There’s no doubt that we love our Virginia wine, but it’s certainly not the only fantastic libation to be found in the area. We also happen to be close by to excellent, award-winning breweries. With the farthest brewery at 30 to 40 minutes away from High Meadows Vineyard Inn, the Brew Ridge Trail (clever name, yes?) is at your service:
Blue Mountain Brewery is a farm brewery that grows its own hops and “sits in the shadow of Appalachia’s Blue Ridge Mountains in Afton, Virginia” (Blue Mountain Brewery). Sip the light, German-style Kolsch 151 or the Dark Hollow Artisanal Ale, aged in charred oaken barrels. (Also, you can find more Blue Mountain Beer at their Barrel House in Arrington, VA.)
Devils Backbone Brewing Company: Devils Backbone has won Small Brewpub and Small Brewpub Brewer of the year in both 2012 and 2013. And not only are their gold medal beers delicious, but their menu items are as well. Feast on fish and chips, pan seared salmon, a Bavarian pretzel, or a turkey enchilada burger, then enhance the flavors with sips of your chosen brew.
South Street Brewery: Located in a 19th century warehouse, South Street Brewery a great variety of fresh, local brews. Sample the juxtaposition of coffee and beer with an Espresso Porter. Taste tradition with the Absolution Ale, modeled after a 17th Century English beverage. (They also carry several varieties of hard cider, if you’d prefer.)
Starr Hill Brewery: Starr Hill’s Master Brewer Mark Thompson, states, “It’s no secret that our mission is the Gift of Great Beer…I’m a steward of the product that enhances this thing we call life.” Starr Hill lives up to its claim as a “Gift.” Sip a year-round Starr Pils, a seasonal Snow Blind, or a glass of the Monticello Reserve Ale.
Wild Wolf Brewing Company: Wild Wolf is the “home of howling good beer.” With a stunning mountain setting, house smoked meats on the menu, and, of course, delectable brews, you’re in for a treat. From the Alpha Ale to the Howling Pumpkin, your taste buds won’t be disappointed!