Old Ox Brewery Pet Policy
Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) is among the many Federal, State and local agencies that regulate breweries. VDACS rules prohibit the presence of animals in any facility that stores, serves or manufactures food, beer and wine. In the past, there was some confusion about whether these rules apply to breweries. VDACS has clarified that these rules do, in fact, apply to all breweries.
The penalty for breweries that violate this ruling can include forced closure of the brewery, disposal of product, and fines. Any one of these penalties could be devastating to a brewery.
The only exception to this rule is service animals as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. Dogs whose sole function is to provide comfort or emotional support do NOT qualify as service animals under the ADA.
Effective immediately, no pets of any kind except for ADA-defined service animals will be allowed inside Old Ox Brewery. Pets will be allowed in any outside serving area, provided they enter from our parking lot and not through the brewery or the tasting room.
According to VDACS guidelines, dogs are to be kept on a leash or within a pet carrier and under the control of an adult at all times. Live animals are not allowed on chairs, seats, benches, or tables.
Please check before bringing your pet to make sure that our outside area is open by calling us at (703)729-8375. We look forward to meeting your pets in the approved space!
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