What’s Brewing in the Blue Ridge?
Appalachian Mountain Spirits| Smyth | (276) 378-0867
Appalachian Mountain Spirits provides the best in legal hand-crafted spirits. We are the first legal distillery in Smyth County since the 1800’s. We have a full retail store in historic downtown Marion, VA. Come in to see us, set up a distillery tour, make a reservation for our Still Nights (a real moonshiner experience), have a sampling of our spirits, or just shop for true Appalachian Artisan crafts, cigars, or home brewing supplies.
Bull & Bones | Blacksburg | ( 540) 953-2855
Fresh lager and ale is handcrafted and served on site and the brewery is visible through glass walls throughout the restaurant. Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill serves wood fired barbeque, ribs, chicken, seafood, steaks, and vegetarian entrees.
Blacksburg Brewing Company | Christiansburg | (540) 342-3212
Quality ingredients meet competence in the brewhouse, where certified Brewmaster John Bryce puts expertise to work. Bryce, BBC’s founder, earned the title Brewmaster VLB from the renowned Versuchs- und Lehranstalt für Brauerei in Berlin. Our combination of proficiency and premium ingredients ensures that BBC stands for the quality and consistency in which we Blacksburgers take great pride.
Backroom Brewery | Middletown | (540) 869-8482
A farm craft brewery dedicated to using farm grown ingredients including hops and other herbs. Focused on quality and service. Our scratch kitchen serves freshly prepared dishes using our own beer and herbs, local cheese, eggs, produce and meats. Family and pet friendly. Outdoor and indoor dining. Corn hole, chalk boards and toys for the kids. 50 foot, 11 circuit labyrinth always available. Lavender field. Cut you own flowers in season. Music and special events. Growler Fills and bottled beer for sale. Also serve wine by the glass.
Big Lick Brewing Company | Roanoke | (540) 562-8383
Big Lick Brewing Company is Roanoke’s only Nano brewery and taproom.
“Specializing in craft beer with an emphasis on quality and variety”. Rarely will we have the same beer twice.
Blue Lab Brewing Company | Lexington | (540) 458-0146
Superior handcrafted micro-brewery. Tasting room offers samples of beers on tap. Buy beer by the growler or keg. Tastings are typically scheduled on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, but check the website for the weekly schedule.
Brothers Craft Brewing | Harrisonburg | (540) 421-6599
At Brothers Craft Brewing, our mission is to brew and sell the best craft beer possible. As a family owned business, we focus on both the community that we live in and the community that we have created. Learn about the history of Brothers Craft Brewing while taking a stroll through our facilities – housed in a uniquely renovated soda-bottling plant. Explore our grain room and our 15-barrel brew house, which is also home to our bottling line. We host public tours every Saturday from 12:00-2:00pm.
Blue Mountain Brewery | Afton | (540) 456-8020
All our ales and lagers are brewed, bottled, canned and kegged onsite in Afton or down the road in Arrington at our new Blue Mountain Barrel House. We have made our home for both facilities in beautiful, friendly Nelson County and are proud to be the pioneers of the Virginia rural brewery. Our two breweries will craft 10,000 barrels (310,000 gallons) of Virginia’s finest beer this year, made from deep well water and the best barley malt and hops the world has to offer.
Our two hop fields in Afton and a new hop yard in Arrington grow 1,000 hills of Cascade variety hops that we use year round in our Full Nelson strong pale ale, and in seasonal and harvest beer offerings. We hold medals at the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival for our 100% brewery-grown fresh hop ale Blue Reserve, and in 2010-2011 were honored to be the only brewery in Virginia to hold back-to-back Gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival.
Busted Still Brewery | Gate City | 276-210-6038 (Brewery)
Busted Still Brewery keeps a rotation of 6-8 beers on tap at all times, but the one you need to try is the Black Dog Stout, their most requested brew to date. On the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail and the Crooked Road in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and close to the famous Carter Family Fold, this brewery is the perfect stop-off for those touring the historic region. The weather-stained wood exterior creates a rustic yet inviting feeling, and the staff that greet you echo this sentiment, happily pouring their excellent craft beers and welcoming both guests and newcomers to sit and stay a while.
Callaway Brewing Company | Franklin | (540) 267-6733
Callaway Brewing Co started in 2013 to produce great beer incorporating great local ingredients as well as convert light beer drinkers everywhere! Callaway beers cover the spectrum from sessionable to unique and are brewed to please any beer drinker’s taste. Like us on Facebook for news on brews and events, then come check us out when you’re in Southwest VA!
Creek Bottom Brewing | Galax | (276) 236-2337
Galax’s Creek Bottom Brewing acts as both brewery and restaurant for the community, offering wood-fired pizzas, smoked wings, and a bevy of fantastic food selections to go along with their handcrafted beers. About 6-8 of their own brews rotate on draft, along with 12-14 beers from other Virginia breweries and cideries, but they also serve over 300 bottled or canned beers from international breweries, rounding out an impressive selection that even the biggest beer aficionado can appreciate. Shiny red stools surround the handful of high-top wood slab tables spread around the brewery, and string lights dip from the ceilings to create an intimate, cozy environment for your dining and drinking.
