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Latest reviews from Williamsburg

96 /100 401 SECOND STREET
“Visited at the tail end of 2020. First of all, top scores for COVID protocols. Rules were clearly displayed and the staff were doing their best to make everyone feel safe and comfortable. Some renovations going on and the taproom looks brand new. Looks like future work coming to the beer garden too. Pints and flights were available, with 16 different beers on tap. Enjoyed that I could sample a British Bitter along with a DDH DIPA. Nice range! Food truck on-site too. Enjoyed the visit, especially considering the circumstances, and will definitely be back once the renovations are complete to check out the new look and feel of this brewery!“
IBUSensei57 79 days ago
60 /100 401 SECOND STREET
“Large place with decent beer selection. They were only doing full pints though during COVID-19, so don't go here to knock off ticks. In fact, most of the stuff here is also available in cans in the VA Beach/Norfolk/Williamsburg area anyway. Had one beer and left, though it would be a good place to hang out if living in the area.“
solidfunk 177 days ago
70 /100 5476 MOORETOWN RD
“Small place near Alewerks. Friendly enough, with a cannon-themed Williamsburg vibe inside. Was in here on Sunday, they were playing Football on large screens. Beer is OK - available in flights. Don't expect to be amazed on that front. Prices are good.“
solidfunk 177 days ago
80 /100 189-B EWELL ROAD
“Cool place which manages to have character in a world of generic brewery taprooms. Tent outside as well for nicer weather, though it was rainy when I visited. Tap list has most of their standards, plus a few I hadn't ticked before. And the stuff I hadn't tried was really well done - this place was a surprise, especially since I'd skipped it so many times assuming they'd just be pouring the same stuff you find everywhere in bottle. Friendly service. Food at food truck was OK.“
solidfunk 177 days ago
82 /100 110 S HENRY ST
“Cool, large place right in colonial Williamsburg. Lively on a Friday night. Video games for kids and big patio space. Great tacos inside, though on the pricey side. Beer was mostly good -- these guys go for the trendy stuff mostly, but there are some other Belgian styles to choose from here if you're sick of hazies. Everything available in 6oz pours. Friendly service. Definitely worth a stop.“
solidfunk 177 days ago
98 /100 401 SECOND STREET
“Large, welcoming taproom space. Oversized beer garden with plenty of room to roam (when acceptable). And a very friendly front of house staff! I appreciated the variety of the beers. Of the 16 options, they were IPA heavy for sure (but it's the top selling style in the country, so why not I guess); but also multiple Stouts; a Golden Ale; a Saison series; a fruited Sour; and some other nice surprises. All the beers were very clean and true to style. And some pretty sharp branding too! Plus I'm a sucker for any brewery that gives back and they had two beers available where proceeds benefited diversity and inclusion causes, and a third beer promoting Pride Month and beer for all. I'm all for that!“
FlightLiquids56 292 days ago
94 /100 110 N HENRY ST
“Ambiance: small bottle shop on the main drag of Williamsburg, just outside the proper colonial stuff. Parking is a challenge, but exercise patience in the small shared lot a couple hundred feet away--it's worth it if you leave with a big ol' box as I did. Service: for most of my visit, I was the only jamoke in this place. Amber was awesome--gave me a quick tour and poured me a browsing beer (Adroit Theory What Evil Lurks) from the bar/growler station, and pointed me to some really nice finds. Selection: Heavily tilted to the local stuff, which is exactly what I was hunting. They also had some solid international stuff and a few national craft choices. Tons of singles too, which is great if you're looking to sample the local scene. Overall: Absolutely worth a visit.“
JDBaker11058 510 days ago
80 /100 521 PRINCE GEORGE ST.
“Ambiance: Lovely tap room/restaurant just steps away from the main drag of historic Williamsburg. Expect to part in the garage a couple blocks away. Inside everything's clean and modern. Bathroom had keg urinals. Service: Went for Sunday brunch and the service was excellent. Selection: About ten of their own items (by which I mean from the affiliated Precarious operation on site) on tap, plus a couple of ciders and one from Hardywood. The Precarious beers were solid to very good, and spanned a nice range of styles with a couple of very creative options (carrot ginger gose). Food: The brunch fare was top notch. Southern focus full of rustic charm. I had a hickory sausage sage biscuit with pimento cheese that was just tremendous. Value: For a touristy area, surprisingly reasonable. My theory--they are keeping the prices down a bit for the WIlliam and Mary students. Overall: Absolutely worth a visit. “
JDBaker11058 510 days ago
74 /100
The Wine Seller (Beer Store)
MONTICELLO MARKET PLACE
“they have a pretty decent selection. prices a little skewed for my area but nice deals do exist! some good local beers to try and others. some taps...nice for the area.“
BREWMUSKCLES 885 days ago
84 /100 5476 MOORETOWN RD
“Nice place with some solid beers. Very friendly staff with games for the kids. Good prices.“
alobar 956 days ago
78 /100 521 PRINCE GEORGE ST.
