The smell of wheat fermenting in wooden barrels, the background noise of a major sports game, and the taste of a good old-fashioned burger: the brewery provokes memories of wild Friday nights and lazy Sunday afternoons for any beer-loving (or fun-loving) American. But while breweries are widely known as hot spots for casual events, is it ever appropriate to go to a brewery for work? We emphatically say yes! Taking a client or group of co-workers to a brewery to wrap up business or relax after a busy day of meetings can add just right amount of hops-induced nostalgia that will strengthen bonds and create long-lasting relationships. A brewery is also a one-of-a-kind destination for large parties, such as an end-of-the-year soiree for the entire company.
We at Dinova love a good craft brewery for business dining needs, and that’s why we were thrilled to add 65 locations of CraftWorks Restaurant and Breweries, Inc. to our Marketplace. As the leading operator of brewery and craft beer-focused casual dining restaurants in the United States, the restaurants operated under CraftWorks are well known among brewing connoisseurs and offer a fantastic atmosphere for colleagues and clients alike. Restaurants include Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant, featuring handcrafted beer and made-from-scratch food, Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery, which makes everyone feel like a local, and Chophouse & Brewery, which features a menu that blends the classics of a steakhouse with inspiring items developed from local farmer’s markets. Let’s look at what restaurants we have in the Marketplace from CraftWorks so you can plan your next business dining experience, and use our app and web search to find the nearest CraftWorks cuisine near you:
- When you hit Rock Bottom, you’ll not only enjoy handcrafted brews and made-from-scratch food, but you’ll feel a connection to the locals and the location that just doesn’t happen at many other restaurants. Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery is the perfect place for client appreciation parties in private and semi-private spaces.
- Fun Fact: Rock Bottom’s beers are award-winning – no really, they have won awards for their brews! Six to be exact.
- Inspired by the Reinheitsgebot of 1516, the Gordon Biersch experience rests upon the foundations of purity, simplicity and precision. Gordon Biersch serves sophisticated gourmet food with authentic German lagers. This is a fantastic location for entertaining large parties in private or semi-private spaces.
- Fun Fact: Gordon Biersch’s German lagers are crafted on-site using only malted barley, hops, yeast and pure, filtered water.
- Located in in Washington DC, Denver and Boulder, Colorado, the ChopHouse features a menu that blends classic steakhouse with ever-changing local and organic ingredients. Enjoy ChopHouse’s delicious cuisine any night for dinner or happy hour.
- Fun Fact: The Boulder ChopHouse has a beautiful location, sitting at the base of Boulder’s scenic Flatiron foothills! The Denver location is right next to the Coors Field, which is perfect for dinner and a baseball game with a client. The DC location is right down the street from the Verizon Center!
- Big River serves a variety of cuisines, including Southwestern, Cajun, fresh seafood, chicken and pasta, and uses only the freshest ingredients for every plate brought to the table. Also, if you and your clients and colleagues love sport, you can enjoy a friendly game of pool before or after dinner!
- Fun Fact: Big River’s original location in Chattanooga, TN is located in a historic trolley barn.
- Located in historic St. Augustine, A1A Ale works serves fresh fish picked daily by the chefs. A1A Ale Works provides the freshest flavors while overlooking the scenic Mantanza Bay. A1A has a fabulous space for business banquets and celebrations in two private areas.
- Fun Fact: A1A serves hand-selected loyal and hyperlocal craft beers, as well as beers from around the world!
- Bluewater Grille brings their passion for classic steak and seafood dining to Chattanooga. The restaurant features unique décor and atmosphere that provides an inviting space for casually sophisticated dining occasions, social gatherings and private dining events for groups of up to 80 guests.
- Fun Fact: When booking an event for a team, many will choose Bluewater Grill after an outing at the world-famous Chattanooga Aquarium! Plus, its private room and patio can accommodate these team events!
- Ragtime Tavern serves a variety of cuisines including Cajun, fresh seafood, chicken and pasta. Ragtime’s expert chef brings crave-able favorites to life and creates new specials all the time.
- Fun Fact: Ragtime Tavern opened back in 1983 as a small neighborhood meeting place with only 12 tables and a single bar.
- Located in Southside Jacksonville, Florida, Seven Bridges serves a crave-able variety of fresh seafood, burgers, steaks, chicken, salads and more. The restaurant features a working brewery, bar and billiards as well as semi-private dining areas for groups and parties.
- Fun Fact: Seven Bridges Grille serves beer that is brewed in-house and has a brewmaster dedicated to delivering the best beer to every table. The brewmaster taste tests all the brews, and if it isn’t up to their standards, it will never touch your lips. Period.
- Sing Sing is Pittsburgh’s longest running and best Rock ‘n Roll, Sing-a-Long, Dueling Piano Show! Sing Sing features a full bar and serves up American eats.
- Fun Fact: Sing Sing not only has music shows that are all based on the audience requests, but also comedy shows! You will either be singing or laughing when you go to Sing Sing, and it’s a fantastic team building activity! You can grab dinner before the show upstairs at Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Pittsburgh or book Sing Sing for private parties during the week.