O’Connor Brewing Company, Norfolk, VA

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I stopped in at O’Connor Brewing Company in Norfolk, Virginia with my family on the way home from vacation in Virginia Beach.  We enjoyed dinner at the food truck – great mac and cheese sandwiches, meatloaf sandwich, crab tacos, beer pretzel, I digress.  The two flights at O’Connor set us up well to select beers to accompany dinner.  I especially enjoyed the El Guapo Agve IPA, Kilauea Mango Saison, and Tart Tropic Ale.

Smartmouth Brewing Company, Virginia Beach, VA

I stopped in at Smartmouth Brewing Company Pilot House in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  I had some family members with me and we enjoyed sharing a couple of flights.  Grandson also enjoyed giant Jenga with my son.  We liked all of the beers.  Of note:

Tinamatua – ale with a coconut cream pie flavor – not too much but enough – -delicious

Wicked Awesome – coffee brown ale – yes – delivers totally as advertised

PILF – IPA – hints of lemon – we like citrus – this was perfect

Hope my travels bring me to stop in again.

Wasserhund Brewing Company, Virginia Beach, VA


I stopped in at Wasserhund Brewing Company in Virginia Beach, Virginia with my family for dinner and a beer.  We enjoyed their Jumbo Beer Pretzel and Beer Cheese in addition to the Italian Greyhound and Rottweiler pizzas.  All were delicious.  One family member suggested bathing in the beer cheese.  We’ll just leave it at that.  I started with the Salty Dog Gose with Raspberry and ended with the Haywire Husky coffee pilsner.  Both solid beers and delicious with the meal.  Great place to stop – very family friendly – and dog friendly.

Perfect Plain Brewing Company, Pensacola, FL

I stopped in at Perfect Plain Brewing Company in Pensacola, Florida on the way to the airport.  Wow!  Of the over 600 breweries I’ve visited I am most impressed with this start-ups offerings – all of the ones I tried are awesome.

Assembly Old Ale – rich, complex, brown ale; smooth and delicious

Alleyoop Dreams Straberry Lime Gose – yes, fruity, tart, a little salty, easy drinking

Coco Gnar Sweet Stout – think Girl Scout Cookie Samoas in a glass

Farmhouse IPA – hop-heads will delight in this strong IPA

Daddy Smack Pox Milkshake IPA – yes, an IPA with fruit and vanilla and a milky feel, delicious for those with an open mind

Double A Citrus Pal Ale – a citrus-forward pale ale that is so easy to drink and so interesting with citrus notes

Over Easy Breakfast Stout – so rich with vanilla and cinnamon and coffee – a great way to start the day – breakfast of brewmasters

I sampled the others as well.  Never have I seen a brewery this size with so many home run beers.  Congratulations!

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Commonwealth Brewing Company, Virginia Beach, VA

I stopped in at Commonwealth Brewing Company in Virginia Beach, Virginia on the way to vacation.  I was with the entire family and we wanted to try their beers and purchase some to bring to the vacation rental.  We enjoyed three flights.

Some of our favorites were Limoncello, Bizango, and Guatavita.  Limoncello had a tasty lemon flavor but was not in cans or available for crowlers.  Bizango is quite the triple IPA.  Guatavita is a solid IPA.

We also bought cans of Big Papi Double IPA and Marvolo Stout, both of which did not disappoint when we enjoyed later.