Virginia has become increasingly popular for its production of wine, but what does not receive as much attention is its beer output. Virginia does, in fact, make some fantastic beers, and if you would like to spend some time on a unique tour of this area, try out the “Brew Ridge Trail.”
The Brew Ridge Trail includes five different breweries that create a nice little loop for you to traverse:
First, there is Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, Va. Blue Mountain is a farm brewery, meaning they grow their own hops, and they offer an excellent selection of ales and lagers, including nearly twenty seasonal drafts.
The next beer destination is Devil’s Backbone in Roseland, Va, and at this establishment, you can sample the gold medal-winning Gold Leaf Lager and the silver medal-winning Vienna Lager.
Third is South Street Brewery in Charlottesville, Va, providing beer that is “always fresh” and a “friendly, relaxed atmosphere.”
Moving on, we come to Starr Hill in Crozet, Va, the home of many award-winning microbrews. Starr Hill’s motto includes a promise to provide people with “the Gift of Great Beer.”
The fifth destination along the Brew Ridge Trail is the Wild Wolf Brewing Company, located in Nellysford, Va. Their beers on tap include the Weiz Wolf, the Alpha Ale, and the Wry Wolf, and at the moment, are in a temporary location which features a home brew shop and a nano-brewery.
Overall, the Brew Ridge Trail is a fun way to explore various places in Virginia as well as having the opportunity to try out some delicious beers! Grab your designated driver, and “hop” to it! (Okay, yes, that was a horrible pun…)