About Our Brewery

The Elated Leaders

Kenny VanHook

President, Owner, Founder

Kenny VanHook

Architect, beer enthusiast, business owner. If you've been to Elation, you've probably seen him.

Annie VanHook

Vice President, Owner, Founder

Annie VanHook

Teacher, Thespian and Yoga Instructor

Mike Purcell

Tasting Room Manager

Mike

A past owner of his own restaurant and a man with a passion for beer. Mike likes to do things the right way.

Bob Sweeney

Chief Yeast Wrangler (Brewer), Co-Owner

Bob Sweeney

A chill guy with a passion for brewing great beer.

Construction and Renovation

When searching for a space for the brewery venture, Kenny & Annie wanted a space of dramatic architectural character and enough warmth to give the space more of an all-inclusive community anchor. Originally built in 1947 as a Colonial Grocery Store, 5104 Colley Ave. has seen many lives over the years including an employment & training center, a Dutch bulb importer and a church.

The Elation space is striking due to its almost 90’ bowstring trusses providing a clear structural span for the entire space. The heart of the space and the visual anchor is the curved bar and beam fan structure above the bar. Upstage of the bar are a pair of 12’ tall serving tanks & windows into the brewery so our customers can see and interact with other around our curved bar, as well as seeing the stainless-steel tanks in the brewery.

Where possible reclaimed materials were used in the space. Most notably are 400+ year old beams from the demolished Suffolk Peanut building to build the main bar, the pizza bar & two 16’ long custom community tables. Other tables are made from reclaimed bowling alley lane wood.

Our New Home

Awards and Accomplishments

Our Mission and Values

Our mission is to bring people together and build a community in Hampton Roads. We are very proud to say that we believe we are well on our way to achieving this mission, but we know we have far to go. We are humbled by the journey so far and excited by what is to come.

The Culture of Community

Our primary focus. We strive to be a landmark and gathering place for family, friends and residents of the local communities of Larchmont, Highland Park, Colonial Place, Park Place and the ODU community to meet with old friends and make new friends.

Collaboration & Inclusivity

We envision Elation Brewing as enthusiastic stewards of that unique shared experience. We believe that we can achieve more when we work together than when we work alone.

Beer & The Mission

To provide the absolute highest quality of unique brews, progressive twists on standards and outstanding traditional styles, while maintaining an unwavering commitment to the art of brewing while cultivating a community of love and acceptance, served in a pleasurable environment with the guest’s experience paramount to all.

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