Rare Form Brewing Company Troy, NY

Kate and I love beer. In fact our first conversation was about beer and how she thought I was a wimp for not liking IPA’s. When we travel to new towns we like to goto bars but even better we like to find local breweries and drink good fresh unique beer.

We rolled into Rare Form after doing a river boat cruise in Albany. Someone mentioned Rare Form when we asked about breweries in the area so we headed that way and man are we happy we did. First off all Troy is a unique and neat little town. It has had its ups and downs but seems to be doing well now, or at least coming up a bit, and Rare Form seems like a solid identifier that quality small businesses are taking hold.

The first time we visited we met Jenny, one of the owners, and talked about the brewery and how great all the beer is. I mentioned wanting to interview them for a video and after we got our schedules to work that is what you see above.

Learn more about Rare Form Brewing Company at their website.

O’Connor Brewing Norfolk VA

Lots o’ love for beer and business

Kate praying at the taproom atlar at o'connor brewing norfolk va rolling with grass oct 2014
Kate praying at the taproom atlar.

We love beer. Our first conversation/argument was about how dumb I was for not drinking IPA’s. Kate enlightened me on the subject and ever since we have been happily travelling around enjoying various IPA’s from various breweries.
We also love local companies and supporting them as much as possible. Combining two of our love’s means we like to visit local breweries as much as possible.
While visiting friends and family in Norfolk, VA we found O’Connor Brewing.

From backyard to brewery

Kate looking cute at oconnor brewing norfolk va rolling with grass oct 2014
Kate looking cute in front of brewing machines.

O’Connor Brewing was started by Kevin O’Connor when we learned about craft beer and started brewing at home. Since then we immersed himself in the industry to learn how to brew successfully and commercially. Today they have a litany of beers on tap in their taproom and sell them by the six pack, 22oz, and growler.

Tasty Tasters of Tasty Beers

Whats left of the tasting flight at o'connor brewing norfolk va rolling with grass oct 2014
Whats left of our tasting flight.

Naturally we sampled all 7 of their current beers on tap. We liked some better than others but all were tasty and in the end we got a growler of their Great Dismal Black IPA

Directions and Info

View from the street of o'connor brewing norfolk va rolling with grass oct 2014
View from the street of o’connor brewing.

211 W. 24th Street
Norfolk, VA 23517
Phone: 757-623-2337
Retail and Tasting Hours: Tues-Thurs 4-8, Fri 4-9, Sat 12-9, Sun 12-6

TAPROOM EVENTS

WEDNESDAYS:

It’s Vinyl Night! Bring in a record or just jam to the great tunes we got playing in the tap room.

THURSDAYS:

Drink specials on everything served in a pint, flight, or growler. Plus 30% off all merchandise, too. You’re welcome.

FRIDAYS:

What could be better than a live music performance, delicious street food from our local food truck partners, and some tasty beers fresh from the tap to kick off your weekend?

SATURDAYS:

Come enjoy live music by local performers from 5 to 8pm, and delicious eats from our mobile food vendor partners from 3 to 8pm.

SUNDAYS:

It’s Service Industry Night at OBC from 3 to 6pm every Sunday. So if you work in a bar or restaurant, we’ve got an exclusive happy hour just for you!

Here it is, your moment of Zen, with power lines…

sunset from o'connor brewing norfolk va rolling with grass oct 2014
Sunset view from o’connor brewing taproom patio.