Jerry Bailey began homebrewing with friends in 1989, hopeful that the craft would bring fulfillment that his 9-to-5 failed to provide. Fulfillment it brought, along with numerous batches of tasty brew. Bailey couldn’t keep his inventions to himself; he quickly decided to open his own brewhouse as well as distribute his goods to other local establishments.
Today, Bailey proudly stands at the helm of both Old Dominion Brewhouse and Old Dominion Brewing Company. In the pub, chefs add variety to liquid meals with food such as burgers, crab cakes, and thin-crust pizzas while 30 flat-screen televisions keep patrons entertained with sports. The chefs also exhibit flair for Asian cuisine, slicing and rolling sushi and offering create-your-own mongolian stir-fries. At the bar, eight handles remain perpetually reserved for Old Dominion's craft beers, such as the award-winning Baltic porter and the Oak Barrel stout, which is loaded with flavors of vanilla and the color brown.
In 1983, "Beefalo" Bob DiMartino began a small-scale catering operation built around no-frills, classic recipes of pit-roasted barbecue, growing his business to include a carry-out joint, sports bar, and even an upscale banquet hall. Bob's process is simple: slow cooking beef, ham, turkey, slabs of ribs and morsels of pork and chicken over smoking hickory fires and not cutting corners with gas jets or heat vision. The sports bar garnishes these backyard-style feasts with plates of oysters, lump crab cakes, and strip steak, as well as sports games on 20 big-screen TVs and rivers of cold beer.
True to its roots as a catering outfit, Beefalo Bob's supplies parties of up to 10,000 with bull roasts, crab feasts, and roasted pigs, as well as rentals of tents, tables, and moon bounces. Fancy occasions find a home in the 250-person Reflections Hall, decked out with chandeliers, DJs, a fireplace, hints of sparkly gold, and a wide-open hardwood dance floor.
For a casual environment and scrumptious American food, stop by Sweetwater Tavern.
Looking for low-fat, gluten-free meal options? Look no further at Sweetwater Tavern.
Sweetwater Tavern also provides alcohol, so diners don't have to worry about bringing their own bottle.
Take the kids along too — Sweetwater Tavern is a great spot for families with food that even little ones will love.
Sweetwater Tavern caters to all party sizes, both large and small.
Eat outdoors Sweetwater Tavern (weather permitting) with their beautiful patio seating.
Sweetwater Tavern welcomes laid-back diners, so there's no pressure to throw on heels or a tie.
Diners at Sweetwater Tavern will love the free parking nearby.
Your bill at Sweetwater Tavern will typically run less than $30 per person, so bring the whole gang!
Short on cash? No problem. Sweetwater Tavern happily accepts all major credit cards.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served at the restaurant, but reviewers rate the dinner menu the highest.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant offers an array of tempting American cuisine.
Low-fat is not a term Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant throws around but delicious is!
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Tots are more than welcome to dine with their parents at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant has a large dining room, making it easy to seat large parties.
Shake off the stiff workday duds at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant — attire is casual.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant.
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant is located near a parking lot, which many diners take advantage of.
Prices don't get much better than this, either, with typical meals running under the $15 mark.
What to expect: award-winning wine from across the Caribbean, regional cuisine, reggae music
2 p.m.–6 p.m.: the hours to indulge in tastings of Reggae Wines
Gold & Best of Class at 2011 Pacific Rim Wine Competition: the award bestowed to Reggae Red
Gold Medal at 2010 Historic Newburgh Wine Festival: the award bestowed to Reggae White
Silver Medal at 2011 Taster's Guild International: the award bestowed to Reggae Blush
Other wines to sample: Society Wines and pours from Ligamore Winery
What to eat: food from all regions of the Caribbean, including jerk chicken
What to shake your imaginary dreadlocks to: the Passion Reggae Band
What is their passion?: Calypso and Soca music, cultural unity
Other musical acts seemingly born to play at a Caribbean festival: DJ Pepper, DJ Ablaze
Praised by the Washington Post as "undoubtedly the most stylish gathering spot in the Maryland suburbs," Ranazul's chic, comfortable interior sets the tone for shared plates and conversation over bottles of wine. Traditional cold tapas arrive at tables during dinner as slabs of raw salmon over seasoned avocado and briny seaweed, or tender, pan-seared scallops surrounded by potatoes, spring vegetables, and crab meat. Meals are paired with selections from a wine list replete with more than 220 bottles and 32 options by the glass, from light, sparkling prosecco to sustainably-farmed pinot noir from New Zealand.