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Cheers to the Craft Beer Scene in Virginia Beach

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When it comes to group getaways, one thing that most travelers can typically agree on is that one of the best ways to experience a destination is by getting a taste for its local food and drink. If your group is thirsty to sample a variety of local breweries in a relaxed and vibrant coastal community, exploring the craft beer scene in Virginia Beach will surely wet your whistle.


Craft Breweries in Virginia Beach

Gather your group and make your way to a sampling of beer tastings at a variety of distinct breweries, each with its own character and flavors from IPAs to pilsners to lagers. Some infuse batches with locally produced seasonal crops such as pumpkin or strawberry. Others are known for their unique settings, from artsy industrial warehouses to historic renovated structures such as Back Bay Brew House: Farmhouse, which operates out of a restored 1912 farmhouse. With tasting rooms, food trucks, a farmer’s market, gardens, and outdoor games, the picturesque setting makes for one of Virginia Beach’s most unique culinary experiences.

Back Bay Brew House: Beach House

Meanwhile, Commonwealth Brewing Company is housed inside a former fire and rescue station and features a tasting room, event space, an outdoor beer garden, and a menu of wood-fired Neapolitan pizza. And Smartmouth Brewing Company’s Pilot House, just three blocks from the Oceanfront, is located in a former post office and also features a tasting room and event space for your group.

Commonwealth Brewing Company

Beer Trails, Festivals and Events

The craft beer scene in Virginia Beach is so thriving that it even has a dedicated Virginia Beach Beer Trail that features dozens of favorite local breweries. Mapped out and organized into a fun bar crawl, following the trail makes it easy for your group to stay focused. Kick off your tour and make your way through some of the area’s distinct neighborhoods including the Oceanfront, the Chesapeake Bay area, Pungo, and the ViBe Creative District as you get a taste of the beer – and the communities – at the same time. When hunger strikes, dig into some tasty specialties that pair deliciously with these best brews.

You can even take your group getaway a step further and plan your trip around a beer-centric event such as the annual Coastal Craft Beer Festival, one of numerous local beer fests, or any other type of scheduled event that features lineups of regional brews. Add in countless dining choices, fun oceanfront attractions, and a choice of affordable accommodations, and you’ll have a perfectly crafted Virginia Beach group travel experience.