Fire & Vine offers decent selection of local brews

While I was in the Hilltop area recently, I decided to find a place to grab a bite to eat and maybe a pint. I had heard that Fire & Vine Woodfire Cuisine had a decent lineup of local and regional beers, so I headed over. After I parked, I walked up to the restaurant and passed a fancy patio heater holding a tall column of blue-rooted orange flame. It was fitting, considering the name of the place and the cold weather.

After being greeted at the door, I took a seat at the bar. Chad, working the bar, handed me the beer menu. In addition to the standards, the menu listed Virginia craft beers. On tap were O’Connor, Smartmouth and even the newer Hampton Roads brewery Two Fathers. Regional beers included Legend, Starr Hill and Devils Backbone. A few flight options were available, and I chose the Virginia Craft Beer Flight: O’Connor Brewing Co. Red Nun, Legend Brown Ale, Devils Backbone IPA and Starr Hill Brewery Dark Stout.

As is customary with flights, I worked my way to the boldest of the four. The O’Conner Red Nun was nice to start -- smooth and a little sweet. The Legend Brown Ale was very good; coincidentally, I just had a six- pack of this the week before. Devils Backbone Vienna Lager is one of my go-tos on tap in the area. You can find it in most bars and restaurants. The Starr Hill Stout was good, pretty mellow for a stout, light on the coffee and malt.

I spied a couple of other local beers and decided to invite them to the party too: Smartmouth’s Alter Ego Saison and Two Fathers King Neptune IPA. I’ve had both of these beers before. The King Neptune isn’t super hoppy compared to the bevy of IPAs on the street these days. It’s a good, easy-to-drink beer. I’m happy to see it in so many places around town. As for Alter Ego, it’s my favorite Smartmouth beer, so I was happy to finish with it.

While I was enjoying my beer, I ordered a couple of things to eat. I had the Truffled Gnocchi & Cheese and the Garlic-Basil Beef skewer with a Black Pepper Aioli. Both dishes were excellent. The skewer was cooked just right, and the gnocchi was swimming in a perfect cheese sauce. I’d highly recommend trying these when you visit.

Overall, I enjoyed my visit to Fire & Vine. Their beer selection allows you to get a decent sample of the region’s brews. The atmosphere in the restaurant is relaxed, especially at the bar. I ended up talking to a retired sailor for a bit while I was checking out the place.

Add Fire & Vine to your places to eat and drink in Virginia Beach.



Fire & Vine Woodfire Cuisine

1556 Laskin Rd, Virginia Beach


Monday - Thursday 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Friday 11:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday Noon – 4:00 p.m., 5:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Sunday Noon – 4:00 p.m., 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.