“This is affiliated with Precarious. Its just one public space inside, with a restaurant half and a bar half. The brewing area is next door. Service was solid at the bar, friendly, helpful, happy to talk about the VA beer scene. They had 18 taps with about 10 or so their own beers. Flights available of their beers, but you can order 4 oz pours of whatever you want. Of the four I tried, the IPAs were quite solid, the Saison and Sour needed some refinement. All in all a worthy stop.“
bytemesis 976 days ago
76 /100 2054 JAMESTOWN ROAD
“Very interesting location, right on the water with a dock and a great view. Outdoor and indoor seating and a smallish bar. Brewing building adjacent to the taproom. Service was helpful and friendly. Flights available in a board cut to look like a boat. Beer quality varied, but the good ones were actually solid.“
bytemesis 976 days ago
68 /100 2054 JAMESTOWN ROAD
“Great place with a great view. Friendly service with 8 beers on tap. Some of the beers were good. Some mediocre.“
alobar 988 days ago
74 /100 401 SECOND STREET
“Nice place. Nice, friendly staff. Video games for kids. Good selection of beers. All of the beers were good. Nothing exceptional, but nothing that would stop us from coming back.“
alobar 988 days ago
84 /100 189-B EWELL ROAD
“Nice place with a friendly staff. Over 12 beers on tap. Picked up a sampler. Found the staff, attentive, helpful, and friendly. Excellent brewery. Worth a visit.“
alobar 988 days ago
90 /100 521 PRINCE GEORGE ST.
“Just a couple blocks from the main drag of Duke of Gloucester, this is a schnazzy joint with a medium-sized seated dining area, and a large bar area. We didn't eat on our first visit, but the lunch and dinner menus include many interesting southern-themed options and what we saw come out looked amazing. But what makes this a must-stop place for any beer nerd is the amazing and constantly changing tap list including 18 of their own, cleverly-named brews. The four we had on our first visit were all exceptional, and most of the others were incredibly inviting. If only we had taken an Uber! Definitely one of my new favorites in Williamsburg! Brewery #833.“
Braudog 1068 days ago
46 /100 2054 JAMESTOWN ROAD
“Visited about a month after they opened. They've grabbed a fantastic venue, just outside the Jamestown historic site, on the water, atop a marina with a fantastic Virginia view and great outside spaces. They were busy, even on a semi-chilly February afternoon. They had about 14 of their beers to offer. Of the three I tasted, one was decent, one was OK, one was awful. Brewery #822.“
Braudog 1157 days ago
80 /100 189-B EWELL ROAD
“The brewery is located in a small industrial park. The location is off Mooretown Road which parallels the railroad and Rt 60. Visited the brewery after buying some Edwards hams. This is one of Virginia's top breweries. The service was great and very helpful. The flight has a nice size glass for tasting their beers. Bitter Valentine was available for tasting as well. Behind us was a group of people tasting their beers with an employee explaining what to expect with each beer. Worth the visit.“
Foxbush 1163 days ago
98 /100 401 SECOND STREET
“My absolute favorite brewery in the Tidewater region. Use of a re-conditioned building (very Williamsburg in that sense). Big taproom. Big beer garden. Fire pits. Corn hole. Food trucks rotating daily. 16 taps, and 8 rotate regularly. A lot of interesting recipes including Brett beers and local malt from Copper Fox distillery. A really fun IPA series and some nice barrel-aged offerings a couple times a year. What really sets this place off is the staff. Knowledgeable but more important, friendly. I feel very comfortable here and it makes the beer taste that much better!“
ronniechilly 1173 days ago
70 /100 401 SECOND STREET
“Virginia Beer Co is a fairly large space in the commercial area of Williamsburg. They have a large parking lot on the side. Outside patio available. Inside is open with a large bar and a number of tables. A variety of beers available, including a barrel aged entry. Relatively few IPA's -- one English/American hybrid on tap and that's about it. Service was friendly. Everything available as sample sized pours. I was having 4G connection trouble here, but they have free wireless with a password posted on the chalkboard. I have heard a lot of good things about this place, but I was not impressed with the three beers I tried; definitionally average in all ways, but at least lacking in major flaws. Maybe I just hit a bad time or made bad choices.“
bytemesis 1235 days ago
76 /100 224C MONTICELLO AVE
