You have reached the Hampton Roads Brewing and Tasting Society (HRBTS) website. We are dedicated to promoting the enjoyment of homebrewing.

The HRB&TS works throughout the Tidewater area (Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach) to promote homebrewing, beer judging, and beer appreciation. We are a brewing and tasting society, so in addition to homebrewing we also focus on beer appreciation, learning to judge homebrew and craft beer, and style education.

The club meets the first Wednesday evening of each month for our general membership meeting in various locations around Hampton Roads. We also have a club event every Third Wednesday of the month, alternating between Beer Seminars and Homebrew Competitions. We welcome brewers of all levels, from novice to advanced, extract to all-grain, as well as non-brewers who want to get started or mentored in the brewing process. We also welcome non-brewers as “tasters” who are interested in appreciating and learning more about craft beer.

Beer Seminars feature technical topics, style education, and BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) training. Technical topics over the past few years have included:

  • Dry vs liquid yeast viability
  • Keg cleaning and sanitizing
  • Calculating keg carbonation requirements
  • Off-flavor identification with doctored beers
  • Comparing and judging dry, oatmeal, foreign export, and imperial stouts, with chocolate pairing
  • Preparation for the BJCP online entrance exam
  • Comparing and judging German style weissbier, dunkelweizen, and weizenbock
  • Comparing and judging Belgian blond ale, golden strong ale and, tripel styles
  • Tasting comparisons of base beer brewed with different hops
  • Tasting comparisons of Pale, Munich, and Vienna malts
  • Brewing and appreciating sour beer styles
  • Are you a supertaster? Take the PROP test and find out!

Homebrew competitions provide an opportunity to learn how to judge beer, taste a variety of homebrews, and have your homebrew judged according to Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) guidelines, and compete for the Hampton Roads Homebrew Cup. These competitions are usually held Third Wednesday but occasionally are held on a Saturday.

Members receive a monthly newsletter via e-mail with club news and details of meeting, beer seminar, and judging locations. We vary meeting locations each month. Typically we meet in Norfolk or Virginia Beach, but a few times each year we meet in Portsmouth, Chesapeake, and/or Hampton.

The HRB&TS likes to travel, and the club has organized field trips to destinations like Richmond, Asheville, Raleigh, breweries like Dogfish Head, and events like Homebrew Con and Max’s Belgian Beer Festival. Members are treated to an annual Oktoberfest Party, Summer Picnic, and Christmas Party.

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  1. I am a novice homebrewer but I am always looking for more ways to learn more. I came across your society looking for ways to learn from seasoned pros but I am wondering, will I be required to be a beer judge if I become a member? Also, when and where will your next general meeting take place? I would love to sit in to learn more about this society. Thank you in advance.

  2. Hello,

    I was looking for Beer Judge Training courses in Hampton Roads and came across your group. Do you hold training courses and if so how often? Thank you in advance!

  3. Was wondering if you allow prospective new members to attend one of your monthly “general membership” meetings, before actually joining?

  4. Would like to join. I tried a few years ago but I had a standing commitment on the first Wednesday of each month when you met at the time.

    1. Pete, the application can be printed off this page and brought to the next meeting. I forwarded your information to the president and you should be hearing from her soon.

  5. I just paid the joining fee and am excited to meet you all! Looking forward to sharing my brews and sampling some of yours.Mike

    1. Mike, glad to have you on board. I just sent your information to our president. You should be hearing from her soon.

    2. Mike,
      I saw that you paid your dues via PayPal. Welcome to the HRB&TS. I need to get your contact information so that I can get you listed on the Aleline for the newsletter. Please fill out the application and bring it to the next meeting on Sep. 7th. You might also be able to mail the completed form to me via email if you are computer savvy. I’m not! Hope to see you soon.
      Ron Hartman, Treasurer

  6. Hi There,

    we are hosting an event called ” Ale for Arthritis” on Sept. 26th at the Slover Library in Downtown Norfolk– it is an evening social event designed to raise awareness for arthritis in Hampton Roads and raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation of Hampton Roads.

    We will be featuring – Alewerks Brewery Beer of Williamsburg at the event. I would love to see if you be willing to mention our event to your members?

    I would provide you with 2 free tickets to the event.

    thank you so much for your consideration.

    Kim Hudson

    1. Kim, I have forwarded your information to our president and meeting coordinator and will announce your event on our email list. You should be hearing from someone soon

    1. Michael, I forwarded your email address to our membership coordinator, Ron. You should hear from him within the next few days -Victor

  7. The web site looks great, Victor. I am on my third batch since my brewing hiatus began ten years ago. I am still brewing extract beers, because the mashing equipment is still being reconditioned. In particular, the old hand-pump I used to use needs some extensive rework, and I need to buy an electric pump in the meantime. Can anyone recommend a good one?
    – Sammy

  8. I bottled five gallons of Galena Stout this week. It is pretty cold so it will probably take longer than usual before it is carbonated.

    1. Sean, you have come to the right place. Our members include a brewers with wide ranging experience levels. We look forward to hearing from you.

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