“IT BEGINS WITH THE SEARCH FOR FLAVOR: The perfect balance of taste and aroma. An obsession with ingredients. An exploration of techniques. And while we savor the result, we’re just as fascinated by the process to get there. What started as a small group of home brewers, who simply wanted to make a better beer, evolved into the adventurers known today as Ballast Point.
WHERE SCIENCE MEETS ART: We live to add our own touch and ask if there’s a better way. As we tinkered, tested and tasted, we discovered that making beer was more art than science. And while we respect and honor tradition, we relish the opportunity to take it further. That freedom has allowed us to reinterpret brewing. And along the way help to reinvigorate the industry. From bringing a hoppy twist to a porter, or developing a proprietary yeast for our amber ale, to creating a breakthrough gold medal-winning IPA.
TO SHARE OUR JOURNEY: But all of this would be wasted if we couldn’t share it. Whether serving up new flavors, collaborating with seasoned brewmasters, or training the next generation at Home Brew Mart, we not only want to challenge our own tastes, but expand yours. Ballast Point. Dedicated to the craft.”
Basic City Beer
“VICTORIAN ERA BOOMTOWN PREPROHIBITON INDUSTRIAL AGE BASIC CITY NO LONGER EXISTS A LOST TOWN OF VIRGINIA OUR STORY IS ABOUT RECLAMATION OF AN AGE.
THE REVAMP OF RUSTED BEAMS CRACKED PANES & CRUMBLING BLOCK THE ARTEFACTS OF A LONG-GONE TOWN HAVE MADE WAY OUR CURRENT BRAND.
BASIC CITY BEER CO. IS REPURPOSING THE AMERICAN DREAM.”
Black Heath Meadery
“Our mission is to support Virginia beekeepers to help establish hives for sustaining the bee population and Virginia agriculture. We buy our honey from all around Virginia. Our commitment is to re-create the world’s oldest fermented beverage by taking advantage of modern techniques and local ingredients.
Today’s multitude of craft beverages has opened palates and tempts the curious to try new creations. The bright flavors of mead and its many variations promise to appeal to a wide range of consumers.
Basic mead begins with fermented honey and water. The Muse is our traditional mead – it’s the purist mead and the essence of the original mead. It is a 12 percent ABV all-honey mead that is available year-round. Using the same recipe (honey, water and yeast), we let the bees create unique flavors for each batch of the Muse. Flavors come from the yeast and from the honey, which is affected by the flowers the bees alight on for the pollen. The geographical area of where the honey was produced, the time of year and the amount of rain each add a layer of flavor complexity to the honey.
We use the Muse as the base for our other mead varieties. Meads can include a host of other ingredients: apples (creating a drink called “cyser”), grapes (“pyment”), other fruits (“melomel”), spices (“metheglin”) and roses (“rhodomel”). We make our flavored meads from fruits, herbs and spices that are available with the changing seasons.”
Blue Mountain Brewery
“Opened in 2007 as the first brewery in Nelson County, Blue Mountain Brewery is a unique destination in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. All our ales and lagers are brewed, bottled, canned and kegged onsite in Afton or down the road in Arrington at our new Blue Mountain Barrel House. We have made our home for both facilities in beautiful, friendly Nelson County and are proud to be the pioneers of the Virginia rural brewery. Our two breweries will craft 10,000 barrels (310,000 gallons) of Virginia’s finest beer this year, made from deep well water and the best barley malt and hops the world has to offer.
Our two hop fields in Afton and a new hop yard in Arrington grow 1,000 hills of Cascade variety hops that we use year round in our Full Nelson strong pale ale, and in seasonal and harvest beer offerings. We hold medals at the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival for our 100% brewery-grown fresh hop ale Blue Reserve, and in 2010-2011 were honored to be the only brewery in Virginia to hold back-to-back Gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival.
Blue Mountain Brewery is a proud member of the Virginia Green program. Our environmental efforts include many day-to-day activities aimed at reducing waste, recycling, and treating our brewery and restaurant effluent in an engineered water treatment facility that processes our waste stream through a recirculating wetland before returning clean water to the earth.”
Blue Toad Hard Cider
“Old-school values, new-world sensibilities.
