Enjoy a stroll to the Williamsburg Tasting Trail

The craft beer and beverage scene continues to grow in popularity across the Williamsburg area, with businesses a part of the Williamsburg Tasting Trail ramping up events for fun in the summertime.

Here is a sampling of what’s happening around town the next few months for those looking to unwind after work or gather with friends over the weekend for some dining and drinking.

Breweries

The summer highlight at Alewerks Brewing Company, which has taprooms at its main location on Ewell Road as well as a satellite spot in the Williamsburg Premium Outlets, will be its annual anniversary jubilee, set for Aug. 10.

“It’s a day-long celebration of not only another year of Alewerks, but of Virginia craft beer in general,” said Jeff Phillips, marketing director for Alewerks. But you can enjoy a beer anytime on the patio, which is pet-friendly. “On the weekends, we expand our outdoor seating with picnic tables and cornhole boards set up out front. Add in a rotation of delicious local food trucks, and there's no better way to spend a summer afternoon,” Phillips said.

Similar fun can be had on the deck at Billsburg Brewery overlooking the James City County Marina. Billsburg Brewery’s “Brewed Awakening” summer brunch concert series returns featuring live music on Sunday afternoons.

Brass Cannon Brewing also has musical entertainment on Saturday evenings.

The calendar is also full at Virginia Beer Company with live music on Fridays; a 4th of July celebration with extended hours; a crab cake cook-off on July 13; an open mic night featuring local veterans in collaboration with the Armed Services Arts Partnership on July 14; a night of Salsa dancing on Aug. 16; and more.

“Virginia Beer Company's beer garden is canopied and open for beers and cheers six days a week,” said Robby Willey, co-founder. “It's a perfect place to stop and sip on something local between adventures, and we pride ourselves on our family-friendly atmosphere and pet-friendly outdoor space.”

You can also enjoy brews at the Precarious Beer Hall, which opened in June and includes a fresh taco bar, vintage arcade games, and live entertainment. Amber Ox Public House will also continue to hold monthly beer dinners the last Tuesday of each month.

Distilleries, Wineries, and a Meadery

Two distilleries are a part of the Williamsburg Tasting Trail, 8 Shires Distillery and Copper Fox Distillery both offer tours and tastings.

Prefer wine? Williamsburg Winery, which also has tours and tastings, as well as Saude Creek Winery and New Kent Winery are also a part of the trail. Williamsburg Winery recently opened a wine pavilion for savoring a glass of wine outside.

Meanwhile, an expansion of Silver Hand Meadery includes a new tasting room and retail room and a new observation bee hive. Silver Hand will celebrate Mead Day with mead by the glass available all weekend starting Aug. 3.

“We love the camaraderie among the Williamsburg Tasting Trail members and the ability to come up with some incredible collaborations that highlight the creativity of this craft beverage community,” said Glenn Lavender, owner of Silver Hand Meadery.

Want to know more?

For more information on the Williamsburg Tasting Trail, visit www.visitwilliamsburg.com/williamsburg-tasting-trail

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