Lazy Saturday had us in the mood for an adventure and we headed to the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains! We started our impromptu Ebling Brew Tour at the Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, Virginia.
Stunning views! Cheap flights – $9.00 for a 2.5oz sample of each of their 10 brews. Awesome staff and great food. I really, really can’t wait to take my friends here, and it’s a same we hadn’t found this sooner. Fred was our server, he had a ton of helpful information about the local brew, cidery, and distillery scene. He threw in his recommendations of the top few and why he liked them. We will definitely be back.
Sustainability? They participate in the Virginia Green program to enhance their recycling, reduce waste and treat spent water.
Favorite Beer: Their saison knocked it out of the park.
Second stop: Devil’s Backbone in Roseland, Virginia.
I was actually surprised by them. They had a great ambiance, but Chad and I both felt something lacking. It felt a little more “corporate” if you know what I mean. Like some breweries you walk into and you instantly feel like a small part of their family? This one you felt like a customer.
We didn’t try the food, but the ambiance and scene was fun. Bag toss, kid friendly, and we appreciated the massive outdoor fire pit. They even had a dog-friendly area (leashed-only). If we hadn’t already gotten married, this would probably be a top destination for us. I bet in the fall, this place is crawling!
Sustainability? Though it’s not expressed specifically in their website, their core values include dedication to the community and “leaving it better than we found it.” This is probably an area they could see improvement in.
Favorite Beer: Cran Gose… Tart, fruity, awesome.
Third Stop: Wild Wolf, Nellysford, Virginia
Wild Wolf was an impromptu last stop, as recommended by our server at Blue Mountain Brewery. It’s the smallest of the three we visited, but really has a strong “Appalachian” feel to it. We sampled a full flight, which included their 6 house beers and 5 seasonals for $10!
We loved the variety of seating options. There was an outdoor, dog-friendly patio seating, indoor, restaurant style seating and an outdoor gazebo with a view in the back. It seemed less like a brewery and more like a small village. Awesome staff, very friendly – but still didn’t beat Fred from Blue Mountain Brewery.
Sustainability? AWESOME. They won Virginia Green Brewery of the Year this year from the Virginia Green Travel Alliance. They recycle, compost, conserve energy and water, reuse spent grain, use cans over bottles (cans weigh less for shipping so use less fuel in the process and require less packaging). Their 10-acre brewery in the mountains features mushroom logs, chicken and duck coops which provide fertilizer for hops and eggs for their bakery! Win, win, win!
Favorite Beer: Dubbel Ale, which is a seasonal… Primal Instinct IPA off their house beers or Alpha Ale Pale Ale off the house list. It’s a toss.