“Small space on a busy street. Mead tastings are free, but they also have honey/mead pairing tastings and tours for a price. I just did the mead as I was in a bit of a rush. Sampled a half dozen meads and most were decent. The blueberry was the standout for me. Very friendly and helpful service. I enjoyed the stop.“
bytemesis 1236 days ago
64 /100 5476 MOORETOWN RD
“New location, apparently. Pretty nice, appropriately touristy for a Williamsburg destination. Fairly large space with a big bar and plenty of tables. Flights of four available. Service friendly. Not busy on a Thursday afternoon. Unfortunately beer quality is not great at all, but c'est la vie.“
bytemesis 1236 days ago
82 /100 110 N HENRY ST
“Adjacent to and a side business of the DoG Street Pub, this recent addition to the local beer scene is a welcome one. It's a very nice space, well-laid out, with a friendly, beer-knowledgeable staff. There's a small growler fill station, a small area of 6-packs (heavily tilted toward regional goodies and high quality beers) and a fairly big room of singles, arranged by style. It's an impressive lineup, including some things I hadn't seen in the local area at even my most favorite purveyor. Their prices aren't super cheap, but also don't seem to be inflated by the touristy location. On my first visit I left with 6 bombers, only because that's all I could carry. Unfortunately, parking near the historic square doesn't lend itself well to large lots. I'll be back!“
Braudog 1289 days ago
68 /100 401 SECOND STREET
“Came here on a sunny Friday with the BF and parents, and boy, was I glad I came. The space itself is larger than I expected, with about 12-15 tables, which is great for larger groups. They have a lot of outdoor seating as well, complete with a fire pit but we (obviously) could not make use of them. The bar area is very rustic meets modern, and plenty of seats for people who want to hang out by the bar. You can see into the actual brewery through huge glass windows, which really makes you feel like you're getting your beer straight from the tank. There were a lot of people playing board games like Jenga, Battleship, and cards - super nostalgic (not sure if they were provided by the brewery or if people brought their own games, but definitely bring a deck of cards if you're planning on staying a while). There is a huge wall in the rear with all the beer options - there were 8 when the BF and I stopped by. Make sure you get the sampler - 8 beers for $15 is a deal you should NOT pass up. They have everything from light ales to dark porters, plus a couple of specialty brews that differ throughout the year. Also, if you get hungry, the brewery allows patrons to bring in their own food and even order directly to the brewery! So if you're looking for somewhere to hang out and grab a few (or 5) beers with friends and family, whether it is in the middle of a hurricane or a beautiful summer day, VA Beer Company is the place to be.“
BierMeHoos 1310 days ago
70 /100 140 2ND ST
“Surprising find in Williamsburg, thanks to BF's parents. First thing, you walk in the door and you are greeted by the wafting smells of fresh baked cookies! Talk about setting the mood. Who would mind waiting 15-20 minutes to be seated on a Friday evening when you can enjoy the smell of cookies! Even better, there were FREE samples! Seated in about 3 minutes, first win. Always under sell and over deliver. Quick to see our waitress, a nice young lady that did her job well and without error. Great varied menu, you must try the Fried Green Tomatoes ($9)! Served with pimento cheese which was divine. BF opted for the classic Caprese wood fire pizza ($10) and I the 2nd Street Bistro Pasta ($18). My pasta was sauced PERFECTLY. This is something that can easily ruin a good dish. The balance of Parmesan Mushroom Alfredo Sauce to the amount of fresh, crispy veggies and Al Dente Pasta to exquisite. The Beef tips were tender but took a backseat in this dish. This could have easily been offered as meat free without losing any favor from this well executed pasta dish! Despite the wonderful smell of fresh baked cookies, we just didn't have room for dessert after this excellent meal. Beer selection pretty good, great mix of local and national breweries. We had the Virginia Beer Company selection.“
BierMeHoos 1310 days ago
66 /100 5476 MOORETOWN RD
“Nice stop on the way out of town. The beers need improvement, but they were varied, the place is nice and has an inviting atmosphere, prices were good, and the staff was friendly.“
rougeau13 1360 days ago
84 /100 224C MONTICELLO AVE
