Good Beer, Big Heart at Wasserhund Brewing Company
Creating a good beer is key to any brewery. Perhaps most important is the environment. Luckily, both can be found at Wasserhund Brewing Company. The German-style beer and food reflect quality ingredients and dedication. The brick oven pizzas are unique and tasty, and the smaller draft menu of 12 beers provides a range of flavors. Located on Laskin Road in Virginia Beach, the laid-back vibe and family friendly atmosphere encompass a great environment.
According to their website, Wasserhund, meaning “water dog” in German, comes from a love of the beach, dogs and German beer. This is present in the decor as well as the beer. The light blue walls along with wooden seating echo the beach. Pictures of the namesake water-loving German shepherd, Hertz, adorn the walls.
The long wooden benches and bar encourage communal seating. Two tan surfboards hang down the center of the room for lighting. A list of German words and phrases hangs about the bar for anyone who wants to practice. To the right of the bar, the brewing room is in full view of the public. The front is a wall of windows providing natural light and an open-air feel.
The on-tap menu not only names the beer but also gives a brief description of each beer’s flavors. A popular German wheat beer, the Shepheweizen, indeed produces “malt sweetness with a little hop bitterness.” Another popular brew is the Haywire Husky. Termed as a coffee beer, the light amber color is a surprise. However, the coffee flavor is still fully there, along with a hoppy, crisp finish. Another wonder comes from the Pumpkin Pale Ale. The smoothness with little hops provides a refreshing beer.
The Noble Three Way is a collaboration with Pleasure House Brewing Company and Home Republic to create a Hefeweizen beer with German Noble hops. This creation is light in color but strong in flavor. Always on tap is the King Neptune Kölsch, inspired by a German ale, that provides a hint of citrus and light hops flavor.
The options for the beer come in a draft, 32 oz., and 64 oz. Customers may request a sample before making a decision. Flights are also an option. The flight of eight appropriately comes on a dog-shaped board. Each week a new beer is rotated onto the draft menu.
The food menu provides a revelation: mustard on pizza. Not the bright yellow condiment found on hot dogs, but a large grain beer mustard swirls around the signature Wasserhund pizza. Bratwurst, red onions and sauerkraut round out the pizza-meets-German-sausage concoction. This invention is a serious must try.
For something spicy, try the rightly named Hellhound. The sriracha sausage, red onions, banana peppers, jalapenos and hot sauce add a fiery kick. The Burly Bulldog with pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon and black forest ham is a meat lovers dream. They also make a jumbo 10-inch pretzel with your choice of beer mustard or cheese for a dip.
Wasserhund does not just make beer and pizza; they also give back to the community. Each month the brewery chooses a charity, which receives 5% of that month’s revenue. October’s charity was the David Hilton Memorial Scholarship for the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine. The scholarship also helps raise awareness for suicide prevention. In November, the brewery will be supporting Dogs on Deployment. The Beer, Dogs, and Veterans fundraising event will be Nov. 5 at the brewery. To date, Wasserhund has raised $43,965 for charities since opening.
Wasserhund is open Sunday through Wednesday from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 12 p.m. until 12 a.m. To keep up with beer rotations and events follow Wasserhund Brewing Company on Facebook.