Alewerks Brewing Company

Alewerks Brewing CompanyAlewerks Brewing Company
Alewerks Brewing CompanyAlewerks Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

189-B Ewell Rd.
Williamsburg, Virginia, 23188
United States

(757) 220-3670 | map

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Reviews: 31 | Ratings: 117 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Vibe: I stopped by the brewery on the afternoon of July 4th and it was crowded, but there still enough seating available in the long high-top tables. It seemed like a local hangout and there were a lot of families there with their kids.

Quality: Beers were served in snifter glasses at the proper temperature.

Service: The bar had a dedicated area for ordering beers to bring back to tables so it was quite easy to get more beer and there was never a long wait.

Selection: The brewery had about ten beers available on tap, five of which surprisingly were stouts.

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Photo of JessicaLynnH88
4.97/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I was pleasantly surprised with this brewery. It is a small, local brewery with a great selection! Whether you like and IPA, wheat beer, lager, ot stout you will find something for you. My parents and I visited last week on vacation and were very happy to see such a selection. I generally like an IPA and my parents obly drink lagers while my brother dribks stouts. You will absolutely find something for everyone. The service is wonderful and I was lucky enough to meet the master brewer. I will defiantly be back when I am in the Williamsburg area again.

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Photo of Zraly
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

This is a rating of the original tasting room (read: not the outlet center).

My partner and I have visited Alewerks countless times over the past several years. As of this year, we are mug club members and plan on getting our money's worth. The tasting room has expanded significantly since its inception and the offerings on tap are varied and generally of high quality. Service is typically prompt and friendly, and the general vibe is chill. As with any decent brewery, it gets a bit busy on the weekends, but it's definitely worth a visit if you are in the Williamsburg area. Warm pretzels are available and on weekends, there is a local food truck (usually at least of okay quality). In short, this spot is one of our favorites within an hour radius from our house due to their consistency on quality, service, and chill factor.

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Photo of kjones6
3.17/5  rDev -24.7%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

Beers taste over carbonated. Flavor is hidden in the over bearing carbonation, but the beers are not bad. I enjoyed the superb IPA, though not a great IPA, it did have good flavor but no real exciting Hoppy punch. It was overly carbonated and not pleasant to the palate. Their porter was well made and less carbonated. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn’t so turned off by their IPA before hand.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

V - A decent vibe - the night I went it was a lot of local college kids on one side and the more older adults on the other - however the location is in a more industrial part of Williamsburg off the side of a road in what reminds me of a small strip mall - it's hard to describe. A smaller brewery for sure - but nothing offputting.
Q - Their beers have always impressed me - nothing over the top, but lots of very solid choices that always seem quality.
S - Fast and friendly service, can't ask for much more than that.
S - When I was there they roughly 12 beers on tap in addition to a bunch of brews to buy in growlers, 4, and 6 packs. Styles ranged from IPA, to barrel aged, to stouts, porters, pumpkin ales, holiday ales, etc. Overall a very nice selection that would likely keep anyone happy.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Nice place to relax at on a weekend afternoon as they have a decent vibe and seating area and it's not in a crowded part of town so parking/driving there is not an issue. Staff is friendly and the selection is limited to their beers but they do offer some stuff you normally don't get in stores/bars.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Drove down for their annual Barrel Age Pumpkin Ale release to give it a try. I've always liked Alewerks' stuff so I was excited to see the facility. The place is located within a small industrial park type of area. The tap room isn't huge but large enough to hold a good crowd of people. The service was very nice. The draft and bottle selection was also quite good too. Overall I enjoyed checking the place out.

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Photo of PapaGoose03
3.96/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

My wife and I stopped here on our beercation to try their beers. The pub is located just off a main street among other light industrial buildings. We arrived in the early afternoon on a Sunday and the place was not busy. We decided to sit at the bar, and the service was very good. There was something about the interior vibe that I really liked, but I don't know how to describe it.

There were 9 beers on tap plus a cask offering. We chose a sampler flight of 6 beers so that we could try most of them in order to arrive at an overall evaluation of their beers. All of the beers were brewed very well to their respective style, and we ended up giving all of them a B or a B-minus grade so that a B grade was given for the overall score. The notables were Weekend Lager, Chesapeake Pale Ale, Paycheck Porter and Berlinerweisse.

No food is served here, but a food truck was already set up and looking for customers. I made a note that a rotation of trucks are scheduled, so the day of the week determines the menu. Some packaged snacks, a meat plate, salsa & chips, peanuts, and a soft pretzel are sold in the pub. If you are doing the touristy thing in the area, a visit here is recommended.

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Photo of Tone
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Awesome beer selection and variety. Fun atmosphere with group corn hole being played outside. Food trucks often brought in and the food I had was great. Service from the bar, but still friendly and knowledgeable. Lots of seating (booths, tables, and bar). Music and games on hand.

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Photo of Newbeergeek1
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Been there 3 times now and am finally thinking I can review now. Very decent brewery. For my tastes I have generally only found one, maybe two, that I would want a growler of. I've been lucky enuff to be there and get some seasonals and I really like some of those. Worth going to. Nice atmosphere, knowledgable staff and fun talking to fellow travelers.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.17/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Tap room has a medium sized bar with a few tables surrounding it. There's an outside patio as well where they set up music at times. The service is always friendly in the few times I've been here, and people will come from the back to help if it gets a little busy.

The brewery has a nice core lineup selection, more on the pale than dark side. These offerings fall into the solid, mostly to style, easily accessible type. Their rotating and special beers generally shine well on their own. The tap room usually has 4-5 special beers to compliment their core lineup of about 8 beers.

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Photo of rdmiller89
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Nice little taproom with outdoor seating. Bartenders are very attentive and knowledgeable about the different beers. 10 beers on tap of various kinds. It is small and gets crowded on a Friday afternoon.