“Very cool little place. Not only did we get the mead tasting, but we also did a honey tasting as well. I’d have never thought honey could have such vastly different flavors; mesquite, avocado, etc. Amazing. The owner conducted our tasting himself, was really friendly and obviously passionate about mead and honey, which was nice. I would tell anyone, mead lover, wine lover, beer lover, whatever, to check this out if in the area. The Scarborough Fair is wild.“
rougeau13 1360 days ago
68 /100 401 SECOND STREET
“In reading the previous two reviews, I’ll make my review with the understanding that I got a bit lucky. It was saturday evening/afternoon; there was live music; the place was crowded...but the service was fine; most likely because we got lucky and walked up to the bar as soon as other people were getting up. A line formed promptly after right next to us and some people had to wait a lot longer than we did. Staff was very friendly, the sliders truck and prices were good, and the whole atmosphere was really comfortable. I agree that the parking was wholly inadequate, but disagree in that the beer, while decent, was not impressive. I’d definitely go back though.“
rougeau13 1360 days ago
76 /100
Craft 31 (Restaurant)
3701 STRAWBERRY PLAINS RD
“Decent stop in Williamsburg away from the tourist crowds. Service was great. Tasters were no problem, and they sell the drafts in small portions so you can try a bunch of them. Food was pretty good. Would go back for sure.“
rougeau13 1360 days ago
88 /100
DoG Street Pub (Restaurant)
401 W DUKE OF GLOUCESTER ST
“Cool place, and the bottle shop in the back that has taps of its own is super cool. Between the two, selection is excellent. As for the Pub, selection good with lots of local stuff. Service was friendly and knowledgeable. Food was good. When in Williamsburg, especially if doing tourist stuff, it’s a must hit, particularly if your hotel has a fridge, since everything closes early.“
rougeau13 1363 days ago
70 /100 401 SECOND STREET
“Like the previous reviewer, I thought all the beers I had here were very, very good. In contrast, during my late Sunday afternoon visit, the service was excellent despite a busy but not crowded venue. With good sized indoor and outdoor areas this place has the potential to host large crowds but I can see how it could very quickly become stretched if a couple of big groups rolled in. Overall I think it was worth a visit because of the quality of the beers.“
dmarsha4 1368 days ago
86 /100
DoG Street Pub (Restaurant)
401 W DUKE OF GLOUCESTER ST
“Nice old bank building in colonial Williamsburg.... sports bar area with a nice long bar, high top tables and restaurant seating.... for families we were seated downstairs in a smaller area but still very nice ... waitress was quick and knew her beers .... food menu had a lot of good variety and a mix of southern cuisine, BBQ and your standard burgers and pasta ... there is a bottle shop next door which had glassware, shirts and a lot of local Virginia craft beers as well as Shelves of micros and international sections..... had some beer specials for $5 but reg priced glass was $8 .... I’d definitely seek this place out ... had a really good time here with the family.“
italianjohn 1443 days ago
74 /100
The Wine Seller (Beer Store)
MONTICELLO MARKET PLACE
“Was able to grab some local stuff while visiting friends. Pretty nice selection of local and imports, taps, beer and wine. Every question that I had was answered quickly. Definitely worth the time!“
SHIG 1516 days ago
60 /100 5476 MOORETOWN RD
“Did a quick stop since it was rather close to AleWerks. The recently moved to this location and it seems to be set up nicely. The service was very helpful. They had plenty of seasonals and regular line up beers. They have potential, but a ways to go. If in the area, why not visit.“
SHIG 1516 days ago
80 /100 189-B EWELL ROAD
“Stopped here visiting friends. Nice spacious well set up taproom. The service was very helpful. Was able to get sampler tray and pints. Plenty of swag and bottles to go as well. Well worth the stop!“
SHIG 1516 days ago
62 /100 401 SECOND STREET
“In a well-reconditioned building of what had to be some kind of automative space, VBC fits the mold of so many other places in the current boom of local craft brewers ... nice, clean, family-friendly industrial space, with a nice outdoor, dog-friendly patio, and a decently sized indoor bar/sitting area alongside a growth-ready brewery. There’s a food truck or three on site, too. The beers are very good, considering the recent competition. And the setting is pretty nice, but would be a bit better if there was sufficient parking and wasn’t overlooking a major thoroughfare. My biggest gripe was the service. Like many of these new startups, VBC (on my visit) was completely ill-equipped for the crowd size. There were two lines waiting for service at the bar, both about 20-30 people deep, and taking at least 20 minutes to get served. This may be a phenomenon with new breweries that pour a lot of sampler trays, but a couple extra staff and a better organized bar service would have greatly enhanced the experience. I’ll be back because the beer was good, but I’ll be hoping for more personalized service. Brewery #781.“
