Events

VBC does ACBW: May 14-20, 2018

VBC is celebrating small, independent craft beer with a week of events in honour of American Craft Beer Week! Join us every day from open on Monday, May 14th through close on Sunday, May 20th for a week of taproom events, new beers, new food trucks, daily specials, and a surprise or three.

May 14th-20th / "CraftBeer.com Spirit Week Special”
🍺 Rock ANY American craft brewery swag and receive 20% off VBC swag!

Monday, May 14th / 4-9 pm
🍺 Event: Walk-Thru with Willey
(brewery tours and Q&A on the half-hour, 5-8 pm)
🍺 Special: Treat Yo' Self to Industry Night
🍺 Food Truck: The Black Pearl

Tuesday, May 15th / 6-9 pm
🍺 Event: WSOL Encore Affairs Live Music, Food Truck & Brewery Tour
(Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra League Encore Affairs fundraiser)
🍺 Live Music: Bill and Pam Gurley with Fiddlesticks
🍺 Food Truck: FoodaTude..Food with Attitude

Wednesday, May 16th / 4-9 pm
🍺 Event: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Beer!
(Rock/Paper/Scissors tourney for prizes!)
🍺 Special: Gather The Tribe
🍺 Food Truck DEBUT: The Hungry Pug

Thursday, May 17th / 4-9 pm
🍺 Event: Arcade Hero: ACBW Video Game Night
(classic systems, FREE play!)
🍺 Special: Hot For Teacher
🍺 Food Truck DEBUT: Bojangles'

Friday, May 18th / 12-9:30 pm
🍺 Event: Taproom Battle: Dueling Pins
(TWO cask tappings @ 4 pm)
🍺 Special: Discounted to-go fills, 12-3 pm
🍺 Live Music: Cole Stevens and the Delta Daggers
🍺 Late Night: Salsa Night at VBC
(DJ + dancing w/ Victor Haskins & DJ Alex.VA)
🍺 Food Truck: Cubania

Saturday, May 19th / 12-9:30 pm
🍺 Event: Brewers Brawl: Flight of the Daylights
(THREE limited variant tappings @ Noon)
🍺 Special: FREE brewery tours, 3 pm & 4 pm
🍺 Food Truck: The German Snack Shack

Sunday, May 20th / 12-7 pm
🍺 Event: Tie-Dye Party: Deadbolt Style
(Tie-dye your own Deadoblt t-shirt)
🍺 Special: Takeaway discounts on Cans + Fills
🍺 Live Music: Haze & Dacey
🍺 Food Truck: Suck On This BBQ

Plus: An entire month of #DeadboltDay events!

#BeerItForward

Waypost Week - 3/24 Music Fest

Thank you for joining The Virginia Beer Co. for our 2-year anniversary celebration! We can't wait to host you for beers & cheers throughout Waypost Week, and we hope that Saturday's all day brewery block party will be the second of many annual celebrations of local flavors + local sounds. Gates open at 12 pm and Music begins at 2 pm. Event is rain or shine! Below you will find all of the information regarding entry to 3/24's Music Festival

