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Our mantra, of sorts

We believe in the magical place in life where one doesn’t know the difference between work and play – kinda like a water dog. So, bring your buddies, grab a brew and dish out some high-fives. We’ll be here to make sure you feel at home.

 
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Eat Together


What better way for people to come together and create memories than over really good food?

See a menu

Eat Together


What better way for people to come together and create memories than over really good food?

See a menu

Our food is focused on what tastes great with beer and friends – think: raw oysters, house-made fries, grilled cheese sandwiches, sharable apps and fresh baked cookies – all made in-house.

What we’re trying to do – we think – is pretty simple: bring together great craft brews and tasty artisan beer food with an awesome riverside environment and some pretty rad people. If you know what craft beer is, you probably like it. If you don’t, we still have a seat for you at our 2,000 sq. foot beer garden. 

 

Our 36 draft brews are sourced to be as local as possible. Fill up one of our growlers or grab a mix-n-match sixer and start L-I-V-I-N.

We know what you’re thinking … you’re already in love – but there’s still more to love (whaaa?). Indoor and outdoor TVs for the VT vs. UVA game, a large 150” screen projector showing the Barca v. Real Madrid match.

Bring the kids and let them play in the splash park just outside our front door while you grab a brew and high-five your BFF for saving beans instead of getting a babysitter. We’ll even be spinning solid vinyl from time-to-time.

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The Crew


The Crew


DAVE HENDERSON

OWNER OF THIS THING

A Lynchburg native and graduate of Virginia Tech, Dave built a successful career in the financial services industry building digital and social marketing programs for one of the world’s largest banks before taking the leap to leave corporate America and pursue his passion and tame his entrepreneurial spirit. Having a passion for craft beer and bringing people together, Dave set off to bring the best of the brewery scene to Lynchburg, VA in the hopes that bringing good people, beer and food together can create a new Lynchburg experience. He’s a lover of the great outdoors and slightly obsessed with music. Life is short. Get after it.

Follow Dave on Instagram @soup.to.nuts

 

Chris Henderson

GENERAL MANAGER

A Lynchburg native and Radford alum, Chris has worked in restaurants practically his entire life having managed restaurants from Vail, Colorado to just down the road at The Neighbor’s Place. He has built a successful career in the industry and teamed up with Dave to debut Lynchburg’s newest establishment, The Water Dog. Hanging with his family in his spare time, you'll likely find Chris and his family planning the next festival to attend.

LIZ RUBERG

EXECUTIVE CHEF

A Virginia native, Liz Ruberg has worked at various locations throughout both Virginia and North Carolina during her culinary career. Liz enjoys creating new twists on traditional items while using local vendors for the freshest ingredients possible. Food is her passion and the plate is her canvas. If she isn't cooking, she's hanging with Penny, her water dog.

Follow Liz on Instagram @rubix011

SHANE DURIE

CHIEF MIXOLOGIST

Shane’s a Lynchburg native and has worked in the industry since 1997, including 12 years working at the popular Benjamin’s in Forest, VA. He is also the Vice President and Board Member at Lynchburg Grows, a local nonprofit passionate about providing access to healthy food and purposeful jobs to individuals with disabilities. Shane is an avid wild mushroom hunter and combines his love of farm fresh ingredients and spirits to create some of Lynchburg’s best cocktails. 

Follow Shane on Instagram @therealcooter

 
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