Fun. Comfortable. Local. Red Point Taphouse is a craft brewery + kitchen located in Smithfield, VA. Offering an eclectic menu featuring locally sourced ingredients, paired with house brews, craft cocktails, and wines in a casual vintage atmosphere.
Red Point Taphouse is owned and founded by Nick Hess, Derek Joyner and Tim Ryan, all Smithfield residents.
Nick Hess, a naval chief warrant officer, and Derek Joyner met as local coaches for their sons’ baseball teams. They realized their shared desire and vision to delve back into restaurant ownership. Ryan, a retired Army colonel, is another local and longtime home brewer who rounded out the trifecta to share his expertise.
Together, they transformed the space at 803 S Church Street, taking the floors and walls to their original bones — Joyner said they captured pieces of Smithfield by using repurposed barn wood from Pierceville Farm, an old dairy farm. Featuring seven tables, a 10-foot bar made from walnut, the brewery equipment and operations and an open air deck and patio for additional outside seating.
“Everything is homemade and assembled from scratch,” Julie Hess said. “We have a very limited menu and it’s going to change quite often in terms of what’s fresh, seasonal and what the chef feels like preparing … so, it’s not going to be the same experience every time.”
The drink menu includes craft cocktails, wine, house brew beer and a variety on tap from small, local breweries on the Peninsula and Southside.
“We want to provide a place that delivers local food and drinks of exceptional quality, that is a place where people can relax and enjoy the company of others and that highlights the history and community feeling of Smithfield,” Ryan said.