Charlottesville's community brewery since 2016.
Charlottesville's community brewery since 2016.
Our Mission
Our mission is simple: to share our love of craft beer and make an impact in Charlottesville, Virginia. At the heart of this goal is our casual, family-friendly taproom—a place where we invite our neighbors to find new beers they love and connect over shared experiences.
Our Core Values
"Local" isn't a buzzword for's a core value. We believe local businesses increase the quality of life in the communities they serve. Random Row is locally owned, and we often partner with other local businesses to create a virtuous cycle of community.
We strive to make quality craft beer that everyone can enjoy. Whether you're a craft beer novice or connoisseur, we want to provide you with a perfect pint. Think of our beer as "traditional with edge".
We believe small acts of kindness can make a big difference. We regularly host charity events and often give a portion of our profits to local non-profits. If you're making a difference in our community, we want to host you at Random Row!

Our charitable donations since opening
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Local non-profit partners
Our Story
Like many founding stories, Random Row started in a basement. Kevin McElroy began his craft beer journey as a homebrewer concocting recipes in his basement. Kevin honed his skills while working full-time at the UVA hospital. It wasn't until Kevin's Imperial Stout was second place overall at the Virginia Homebrew Cup that he realized his hobby could become his career.

After presenting a business plan and six homebrewed beers to a group of local investors (also in a basement), Random Row Brewing Company was officially born. Our Preston Avenue brewery and taproom opened to the public in September 2016.
Random Row Today
Random Row has become known for it's fresh, small-batch, enjoyable beer and it's inviting, family-friendly taproom which hosts a regular schedule of events connecting neighbors and businesses.
Our Customers Love Us
  • Love this place - fun atmosphere with a great variety of beers on tap and the service is excellent. It's also nice for meeting up with groups as they have ample seating indoors and outdoors.
    Jennifer O.
  • Enjoyed the range of beers on the tasting tray but settled on the Mosaic as my favourite. Food excellent and the place had a real community feel with a group playing music in the corner.
    Lee S.
  • Best brewery in Charlottesville. Great beer, awesome service, community vibe.
    Luke W.
  • Absolutely loved this place! Visited a while back for their Office trivia night. Great beer, great people, great time.
    Micah B.
We've Won Some Awards
Our popular Mosaic Pale Ale has won a 2020 Great American Beer Festival bronze medal in the hazy/juicy Pale Ale category, a gold medal in the American Pale Ale category at the 2019 Virginia Craft Beer Cup, and an honorable mention in the American Pale Ale category at the 2020 Virginia Craft Beer Cup.

At the 2020 Virginia Craft Beer Cup, we took home a silver medal for our Scouser Red Ale and an honorable mention for our Windswell DIPA.

At the 2018 Virginia Craft Beer Cup, we took home a silver medal for our Not Yours Maibock.
And We Have A Great Team
  • Kevin McElroy
    Founder and Head Brewer
  • Courtney Davis
    GM & Events Coordinator
  • Scott Liddell
    Lead Brewer
  • Gavin Deane
    Assistant Brewer
  • Shannon McElroy
    Social Media Manager