Entry - Pre-Purchased: 
  • If you've purchased your tickets online, you have purchased entry to Saturday's festival! In an effort to save our trees, there is no need to print anything out
  • We have a live record of everyone who has pre-paid for tickets. All you need for entry on Saturday is an ID matching the name of the purchaser for each set of tickets. 
  • We will have an Advance Tickets Purchase check-in at the right of the gate when you arrive and we will be handing out wrist bands, glassware, maps, and beer tickets upon arrival. 
  • Event is rain or shine - the Beer Garden & Beer Garden Stage are already tented, and we will tent the Festival Stage in the brewery rear and a large portion of the parking lot if inclement weather is expected! 
Entry - At The Door:  
  • We will be selling additional entry tickets at the door! If you have friends/family who do not have tickets, they may purchase entry upon arrival.
    • $12: Standard (21+) ticket for entry, wristband, glass, and beer ticket.
    • $5: DD / Under 21 ticket for entry.
  • Please Note:  For everyone who is receiving a Standard (21+) ticket that includes glassware and a beer ticket, we will need to see an ID for each ticket to verify everyone receiving a glass is at least 21 years of age.
  • Please make sure everyone who plans to retrieve tickets purchased under their name brings a valid photo ID with the same name, and that everyone in your group who will be receiving a 21+ ticket brings their own valid photo ID to verify an age of 21+.
  • Event is rain or shine - the Beer Garden & Beer Garden Stage are already tented, and we will tent the Festival Stage in the brewery rear and a large portion of the parking lot if inclement weather is expected! 
Parking:  
  • On 3/24 the entire brewery property (parking lot included) will be roped off for maximum beers & cheers! We have a number of nearby spillover parking options arranged for convenient access to the property. 
  • A shuttle (courtesy of Taste Virginia Tours) will be running from a pick-up point (denoted by signs and striped fire lanes) at the corner of the James-York Plaza off of Merrimac Trail / Rte. 143 at 603 Merrimac Trail from just before Noon until 9:30 pm.
    • Just look for the Taste Virginia Tours bus at the pick-up location and hop on when it returns from dropping fellow Waypost guests at the brewery every few minutes! 
  • Parking is conveniently located around the pick-up location: 
    • All Day:  Satellite parking is available at the James-York Plaza (603 Merrimac Trail) in the spaces adjacent to (but not in front of) Shorty's Diner and throughout the Plaza. 
    • All Day Spillover Parking: Additional satellite parking is available in the adjacent shopping center by Sherwin-Williams (457 Merrimac Trail), Family Dollar (461 Merrimac Trail), and Aaron's (471 Merrimac Trail). 
      • There is a sidewalk that can be followed via short walk from the Spillover Lot to the shuttle pick-up location at 603 Merrimac Trail (walking directions). Just follow the signs along the sidewalk to the pick-up area! 
    • Starting at 2 pm:  When Shorty's Diner (627 Merrimac Trail) closes for the day, they have agreed to let us use their lot and surrounding spaces for additional parking. 
  • See the below image for a bird's eye view of our spillover parking lots and shuttle pick-up location. 
  • Please Note:  Our neighbors are aware of our festivities but if you park in the lot of a neighboring business that is open for business or you block an entry at a business lot (such as the wooden gate next door at Ebby's) you may be towed! 
Walking: 
  • As there are no crosswalks near our facility, we highly recommend NOT WALKING if you are parking at the above locations.
    • The shuttle service will be running the entire event every 5 minutes or less, so we ask that you let Taste Virginia Tours get you safely to/from the anniversary party! 
    • If you choose to ignore this recommendation and decide on your own to cross the street, please be EXTREMELY CAREFUL when crossing the road. 
    • Again, we strongly discourage walking if you park across the street. If you do decide to do so, this path and this path at stoplights provide your easiest method for crossing the street. 
  • Fingers crossed for a beautiful day on Saturday, and we are an easy walk from Colonial Williamsburg (directions here)! 
Public Transportation:  
  • We have alerted Cardinal Cabs of Williamsburg to our festivities and they will have taxis at the ready! Phone: 757.345.5557
    • The easiest drop-off point is the Speedway (395 Second Street) located next to the brewery. 
