May 15-21 is American Craft Beer Week®, a nationwide celebration of U.S. small and independent craft brewers. This weeklong tribute lets craft brewers share their diversity, creativity and passion for the beverage they love.

And with its burgeoning craft beer scene, Norfolk is the perfect place to celebrate all through the week – then join in the fun at the 16th Annual Virginia Beer Festival, May 20-21, at Town Point Park.

VA Beer Festival

BENCHTOP

1129 Boissevain Avenue
Norfolk, VA 23507

An artisanal craft brewery crafting a mixture of hop-forward ales, rustic farmhouse ales featuring local farmers, and adventurous mixed fermentation ales (sour & funky). OFFERINGS: IPA, Hoppy Blonde, Grissette/Saison, double IPA, dry hopped sour ales, sour ales with fruit added, dark and decadent stouts/porters.

 

THE BOLD MARINER BREWING COMPANY

2409 Bowdens Ferry Road
Norfolk, VA 23508

The Bold Mariner Brewing Company brews traditional styles of quality craft ales. Be Bold! BEST SELLERS: Pier 6 Stout, Red Maiden Irish Red, Bold Dominion Ale, Powhatan Ale, Dog Zebra IPA, Liberty Risk Double IPA.

OConnor Brewery

O’CONNOR BREWING CO.

211 W 24th St
Norfolk, VA 23517

A “mighty yet humble” craft brewery on a mission to create an original, world-class craft beer experience. BEST SELLERS: Green Can, Red Nun, Norfolk Canyon, El Guapo, Great Dismal, Odis.

 

RIP RAP BREWING CO.

116 E 25th St
Norfolk, VA 23517

The smallest brewery in the Norfolk area with the flexibility to make lots of new beers and different one-off batches. BEST SELLERS: Breakwater Cream Ale, Shakedown Scotch Ale, Fresnel Red IPA, Wandering Sloth Saison.

 

COELACANTH BREWING

760 A West 22nd Street
Norfolk, VA 23517

A family-owned and independent brewery, a gathering place for locals and visitors, a venue for artists and musicians to showcase their talents, and so much more. BEST SELLERS: Jazz Age Oatmeal Stout, CBPB British Pub Beer, Enefkay IPA.

Smartmouth

SMARTMOUTH BREWING CO.

1309 Raleigh Avenue, Suite 300
Norfolk, VA 23507
757-624-3939

A 20-barrel brewhouse that churns out 250 barrels of delicious craft beer a month and includes a 1,100-square-foot tasting room. BEST SELLERS: Alter Ego, Murphy’s Law, Rule G, Notch 9, Safety Dancing, Sommer Fling, Oh Bother, She, Firm Handshake.

 

BEARDED BIRD BREWING

727 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
757-938-6685

New to join the Norfolk craft beer scene is Bearded Bird Brewing. This home-brew loving brewery just celebrated their grand opening Saturday, May 13 and the party will continue all week long! Looking to support Norfolk's local home brewers? Pull up a seat and enjoy local pint!