espresso. The Pineapple Grenade, a fruity hefeweisen, is refreshing and has become my go-to beer for summer.  Bonus points to YVBC for offering a discount to veterans and active duty military.

Young Veteran’s Brewing Company is located at 2505 Horse Pasture Road #104 Virginia Beach, VA 23453

Wasserhund Brewing Company

The Craft Beers of Virginia Beach

I see good things in store for this newly opened brewery in the Hilltop area of Virginia Beach. Featuring German-style beer ( thumbs up for their Citrus Wheat and Dunkel) and house-made artisan pizza Wasserhund is a fine addition to the Virginia Beach craft beer scene.

Wasserhund Brewing Company is located at1805 Laskin Road Suite 102 Virginia Beach, VA 23454

Smartmouth Brewing Company

The Craft Beers of Virginia Beach

Located in the Chelsea section of Norfolk, Smartmouth Brewing Company is a local favorite. Their Alter Ego Saison is one of my favorite all-around beers, this dry and slighty fruity Belgian Saison pairs well with everything from seafood to pizza. Be sure to take one of their brewery tours for a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process and check out their calendar for a line-up of fun events;the monthy Peace and Pints yoga allows you to get your zen on before enjoying a brew or two afterwards.

Smartmouth Brewery is located at 1309 Raleigh Ave #300 Norfolk, VA 23507

O’Connor Brewing Company

The Craft Beers of Virginia Beach

O’Connor Brewing Company was one of the first craft breweries in the area and is quickly becoming a local institution. OBC offers 6 flagship beers (The El Guapo I.P.A and O’Connor’s Dry Irish Stout are personal favorites) and a host of seasonal brews. The large tasting room, convenient to the Ghent area of Norfolk and Old Dominion University, offers brewery tours as well as a rotating line-up of food trucks and local music.

O’Connor Brewing Company is located at 211 W. 24th St. Norfolk, VA 23517


Coastal Virginia has a growing number of craft breweries and while I’ve featured a few of my favorites above,  here are a few more local breweries you may want to try.

Pleasure House Brewing– 3025 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Big Ugly Brewing1296 Battle field Blvd South Suite 104 Chesapeake, VA 23322

Home Republic328 Laskin Road Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Coelacanth Brewing760 W. 22Street Norfolk, VA 23517


What is your favorite craft beer? Please let me know in the comments!


50 Comments on “The Craft Beers of Virginia Beach

    • You’re in luck, all of the features breweries put out some great IPAs. Thanks for stopping by!

  1. I was actually just at a brewery on the Sunshine Coast in Canada yesterday. Great looking place and lovely beers of five varieties. I tried the ‘taster’ glasses like above, super way to find one you like. We’ll be writing about it soon. Tasty post!
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    • Seriously, how can you not love a beer flight? Can’t wait to see your post!

    • Beer and wine in the beautiful Okanagan Valley? Sounds like I need to make my way north.

    • There are definitely some amazing beers all around Virginia, its a great state for a beer lover like me!

    • I had some amazing porters and stouts while researching this post 🙂

    • The best part of any brewery tour is sampling the finished goods 🙂

  2. I went to a craft beer tasting recently and as it seems is the theme this year the one I loved the most was the chocolate infused one 🙂
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  3. I love that craft beers are gaining popularity! Normally, in tastings, you also get to meet the brewers which is pretty cool! I always have a great time in these kinds of events.

    • The brewers at all of these breweries are very accessible and love to chat about their craft.

  4. And I thought Holland was the home of beers … my husband is a real fan of craft beers so if we ever make it over to your part of the world, we’ll definitely keep this in mind!

    • Drinking awesome beer is one of my favorite parts of visiting Europe.

  5. Over 100 craft beers in Virginia? Who knew! I’m loving the craft beer movement I’m especially fond of the brewers like Wasserhund who use the true German-style beer making technique. Simple and tasty. Hope to get to Virginia to try a few of these brews.
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    • I think good craft brewers can really get creative with delicious result.

    • The best part of the tour is sampling and finding out what you like.

    • One of my favorite beers is an espresso stout, who knew coffee and beer were such a good match?

    • Thanks for the kind words Jackie, hopefully you visit VB sooner rather than later!

    • You won’t be disappointed! Our craft beer scene has grown even more since I wrote this post. Let me know if you have any questions or need any suggestions for VB!

  6. I love craft beer and about to visit Virginia before the year end, is there a best choice? I may try a couple of those!

    • They’re all good but I definitely recommend the bar at Back Bay.

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