  • Uber & Lyft are now options in Williamsburg! If you are a first time rider, use the promo code at this link (for Uber) and this link (for Lyft) to get discounts on your rides! 
    • The easiest drop-off point is the Speedway (395 Second Street) located next to the brewery. 
  • WATA has two bus stops on the Orange Line near the shuttle pick-up and runs from 6 am - 9 pm on Saturday. 
    • Outbound Stop #10 stops right across from the Spillover Lot near Sherwin-Williams. Follow the signs along the sidewalk to the shuttle pick-up at James-York Plaza! 
    • Inbound Stop #14 stops in James-York Plaza. Simply walk to the corner of James-York Plaza off of Merrimac Trail / Rte. 143 and look for the Taste Virginia Tours bus (pick-up location denoted by signage and striped fire lanes). 
Glassware & Beer Tickets:  
  • Every Standard (21+) ticket comes with a commemorative glass and one beer ticket.
    • Beer tickets may be exchanged for one pour (8 oz. for high alcohol beers or 13 oz. for low alcohol beers). 
  • Additional beer tickets ($5/ticket) may be purchased after entry at stations located throughout the brewery property (see attached map, which will also be provided upon entry). 
  • We will have rinse stations around the property so please hold on to your glass!
    • In order to make sure that only those who are 21+ are able to purchase beers, we can only provide one glass per 21+ ticket. 
  • If a glass is broken, we can provide a replacement glass for $5. Please note that 21+ ticket holders will have wristbands designating their age.
    • If anyone who is not wearing a 21+ wristband is found with a beer we will have to ask them to leave, per VA ABC law. 
Re-Entry:  
  • Once you have checked in at the gate, you will be given a wristband designating your ticket purchase (ie, Standard, Under 21, Designated Driver). 
  • Please do not remove your wristband! 
  • Staff will be monitoring the crowd to ensure that only those who with 21+ wristbands are sampling beers. 
    • Again, 21+ ticket holders will be given wristbands designating their age. If anyone who is not wearing a 21+ wristband is found with a beer we will have to ask them to leave, per VA ABC law. 
  • Equally important:  wristbands guarantee re-entry! 
    • If you need to leave for any reason (such as taking to-go beer to your car), showing your wristband at the gate will permit re-entry from open until close. 
Chairs:  
  • We will be placing tables and chairs throughout the property. If you would like to bring folding chairs, please feel free to do so! 
  • We ask that you limit these items just to chairs - no tables or oversized umbrellas will be permitted that may obstruct the view of other guests or access to the various stations set up around the property. 
Outside Food/Drink:  
  • We kindly ask that you do not bring any outside food or drink with you on Saturday. 
  • We will have FOUR food trucks serving from open to close (12-9 pm), and we'll have a bevy of beer and non-alcoholic beverage options available for purchase! 
  • No coolers will be permitted into the festival. If you plan to purchase bottles or cans, please do so when departing or feel free to take to-go package back to your car. Your wristband guarantees you re-entry! 
    • Per VA ABC law we are not permitted to allow additional alcoholic beverages on the property, so with the large crowd expected we are not able to permit coolers as a precautionary measure. 
Pets:  
  • This year we will be allowing pets to partake in Waypost festivities!
  • If you decide to bring a furry friend, please plan to keep them leashed the entire time. 
  • Due to the increased crowd capacity, we ask that you please plan to keep pets outdoors as the taproom may get crowded as the primary location for ordering beer. 
Smoking:  
  • We have a designated smoking area set up at the rear of the property (see attached map) and kindly ask that any smoking/vaping of any kind take place only in that area. 
To-Go Beer:  
  • No container (eg, Growler, Crowler) fills will be offered on Saturday due to the high volume of people expected. Please plan your fills for Friday (discounted fills from 12-3 pm) & Sunday (specials on 3-packs of Crowlers from 12-7 pm)!
  • We will have a station set up in the brewery for to-go purchases of packaged beer & merch. 
  • Unfortunately we can't store purchases throughout the day, so please plan to purchase your beer as you plan your departure, or feel free to leave with your to-go purchases and re-enter with your wristband. 
  • We are not able to allow access to the property with to-go beers as any beer purchased to-go must be consumed off-site, per VA ABC law. Any beers purchased to-go must leave the property upon purchase. 

