The Veil Brewing Co.

The Veil Brewing Co.The Veil Brewing Co.
The Veil Brewing Co.The Veil Brewing Co.
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1301 Roseneath Rd
Richmond, Virginia, 23230-4623
United States | map
theveilbrewing.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.25
Beers:
479
Reviews:
1,586
Ratings:
8,416
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.42
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
147
pDev:
7.47%
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slander from New York

4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

Richmond runaround day 2. Short attention span theatre and a need to see more and more. Saw some places I could have stayed at for a lot longer but you know this crowd is always on the move. Uber’d out and neighborhood played. And then we walked over to the Veil, ‘cause that’s how we so very slowly roll…

It’s a corner joint, that I’m thinking used to be a gas station maybe, or maybe not, or shut up, you’re drunk. Seating area out front in the parking lot; tables and benchings under a large canopy running between a pair of logo mural cargo shipping containers. There’s a dog out front barking, we think at (Evil) Davo because, well, yeah.

Muraled big brickiness with paneled garage windows. It’s a long narrow room that hooks around to the back there. It’s one of those ‘enter in, jump in line, wait on the ropes, belly up, get your beer, then stand clear’ kind of places. Long straight 2 tier bar of polished concrete, with a panel base & piping foot rest; seating for none. A large ‘The Veil Brewing Co’ marque light fixture sits over the bar. Above the barback, track spots on the mounted slat beer boards (beer, style, ABV, & pricing full and shorty), and others showing cheese & bread, nitro coffee, & merch. The mirror backed panel wall below holds 16 non-descript handles in a long row over a bar counter and glassware shelved below. A few more taps on stand up cylinder duos off a kegerator behind the bar, too. Shirts and swag displayed off to the right of the bar.

Concrete floors and black rafter ceilings with winding tracks across the room, cool white grape cluster lighting to the rear, and duct work throughout. Gray walls with paneled windows, mounted animal heads, & human hand lamps. So, now you’re thinking, “Yeah, but do they have a full size stuffed bear in the back corner?” Let me see, oh yeah, there it is. Check.

Large shared tables angled forward the bar and off to the side with some bar counter pieces along the wall. Small table and armchair action on the far end near the mural slat piece fronting the bathrooms. Cushy chairs around the bend back towards the rear with brew room views and the barrels stacked there.

17 beers up just now. It’s an interesting mix. Most of them are either IPA, DIPA, & TIPA hoppy (Toof Ache, IPA with Simcoe, Mosaic, & Columbus, 6.3%; Broz Broz Day Day, DDH IPA with Citra, 4.8%; Alone Alone, DDH IPA with Galaxy, 6%; Whiteferrari, DIPA with Citra & Galaxy, 8%; Dissect Me, DIPA with El Dorado, Citra, & Galaxy, 8%; Suspicious Treats, DDH DIPA with Galaxy & Motueka, 8%; Buried Buried Alive Alive, DDH TIPA with Citra, Mosaic, Galaxy, & Nelson, 11%), or sour, from abomination Tastee & Sour IPA, to Gose & American Wild Ale (Strawberry Swirl Tastee, strawberry vanilla sour, 5.5%; Pina Colada Tastee, pineapple & coconut sour, 5.5%; Boss Lady, Sour IPA with Mosaic & Nelson, 8.9%; Never Never Weak Weak, double strawberry & pineapple Gose, 5.1%; Never Fear, blackberry & apricot Gose, 4.9%; Unconditional, Trillium collab red wine barrel American Wild Ale with Galaxy, 5.5%). And then a few others to round out the mix (Child Support, Pils, 4.5%; Sentiment, Saison, 5.6%; Raspberry All That You Are, red wine barrel spelt farmhouse with raspberries, 5.6%; Double Peanut Butter Hornswoggler, chocolate milk stout with peanut butter, 7%).

As we were on the heels of hop-free Vasen, I stuck to the sour side (Never Fear, blackberry & apricot Gose; Never Never Weak Weak, double strawberry & pineapple Gose; Raspberry All That You Are, red wine barrel spelt farmhouse with raspberries; and Unconditional, Trillium collab red wine barrel American Wild Ale with Galaxy. They were all on point. Good sours are happening here.

I could do some time here (if that fucking bear in the back would just stop looking at me).

Jan 21, 2020
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roan22 from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev -9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75

I don't like taxidermy, number 1 thing I remember about this brewery. The lighting was too dark everywhere. The mood of the place I did not care for. but the staff were fine. I didn't try an IPA here, I had a chocolate peanut butter stout, and a collaboration brewed lager. They were both good. The clothes for sale caught my eye, I liked the grey jacket and some of the shirts.

