THERE’S A STORY POURED INTO every pint of Virginia craft beer. One sip can take you to a tasting room overlooking a beautiful mountain vista while another can have you rubbing elbows with a brew master on an iconic downtown street. With more than 200 breweries statewide, travelers are never far from tasting local beers with local flavors. Check out one of the many craft beer trails or find a pet-friendly brewery to enjoy with your furry friend. Whatever stories your pint tells, Virginia’s craft beer scene has an experience you’ve got to try. So raise a glass to our hoppy storytellers and enjoy the delicious taste of history.
CRAFT BEER TOWNS
VIRGINIA’S CRAFT BEER SCENE just keeps growing, with big names like Stone Brewing, Deschutes Brewing Company and Green Flash Brewing all opening East Coast locations in Virginia. But locally owned breweries are found in almost every corner of the state, creating some of the most popular craft beer destinations in the U.S. Whether you’re a craft brew aficionado checking a few stops off your beer bucket list or simply a traveler looking to instill a little more fun into your Virginia visit, these craft beer towns are “hopping” destinations for all craft beer lovers.
Opened in 1994, Virginia’s oldest operating craft brewery, Legend Brewing Company, is now joined by more than 20 Richmond breweries. Follow the Richmond Beer Trail to get a taste of the region and earn Beer Trail gear.
Small town charm isn’t the only great thing you’ll find in Charlottesville. Known for its college vibe and foodie scene, the breweries are also fantastic. Not only is Albemarle County home to small-batch breweries making handcraft ales and lagers, it’s also surrounded by craft beer towns like Scottsville, Crozet and Afton, which are home to some big name beer masters including Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Blue Mountain Brewery and Starr Hill Brewery.
There’s nothing like enjoying a cold craft beer after a great day at the beach, accompanied by a sensational night life. You’ll find new favorites at Commonwealth Brewing Co., Pleasure House Brewing, Home Republic Brewery, Back Bay Brewing Company and Young Veterans Brewing Company. Want to try a few more brews during your coastal Virginia vacation? About 30 minutes west of the beach, Norfolk has another five craft breweries.
Arlington’s breweries offer something for newbies and craft beer enthusiasts alike, including a concentration of great beer spots in the Wilson Boulevard corridor. They take their brews seriously, with craft breweries, restaurants and bars all boasting exceptional beer selections. Neighboring Alexandria also has two more breweries and a remarkable history behind their beer.
Great breweries include Three Notch’d Brewing Company, Pale Fire Brewing Co., and Brothers Craft Brewing. While you’re there, visit White Oak Lavender Farm for a wide variety of lavender products, a grounds tour and even a petting zoo. Outdoor enthusiasts will also discover the mountain landscapes of the region, where mountain biking is especially popular.
VA’S SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS: ROANOKE TO BRISTOL
The Mountain Brew Trail in Southwest Virginia includes 18 breweries that allow enthusiasts to discover the micro and craft brewing scene. You’ll wind through quaint towns and lively cities in the breathaking Blue Ridge Mountains to visit breweries in Roanoke, Floyd, Blacksburg, Galax, Abingdon, Bristol and more!