We look forward to a fun and safe celebration of all the things we love here at 401 Second Street with all the people who've supported us through this milestone. Thank you again for your support and we look forward to raising a glass with you on Saturday, 3/24! 

For information about beer tappings + musical lineups, please reference the lineup card you will receive upon entry to the festival and check the live event on our Facebook page

Questions? Don't hesitate to email us at taproom@virginiabeerco.com or call us at 757.378.2903. 

BeerAdvocate’s Class of 2016: 34 of the Best New Breweries in the US

BeerAdvocate’s Class of 2016: 34 of the Best New Breweries in the US

WILLIAMSBURG, Virginia – On the cusp of its first anniversary, The Virginia Beer Company was recently recognized as one of the top new breweries in the country by BeerAdvocate magazine. As part of BeerAdvocate’s annual “Class Of” honors, 34 breweries out of the 861 new breweries that opened across the country in 2016 were selected as the best in their class. Virginia Beer Co. was one of two Virginia breweries selected for last year’s honors.

Ho-Ho Holidays Come to 401

 The holidays are upon us and we are giddy with glee for the fun that's leading us into 2017! We hope you'll join us throughout November + December for festive beers & cheers as we wrap our first year in business with cavalcade of beer releases, discounts, food trucks, and events! 

Regular business hours unless otherwise noted, AND there is always a food truck on premise every day we're open

Wednesday, 11/23:  Awkward Wednesday! Trying to hide from your high school prom date while you head out for a pre-Thanksgiving pint? Well 401 wasn't open last year so hide out with us + Creekside Catering Co.! Then take us home for Thanksgiving dinner (we won't argue politics with your aunt): discounts + free koozies for case purchases; steal the vessel when buying/filling new glass growlers & grunts & Crowlers; discounts on fills of new Hydro Flask growlers! 

Thursday, 11/24:  Thanksgiving! We're closed for the day and wish you, your friends, and family the very best. See you on Friday! 

Friday, 11/25:  Black Friday! Open 12-9:30 pm and joined by The Grilled Cheese Academy. Offering STEEP discounts on all VBC merchandise, apparel, and vessels. Plus we're teaming with The Wine Seller and Copper Fox Distillery on a food drive for Feed Our Future in honor of Sparkle Friday! Pat yourself on the back with a fresh Brewmaster's Pin, tapped around 3:30ish. 

Saturday, 12/3:  Food Truck Frenzy! Four brewery tours - three food trucks - two live bands - one brand new holiday beer release! 

Tuesday, 12/6:  History On Tap! We team with Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia Beer Museum, and the Virginia Historical Society to bring you an evening of tasting, learning, and touring. Tickets required to sample our historic beer collaboration and learn about beer through the ages:  bit.ly/historyontapvbc

Wednesday, 12/7:  New beer release! 

Friday, 12/9:  Food truck + new Brewmaster's Pin tapped around 3:30ish! 

Sunday, 12/11: The long-awaited debut of Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout in cans! Plus specials on cases of 12 oz. cans and a food truck too! 

Monday, 12/12:  Holiday Beer Dinner at the brewery with Creekside Catering Co.! Tickets required: bit.ly/vbccateredaffair

Friday, 12/16:  Food truck + new Brewmaster's Pin tapped around 3:30ish! 

Saturday, 12/17:  A Holiday Homecoming concert with Big Mama Shakes! 5 BANDS (plus TWO food trucks!) bring down the brewery as we welcome friends & family back to Williamsburg for the ho-ho holidays! And a new beer release featuring an IPA collaboration with Aslin Beer Co.

Thursday, 12/22:  The Virginia Theatre Machine haunts the beer garden from 7-8 pm for their own unique version of A Christmas Carol! Free, family friendly show! 

Friday, 12/23:  Food truck + new Brewmaster's Pin tapped around 3:30ish! 

Sunday, 12/25:  Christmas Day! We're closed for the day and wish you, your friends, and family the very best. See you on Monday! 

Monday, 12/26:  HOLIDAY BONUS HOURS (Monday from 12-9 pm) to celebrate the week between Christmas and New Year's ahead of normal hours starting again on Wednesday, 12/28! 

Tuesday, 12/27:  Open two extra days (Tuesday from 1-9 pm) to celebrate the week between Christmas and New Year's ahead of normal hours starting again on Wednesday, 12/28! 

Friday, 12/30:  Food truck + new Brewmaster's Pin tapped around 3:30ish! 

Sunday, 1/1/17:  Closed for New Year's Day. Thanks for an amazing 2016 and well wishes to you all for an amazing 2017! 

Monday, 1/2/17:  Starting 2017 off with INDUSTRY DAY + NIGHT! Open from 12-9 pm and offering 50% off all liquid when you show a current pay stub from a restaurant, food industry, or beverage industry job. 

Welcome the Harvest

Fall is here and we are celebrating the harvest season with a bounty of bodacious beer events! More information to come, but please see below for our plans for the first half of the wonderful month of November. And don't forget, we have a food truck on site EVERY day that we're open! 

Visit our family friendly taproom & pet friendly beer garden every Wednesday through Sunday for beers & cheers! 

BIG Weekend

TWO beer releases, TWO food trucks, TWO events, TWO days. Kinda loving this weekend so much that we're adding hours on Sunday!