Born in a barn, Blue Toad Cider honors the tradition and legacy of America’s first preferred beverage by brewing an all-natural and eminently drinkable hard cider using locally grown apples in Western New York and apples grown in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Rather than solely using European-style tart and bitter apples, Blue Toad Hard Cider uses a cider blend of three to four different apple varieties (replete with natural seasonal variation) grown in areas near Rochester, New York and Tyro, Virginia. Our production takes place at our cideries located in the Genesee Regional Market in Rochester, New York and at the base of Wintergreen Resort in Roseland, Virginia.
We believe our cider is different – more authentic, more drinkable, more responsibly produced, more of an experience – than the more mass-produced ciders that may use imported concentrates. We hope you’ll treat yourself to a bottle, can or glass of our hard cider soon to savor that difference. We think you’ll be back for another.”
“Founded by John Washburn and Brian Shanks in June of 2012, Bold Rock Hard Cider is crushed and crafted in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Find Bold Rock up and down the East Coast in your neighborhood watering hole or grocery store and come home to visit us at one of our 4 locations.
Bold Rock uses locally grown Virginia and North Carolina apples to craft our award-winning hard ciders at our rustic Cider Barn in Nellysford, VA as well as our new spacious Mills River Cidery just outside of Asheville, NC. Bold Rock also offers a fun seasonal retail outpost with amazingly scenic views and the tree to glass apple experience at Carter Mountain Orchard near Charlottesville, VA.”
Brothers Craft Brewing
“Harrisonburg, VA is and always has been our home, so where better to open a brewery than in our own backyard? Well, maybe our taproom/brewing facility isn’t literally in our backyard – in fact we renovated a soda bottling plant to suit all of our production needs – but with such a close-knit and supportive community, every inch of Virginia feels like home.
Brothers Craft Brewing (originally Three Brothers Brewing) was founded by the three Shifflett siblings, who used their collective experience to execute a singular vision: brew exciting, unique craft beers that emphasize and support our community.
It didn’t take long to realize that same community was our extended family. The three of us may be related by blood, but our staff, our customers, and our collaborators have all become brothers.
When thinking about the people we’ve surrounded ourselves with and making sure we had the ability to continue to grow, we made the bold decision to rebrand our business as Brothers Craft Brewing.
Despite the challenges associated with such a change, we feel that our new name truly represents our evolution as a business. Why limit our brotherhood to three when we’ve gained so much family already?
When we started this endeavor, we couldn’t have possibly imagined the growth we’ve been so fortunate to experience. Since beginning production in December of 2012, we’ve had the honor of taking home various awards, expanding our production facilities and distribution, but most importantly we’ve been able to share our passion for meticulously crafted, delicious beer with each of our fans.
So thank you all for everything you’ve done for us. Thank you for keeping our dream alive. Cheers!”
Champion Brewing Company
CHAMPION BREWING COMPANY IS CHARLOTTESVILLE’S MOST PROGRESSIVE BREWERY, PRODUCING A WIDE VARIETY OF ALES IN TWO LOCATIONS: OUR DOWNTOWN TAP ROOM AND OUR BELMONT PRODUCTION FACILITY. CONSTANTLY ROTATING TAPS AND ONE-OFF BEERS IN THE TAP ROOM ARE SERVED IN A LIVELY AND FUN ENVIRONMENT, WITH GAMES AN OUTDOOR PATIO, AND A REGULAR ROTATION OF THE BEST FOOD TRUCKS IN THE AREA.
Devils Backbone Brewing Company
“One might say the spark for the idea behind the brewery happened in 1992 with a visit to Cortina, Italy. Founders, Steve and Heidi Crandall were on a ski trip and were introduced to a German beer called Weihenstephan. This first real “craft” beer experience started a trend in the Crandall household, planting the seed that slowly grew into an idea, and then bloomed to become Devils Backbone Brewing Company.
With some great friends, the Crandall’s began to further foster the idea of a small, environmentally sensitive, pedestrian-friendly, and community-focused business development. “The Village at Glen Mary” community was born and its flagship business would be the Devils Backbone Brewing Company, opening its doors in 2008. Although the economic downturn prevented the neighborhood from flourishing, the brewpub was a regional success. This inspired Devils Backbone to ask, “What if we started bottling the beer, bringing the experience to people in their homes? ” The decision was made to break ground on the Outpost facility, in Lexington, Virginia, Originally projected to produce 10,000 barrels of beer in its first ten years, the Outpost produced almost 45,000 barrels in its first three, bringing world-class beer to people in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.
