Smartmouth Brewing Company Opens with Three Styles

By chris neikirk

After months of anticipation, Smartmouth Brewing Co., a new craft brewery located in the West Ghent neighborhood in Norfolk, Virginia, has released its three flagship styles and will open its tasting room for tours, tastings, growler fills and merchandise purchases. The tasting room is located at 1309 Raleigh Avenue, Norfolk 23507.

ALL three flagship beers will be available:

Alter Ego Saison — is a shout-out to the alter ego in each of us, beckoning it out of dormancy. Porter Hardy, IV, brewery president, left his career as an attorney to heed the call of his weekend passion, making beer. Along with some friends who were just as consumed by beer, he established Smartmouth Brewing Co. in 2012. Alter Ego, brewed in the farmhouse style of a Belgian Saison, is an effervescent and refreshing beer with fruity notes, a hint of pepper and a dry finish. Try pairing it with seafood, especially oysters or mussels, smoked sausages or cured meats. It complements aged gouda, chevre and ripe soft cheeses.

Murphy’s Law Amber Ale — acknowledges the relentless and unexpected obstacles that challenged us at every stage of starting Smartmouth Brewing Co. Incidentally, this is also the name of Porter’s pet boxer. An excellent session beer, this amber is balanced. The malty essence comes through with a subtle roastiness. It is countered just so by hops that keep it smooth. Enjoy this good all-around beer with chili, grilled chicken, pizza or burgers. For an interesting cheese pairing, try it with Gruyere.

Rule G India Pale Ale — is the railroad industry’s policy against drinking on the job. With tracks running right into the brewery, we spite Rule G daily. Unfiltered and outrageously dry-hopped, this beer has a big hop nose and a dry clean finish that accentuates its citrus and grapefruit undertones. It is a bold beer that can stand up to bold flavors. Drink it alongside spicy food and it’ll ratchet up the heat. We enjoy it with Mexican, Sichuan and Indian cuisine. A classic cheese pairing is with Stilton Blue Cheese.

Hours will be Thurs & Fri – 4:30pm – 7pm and Saturday 12pm – 5pm. Call to confirm – 757-624-2929.

Contact Info

Company: Smartmouth Brewing Co.
Contact: Porter Hardy