Blue Ridge Brew Trail In 2012, Livability.com ranked Charlottesville the 8th best "unexpected beer city.” Why? Well…
When people go looking for a beer experience, what they often want in addition to great beer is to find something that’s living, something below the marketing façade, something actually connected to people’s lives. Peter Coors doesn’t count.
The tale of Charlottesville microbreweries is emphatically personal and local. In 1998 a small brewery opened its doors and took the name of its location, South Street Brewery. The next year Mark Thompson opened a brewery bearing the name of the old main street neighborhood, Starr Hill. Ten years later, former South Street Brewer Taylor Smack and his wife Mandi moved out to Nelson county, and named their new brewery after the Blue Mountains looming above them. 15 miles down the road, Steve Crandall used Peter Jefferson's nickname for the Blue Ridge, Devil's Backbone, as the moniker for his newly unfolding brewing operation. And in November 2011, longtime Nellysford residents moved into the old Nelson County Schoolhouse and it's adjacent tobacco barns, and decided to use their own well known family name of Wolf as the banner under which they would brew.
The majority of central Virginia breweries line the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where you can taste the beers on the brewers' family farms where the beers are made. As you take in your surroundings, you get to taste them in the water drawn from miles of untouched forest watershed, and in the hops, often grown either on the property or down the road.
After a flights of beer samples, you may want to get a heartier taste of your location, in which case you can eat at one of the fine brew pubs connected to each brewery. A homemade thin crust pizza at Blue Mountain Brewery could do the trick, or you might want to hold out for an order of smoked barbecue chicken from Devil’s Backbone.
People come to these breweries because they want a fuller experience of the beers they love. Come on the Blue Ridge Brew Trail, and taste your favorite beers in a place where you can see the terrain and enjoy the hospitality of these Virginia brewers. We can talk on and on, but if you really want to know why Charlottesville is a top Beer City, you’re going to have to experience it for yourself.
- Custom Designed Itinerary
- Five Hour Tour *
- Charlottesville Pick Up
- Three - Four Micro-Breweries
- Brewery Tour at The Fastest Growing Microbrewery in the Country-- See the process for yourself
- Lunch at Blue Mountain Brewery or Devil's Backbone Brewery
- Souvenir Beer Mug
- Knowledgeable Brew Trail Guide who serves as your "Concierge on the Go"