The Peninsula refers primarily to the cities of Newport News and Hampton, while extending to the Historic Triangle – Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown.
Start your craft beer exploration in Hampton with St. George Brewing Company. You’ll find yoga classes early on a Saturday morning and a buzzing tasting room near NASA Langley. St. George is Coastal irginia’s oldest craft brew-ery. It specializes in German lagers and British ales. Beers to enjoy include their Nut Brown Ale, Porter, English IPA, Pilsner and whichever seasonal is featured on tap.
From St. George drive the 30 minutes up to Alewerks in northern Williamsburg. Located in an industrial area near the outlet strip malls, Alewerks has an array is highly rated beers including Lover’s reed (a sour), Café Royale (Bourbon barrel aged coffee stout), Bitter Valentine (Double IPA), and Shorty Time (Session IPA).
Brass Cannon – soon to reopen – is just a stone’s throw from Alewerks and is housed in a newly built Old West freestanding structure. Be sure to sample their Angry Scot (heavy Scottish ale), Barrage rown Ale and Muzzle Flash American Amber.
Conclude your brewery tour of The Peninsula with the recently opened Virginia Beer Company, located in close proximity to Colonial Williamsburg. Beers to try include Elbow Patches Oatmeal Stout, renish Rye Amber Ale, and Free Verse IPA.
Following the brewery tour are two excellent options for dinner and beer selection: DoG Street Pub and Second Street American Bistro. If staying overnight in the historic center, both are in easy walking distance.