Braudog 1521 days ago
76 /100 189-B EWELL ROAD
“This was the only stop I had time for on my drive from Charlottesville to ORF, but it was enjoyable. Nice place away from the tourist area, parking out front and an overflow lot for busy times (today was not one of those times). Bar and a bunch of tables. Available beers on a chalk board. All available as 6 oz tasters or in flights of 4. Can also get a pour of everything they have (10ish) plus pretzels for $30. The flight of four was like $12, I guess we are not in the mountains any more Toto. I have always liked AleWerks beer, and today was no exception, although the dark saison was a bit weird.“
bytemesis 1789 days ago
74 /100 1433 RICHMOND ROAD
“Visited here in mid February ’16 while in the area for business. Nautical themed seafood restaurant, pretty casual. Great service, has 24 taps of mostly local regional beers, A few macros thrown in for good measure. Extensive seafood menu with oysters, shrimp, fish, lobster, you name it, they have it, I had Parmesan Crab Crusted Flounder and it was delicious. Appears to have a happy hour - $4 drafts - not bad. Worth a visit if in the area.“
PorterPounder 1886 days ago
76 /100 189-B EWELL ROAD
“Visited herein mid February ’16 while in the area for business. Medium sized tap room, nothing fancy. Has a bar with about a dozen stools and tables filling the rest of the room. Had 10 of their own on tap when I was there. All were available in 6 oz, 12 oz (so called pints) and bombers, Reasonably priced and all were pretty solid, one or two appeared to be phoned in (their amber for instance). Barkeep was friendly and very knowledgeable about their beers. Wednesday night was trivia night and it really pulls in the locals. Not a bad place to grab a few beers and suck in the local vibe,“
PorterPounder 1889 days ago
60 /100 189-B EWELL ROAD
“A small place with plenty of parking. 8 beers on tap. The bartenders were friendly and knowledgeable. Had some cool merchandise too. There’s also a nice patio spot to the side. I’ll definitely head back here next time I’m in the area.“
Emeister84 2125 days ago
60 /100 765 SCOTLAND STREET
“Visited out of tourist season, so it was easy to grab a bite here without a wait. Food was just OK. Beer selection was pretty large with a decent amount of the more commonly available regional offerings, nothing out of the ordinary. Good vibe, as most others were just students hanging out. Decent option.“
Travlr 2225 days ago
76 /100
Oceans & Ale (Restaurant)
5601-1 RICHMOND RD
“Nice ambiance decent selection of beer with great service and food.“
Luvystypotables 2258 days ago
72 /100
The Cheese Shop (Restaurant)
410 DUKE OF GLOUCESTER STREET
“walking down from the peanut place after eating a ton of free peanuts that they display (I BOUGHT A LOT TOO) and the wife says "let’s go into the cheese place’ uuuggghhh OK honey and boom my senses fill with the smells of home. NYC DELI YAY! good deli and 25 different beers to buy cold. downstairs they have a twin cooler and a rack.“
BREWMUSKCLES 2339 days ago
80 /100
DoG Street Pub (Restaurant)
401 W DUKE OF GLOUCESTER ST
“nice looking place though ecclectic with rustic and appropriate Williamsburg setting, then large glaring tv’s rowed out right next to each other at the bar. colonial furnishings and trappings with glass. service a little ditzy but friendly and nice. i thought the food was very good but wife thought they used too much butter.they certainly use it. nicely laid out bottle list.“
BREWMUSKCLES 2341 days ago
78 /100 189-B EWELL ROAD
“on a saturday so the place filled up pretty quickly. there was a friendly crowd with some kids. bar staff were pretty friendly real and open. mix of friendly enough regulars. the place is ok enough not large not fancy with some stuff you can buy. the beer and the folks make this place.“
BREWMUSKCLES 2341 days ago
86 /100
DoG Street Pub (Restaurant)
401 W DUKE OF GLOUCESTER ST
“Great food and beer stop downtown. Bitter valentine, backwoods bastard, grand illumination, other great locals. Food was very good too, big cups of soup, nice burgers and fries, oyster salad!“
devman171 2690 days ago
70 /100
The Wine Seller (Beer Store)
MONTICELLO MARKET PLACE
“Nice wine or beer stop near martins, 5 nice taps,2010 illumination, others. Got my cafe Royale here, singles and a cooler of good beer“
devman171 2690 days ago
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