Nov 15, 2019
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spelingchampeon from Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Arrived Saturday night, around 7PM. Pizza truck in the parking lot. Lots of people milling about outside. Inside was fairly crowded and DARK. Cool! Music was low-mid level, and popular.
Plenty of beer on tap, various stylesl The lines were a bit long, but hey it's Saturday. Staff was friendly, and quick to help out.

The beer was delicious. Can't wait to get back to Richmond.

Oct 06, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +1.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

V: This is a big, spacious building; this is a good thing considering it gets packed quickly. There's a long bar with a well-arranged menu above it. It has some seating in the center of the room, along with a large patio area (right beside the food trucks). As it is with a lot of brewpubs, The Veil makes everyone line up, and the line stretches around the wall to the door. Still, a cool spot.

Q: A high level of quality - everything's brewed on site. Nothing old or stale here.

S: The service was good and prompt, though I didn't quiz them on any of their beers.

S: A good array of beers (on about a dozen taps), but this being The Veil, it focused on IPAs (about half of them). They had a few random stouts, Belgians and pilsners as well. A solid lineup.

Feb 10, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Located in Scott's Addition, this is probably the most hyped brewery in Richmond.

Vibe is industrial, with a large, almost barren room with a long bar with a bank-like line and tables on the floor and along the walls. There is also an outside area with very little lighting, which was a bit of a problem in late November. Service was quick and friendly, but the line system doesn't lend itself to a lot of small talk with the crew.

Selection is pretty varied, but leaning mostly towards IPAs and sours. I for one think The Veil don't get enough credit for their sours, because they really are excellent. They are obviously very good at the hoppy stuff.

Overall, I really enjoy the beers The Veil put out, but the place itself was a little bit of a letdown. Too loud and bare and a line system that was a bit too business-like. Not bad in any way, but I would probably come here to buy stuff to go rather than drink in if I lived in Richmond.

Dec 31, 2018
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bl00 from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The Veil is a strange space. Overall it is decorated with a modern industrial style, though there are also stuffed animal heads and taxidermy positioned throughout the space. Inside is a variety of seating. Outside there is a patio area between shipping containers with seating and areas to stand and put your drinks. Based on the smell, I assume dumpsters are located fairly close to this space. Signage is not clear between lines for cans and pours to drink there. Merchandise is also haphazardly displayed. Menu is composed well however, and generous half pours are available. Beer is quite solid, around 25 choices of good beer- IPAs, fruited sours, and stouts mostly. The staff gave me a weird vibe that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Regardless they were quick, efficient, and accurate. Can take away process is efficient as well. The Veil is a must visit if you never have been. Its not a place I see myself spending all day at, though I would like to return for a few drinks.

Oct 08, 2018
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rockaroo from Virginia

4.72/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

I think of it as a brewery outlet rather than a bar...it was actually a cooler place when you HAD to wait in line for the goods.
The real special IPA's are slightly fewer and far between and other styles are coming into the mix which to me makes for a little disappointment sometimes.

Jul 15, 2018
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Jdstratt from Virginia

4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

The beers here are super solid! The music is ALWAYS hip. Despite this, the overall atmosphere feels a bit stiff to me. I don't think that's the fault of the Veil staff, though.

Jun 08, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev -12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Awkwardly hilarious usage of turnstyles aside, despite however necessary they actually are, this may be the most modernly hip and sleekly designed brewery I've visited. The black marble wall and sparing use of unorthodox and contrasting decoration like taxidermied animals is a unique change of pace.

As much as I wanted to scoff at this place, it was a million steps up from our experience at Hardywood, as the beer was the focus, with plenty of room to chill despite their hosting several birthday parties and other large groups. Even though they were busy, the line moved fast enough for me. Using the same style glass for short or full pours might be a cause for delays, but only minimally so. If they're willing to risk breaking these glasses so frequently, more power to them, as they do photograph well, which I'm sure is the primary intention.

The beer itself is that which you'd expect from these haze purveyors: IPAs, DIPAs, Pale Ales...oh and a Gose. Most people coming here specifically have these beer styles on the brain, so at least you get what you expect without any hassle--it's just that it's a very small selection of taps. Having it all fresh and on draft exhibits a quality I've not had out of any their cans acquired via trading. As such, I definitely found it to be a worthwhile stop while in the area. Even if the hazy NE-style IPA isn't necessarily your thing, these are some unique, enjoyable beer experiences at The Veil.

