Local Brews and Local Oysters: A Match Made in Heaven

by Stefanie Hatcher | Posted on August 4th, 2014

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Ahhh, the oyster. It’s found its home in Virginia, quickly becoming the Capital of the East Coast. Now apply that “ahhh” to craft beer. They pair so well, don’t they? So guess what? It’s craft beer month! Get excited. Here’s some spots that are going to give you the best of both worlds.

Rappahannock Restaurant

Rappahannock Restaurant

Rappahannock Oyster Company is going to give you flavors from all over the Virginia coastline. The Rappahannock River Oysters are the most common, but have you ever heard of Stingray Oysters and Olde Salts? The oysters at these spots are going to give you three diverse flavors: sweet and buttery, sweet and crisp, and a bold, sea-side brininess. You’re going to find these babies at Rappahannock in Richmond, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, in D.C., and Merroir in Topping. And don’t forget, these restaurants are going to have some of Virginia’s best craft beer selections.

99 MAIN RESTAURANT – Newport News
The elegant 99 Main restaurant offers the sophisticated diner an exquisite dining experience with a creative French flair. Order the roasted oysters appetizer, topped with horseradish and house-made bacon. Pair it with Legend Brown Ale and you’ve got yourself a nice starter meal. Don’t be afraid to order a couple more brewskis.

Small’s Steakhouse and Oyster Bar has four different oyster options from its raw bar AND three additional options for an entrée! If you’re in the area, put Small’s on the list for a great oyster experience. Try out the oyster grits and quench your thirst with three local breweries on tap.

The Shanty in Cape Charles

The Shanty in Cape Charles

SHANTY – Cape Charles
Located on the Bay in Cape Charles Town Harbor, the Shanty focuses on fresh local seafood in a fun environment. Swing by on boat, car, golf cart or foot. There’s cornhole for the kids, live entertainment on weekends and amazing sunsets over the bay. Order some raw or steamed oysters, a fried basket, or an oyster po’ boy, and wash it down with Starr Hills’ the Love or five other Virginia craft beer options.

Big Easy Grill & Oyster Bar offers some of the biggest oyster selections around. Start off with Oysters Rockefeller, pick out some raw or steamed samplers or platters. And guess what? When it’s time for the main course, Big Easy features the O-Rock Burger, topped with bacon, spinach, parmesan and gouda. They have the oyster po’ boy and their house specialty: fried oysters. Take back an oyster shooter or their vast selection of craft brews. You have some serious oyster and craft options at Big Easy. So if you have an empty stomach and want to fill it up, head over to Big Easy.

HANK’S OYSTER BAR – Alexandria
Hanks’ menu changes daily, with fresh seafood selections throughout their menu. Hank’s Oyster Bar serves their oysters on the half shell, as a po’ boy sandwich and a fried oyster dinner. Hank’s Oysters are always served up fresh, so don’t forget you can get them raw or steamed! Try out the Port City Monumental IPA while you’re there.

Legends Brewing Co. Brewery

Legends Brewing Co. Brewery

Berret’s Taphouse offers one of the largest selections of local microbrews in the area, including Wild Wolf and Legend. Pair them with unique raw bar selections, like spicy buffalo oysters on the half shell and daily chef’s choice items. The taphouse menu includes the po’boy sandwich and a seafood platter, which includes crab cakes and shrimp.


Try out all the delicious oyster spots and craft beer/breweries Virginia has to offer!



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Angelica says:

The Pig and the Pearl? http://thepigandpearl.com/

Sherry Hall says:

Why is there nothing about Colonial Beach, VA? We are a terrific little town….great food, several culinary trained chefs, fresh, never frozen seafood and oysters….lots of cool activities. The International Jet Ski races, the three/four state Rod Run for car enthusiasts, horse racing at the OTB Casino….Thai/French restaurants and lots of fun! It seems that you kinda ignore us….we are a bit rural but only 35 minutes out of Fredericksburg and 1.5 hours out of DC…..why not include us????

Casey says:

Hi Sherry! We were looking for restaurants that serve both local, fresh oysters and have Virginia craft beer on tap. Do you have a place there that we aren’t aware of? We’d be happy to include it. Thanks!

Kelli says:

Hi!! Please check out Metropolitan Oyster Exchange in Virginia Beach, Va. They have only been open 6 months but they are kicking royal butt with their fresh and delicious oysters along with virginia craft beer and an extensive cocktail menu

Katrina says:

In addition to their awesome New Zealand inspired burgers, Burger Bach in Short Pump and Carytown (Richmond area) also offers Virginia brews and Virginia oysters! Check them out, if you haven’t already: http://justathriftygypsy.blogspot.com/2014/06/burger-bach-new-zealand-burgers-with.html