Welcome to Wharf Hill Brewing Company. Wharf Hill has been the center of Smithfield since 1752. Climb uphill and you’ll see the 1750 Courthouse and the 1752 Inn. Stumble downhill and you could catch a steamboat on the Pagan River. During segregation, “The Hill” was the center of Smithfield’s black business district.
Lee Duncan, owner, and Greg Bullis, brewmaster
Our home was built in 1906 and belonged to the Improved Elks, an African-American Fraternal Organization, from 1919 until 2011. The Elks met upstairs and rented out the 1st floor shops to black business owners. Our dining room formerly housed the Paradise Inn, Tunney Tynes’ Pool Hall, and Dr. Booker’s Dentist Office. Our event space sheltered several barbers and their dapper customers, and our barroom was rented by Henry Tynes, local undertaker.
Poke around the brewpub and you’ll find elements of the two-room Comet School House (ca. 1900), a three-story house from Chuckatuck (ca. 1840), the Old Dominion Steam Boat Company’s bell (ca. 1900), and a dugout canoe found in Mill Swamp in the droughty summer of 1980 (ca. OLD). You may also meet our General Manager, Robert Cox, a genuine local artifact.
WHBC is now a full-service restaurant, bar, and craft brewery that also offers an event space for special functions. We feature beers brewed by our Brewmaster, Greg Bullis, a retired Marine, Apprentice School graduate, and father of three daughters. Greg is a passionate man at wort, and he designed our unique brewing system, some of which is visible through the window behind the bar. Now take a load off with friends and fellows, eat Robert’s food, drink Greg’s beer, and rediscover with us the art of Smithfield’s hospitality and comradery.
— W. Lee Duncan, Owner
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Meet Sam - I caught up with Sam for a few minutes before his dinner shift last week. Let’s meet him… Quick Facts: Name: Sam Horchler Age: 26, Birthday 9/30 Position: Line Cook Hometown: Lorton VA Favorite WHBC Beer: Outage IPA Favorite WHBC Food: Non-wontons Education: ODU-communications WHBC: Hey there Man Sam! […] Meet Tami - Poor Tami had to wait forever it seems for her interview. I was on vacation, then had surgery so I was laid up and couldn’t write or type! So here we are…meet Tami! Quick Facts: Name: Tami Ducceschi Age: 36, Birthday April […] Meet Dave - This week’s spotlight is on Dave. Apparently, he’s been waiting forever for his interview. Sorry I took so long, Dave! So read on and let’s get to know him! Quick Facts: Name: Dave Walker Age: 42, Birthday February 21 Position: Chef/Kitchen Manager Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA […] Meet Malachi - This week’s staff spotlight is on Malachi! He very patiently waited for our interview, so without further ado… Quick Facts: Name: Malachi Spruill Age: 21, Birthday April 5th Position: Server/bartender Hometown: Windsor, VA Favorite WHBC Beer: I don’t drink beer Favorite WHBC Food: Pork Parmesan Education: Windsor High School, Radford […] Meet Will - Welcome to this week’s staff spotlight. Let’s have a chat with Will, shall we? Quick Facts: Name: Will Pruden Age: 29, Birthday May 15th Position: Dishwasher/prep cook Hometown: Smithfield, VA Favorite WHBC Beer: Isle of Wheat Favorite WHBC Food: Chicken Wings Education: Smithfield High School WHBC: Hey Will! I’ll […] Meet Peter - This week’s staff spotlight is on Peter, our newly clean shaven bartender/manager. Let’s have a look… Quick Facts: Name: Peter Catron Age: 27, Birthday Sept 17th Position: Manager Birthplace: Carrollton, VA Favorite WHBC Beer: NAP Porter Favorite WHBC Food: Shrimp & Grits Education: Smithfield High, Virginia Tech, […] Meet Tom - Tom is the creator of my all time favorite WHBC food – the Shrimp and Grits. Seriously, you need to run your buns down here on a Sunday to get some. Best thing ever. I surprised him with his interview because […] Meet Betty - I had to catch Betty in between tables to fit her interview in – the pub was packed while we were talking! If you’ve visited our local restaurants anytime in the last two decades, chances are you’ve seen Betty around. […] Meet Traun - This week, we will spotlight Traun. I caught him for a few minutes before his shift last week. Quick Facts: Name: Traun Greene Age: 36 – Bday Nov 24 (he’s 2 days older than me!) Position: Kitchen supervisor Birthplace: Smithfield, VA Favorite WHBC Beer: Bell Ringer […] Meet Sam - This week’s staff spotlight is near and dear to my heart. We focus in on Sam. Normally I head up to the pub to do these interviews, but she’s my kid, so we sat down before school one day to […]
DUE TO THE SIZE OF OUR DINING ROOM, WE DO NOT ACCEPT RESERVATIONS.
Monday – Thursday:
11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – Midnight
11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Kitchen closes at 9 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, and 9:30 p.m. Friday – Saturday.
Last call for drinks is 30 minutes before closing time.
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