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, 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.


With head brewer Jimmy Loughran leading the way, our crack team of hop-heads and barley buffs work diligently to hone and craft your favorite styles. Smartmouth produces five year-round beers, three 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 specialty release 750 ml 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.