May 12, 2017

Now open: Waterside District offers another option for craft beer drinkers

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Now open: Waterside District offers another option for craft beer drinkers

Norfolk added another great beer location to its lineup earlier this month with the opening of Waterside District, a highly anticipated, $40 million entertainment venue officials hope will continue to spur growth downtown.

While dining options are plentiful at the new spot, craft beer lovers have an almost overwhelming selection from which to choose. With 248 total beer taps onsite, you can find local, regional, national, and international selections.

Starr Hill Market Bar is the centerpiece of The Market, a 30,000-square-foot section of Waterside that features a variety of food and drinks. Founded in Charlottesville in 1999, Starr Hill Brewery is the second oldest craft brewery in Virginia. The Market Bar features 12 Starr Hill beers and 36 additional rotating taps from other Virginia breweries.

Cogans Pizza, a Norfolk staple and longtime craft beer destination, is also in The Market, helping give Waterside District a distinct Norfolk feel. Other options include Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, PBR (a country-western club), The Fudgery, and Rappahannock Oyster Company.

“We want to offer a dining and culinary experience for everyone,” said Glenn Sutch, Waterside District president. “It will have a neighborhood feel.”

Another anchor of Waterside is Blue Moon TapHouse, a restaurant featuring gastropub-style fare with 75 taps (12 of them Blue Moon beers). Beyond the food and beer, this spot offers live music on two different stages, indoor and outdoor seating, and authentic art.

Take your beer to the patio and enjoy a concert on the outdoor stage. Kick back at the weekly Yacht Rock Friday Deck Party, or bring the family for a free concert by the likes of Weezer, Chase Rice, and New Politics. Waterside District has committed to bringing local and regional talent to perform, and promises to land some big names in the future.

“Waterside District will be the living room of Norfolk,” Sutch said. “And you can bring the entire family.”