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Blue Mountain Brewery
Active Beers: 57
Beer Ratings: 2,004
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
9519 Critzers Shop Road
phone: (540) 456-8020
(Place added by: Jason on 10-15-2007)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 49 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
After my second visit I feel its a good a time as any for a review.
This place isn't too far off the beaten path and is surrounded by quite a few vineyard's and other breweries as well (one in construction). It's got a good a mount of parking, both time's it's looked fairly full but I've easily found a spot.
Sat at the bar both times, I've had BMB beer before and it is good but hasn't been amazing. It's usually a good solid beer, on tap its better. Biggest bones is they also have Mandolin which is a beautifully done Tripel, and their DIPA which is also really tasty, on tap. Got a growler of each of those and enjoyed them quite a bit.
The food both times was very good, as mentioned in other reviews it is a bit light, but good. Very laid back environment and friendly staff.
They will fill any growler and the one's available for purchase are nice. Albeit slightly over priced its the going rate for most growlers like it I've seen.
Really liked the few time's I've been and will definitely be returning.
08-01-2011 03:48:48 |
More by hmph
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited BMB while visiting my folks in VA.
It was a Saturday evening around dinner time and they were busy (although not out of control busy). The women at the seating desk seemed to be having trouble finding us a table on her chart. Our waitress was very nice although she didn't seem familiar with the food menu.
The food was good, but fairly light. If you are hungry, I suggest going to another restaurant to eat, and then go to the BMB for the beer.
The only thing that I didn't care for was the nachos. It had this cheese that reminded me of an off color Velveeta...but that could just be a regional thing. Otherwise it was very good.
At one point my step father and I asked for another round, and a half hour later we had to remind her again. She seemed genuinely disappointment that she forgot and gave us that round for free.
The fellow customer were very friendly (a refreshing change from the East coast). The brewery allowed dogs on the outdoor patio, and my mom's dog got to make friends with other canines.
Onto the beer.
Full Nelson PA A-
Wheat Beer B
Evil 8 Belgian style Dubbel B+
Mandolin (Belgian tripel) A-
Over all a very nice experience. I will definitely go there again.
07-24-2011 18:23:04 |
More by beancounter
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Traveled here with capra12, mday, and Azurelimits on our way to a beer release.
This place is right down the mountain from Devil's Backbone, another brewpub tucked away in the Shanendoah valley area. Blue Mountain brewery, from the moment you pull into the lot, just seems like an incredible place to sit, relax, have a beer, and take in the amazing view all around you. There's an inside brewpub/restaurant and a large outside seating area. The place is quite big but it somehow gives off a sense of homeliness.
The beer is very solid but nothing relaly to write home about. The Mandolin that I had was pretty tasty along with a Belgian Wit and a Wheat beer that were both solid. However, at the same time, nothing was eye-opening or particularly outstanding.
Service was good. We were seated quickly and orders were taken and drinks were delivered in a very timely manner. Nothing to complain about. And given the size of the crowd on the particular Saturday afternoon, the brewpub was very well staffed.
The selection is standard for a brewpub. 6 of their own offerings with no guest tap. Nothing much else to say here.
Although I didn't actually order any food, I did get a chance to check out what others around me were eating. The cheese plate along with the hummus... aka. the beer pairing foods looked particularly appetizing and were expertly presented.
Prices were reasonable. $5 for a sample flight and around $4 or $5 for a pint.
The Shanendoah valley area and all of its brewpubs/restaurants are well worth visiting, if not just for the naturally beauty of the mountain and rolling hills sprawled out in front of you. The brewpubs in this context are just a really nice bonus. The Blue Mountain brewery is one of the nicer places here though.
07-18-2011 02:05:41 |
More by SpeedwayJim
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The wife and I met my sister and her squeeze here on Saturday the 30th of April, and I must say that we had a wonderful time. First and foremost, their brews are stellar, some of the best being produced in our great state of Virginia.
The atmosphere is lovely, as we sat on the patio overlooking the Shenandoahs at sunset. We ordered a cheese plate, with locally made cheese, meats and fresh warm bread. BMB was packed and slightly understaffed, so it took a while for us to get our suds and the snacks, but it was well worth it. The menu is fairly limited, as it's all about the beer. I will say though that the pizzas looked tasty - I plan on ordering one the next time we're there.
The server(s) were extremely friendly, and quite knowledgeable about the establishment and their offerings. They had...I think six beers on tap, one of which was a nitro-tap (their Dark Hollow was on - wow).
The four of us sat, drank, noshed and took in the beauty of the setting sun behind the rolling hills. Enjoying good conversation with a couple of cold ones in our hands, it was genuinely a magical moment I won't soon forget.
I would highly recommend stopping by and getting a growler filled or buying one of theirs (which are gorgeous), or digging into their cooler for pre-bottled/canned offerings.
I know it's a bit out of most people's way, but do yourself a favor and stop by Blue Mountain, as you won't be dissapointed.
05-06-2011 18:17:33 |
More by Rhettroactive
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$
Blue Mountain Brewery is a nice small Brewhouse/restaurant nestled in the Shenandoah Mountains. They distribute bottles in the surrounding Virginia areas.
A: Very croweded, but upbeat vibe. The hostest gave us an initial estimate of 1 hour for a table for 2. Fortune however, interviened and we were seated in roughly 15 minutes. I'd recommend going in off peak hours especially if you have a party bigger than 2.
Q: The quality of the food was average. It's clear that the patrons are not coming for the food and instead are there for the beer. The quality of the beer was great. Everything was fresh and the taps seem to be pretty clean.