Green Flash Brewing Co
“From humble beginnings came true enlightenment for this leading San Diego-based brewery. Mike and Lisa Hinkley established Green Flash in 2002. Today, they lead a talented team of like-minded craft beer enthusiasts, who embrace the Green Flash culture and brand vision with passion and zeal. Every batch of beer is a labor of love and is a true Green Flash collaboration.
Our Brewmaster, Erik Jensen, and his talented brewing team have developed an award-winning assortment of specialty craft ales that are uniquely Green Flash. After releasing the game changing West Coast IPA, our beers developed a loyal following of craft beer lovers. We remain steadfast in our commitment to a beer first philosophy. For that, we are celebrated by beer enthusiasts worldwide. To keep our fans thirsty for more, we consistently produce experimental, limited-edition and seasonal offerings in addition to a solid lineup of long-time favorites. Through our trailblazing approach to craft brewing, we have established a benchmark within the craft beer community. Our award-winning beers are on draft, bottled and are available throughout the U.S.A in bars, restaurants and retail outlets.
Every person on our team contributes to the success our beers, and we rely on them to continue to bring a new, fresh approach to brewing beer. Cheers to the team that brews, bottles, markets, sells, and delivers the brews of Green Flash Brewing Company.”
Founded in Richmond, Virginia, by lifelong friends, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery has been soulfully brewing beer since 2011. Today, Hardywood operates a brewery and taproom in Richmond. A brewery and taproom is slated to open in Charlottesville in 2017. In 2018, Hardywood will open a new $28M brewing facility and beer campus in Goochland, Virginia. Hardywood beers have earned international acclaim with medals at the World Beer Cup and Great American Beer Festival, as well as a rare 100 rating by BeerAdvocate Magazine.
O’Connor Brewing Company
Like many craft beer pioneers, Kevin started brewing beer in college. He drank lots of craft beer during these early years, even writing his final thesis on how to start a brewery. Kevin spread his appreciation for craft beer everywhere he went. He taught his girlfriend this same appreciation through his many home brews, when visiting the Bier Garden in Portsmouth, and through his many trips to the bottle shops. She thought it was a nice hobby and didn’t realize that it was his calling until she realized that he NEVER stopped talking about it. nnAfter marrying in 2005, Penny encouraged Kevin to follow his bliss – but not before earning some experience. Kevin begged for a job at St. George Brewery and soon after was brewing and packaging craft beer – a smile never leaving his face. But after a year of working with St. George, Kevin wanted to learn more about the industry, and took a position with Specialty Beverage to learn as much about beer distribution as he could. Another year passed and he began writing his business plan in early 2009 while brewing recipes in his backyard.
Pale Fire Brewing Co
“The people behind Pale Fire Brewing Co. love the moment creativity is sparked and the fact that there is generally a great beer close by. The big idea, scribbled first on a bar napkin. Friends noodling around guitars, who suddenly realize they’ve hit on something great. Stories, told around a campfire, when nobody has a clue what time it is. Great beer is there.
In 2013, a space in a renovated Ice House in downtown Harrisonburg became available. It was perfect; the wheels were in motion. Pale Fire Brewing Co. opened in April 2015.”
The story of Parkway Brewing Company is a love story, a story that embodies the American Dream, a story of do-it-yourself determination, a story that continues on an exciting journey- much like the scenic highway for which Parkway Brewing is named. Two couples with a dream: a Master Brewer with a scientist’s brain and an artist’s palate, a visionary instigator with a dogged determination and their two creative and clever wives saw craft beer culture exploding across the nation and wanted to bring it home to the mountains of SW Virginia.
Since opening in 2013 on Kessler Mill Road in tiny Salem, Virginia, Parkway Brewing Company has not only created some of the state’s tastiest brews, but they have created a place that has brought together a community of like-minded, free-spirited beer lovers with a penchant for the great outdoors. Their original and distinctive branding has cemented their place on the map amidst a sea of new breweries.
Potter’s Craft Cider
“Our story is the story of two friends, Tim Edmond and Dan Potter. The short version is that we are college buddies who shared a love of home-brewing beer, which chance and good fortune transformed into a passion for craft cider. Our path to cider-making was roundabout, but cider embodied the perfect confluence of our interests in agriculture, fermentation, experimentation and discovery. Our journeys and backgrounds have given us unique perspectives that influence our approach to cider-making, from the apples that we use to the way that we choose to do business. We continue to be excited by the sense of what is undiscovered – there are still so many apple varieties, yeast strains, and styles of ciders to explore. We’ve had a lot of help along the way with strong support from family, friends, and the Charlottesville community, for which we are deeply appreciative.
