By Kelsey Thomas
Feature Image by Wasserhund Brewing Company
Virginia Beach’s 13 Breweries
With 13 breweries native to the city, Virginia Beach has become one of the best destinations to sip your way through the seasons. The popularity of local drinking has grown over the years and the regional breweries have a hunch for releasing timely new brews that are current with the time of year. This fall, you can expect flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon and apple in your seasonal beverages. We’ve put together a Virginia Beach fall beer trail so that you can experience the elite beer scene associated with this lovely city this autumn.
New Realm Brewing
New Realm is wildly well-known for their local craft beers. Their American IPA, Hoptropolis, is a year-round favorite that balances hoppy and citrus flavors. They also have popular fall features that include The Bavarian Prince Oktoberfest Beer and the Pilotlight Coffee Porter.
Back Bay Brewing Co.
Located at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, Back Bay Brewing Co. is considered one of the most popular breweries in the area. This fall, they will be bringing a back a fan favorite – Witch of Pungo, which is a pumpkin ale that perfectly combines honey malt and caramel wheat. They will also be releasing a top-secret pumpkin-themed brew.
Back Bay’s Farmhouse Brewing Co.
A sister brewery of the original Back Bay Brewing Co., Farmhouse features a huge variety in beverages with constant-changing taps. The atmosphere is relaxing and the lawn of the farmhouse is full of picnic tables, glider tables and games that the whole family can enjoy.
Smartmouth Brewing Pilot House
Smartmouth Pilot House, also located at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, features a variety of signature beers, ranging from sours and ales to pilsners and imperials. Their version of Oktoberfest beer, The Princess is a Märzen that unifies caramel toffee sweetness with warm toasty maltiness.
Reaver Beach Brewing Co.
Reaver Beach is a popular go-to spot for Virginia Beach locals. Their House Lager is definitely a fan favorite and they even brew a non-alcoholic nitro cold brew, along with a variety of IPAs.
Wasserhund Brewing Company
With unique drinks like hard kombucha, seltzer and of course, beer, Wasserhund provides a drink for any type of person in your posse. Some of their popular fall brews include the Haywire Husky Coffee Lager and Oktoberfest Beer.
Young Veterans Brewing Company
Veteran owned and operated, this patriotic brewery claims to only use “the highest quality barley, hops, yeast and water” when brewing their beer. Their brightly colored can designs and unique flavors leave a wide selection of brews to choose from.
Vibrant Shore Brewing Company
Are there people in your crew who are looking for a sober adventure? Then, this is the place for you. Located in the Virginia Beach ViBe District, Vibrant Shore‘s options range from non-alcoholic drinks, like kombucha, nitro cold brew and root beer, to a wide array of beers, including milk stouts, IPAs and lagers.
Pleasure House Brewing
With their famous motto, “liquid that speaks to the people,” Pleasure House Brewing is known for their award-winning brews. They provide many different types of brews, including porters, ales, sours and even seltzers.
Commonwealth Brewing Co.
With 200+ beverages brewed, Commonwealth is notorious for being the place to go when you want to try something new. Every season they release flavors, old and new. Some of their past fall brews include Clockwork, an imperial stout, Pumpkin Juice, a pumpkin cream ale, and Oktoberfest, a lager.
Deadline Brewing Project
Ranging from wheats, IPAs, ales or ambers, Deadline is always brewing up something new. They also feature different food trucks to bring you some local bites to pair with your favorite beer.
Thin Line Brewing Company
Founded by former police officers and family members, Thin Line “brews with honor,” creating a selection that is dedicated to saluting our first responders and frontline workers. Not only are their beers delicious, but with specific purchases, they donate a portion of the proceeds to benefit local first responder groups.
Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery (coming soon)
Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen and Brewery, base in Charlottesville, is expanding to Virginia Beach’s Town Center. Set to open in September 2021, they plan to feature 16 beers on tap and produce a new Virginia Beach beer each week.
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The Heart of the Oceanfront
By Arielle Patterson
Atlantic Avenue is a hub for activity, attractions, shops, restaurants and hotels at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. Extending from the Jetty, near Rudee Inlet, all the way up to the North End, Atlantic Avenue is the perfect place for visitors to begin their Virginia Beach vacation. Just off the boardwalk, Atlantic Avenue provides access to it all.
From Atlantic Avenue, you can find one of Virginia Beach’s most notable sights, the King Neptune statue. The 34-foot bronze statue welcomes all to the city. Snap a few photos in front of the God of the Sea then explore more of Atlantic Avenue.
Family friendly and full of fun, Atlantic Avenue has attractions and activities for all ages and interests. Visit one of the local museums, housed in historic buildings, with exhibits that will educate and entertain. There are also arcades, themed mini golf courses and so much more.
Entertainment abounds on Atlantic Avenue. Live! on Atlantic brings festivals featuring live music, delicious food, craft beer, holiday fun and more, throughout the year. During the summer, ending Labor Day weekend, find nightly entertainment on Atlantic Avenue. You’ll love the street performers that dot the sidewalks on Atlantic Avenue, including puppeteers, musicians, jugglers, costumed characters, stilt walkers and so much more.
Find the perfect souvenir to remember your time in Virginia Beach at one of the stores on Atlantic Avenue. Purchase decorated apparel, jewelry, keychains and more from nearby souvenir shops. Looking for a new bathing suit, or maybe some beach toys, towels and more? Atlantic Avenue has a number of conveniently located stores that carry all of your beach essentials, just one block away from the surf and sand.
One of the highlights of Atlantic Avenue is the array of dining and imbibing options available. You can have a meal overlooking the boardwalk and ocean, while sipping a handcrafted cocktail or refreshing Orange Crush. Atlantic Avenue has restaurants for every type of diner, from bar bites and beach fare to family-friendly eateries, succulent seafood and fine dining. Don’t forget to finish your meal with a sweet treat from one of the nearby candy shops or ice cream parlors.
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Confection lovers are sure to find a sweet treat all across Virginia Beach. From cookies and cakes to pies, donuts, breads and more, Virginia Beach has an abundance of bakeries serving fresh-baked goodies.
Here are the top five bakeries in Virginia Beach:
1. Gateaux Bakery & Cafe
Topping the list is Gateaux Bakery & Cafe. Located at 1628 Independence Blvd., Suite #1500, the bakery, which offers desserts, custom cakes and more, is the highest-rated bakery in Virginia Beach, boasting four stars out of 91 reviews on Yelp.
2. Angie’s Bakery
Next up is Angie’s Bakery, situated at 3501 Holland Road, Suite #102. With 4.5 stars out of 35 reviews on Yelp, the bakery and Filipino spot has proven to be a local favorite.
3. Bodacious Bakehouse
Bodacious Bakehouse, located at 309 Aragona Blvd., Suite #106, is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the bakery and breakfast and brunch spot, which offers pizza and more, 4.5 stars out of 148 reviews.
4. Sugar Plum Bakery
Sugar Plum Bakery, a bakery that offers desserts and more, is another much-loved go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 153 Yelp reviews. Head over to 1353 Laskin Road to see for yourself.
5. May’s Parlor
Check out May’s Parlor, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 110 reviews on Yelp. You can find the bakery and patisserie/cake shop, which offers coffee and tea and more, at 2708 Pacific Ave.
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