Damascus Brewery | Damascus | (540) 314-2782
Grab a delicious craft brew and pull up a stool in The Damascus Brewery, named for the town in which it resides. This Southwest Virginia brewery is close to both the historic Creeper Trail and the Appalachian Trail, and it definitely pulls from these outdoor destinations for inspiration. The wood paneled walls and open vault ceiling speak to the no-frills approach that the brewery takes in décor, and turns the focus instead to the all-grain craft brews. Sample a few of the inventive options, from the robust Beaver Fever Porter (a play on the brewery’s mascot), to the easy-to-drink Amberdelic. You’ll often catch live music while visiting the brewery, and if the weather is nice, a seat at the picnic tables on the outdoor patio is the way to go.
Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery | Lexington | (540) 462-6200
The Outpost is our newest addtion to our Devils Backbone family. Located on a beautiful hillside of Virginia’s heartland is our new 15,000 sq. ft custom built brewery featuring a 30bbl Rolec Brewing system and a SBC bottling line. We started construction in March of 2011 with brewing commencing December 2011. Currently, we are brewing our two flagship beers, Eight Point IPA and 2009 Great American Beer Festival silver medal winner Vienna Lager with ten different seasonals in our first year of production. Eight Point IPA and Vienna Lager are on draft and in six packs at your favorite retailer in Central Virginia.
Foggy Ridge Cider | Dugspur | (276) 398-2337
At Foggy Ridge Cider in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, Cidermaker Diane Flynt combines innovation and tradition. Over 30 American, English and French apple varieties—ugly and hard to grow but full of the tannin, acid and aroma needed for fine cider—are blended to create a traditional hard cider crafted with modern techniques.
Right Turn Clyde Brewery | (540) 921-7283
Our beer is special. Through the use of fresh malts, crystal clear waters from our little Appalachian Mountain, and, hops from our backyard as well as around the world we make every attempt to bring the best quality and most interesting beer to our patrons. We work with many local farmers, bee keepers, and all around friendly folks to support our local economy and make our beer a taste of the area. We produce a variety of unusual beers, like a Belgian Waffle Ale, a Banana Cream Ale, and a Peppermint Brown Ale, and constantly aim to grow our selection with one-of-a-kind brews.
Studio Brew | Bristol | 423-360-3258 (brewery cell number)
If you’re heading to Bristol to visit the Country Music Museum, historic State Street, or are just passing through, a visit to Studio Brew should be on the agenda. Located in the Downtown Historic Warehouse area, Studio Brew’s three-story brick building dates back to 1908 and has a history of delicious beverages. The urban location originally housed the Happy Valley Whiskey Distillery, and traces of the building’s origins can still be seen today in the bourbon barrels used for aging the craft brews. The brewery balances the rustic feel with whitewashed brick walls and large artworks. Pick from over 15 artisan beers of tap and pair with a selection of small plates or one of their signature flatbreads cooked to perfection in the wood-fired brick oven.
The River Company | Radford | 540-633-3940
Overlooking the New River, only minutes away from Radford University and Virginia Tech.The brewery resembles a wood lodge both inside and out, with huge wood beams intersecting across the large open space and a crackling fire going during the cool months in the stone fireplace. A selection of eight beers are on tap at a time, balancing year-round staples with specialty beers crafted utilizing seasonal flavors. The latest is the Apple Brown Ale, a fall brew made with apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. For food, they are known for their beef, specifically steaks, but the menu is packed with tasty options to enjoy with your craft brews.
Sugar Hill Brewing Company | St. Paul | 276-738-1088 (brewery)
Sugar Hill Brewing Company serves craft beer and great food with a side of family friendly fun. The restaurant features exposed brick walls, unusual metal ceilings, and huge windows that bathe the interior in natural light. Order a few appetizers, sandwiches, or entrees from the varied menu and enjoy a house crafted beer with your meal. After dining on their classic Americana food and one of their 12 craft beers on rotating tap, try out the vintage pinball machines or challenge your friends to a game on the foosball table. On game days, the brewery’s 10-foot television broadcasts live sports, pairing perfectly with the craft beers.
Wolf Hills Brewing Company | Abington | (276) 451-5470
Wolf Hills Brewing Co. takes its name from the original title that Daniel Boone gave Abingdon, but the beers have a distinctly modern taste, inspired by the fragrant hops grown in the Pacific-Northwest. The brewery focuses on small batch brewing, distributing their products only in the Virginia Highlands region. Sip on a fresh, savory beer inside the rustic brewery, which features stripped wood rafters decorated with strands of lights, a concrete cinderblock wall, and eclectic artwork spread along the remaining simplistic white walls. The whimsical décor may seem random, but the final result is a cozy, creative atmosphere that welcomes guests to stay and sip as long as they like.
Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop
The Blue Ridge “Whiskey Wine Loop” provides a convenient and intriguing travel plan through the Northern Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia around the northern half of the Shenandoah National Park which includes recommended visits to numerous remote “treasures” including Virginia Wineries, a whiskey distillery, eateries, and other interesting featured locations along the way.
This self-guided tour includes eight local breweries and is the perfect way to experience the flavors of Virginia’s Blue Ridge and meet the people who are bringing these great beers to life.
The Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains is quickly developing into a popular location for craft breweries. The plentiful supply of top-quality water combined with the beautiful landscape and unique culture that exists in the region makes Virginia’s Blue Ridge a natural choice for many beer companies.