We’ve begun putting down literal roots in the Charlottesville area, planting the first block of our own orchard in the spring of 2012. It has been a continuous process of growth and learning as each new season brings new lessons and excitement. Every year we follow our passion for experimentation as we pull in ideas from both the beer and wine communities in central Virginia and beyond, while staying true to the roots of Virginia cider. We feel very lucky that we’re able to do what we do every day. It’s been a fun ride that continues to evolve. Keep a close eye on our Blog for the latest updates as we pursue new ciders and new projects (like our Airstream tasting room!). Please reach out to us with any questions, comments or other feedback, we’d love to hear what you think and any ideas you have. Thanks for visiting! -Tim and Dan”
Smartmouth Brewing Co.
“There comes a time in every man’s life when he must ask himself – Should I continue working my steady and lucrative job or should I just quit and make beer? Well, for Norfolk-native Porter Hardy, the decision was a no-brainer. In 2012, the former home-brewer (and now former lawyer) traded his ties in for tap handles, and never looked back. With a stellar team around him, Porter entered un-fermented waters as one of the original craft breweries to set up shop in Hampton Roads.
Since 2012, Smartmouth has helped shape the Hampton Roads craft beer scene with unique styles, quality ingredients and an emphasis on flavor over flash. No gimmicks, no funny business, just an appreciation for well-crafted beer and a desire to share it with others. At the end of the day, we are “beer geeks,” who make beer, think beer, talk beer and drink beer. It’s what we do and it’s what we love.
Today, we distribute a variety of beers throughout the state of Virginia, in addition to serving our local community. We embrace our roles as stewards of craft beer and we thank you for your support.
With head brewer Jimmy Loughran leading the way, our crack team of hop-heads and barley buffs work diligently to hone and craft your favorite styles. Smartmouth produces five year-round beers, three seasonal styles and a broad assortment of limited-edition brews to keep your spirits high. These fine offerings are available in draft, 12 oz. cans, 16 oz. cans and specialty release 750 ml bottles throughout the year.
Community support and partnerships are the backbone of Smartmouth and we are proud to work with non-profit organizations throughout Virginia. Since our first brew, we have contributed approximately $3 from each barrel back to community charities. While we would love to support every worthy cause and see our beer at every event, we also must abide by Virginia ABC rules regarding sponsorship, donations and participation.”
South Street Brewery
“Welcome to the rebirth of Charlottesville’s longest-running brewery and pub! South Street Brewery was purchased in 2014 by Blue Mountain Brewery, whose owners have a deep connection with this storied brewing establishment. Two of Blue Mountain’s founders—Mandi and Taylor Smack—both worked for South Street over a decade ago, Taylor having been the brewer from late 2001 until early 2007. Our company is committed to maintaining and revitalizing this important Charlottesville landmark and gathering place.
We hope you enjoy our expanded beer offerings, including venerated South Street originals that helped shape the Central Virginia beer scene, as well as new beers reflecting the diversity and experimentation that is the heart of American craft brewing.
Our new food offerings lean heavily toward local artisans—from beef to bread, from tofu to produce and everything in between—reflecting our belief that Charlottesville, Virginia is the best place on Earth to live, drink and eat!”
Starr Hill Brewery
“In the early 1990s, Charlottesville native Mark Thompson took his biology degree from James Madison University and moved to Portland, Oregon, ground zero for craft beer’s growth in America. The natural blend of art and science poured into the brewing scene inspired him to take up the craft. Working alongside brewers in Oregon and Colorado, Mark honed his own artisanal beer recipes.
An old friend looking to start a brewpub and music hall back in Charlottesville eventually lured Mark back to Virginia. In September 1999, they partnered to found Starr Hill Brewery out of a passion for great beer and live music. Named after the local neighborhood, the brewery shared its original space with the Starr Hill Music Hall. The historic storefront on Main Street was once home to the state of Virginia’s first craft brewing operation, Blue Ridge Brewing Company.