Mar 14, 2018
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

A sleek and homey designed bar sets a good vibe. It does tend to get overcrowded in the evenings but the bartenders move through the never-ending lines rather quickly. Always a nice selection on tap, a must stop while in Richmond.

Mar 03, 2018
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

This was the biggest disappointment of our trip to Richmond/DC area breweries. Perhaps the hype is just too much to live up to.....

I've traded for Veil beers before and have been unimpressed. That being said, I wanted to go right to the source. They make juicy, NE style IPAs, my drink of choice. The outside area looks like a cool place to hang but it was too cold. Inside was cramped, and other than the cool "THE VEIL BREWING CO" sign, the vibe and atmosphere inside was hipster.

The service was good as they did a great job of going through lots of people and all the servers had smiles on their faces the whole time. But.....the beer was just not that good. It was ok, better than shelf beer from your local craft beer spot. I was excited to see 1 IPA, 5 DIPAs and 2 Triple IPAs on the board. Wanted to try them all...and did. They all pretty much tasted the same. They all looked the same. They all smelt the same. I felt like it was a social experiment where they just kept serving me the same thing to see if I would react. I think I finished one of the pours (6 oz pours) because it just wasn't good and I was determined to fine a good one. I finally switched over to PB Hornswoggle thinking maybe I just don't like their IPA character. That was thin, no lacing and not really tasty.

I just don't get the high ratings on their beers. I'll certainly try their stuff in the future but would by no means at all go out of my way for it.

Nov 13, 2017
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Roser from Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Awesome venue! Super cool! Great atmosphere. Servings in tall stemmed wine glasses, nice! Excellent selection and great beers! A must visit if in Richmond.

Oct 18, 2017
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spacecake9 from Illinois

4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

This was my 2nd time to Veil. I love their beer and will look forward to every visit. Can release day so the line was kinda long to get a beer and my 2 6-packs but no line for the next one. Very nice tap room, lots of tables outside and some of the best beer in anywhere. This is a must visit for beer geeks.

Oct 08, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

We stopped by on a not-too-busy Friday. I hear it's crazy for releases, but our visit was not bad at all.

This is a tasting room with a laid back vibe. The garage doors were open, and there was outside seating that is more or less an extension of the parking lot. A grill was up serving food - basically seemed like a food truck set up without the truck.

The beer selection was IPA-heavy but they had an Oktoberfest, a fruit Gose, and a milk stout. The IPAs were generally heavy-hopped cloudy, NE IPAs. These had various levels of juiciness but most were backed by a decent bitter dose.

Service was single-line based and moved at an average pace. Interactions were limited, but friendly.

I can imagine this place getting a little crazy on release days. It wasn't too large a space. We had an enjoyable, relaxing stay, though.

Oct 01, 2017
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StoutSnob40 from California

5/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

One of the best breweries in the country. Awesome taproom, phenomenal service, and always an amazing selection of sours, IPAs and stouts. It's a must-stop (multiple times) anywhere you're even relatively close to Richmond.

Aug 03, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4

It's been a few years since I've been to Richmond, VA so this time around I felt I needed to stop at the Veil. Unfortunately I-95 had different plans for me, and although she tried to keep me away completely and delayed me by hours - I finally made it!

It's a nice looking place, and the weather was great so there were plenty of people hanging outside. There was a food truck, by the way, but it didn't seem like the center of attention, it was just a party going on. The line to get beers went quickly, and soon my wife and I were tucked into a corner enjoying some interesting brews.

The crowd had a good vibe, which is usually the case, and it was mostly made up of intelligent, funny, and interesting people (there were some douche-bag just ready-to-drink and get F-d up and try to pick up chicks a-holes but what can you do?). Oddly, and a first for me, there was a children's birthday party going on which was ... umm ... weird, but OK, rock on mom and dad! I hadn't made it down from Philly in time to get some cans, they'd sold out - thank you I-95 - but I asked a guy who had some and he gladly offered to sell me some. $1 extra a piece, ahhh, that's OK by me. And then we had a good time talking. A good time was had by all.

The beers were excellent in my opinion, although my wife could have done with something a little more mainstream like a hefeweizen. She made due with some kind of sour beer. Ehhh, I understand that having a variety of beer to offer is a good thing, but at the same time if you specialize in something you should follow that. And besides, if every brewery offered a blonde/amber/stout/wheat/Belgian/strong where would we be? That's kind of nonsense.

So, all in all, great stop. I can't wait to get back!