Things kick off Saturday at Noon with Belgians & Bro's and Wit & Measure! Bro's Fish Tacos will be serving 'til 9ish and we're open until 9:30 pm!

But don't sleep on Sunday...at least don't sleep in! We are opening EARLY for Fans on the Run | June. We'll be up & pouring at 9:30 am after the run, joined by Paradise Bistro @ The Virginia Beer Co who will be serving BREAKFAST on the beer garden! And we'll be bringing back Fans favorite Rob Your Head Imperial Red for the occasion.

Later on Sunday Barley's Visits Virginia Beer Company at 1 pm for a guided tour + tasting with our brewmaster. AND Paradise Bistro at The Virginia Beer Co. continues to dish for lunch & dinner. Open until 7 pm!

Happy/hoppy weekend, all!

The Festy Experience

I really have three favorite pastimes- bluegrass music, beer, and camping. 

I first heard about The Festy last fall when a friend invited me to go; "unfortunately" I had to be in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival that weekend, so I couldn't make it. I can’t really complain though, having Charlie Papazian of the Brewers Association put a gold medal around my neck was a decent consolation prize (and a feeling I can’t wait to replicate with The Virginia Beer Company). 

I knew upon moving up here to VA that I would most certainly not miss The Festy this year. How could a bluegrass festival in the mountains of Virginia, with a brewpub onsite, not be an excellent weekend? 

My friend (who will remain anonymous to protect the innocent) and I packed up her car and headed for Devils Backbone Basecamp on Friday night.  We got a late start on a rainy night, but made it up there by midnight. We got our camp set up and headed off into the muddy darkness to find some fun… It wasn’t hard (and brewers boots were excellent for muddy trekking). There were picking circles around campfires throughout the campgrounds, and we had a blast wandering and making new friends and trying new beers, even if it was pretty much a steady downpour by the end of the night. 

Saturday was our day to really take in all The Festy had to offer, both in music and beer. We woke up to a little light rain, but it cleared pretty well as the day went on. A really good cup of coffee and some breakfast from one of the vendors, and I was ready for the day.  There was great music all day (I especially enjoyed discovering the Shook Twins for the first time), but the real excitement was the Infamous Stringdusters’ headlining performance on the main stage that night. They killed it- even throwing in some John Hartford and Bob Dylan covers on top of all their originals. It was a fantastic show made all the better by the great location, people, and of course copious amounts of Devils Backbone beer. It’s hard to argue with a DB Schwarz Bier on a cool October night while dancing to high-energy bluegrass music. 

Another really cool aspect of The Festy is their emphasis on environmental sustainability. They have completely done away with plastic cups and bottled water at the festival! With your ticket purchase you’re given a stainless steel pint glass from Klean Kanteen that you use for all your beverages for the weekend, including free drinking water stations in the concert area and campgrounds. I wish more festivals would follow The Festy’s lead on this one! 

The folks at Devils Backbone deserve some serious credit and a sincere thank you for helping to stage such a great festival. I’ve been to festivals all over the country, including in the beer mecca that is Oregon, and I’ve never seen such a variety of beers available at a music festival. It was a serious treat and quite impressive! 

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I know I will never miss another Festy Experience at Devils Backbone… Neither should you. 

Festival of Beers

After a brief hiatus from blog posts while we dedicated time to launching Virginia Beer Co.’s official Facebook page (shameless plug), we are back to VB(log)C-ing! Our first return entry is about a topic that should be quite relevant to everyone’s summer plans:  craft beer festivals! As the summer months are now upon us, it's prime time to enjoy the outdoors...and what better way to do so than surrounded by craft breweries from all over the country?! 

Summer festivals are a great way to try different offerings by many craft breweries in one place. These festivals are not organized in an arsy-varsy manner; quite the opposite, there is input from event organizers, distributors, and participants to help put on an organized affair. Therefore they make for a great environment to try multiple samples from every participating brewery’s portfolio while engaging with brewery staff. These festivals are often arranged by a community organization or private group, so sometimes they may focus exclusively on craft beer and on other occasions the beer may simply be one aspect of a larger event. VBC was stoked to participate in our first ever festival only a couple weeks ago, New Town Summer Fest