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Located in Hampton, Virginia, The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery is a banquet hall venue that hosts weddings and other special occasions. This historic facility is Virginia’s first co-located brewery and distillery in addition to featuring a full restaurant and live entertainment venue. Established in 2017 by Randy Thomas, a recognized general contractor that specializes in breweries, this is a mix of classic industrial architecture with speakeasy vibes. Their restaurant features a high-end bar menu along with seasonally-curated specials and hand-made desserts. Brewing with history and character, this venue welcomes couples to relax and enjoy personal touches and storied history on their wedding day.

Facilities and Capacity

Ideal for parties ranging from 10 to 100 in size, The Vanguard welcomes newlyweds to celebrate their special occasion during any season. Originally a Virginia National Guard Armory built in 1936, this venue was revitalized from the edge of demolition and repurposed for its current role. This building’s interior is a beautiful display of exposed brick and industrial details including exposed beams and high ceilings. For intimate parties, this venue’s staff offers a VIP bar decorated with antique touches to ground the industrial feel of these former military quarters. The mezzanine, a completely new buildout from the original observation deck - serves as the main private dining floor. This space is accompanied by a private bar, private bathroom, and access to the VIP Bar and Private Lounge area. Every corner of this building provides a unique backdrop for special events with excellent woodworking craftsmanship visible throughout. With an entire floor of this facility booked, you and your guests can relax in a completely private and unique experience for a special day.

Services Offered

The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery can cater menus scaling from high-end brewpub appetizers to a seasonal menu ideal for any size event. Live entertainment and music typically run every Friday and Saturday night - a wealth of talent for you to select from. This venue’s culinary team offers customized menus and private dining packages for wedding receptions and pre-wedding parties. Couples can build their catering menu based on dietary requirements while enjoying tempting dishes such as chicken caprese, homemade apple cobbler, and sesame-glazed brussels sprouts. Each three-hour block rental comes with at least one full-time bartender. You can look forward to a celebration befitting your important day.

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Ashley Gregory
Ashley Gregory
Private Event Coordinator

Hi there! Welcome to The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery!
I'm originally from Maine and have been in Virginia for over 13 years now! I am a Certified Wedding and Event Planer so you can trust that I'll be your go-to for all things private event related here at The Vanguard!
Congrats on your big day and can't wait to work with you!


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The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery includes the following items and services for wedding events in its starting site fee:
  • Chairs
  • China
  • Clean Up
  • Flatware
  • Linens
  • Parking
  • Tables
The bar service starting price at The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery includes:
  • Bartender(s)
The space offered by The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery for wedding events is known for:
  • Brewery
  • Restaurant
The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery offers the following indoor/outdoor options for weddings:
  • Indoor
The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery offers the following types of wedding events:
  • Reception
  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party
  • Rehearsal Dinner
The Vanguard Brewpub & Distillery offers the following services for wedding events:
  • Catering Services
  • Clean Up

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