Have we mentioned how much we love our local breweries? There are very few places in the country with as many world-class beers being made within a half-hour drive as Charlottesville. One of our favorites is, and always will be, Blue Mountain Brewery.
Now, if you’re not familiar with Blue Mountain, listen carefully, because this is important. We’re a restaurant, so it’s generally not the best idea ever to tell people to go to other restaurants. But that’s exactly what we’re telling you. The next sunny Central Virginia day we get, clear at least 3 hours out of your schedule. Call in sick if you need to, it’ll be worth it. Grab a friend (at least one, but the more the merrier), hop in the car, and head out towards Wintergreen. On your way out, roll the windows down and let that crisp mountain air invade your senses: taste it, smell it, feel it.
When you get to the brewery, if it’s your first time, you may not realize the amazing changes that have taken place over the past few years. The huge patio, the hop farm, the brand new building, all new as Blue Mountain expands to keep up with the demand for their amazing brews. The gorgeous mountain views, well, those were always there, but you still get to enjoy them. Even before you try a beer you’ll know why this brewery was recently featured as one of Imbibe magazine’s 100 best places to drink in the South.
Once you’ve settled into a table, that’s when the real fun begins. If you’re a beer lover, you should get a sampler. No matter what they have on tap (they’ll always have on at least one seasonal brew, along with their normal lineup), it’s all worth trying. The problem is deciding on just one, when it’s time to order a second round. But we trust that you can manage! Pay attention to the fresh hop flavors, because some of them come from just 50 feet away. The water comes from a well just out back, fed by an untouched forest watershed. These factors and more, combined with brewmaster Taylor Smack’s creativity and knack for a perfectly concocted beer, lead to some of the best beers, not just in the state, but the nation.
Before you leave, be sure to tell your server Timberwood Grill sent you, and it can’t hurt to mention that you’d love to see Dark Hollow on tap out here at the Grill! 😉
After your Afton adventure, you’ll head home relaxed, happy, and (don’t say we didn’t warn you) craving more delicious Blue Mountain beer. Fear not! We always have at least one on tap. Stop by for a Blue Mountain brew, and tell us about your visit to one of our favorite breweries.