Here For The Beer: Featured Breweries in Coastal Virginia

Beer is an indulgence that knows no season, but it seems like a frosty mug and a hot day is a perfect pair.

Across Coastal Virginia, there are plenty of places to find a brew for the summertime blues. Here are a few that have some fun features in addition to awesome offerings:


Back Bay Brewing Co.

Back Bay partners with Pleasure House Oysters to harvest fresh Lynnhaven bivalves for use in their oyster stout. A portion of sales benefit the conservation group, Lynnhaven River Now. The two-story brewery is decked out in rustic décor complete with wainscoting of wooden boards more than 150 years old, walls covered with antique tin roofing from Creeds, and bar, tables and stools all from reclaimed local wood


Back Bay Brewing is at 614 Norfolk Ave., Virginia Beach. Call 757-531-7750, or visit


Big Ugly Brewing

Don’t head out on the highway if you’ve had a few beers, but you can view some cool vintage vehicles in the garage-centric tasting room. Owners Jim Lantry and Shawn Childers not only love beer but also cars and motorcycles; the brewery’s name comes from Shawn’s 1955 Chevy panel truck, and his vintage British motorcycles can be found throughout the space.


Big Ugly Brewery is at 1296 Battlefield Blvd. S., Chesapeake. Call 757-609-2739, or visit


COVA Coelacanth

Coelacanth Brewing

We celebrate all the arts, from visual to performing to culinary. It seems Coelacanth Brewing does too, showcasing the work of one or more local artists on the last Sunday of each month. The art remains on the walls for viewing and purchasing over the next month.   

Also of note—the unusual name (pronounced see-luh-kanth) comes from an unusual fish; the brewery’s website has some fin-tastic 411.


Coelacanth Brewing is at 760 W. 22nd St., Norfolk. Call 757-383-6438, or visit


Commonwealth Brewing Company

Summer is the time to get out and enjoy nature. And of course, beer is all natural. At Commonwealth brewing, the two are combined in the outdoor beer garden.

Here’s another interesting tidbit: the brewery is located in the former Chesapeake Beach Fire & Rescue station and is complete with a tasting room in the double garage bay.


Commonwealth Brewing is at 2444 Pleasure House Rd., Virginia Beach. Call 757-305-9652, or visit


COVA OConnors

O’Connor Brewing Company

This is a true community venue with some 30,000 square feet featuring indoor cornhole, shuffleboard and giant Jenga, a kids’ play area with miniature picnic tables and chalkboards, a concert stage and a new exterior beer garden, which will include an exclusive entrance for private events.


O’Connor Brewing Company is at 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk. Call 757-623-2337, or visit


Pleasure House Brewing

Pleasure House offers continuous rotating taps of unique beers in smaller batches. Sunday is fun day indeed with a hosted potluck to benefit a different local nonprofit.

And bet you didn’t know this: the brewery is located in a former dry cleaners.


Pleasure House Brewing is at 3025 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach. Call 757-496-0916, or visit


Reaver Beach Brewing

Belly up to the bar for 15–18 different brews on tap. Reaver Beach specializes in sours including a Virginia first: a Coolship, which is a simple brewing vessel which allows open air to touch and inoculate the brew with wild yeast and bacteria.


Reaver Beach Brewing is at 1505 Taylor Farm Rd., Virginia Beach. Call 757-563-2337, or visit


St. George Brewing Company

What’s the buzz? St. George has their own aviary on site and uses the honey harvested from the beehives in several of their brews, such as the British-style ales in season.


St. George Brewing is at 204 Challenger Way, Hampton. Call 757-865-2337, or visit


Wasserhund Brewing Company

It doesn’t get much more local than this: the brewery collaborates with the Virginia Beach Master Gardeners, who provide exclusive, locally-grown hops in season for brewing. The growers also provide local herbs for Wasserhund’s homemade pizza sauce, which includes crust made from beer yeast. They also donate a portion of their net every month to a different featured nonprofit.


Wasserhund Brewing is at 1805 Laskin Rd., Virginia Beach. Call 757-351-1326, or visit


Young Veterans Brewing Company

YVBC has military garb and props for picture taking, and they just opened a private venue rental space for special events for up to 100, amongst their barrel-aging brews near the brewery itself.

In the future, the brewery will more than double their size to include an exclusive mezzanine for their Canteen Command club members.


Young Veterans is at 2505 Horse Pasture Rd., Virginia Beach. Call 757-689-4021, or visit

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