Virginia Craft Drink Slideshow
May 14, 2013
Blue Mountain Brewery
On sunny days, families and their dogs share the outdoor patio at Blue Mountain Brewery that overlooks the Blue Ridge Mountains. The restaurant and brewery serves 10 handcrafted brews on draft every day that can be paired with a local food menu. Blue Mountain’s pizzas are noteworthy and include creations like the hearty yet light bratwurst with apples and onions — made with local bratwurst, caramelized onions, apples, mozzarella, fresh marinara, and balsamic reduction.
Bold Rock Hard Cider
Visitors will know they have arrived at Bold Rock when they pull up to a quaint red barn they can see from the road that serves as the cidery’s fermentation room. The cidery offers free tastings and tours and is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Visitors can picnic on the Bold Rock’s own deck or their 50 acres overlooking the Rockfish River and drink its made-with-apples libations outdoors. While there, sip or purchase Bold Rock’s smooth and mellow Virginia Draft, its sweeter counterpart Virginia Apple, or two variations of its premium cider, Crimson Ridge.
Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery
Virginia visitors who prefer sweet wines over bitter beer can rejoice. Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery features a wide selection of "true-to-the-fruit" wines and historical honey meads. Hill Top’s tasting room’s exterior resembles a wooden barn and looks out over a gorgeous field that’s reminiscent of its past as a pick-your-own blackberries farm. Standouts here include honey-tinged meads, a great-for-Thanksgiving-dinner cranberry table wine, and lavender metheglin mead, with a sharp lavender fragrance and a smooth, sweet taste.
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
This former schoolhouse has been converted into a charming restaurant and brewery complete with its own craft beers, outdoor seating, and diverse menu. Strands of lights, a gazebo, tall trees, and a pond make for a charming, warm entrance to Wild Wolf. Guests can enjoy its American Pilsner, Blonde Hunny Ale, heavy ale, and the ultra-hoppy Black Wolf IBA. Wild Wolf also keeps seasonal offerings like its Ginger Lager and Strawberry Schwarzcake on tap. The reasonably priced menu includes sushi, crispy house-made flatbread that rotates daily, sandwiches, salads, and Southern-influenced plates like BBQ shrimp and grits. Desserts range from casual — brownie sundaes and beer-battered fried Oreos — to more upscale items like crème brûlée.