Norfolk is a city that takes their craft beer seriously. Beer producers in this town truly know their stuff, creating some of the best IPAs, stouts and sours around.
Porter Hardy, founder of Smartmouth Brewing Company, claims Norfolk’s water quality is one of the main reasons they chose to build a beer company. “Norfolk’s water is low in mineral content so it serves as a great base for all our beers, said Hardy. “Additionally, it is easy operationally on our equipment because we don't have calcium deposits, etc. All we do to treat the water is run it through a charcoal filter before brewing.”
Another local brewmaster, Eric Tennant of Benchtop Brewing Company, pays homage to Norfolk’s saltwater delicacies with the creation of Mermaid’s Scorn Tidewater Gose. This brew is made using seawater, locally-sourced rye, wheat, and malt and local oysters to create a brew that is both sour and salty.
Located in the historic Ghent district of Norfolk, Coelacanth Brewing Company is the region’s first Virginia Department of Environmental Quality Certified Green Brewery and has won a whole slew of awards recently including a gold medal at the 2018 Virginia Brews Cup for their beer, “Tailgate.”
“A Mighty Yet Humble Craft Brewery,” O’Connor Brewing Company was the trailblazer for brewing companies in the Hampton Roads Region. The Company has grown immensely over the last decade and is now a World Beer Cup award-winning brand with 40 employees and dozens of styles of beer.
Check out other Norfolk’s breweries and a list of upcoming beer-related events at VisitNorfolk’s Brew Norfolk site!