A few weeks ago, we loaded up the car and took the three youngest out to lunch at Ornery Beer Company Public House. (See, we told you that we’re equal opportunity drinkers.) It’s located in a random shopping center in Woodbridge, VA, but don’t let that fool you – the beers are legit. They brew their own beers onsite, and you can get a flight of 6 for a whopping $10, complete with very generous pours. Of the 7 Ornery beers available that day, we tried (going clockwise from the lightest in the picture below) Light of Cologne, Sow Your Oats, Boser Geist, Caged Animal Bock, Dark Seduction, and Lord Vader. Most of the beers were German-style, and they were all pretty delicious, though Paul favored the three lighter beers, while I happily drank the three darker brews. Oh, they also have guest beers from other local breweries to round out their menu – no mass market beers that we could see, so if you’re looking for a Corona or Bud Light, you should probably hit up the Buffalo Wild Wings across the street instead. (But why the hell would you want to do that?)
One of the main reasons I chose Ornery for that particular day was the fact that they have a full restaurant menu. A lot of the other local breweries, much like the wineries, don’t offer anything beyond bar snacks, the ability to bring your own food, and/or food truck fare. But Ornery even has a Sunday brunch menu with gastropub-esque offerings and brunch-appropriate mixed drinks. We had duck confit poutine (Paul and Alex – our 12 year old – thought the gravy was lackluster, but I loved it), fried dill pickles (which Paul and Alex devoured), blueberry pancakes (Alex), and a lamb burger (Paul and I). I would go back just for the beer, but the food sealed the deal. They also had wine (on tap!), but we didn’t try any of it, so I can’t make a judgement call there.
While they weren’t terribly crowded when we were there around 1pm on Sunday afternoon, I wouldn’t be surprised if they pack it in at night and during big games. The bar area was pretty big and full of TVs for all of your sportsballing needs, and there was a separate seating section with leather couches, a big screen, and a few video games in front of some of the fermenting tanks.
Rating: Green! (We’ll totally come back.)
Tasting: $10 for 6 beers
Price: Reasonable! ($10 – $15 for most brunch entrees; beer is available in half pint, pint, and growler sizes, so you can find your own price point)
Kid Friendly: Yes
Highlights: Full menu
Time Since Lacy Last Ate: 0 hours
Strangers Invited to Dinner: 0, though we now know all about our waitress’s premie son and her superboob wonder milk