As the second oldest craft brewery in Virginia, Starr Hill has led the way as a pioneer in the industry, helping to lay the groundwork for the growing craft beer community in the region. Starting out with only a handful of regular employees, kegs of Starr Hill were delivered and sold by hand out of a van, including the milestone first account where C&O Restaurant tapped Amber Ale. We have been pouring our beers and sharing the love at live music festivals since the first Bonnaroo and FloydFest in 2002.
Starr Hill beers began to receive attention beyond Virginia, including some big awards at the Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival. In response to the growing demand, Starr Hill moved in the summer of 2005 from our small downtown storefront to a larger facility, once home to a ConAgra Foods plant, located several miles west in the town of Crozet. It was here where Starr Hill became the first production craft brewery in Virginia, focused on bottling and packaging beer to ship to around Virginia and beyond. The brewery and Tap Room are still based there today, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Starr Hill now brews 28,000 barrels of beer each year and its growing selection of beers can be found in 8 states across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. After years of brewing, creative development and promoting on the road, Mark Thompson decided to retire in early 2015 to explore new and exciting opportunities. Brand and recipe development leader, Robbie O’Cain, was soon tapped as the brewery’s new Brewmaster. That year saw several other changes at the brewery with updates to flagship brands, including Northern Lights IPA, and a redesign of the Starr Hill logo and packaging artwork.
Starr Hill Brewery still remains independent and locally owned, proud of our accomplishments while striving to make creative and world-class beer every day. The new Pilot Brewery & Side Stage in Roanokeis the latest expansion into brewing new beers and showcasing new music. We raise a glass to our fans who empower us to do what we love and to the next chapter in this story of bringing people together through great beer. See you on tour!”
Three Notch’d Brewing Company
“Originally, the Three Notch’d Road was a colonial-era thoroughfare running east and west through central Virginia. It is believed to have taken its name from a distinctive marking of three notches burnt or axed into trees to blaze the trail.
As legend has it, the road was made famous by Jack Jouett’s midnight ride to Charlottesville, VA. in June of 1781. After General Benedict Arnold defected to the British, he sacked Richmond and caused a number of our founding fathers, including then Governor Thomas Jefferson, to seek refuge at Jefferson’s home, Monticello, in Charlottesville, VA. Learning of this, General Cornwallis ordered Banastre Tarleton to ride to Charlottesville and capture the group. Captain Jack Jouett of the Virginia Military heard the sound of Tarleton’s cavalry from his Louisa County home just 40 miles from Charlottesville. Upon witnessing the cavalry pause for an extended rest, he raced the moon-lit Three Notch’d Road to Monticello to warn the Governor and his state legislators to flee Charlottesville. Recognizing their debt to Jouett, the legislature passed a resolution on June 15, 1781 to honor him, and “Jack Jouett’s Ride” became a legendary portion of Virginia’s history.
The original trail runs less than a quarter mile from the location of our brewery. It only makes sense that at Three Notch’d Brewing Company it will be our primary goal to align our products with the rich history of Virginia and lead our patrons down the Three Notch’d Road to great beer.
In doing this, we at Three Notch’d Brewing Co. will never be as legendary as some of the most revered characters in Virginia history, but we do aim to leave our humble mark in the world of craft beer. As we evolve from our beginnings, and get to know all of you, we look forward to brewing great beer, while telling the stories of some of the greatest characters in American History – from a very unique Virginian-craft brew perspective. From Jack Jouett, to Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry; and from John Brown to Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee, our brewery will develop around bold characters that left their mark on our country’s history.
Much like the people mentioned above who left their marks on all of us, our brewery’s mission respects the inalienable rights of man, and we want to celebrate these with each and every one of our patrons. We encourage you to learn about our beers, our identities, and also yourselves while you take the trip down Three Notch’d Road and find how you will Leave Your Mark.
Jack left his mark, we’re leaving ours, how will you leave yours?”
Wild Wolf Brewing Company
In November of 2011, Mary Wolf, and her son Danny, renovated a 100 year old Nelson County schoolhouse into a restaurant, built an adjacent brewery, and began the story of Wild Wolf Brewing Company. Mary, a business-savvy entrepreneur, takes care of the business, and Danny, a formally educated Brewmaster, oversees production of an ever-expanding portfolio of award-winning ales and lagers. We now distribute cans, and kegs throughout the entire state of Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. Our current portfolio includes six year-round beers, over a dozen rotating and seasonal beers, and occasional single-batch creations.