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Photo of drink_like_a_wahoo
4.59/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Just visited the brewery for the third time. The space is very nice since they refinished the tasting room. There is also a nice outdoor area on nicer days. The selection is always fantastic. I love a handful of their staple beers like Washington's Porter and the Tavern Ale, but the specialties are what really keep me coming back to Alewerks.

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Photo of gopens44
3.82/5  rDev -9.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Fairly quiet and unassuming little place with about a no nonsense layout as you could ask for. Friendly, prompt straightforward service as well. Nice tap lineup, good to go selection. Two items of note - get a pretzel, you have no choice in this, just do it. They are fantastic. Second, this place is within spitting distance of the Williamsburg outlet mall. Seriously consider dropping off the shopping party (or have them drop you off) so everyone can enjoy the day.

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Photo of cdhaines
4.73/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

My favorite brewery! Small brewery feel, with very helpful, though busy, employees. My only knock is that they did not have a large selection of their beers available for tasting. Still, they make some of the best beers around, so i will forgive them :)

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Photo of oldn00b
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Love this place. It's fantastic in that everything on tap is at the very least decent but most are really good, especially for a relatively young brewery.

Small batch offerings are consistently great - the most recent (as of now) #8 DIPA was fantastic.

The people in the taproom are friendly and welcoming. They're fast with a pint, growler fill, or even a full metal jacket (which I think is generally 12).

They've just started serving food which far surpassed my expectations. The special I had was a brisket sandwich and it was much better than I expected and above the quality you'd get in a lot of local restaurants.

The taproom can definitely get crowded, especially on release days when it's barely standing room only but It's worth it to get Bitter Valentine bottled that morning.

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Photo of uvachief
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Great brewery that makes some exceptional world class beers. They also make a wide variety and excel at all of them. Feel sorry for those that don't get to enjoy Alewerks Pumpkin, Cafe Royal or Bitter Valentine. Really outstanding beers. Would like to see more barrel aged limited releases from them though.

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Photo of sierratwohearted
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

pretty neat little brewery. smaller than i expected, due to a pretty wide disto and some well known ales(pumpkin). tour was more of a history lesson than anything, though I did learn that what I thought was the most authentically 'pumpkin'-tasting pumpkin ale is brewed with squash - haha!. 3-sided bar was nice, however I wish they had more on tap...regular lineup, no lagers, no porters/stouts. meh...they brew some solid beer though, left with a bottle rappadou porter.

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Photo of hophugger
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

I have watched this brewery grow from a tiny operation many years ago to the bigger brewery and higher quality beers that it offers today. Finally took the tour this week. What an informative tour it was, really outstanding, with the knowledge of beer that was given and the tasting of 6 beers at the end. Amount of people that were on the tour was a little more than I expected, but the tour operator handled it well. The beers are extra nice and cover a large spectrum of styles, abvs and such. Even got to try a couple exclusive beers that are only brewed for a small number of restaurants. Great job !!!

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Photo of xseanprimex
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75

The tasting room is right next door to the brewery in its own temperature controlled shop. They said the new bar is newly renovated. The bar is split into two sides with the tours and everyday brews on one side, and the limited stuff, bottles, and cask pump I'm the other. I'm pretty sure they'll serve you what ever you want on either side though. A flight of the 6 regular brews and the current seasonal will run you $5, and you keep the glass. Full pours and fights of the limited stuff varies in price, but is reasonable. Service has been excellent both times I've been there. You can also buy the bottles they have on hand as well as shirts and glasses at the shop.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.87/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Alewerks new tasting room is really cool, and inexpensive. For $4 I sampled 6 of their beers and got to keep the tasting glass. The beers are all true to style and solid examples. They sell Growlers and merch as well. The girl behind the bar was knowledgeable and a lot of fun to hang out with (good luck with your turtles). Check this place out if your in the area.

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Photo of ahbaggins
4.81/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

This was the best part of my visit to Williamsburg! The staff was fantastic and very knowledgeable. They took their time and explained every beer. I liked EVERYTHING, even the varieties I don't normally care for such as Wheat beers. They even had a game set up outside to hang out and drink by or in our case have the kids occupied.

They are expanding to the building next door so the experience will probably only get better. I wish they were in NJ and not VA so I could go more often!

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Photo of JandJMD
3.44/5  rDev -18.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

This is based on two separate trips into the shop for tastings and shopping, but no tour. Haven't had a chance for the tour yet.

It was reasonable for a tasting of maybe 6 beers for $4, plus you keep the small glass. They will do growlers or howlers. And pints of what they have on tap.

They sell the year-round offering, but I've had better luck finding the seasonal stuff at stores around town.

Staff has been nice both times and they seem to be having a good time.

Definitely worth stopping in if you are in Williamsburg, but not a must see location.

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Photo of ZenPanda69
3.79/5  rDev -10%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went in for a tour and tasting. Unfortunately I missed the last tour. I did get a very warm and welcome greeting and beer education from the tapper. I learned about this site and many things I was unaware of. I highly recommend a tour and tasting here.

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Photo of PaulD
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

We went to Williamsburg, Va. for a week's vacation and as always I find the local breweries to visit, I chose Alewerks because it was close to the resort we stayed at

.The brewery is located in a corporate district, they lease three seperate warehouses, storage, brewery and tasting room , we took the tour for 6 dollars and we got more than you usually get at other tours that I have been on, the two guides were very informative and friendly, the atmosphere was very informal and we got to meet some people from all over the country!, we tasted 6 or 7 of their offerings on tap and a couple of their bottled brews, they offer excellent deals on their growlers and you also keep your glass, the brews themselves were very tasty!

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Alewerks Brewing Company in Williamsburg, VA
Brewery rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 6110 ratings