Service: In our last visit, our server was extremely swamped, so we didn't get a chance to evaluate his beer knowledge. I was able to find out that he had a favorite beer there (Full Nelson) so at least he could speak to some of the beers while he had a chance with us. Overall, the wait staff is friendly and busy. I haven't made it to the bar area yet, so I still can't comment on the bartenders level of beer knowledge.
Selection: 6 beers on tap - Euro Lager, German Ale, Dusseldorf, Strong Pale Ale, Pils Mix, and a Belgium Abby. Blue Mountain only serves their beer, so their selection is limited in that regard, however, most beer drinkers will find something they like within the 6 that Blue Mountain offers.
Food: The food is very average. I've had the pulled pork and the Brat and both left me thinking not to get it again. The pizzas look good, but they are $20 so you have to split them. All in all, I wouldn't come here for the food, the beer is definitly the star here.
Value - $$ The restaurant is borderline $$ to $$$. The food prices seem a little high, $21 for a pizza, $9 for a brat. But most food options werent over $12. None of the beers exceeded $6 and the sampler of the 6 beers was $5 - All of which I find very reasonable.
Overall: Overall Blue Mountain Brewery is a nice place to check out if you're in the Staunton Shenandoah area. The beer is definitly the star here and the food leaves something to be desired. I'd definitly recommend stopping in for a pint or sampler to get a taste of what they're serving.
02-28-2011 19:35:23 |
More by bgildea
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5 | $$
We stopped by this place on the way back from a day of snowboarding at Wintergreen on the recommendation of a friend. This place is kind of in the sticks but close enough to Charlottesville to get a decent crowd. The atmosphere was laid back and friendly. Are server was pleasant and seem pretty knowledgeable about the beers. I was a little disappointed that they only had five beers on tap but its a pretty small brewery so I can understand the lack of selection. The menu was limited but the Brat and apple pizza I had was excellent. I got the dubbel and the brown ale both were good beers but not anything extrodinary. Pretty good value overall with exception to the pizzas which were over $20.
02-14-2011 00:18:02 |
More by Wolfpack2005
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
We stopped in for lunch on our way to Staunton River state park. I'm glad we did!
We were seated in an enclosed front porch area that offered nice views of the surrounding mountains. The main dining room had high ceilings and not much to offer in the way of atmosphere. The larger than expected crown for a thursday afternoon helped. 5 taps plus a nitro offering were available. I enjoyed my BA imperial stout and Full Nelson pale ale immensely. They were well worth handing the keys over to the wife for. The beer prices were very reasonable, $4 for the stout and $5 for the pale ale.
The food prices were a little high and options limited, but I have to say our pizza was absolutely fantastic. Bratwurst, caramelized onions, apples, and a balsamic vinegar reduction make for one hell of a pie. Our server friendly, but didn't come around all that often. Maybe they were busier than expected that day. I grabbed a 6 pack of what turned out to be a pretty mediocre holiday old ale called Lights Out on our way out.
Overall I liked this place quite a bit. Judging by the crowd, I'd say the locals know a good thing when they see it.
01-04-2011 16:52:22 |
More by DIM
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
I used to live 10 minutes from this place, drove by it every month or so but never really realized it was there. Went this morning for my friends 22nd birthday. Food was a bit pricey, but was very good, though the menu was a bit limited. The beer sample featured 6 of their beers for only 5 bucks, however, and that was definitely a bargain. There was a roaring fireplace, the atmosphere was wonderful, the service was great. They even gave us a tour of the brewery when we asked. The beer itself was a lot better than I was expecting too. Definitely worth a visit!
12-14-2010 22:22:27 |
More by ramseye4
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Hit this place on our big, beer-fueled road trip in October. I did not go in expecting too much, but I left very impressed with most of their beer - especially the Full Nelson IPA, which will be reviewed soon.
The woman and I stopped in after an afternoon of visiting the law (for me) and business (for her) schools at Charlottesville. It turned out to be a great way to relax after trying to impress people all day. The weather was great ,although a touch too chilly to enjoy the patio. The bar and restaurant area was about 3/4 full and seemed to mostly consist of locals.
We sat at the bar and were very happy with the service. The bartender was friendly, informative and just as excited to talk about beer as we were. Half way through our meal one of the head brewers came out (wish I could remember his name) and talked to us bit about the process and about his time at the Siebel Institute in Chicago, where we're from.
The food was good, but the beer was what made the trip memorable. We split a flight of all six beers they had and then each had a pint of the Full Nelson and the Kolsch before grabbing six cans of Full Nelson to go. If you are in the area, stop by. Friendly people, good food and even better beer. The only drawback was that they didn't have a wider selection of beers.
12-10-2010 20:47:43 |
More by StoneTSR
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
While in Charlottesville to visit friends we made a trip out here for an evening of food, conversation and beer. I liked it here.
It's clear that the locals have adopted this place. It was relatively croweded with lots of friendly people out for a beer and some food. There is one big room with tables and benches that can get a bit crowded and noisy at times but which clearly is a place where folks gather to enjoy the food, the beer, and each other's company. The way this place is set up the view from the porch during the day has to be a great look out over the valley and the mountains. During the chilly weather when the breezes blow there is an interior fire place and I can easily imagine a nice evening sitting around the fire for good conversation and good beer. Everything is relatively new and so the place feels fresh and it was well lit so you could see and read the menu...
The food was well prepared and good. I had a pizza and a glass of one the Full Nelson Pale Ale which I'm quite fond of and always enjoy when I get the chance. Everyone in our party had something different and all commented on the quality of the flood (which emphasizes using local produce, etc.). The service was a bit slow but given the number of people this was not unexpected. The server was cheerful and pleasant and seemed to enjoy working here.
11-20-2010 22:19:35 |
More by drtth
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