Virginia Craft Beer
In the heart of Virginia wine country, Virginia craft beer is on tap. Quickly medaling and becoming recognized as serious craft beer purveyors, area breweries are within an easy drive of the Holladay House in Orange, Virginia.
The Brew Ridge Trail conveniently lists the craft breweries and gives directions and descriptions. For a more comprehensive list of Virginia craft breweries, the Virginia tourism site provides a great interactive map and listings.
In Culpeper the Gnarly Hops crew has a spring and fall Craft Brew event. Don't feel like driving? Walk down Main Street to The Light Well for a taste of their in-house small-batch craft brews and for a flight of local craft beer!
Far Gohn Brewery: A Culpeper brewery designed to be your favorite local watering hole, Far Gohn is 50% German-influenced (become part of their Mug Club and get your own stein!) and 50% rest-of-world influenced. Their house beers are in the classic German-style with a rotating selection of American and other international-styled beer. Small batch production on site, they never use filters, use animal products for fining (vegetarian beer??!) or pasteurizes. Local sourcing is used whenever possible (the ginger for their ginger beer comes from Orange County). Bring some eats and saddle up to the bar for a great tasting experience till the wee-ish hours of the evening.
Beer Hound Brewery: Standing in downtown historic Culpeper, Beer Hound Brewery opened it's doors to the public in 2014. Each microbrew is named after a famous hound in movies and history. A good sampling of multi-styles of beer, Beer Hound rotates their selection often. They claim that you will find at least one that makes your "tail wag"!
Bald Top Brewery: Nestled 20 minutes away on a scenic and historic segment of landscape near Bald Top Mountain. On the 53-acre property there are historic structures, great views and estate-grown hops lovingly called "Hop-Henge" for it's height and prominence on the property! The micro-brews are expertly crafted, including some that test the experienced brew aficianado. A relaxed atmosphere at Bald Top is a great way to spend the afternoon.
Blue Mountain Brewery: All the ales and lagers are produced onsite with hops harvested off of the Blue Mountain Brewery Farm. With at least 9 craft beers styled bottled, they offer 20 seasonal draft varieties throughout the year. A Virginia Green certified facility, Blue Mountain strives to reduce its impact on the environment and its well-water used for brewing. A great view, a great brew and a full restaurant await.
Starr Hill: Starr Hill Brewery began in 1999 in a historic storefront in Charlottesville that was once home to Virginia’s first craft brewing operation. Now operating just outside of Charlottesville, Starr Hill produces 7 house and about 9 seasonal craft brews. Starr Hill's award-winning brews are available all along the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast in restaurants and supermarkets. A visit to their tasting room is worth the trip for the craft brew flight and the tour!
South Street: Founded in 1998, South Street is housed in a renovated grain warehouse (c. 1800’s.) The custom-built brewhouse is held within old brick walls, hardwood floors and thick timber pillars. On-premises brewing creates a wide selection of styles including a few creative recipes. The on-site restaurant offers an eclectic seasonal menu as well as nightly specials.
Devils Backbone Brewing: With three craft brews in the bottle and about 10 on tap at the brewpub, a visit to Devils Backbone is a necessity to taste all they have to offer. A fun atmosphere, lots of events and host to the inaugural Virginia Craft Brewers Fest.
Wild Wolf Brewing: About 5 cleverly named house and 5 seasonal craft brews are available at Wild Wolf Brewing Company. With a few creative offerings, such as their Strawberry Schwarzcake, you'll love the unique vibe at Wild Wolf. Interesting features of the brewpub include the restored tobacco barns that are now boutique shops!
Blue Mountain Barrel House: Blue Mountain Barrel House was founded in 2011 as a sister brewery to the original Blue Mountain Brewery. As the first production arm of the Blue Mountain family, Barrel House focuses on the higher-end beers that require special processes, special ingredients, and extra time. Six of the twelve lines of Barrel House beers are aged in whiskey barrels and all 12 are bottle conditioned (live fermenting beer is added the morning of bottling to produce refermentation in the bottle.) Beer only here - no food is available onsite.