Jul 07, 2017
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bwick29 from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.75

An interesting vibe here. Simple, yet appealing. Not sure what they're going for though. Industrial? Hipster? Confused, but not unwelcoming. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Usually has a food truck outside as well.

Beer quality is excellent. A small amount of glassware and merch is usually available, which is also of good quality.

Service is always friendly and empty glassware is removed almost as promptly as you finish the last sip. Release days are well oiled events now, with the line moving quite quickly.

Selection varies. I've been on days where there are only 4 or 5 on tap, and other days where there are a dozen or more.

May 17, 2017
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McBraniel from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Is it a dance club? An ironic hunting lodge? Both. Neither. It's hipster Richmond. It's Brooklyn several years after Brooklyn stopped doing it.

The quality of the beer is really high, though the selection is limited: they love their hazy IPAs, which all look about the same. The service is average, and those pouring seem to tolerate your presence. Just don't be so gauche as to ask for a pint glass.

May 16, 2017
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Stopped in here for their first anniversary party and had a blast, The beers were great, the food was awesome, The vibe was very chill. All good things here the only downer was that it rained that weekend but that isn't their fault obviously. Definitely a spot worth checking out.

Apr 23, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The vibe was quite similar to The Answer when I visited on a Sunday early afternoon (but I should note that they were all out of beer to go for the week) with a clean, open, almost Scandinavian design/decor combined with industrial aspects. It wasn't packed but was till busy considering it was early in the afternoon, there was music playing in the background at a reasonable volume to easily be able to carry on conversation, and I found the space to be comfortable. I could easily see it getting real noisy if it was packed (due to the poor acoustics of the place)

Beers were well poured with a proper amount of head, at a proper temperature, and in respectable glassware (teku and stemless wine glass).

Service was friendly and attentive but did not offer up anything about the beers - to be fair, I didn't ask for any help about the beers either.

Not the widest range of beer styles available - definitely heavy on the IPA/DIPA (about 2/3 of the taplist) but the beers I tried were quite enjoyable.

Feb 05, 2017
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vikingpillager from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

The best thing about this place is the selection of hoppy beers. I went for the very first time last month while doing the RVA Brewery Trail, and I was blown away when I saw the current draft listing. My memory's a bit hazy now :) but well over half, and potentially 3/4, of the beers on tap were DIPAs!! Not only that, but they were really quite good! Crucial Aunt and Casual Drinks were truly world class big-boy beers.

Cons: Parking is cramped, lines are huge, and their "limited release" style of canning and production creates artificial demand and contrived popularity, so that definitely takes away from the overall rating. That production technique may also be contributing to the yuppy/upper class clientele that seem to think they own the place.

Jan 09, 2017
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WesHowl from North Carolina

4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Rating based on Thursday night visit to the taproom. Decent parking spaces available for a downtown area brewery in a large city. Taproom is extremely nice, clean, etc. Servers were knowledgeable and quick to move through a decent sized line while still being polite, courteous and answering questions about the different brews on tap. Great merchandise displayed prominently, left with one of their awesome glasses. Vibe was great but I can see it getting quite packed on a weekend. Quality of the space and the beers was outstanding. They are truest masters of the east coast IPA. Selection was great amongst their style, but don't go if you aren't an IPA fan. Overall a great brewery with a great taproom, excellent servers, and some killer juice bombs!

Dec 31, 2016
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Riff from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Limited parking. The parking lot is pretty small to begin with and a good amount of it is taken up with outside furniture. There is some street parking but on a release day don't expect to see any open spots, and there is a tow truck driver who prowls around the area on release days. Interior seems to be a bit of a retro decor, can be fairly crowded. Acoustics aren't the best in the place. The people working there are pretty cool and efficient at their jobs. Selection is limited, I saw six on tap, mostly IPAs, DIPAs, and a pilsner.

Dec 28, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

The brewery just keeps turning out exceptional beers, all of them well above average, and they have so many on tap that one can try a few of them when visiting. Well worth it!

Nov 11, 2016
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

Visited a few times, typically early in the day (maybe right after opening) on a weekend.

V - Industrial and open with garage doors and plenty of concrete and steel. I like that though, especially the flow from inside to outside. 4.25

Q - Beer from the source and it sells so fast, the quality is always great. 4.5

Ser - Friendly and helpful. Never been here during "rush hour." 4.25

Sel - Great beers but not always broad in the variety of styles. But I still love those IPAs! 4

Oct 18, 2016
The Veil Brewing Co. in Richmond, VA
Brewery rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 8416 ratings