a beer story


There comes a time in every man’s life when he must ask himself – Should I continue working my steady and lucrative job or should I just quit and make beer? Well, for Norfolk native Porter Hardy, the decision was a no-brainer. In 2012, the former home-brewer (and now former lawyer) traded his ties in for tap handles and never looked back. With a stellar team around him, Porter entered un-fermented waters as one of the original craft breweries to set up shop in Hampton Roads.

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Since 2012, Smartmouth has helped shape the Hampton Roads craft beer scene with unique styles, quality ingredients and an emphasis on flavor over flash. No gimmicks, no funny business, just an appreciation for well-crafted beer and a desire to share it with others.

Today, we distribute a variety of beers throughout the state of Virginia and the outer banks of North Carolina, in addition to serving our local community with locations in both Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Our Norfolk facility is the primary location for brewing, packaging and distributing our beers while the Pilot House in Virginia Beach offers additional private event space, a tasting room and a small-batch brewery system for making more unique and experimental beers.


Smartmouth is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, or related medical condition), marital status, national origin, age, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local laws. We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination of employees, customers, or vendors in any form. This applies to all employees, vendors, and customers while on company property, on company time, and at company-sponsored events.

Expected Behaviors / Creating a Safe Environment

At Smartmouth Brewing Co, we believe in treating others with dignity while creating a safe and positive environment for all. We expect all employees, customers, vendors and guests on our property to be kind, respectful and accepting of all people.

Smartmouth is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We evaluate and relate to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, or related medical condition), marital status, national origin, age, disability, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local laws. We intend to make all reasonable accommodations required by law for qualified persons with disabilities. We take the EEO policy seriously and will ensure that no one is subjected to unlawful discrimination or harassment.

Unacceptable Behaviors:
No form of harassment will be tolerated. Harassment includes any oral, written or physical interaction that intimidates, humiliates, or shows hostility toward another based on the characteristics noted above. It also encompasses sexual harassment – physical or verbal, explicit or veiled. Some explicit examples are the following:

  • – Belittling, or subtle expressions of bias
  • – Verbal, physical, or written abuse or assault
  • – Bullying, intimidation, or victimization
  • – Physical contact and simulated physical contact (eg, textual descriptions like “*hug*” or “*backrub*”) without consent or after a request to stop.
  • – Discrimination
  • – Deliberate rudeness or intimidation
  • – Stalking

Violations of this Code of Conduct:

Smartmouth has an internal Employee Relations Committee (ERC) to handle internal reports of violations. The ERC will investigate each matter brought before it and apply the appropriate disciplinary action, as warranted.

In addition, any guest, vendor, or visitor that violates Smartmouth’s Code of Conduct will be asked to leave, and potentially, barred from returning.

Any guest, vendor or visitor who has an issue with our staff may report the incident to us via email at info@smartmouthbrewing.com. All reports of violations of this Code of Conduct will be acknowledged and handled by the Smartmouth ERC.


With head brewer Jared Smith leading the way, our crack team of hop-heads and barley buffs work diligently to hone and craft your favorite styles. Smartmouth produces four year-round beers, four seasonal styles and a broad assortment of limited-edition brews to keep your spirits high. These fine offerings are available in draft, 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans and some specialty release 500ml bottles throughout the year.
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Community support and partnerships are the backbone of Smartmouth and we are proud to work with non-profit organizations throughout Virginia. Since our first brew, we have contributed approximately $3 from each barrel back to community charities. While we would love to support every worthy cause and see our beer at every event, we also must abide by Virginia ABC rules regarding sponsorship, donations and participation.

If you are interested in requesting a donation from Smartmouth, please review this information.



Smartmouth strives to minimize our environmental impact by preventing pollution wherever feasible. We have committed to the Virginia Green program’s core activities including Recycling, reduction of solid waste, water efficiency, energy conservation, green events, and minimizing disposable food service products.