The Veil Brewing Co.

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The Veil Brewing Co.The Veil Brewing Co.
The Veil Brewing Co.The Veil Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

1301 Roseneath Rd
Richmond, Virginia, 23230-4623
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 140
Photo of avalon07
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.

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Photo of JamFuel
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 alng 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.

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Photo of bl00
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.

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Photo of rockaroo
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 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.

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Photo of Jdstratt
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.

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Photo of Sabtos
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
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.

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Photo of Nichols33
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.

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Photo of Roser
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.

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Photo of spacecake9
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
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.

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Photo of StoutSnob40
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) anything you're even relatively close to Richmond.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
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!

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Photo of bwick29
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.

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Photo of McBraniel
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
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.

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Photo of vikingpillager
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.

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Photo of WesHowl
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!

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Photo of Riff
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.

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Photo of VABA
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

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!

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Photo of Sludgeman
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

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.85/5  rDev -12.9%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

First time visit on a midday Saturday. The place was definitely busy but the noise and acoustics are awful. They definitely need absorption tiles or something. My buddies and I sat around a table and had to shout at each other to be heard - eventually we gave up talking and went back to the much quieter The Answer. Beer quality is decent but selection was six beers with four IPA/DIPA, one low ABV brett beer (good beer) and a pilsner.

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Photo of SDRedDevil
4.97/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

What is not to like about this place? I was lucky enough to be able to stop in a couple times on my trip. Casual atmosphere, friendly staff, and oh yea a TON of amazing beers on draft (and cans to go with no line...every day after Tuesday lol). These guys are doing it right!

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

Lived up to the hype. Great location, and awesome atmosphere with a bit of an industrial feel. The beers are exceptional, and I very much appreciate the option for a 6 oz pour (although they do get pricey). They've opened up an outdoor space into the parking lot for extra seating and an area for food trucks to park - which is fine since there's plenty of street parking. I can't wait to come back. Along with The Answer, The Veil gives Richmond a great 1-2 punch, making the city a destination in the world of craft beer.

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The Veil Brewing Co. in Richmond, VA
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