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Active Beers: 45
Beer Ratings: 1,232
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
9519 Critzers Shop Road
phone: (540) 456-8020
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Stopped in this brewpub as we were on our way from Charolettesville to Lexington. Was impressed with the crowd as it's in not in a developed area. Purchased the sampler and garden sandwiche. The sandwiche was tasty even for an "Garden" meal. The beers were good from top to bottem. My wife enjoyed the Wit and I was impressed with the Pils. Not normally a big hop guy so the IPA was within my range. Check out the website. It has good directions and appears to be updated for visiting purposes. Would recommend jumping off the Skyline Drive for at least a sample.
07-31-2010 01:03:26 |
More by grinch7555
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stumbled upon this place before finishing my vacation by driving home to PA on Skyline Drive.
This brewery is just about 5 minutes from the southern start of Sky Line Drive. Great for lunch and a beer or two (keep it to a minimum if driving) before hopping onto Sky Line Drive.
In my travels I have been to more than a few breweries, Blue Mountain Brewery has the best view of any brewery I've been too. Grab a pint
and head out to the deck to see a great view of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. They also grow their own hops on site which adds to the nice view.
Their beers were good. The porter was my favorite. They use their own hops in their Full Nelson. I left with a very nice handcrafted Blue Mountain stein and a sixer of Full Nelson.
I had their hummus and pretzel. Both were great.
Their mustard is a bit heavy on the horse radish for my liking, but it was still very good.
I had no idea there was a brewery in that part of Virginia. If you're planning to drive on Sky Line Drive National Park make sure to drive to the most southern point and stop in at Blue Mountain Brewery. Good service, good beer, and a great view. What a great surprise in Afton, Virginia.
07-15-2010 15:18:38 |
More by Wilson27
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Another drive for me, but still worth it. A nice smallish place nestled in a mountain valley surrounded by wineries and nature. At the bar, where I am usually situated, the always friendly and attentive staff serves up the goodness in its proper glassware. The 'tenders are also very knowledgable about the beers. I love that. Not only do you have the option of the six taps (one's usually a nitro), but they've got a cooler storing their sixers, bottles, and cans, some for take-out, others for on-site consumption. A few programs, like "Steal the Glass" and the Mug Club serve to cement them in the community, building a nice local following. Definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in the greater Shenandoah area.
07-12-2010 01:32:25 |
More by TMoney2591
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
I stop in here on my travels to Lynchburg, VA.
The building is situated on a nice hillock locking across at mountains. There's a very nice outdoor area for sipping and enjoying the view.
The interior of the building is light and roomy; a very good vibe. In addition to the bar and tables and chairs, there are a few easy chairs.
There have always been 6 - 8 of their brews on draft as well as specialty bottles and cans in the cooler. Note, this is one of a few breweries that are canning their beer; the Full Nelson to be exact. Also recommended is the Dark Allow Bourbon Ale in the 750ml bottle.
They were featured in the Issue 12, Volume 1 of Mid-Atlantic Brewery news.
They have some gear you can purchase like hats, shirts, hoodies and glasses.
I've always been treated great by everyone in this establishment. I always look forward to breaking up my travels with a stop at Blue Mountain.
03-10-2010 16:03:33 |
More by Tucquan
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
This was our first stop on our way to the Sexual Chocolate release. What a great discovery!
From the road, this reminded us of a Napa/Sonoma winery. An unassuming building with a small sign on a lightly populated country road. Inside we were greeted by more of the same. A nice 12 stool bar, a bunch of high top tables, a fire in the hearth. Very warm and welcoming.
BMB has a nice lineup of well made beers. My favorite was the Full Nelson pale. Vickie loved the Chocolate Pumpkin Porter. The rest of the lineup was solid.
We had a great meat and cheese plate, all fresh and local and tasty. The rest of the menu looked very nice, though I was a bit put off by the fact that all pizzas were $20.
Service was pleasant. I look forward to stopping in again. Great place!
02-12-2010 17:20:02 |
More by sholland119
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Have been here on two separate occasions, once for their "steal the glass" night (pay a dollar more per draft, keep your glass every round) and once for a friend's birthday. The atmosphere was nice, at the foot of the mountains, so a beautiful view out of the front of the place. A decent-sized one room venue, with a mix of tables and some other couch-type seating areas. The service both times was great, and it seemed like the staff knew both the beer and the food. The pizzas are great. Overall, at $4-5 a beer and menu items ranging from $8-20 (with $20 for a pizza that will serve 2-3), you can escape after a nice tasting a meal without feeling robbed.
02-03-2010 03:34:50 |
More by shutupdoodah
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Since the signs only say "Brewery" and "Tasting Room" I wasn't sure whether or not they served food. But indeed, there's a tidy little bar with a simple menu, some tables, a few leather couches and arm chairs, a fireplace and other bland decor. It's about the beer and not even trying to be a bistro, club or hangout.
It works ! A steady stream of customers stopped in to fill growlers and buy six packs while I enjoyed a sampler and a ham sandwich. They had six taps, but not exactly what was listed on their web site as "on draft."
After the sampler my malt appreciating friend enjoyed another glass of their Hibernator - a very tasty and respectable dopplebock. He also liked Pumpkin Porter - with roasted pumpkin darkening the mash and all the pie spices left out.
I like hops and Full Nelson did not disappoint. Blue Mountain Lager was a big surprise. I expected a brew for the Bud guzzler but found a crisp pilsner in a league with the Czech favorites.
We'll be back with our growlers !
01-15-2010 02:21:21 |
More by SteveDykstra
vibe: 2 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $
I didn't eat here, so the "inexpensive" rating is based on beer prices, which are great. Also, since I sat at the bar, the "service" rating is based on interactions with an experienced bartender. All that being said, I am ambivalent about Blue Mountain Brewery's pub. I am not about the beer: it is great, at least what I have had bottled--Full Nelson IPA (hops galore) and Mandolin, their Tripel. The Kolsch I had at the bar was decent, but I am not a big fan of the style. The atmosphere is the issue: somewhat uptight on the afternoon I was there. If I want to just go have a beer, I'll go to Miller's in downtown Charlottesville.
11-21-2009 20:07:46 |
More by Hovellord
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
Blue Mountain Brewery has a very small bar and restaurant area, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in their beer.
It's a very industrial building with not much going for it in terms of atmosphere.
All their beers are fantastic with the highlight of the evening being the Chocolate Pumpkin Porter which was not spiced like most Pumpkin beers but has a nice chocolate and pumpkin flavor. The service at the bar was fine - the bartender was attentive and knew the beers eventhough he looked only 18. My only complaint with the brewery is the food. It's not bad, but it's mostly bland and way overpriced for what it is. I would suggest only going to Blue Mountain for their fantastic beers, and eat somewhere else before or after.
10-26-2009 14:30:54 |
More by bmanning
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
just about a 20 minute drive from Charlottesville, Blue Mountain is relatively easy to find, looks a bit like a house from the road, the dining hall/barroom are combined into one square spacey room with a small nook offering a couple couches, modern decor and a feel that the place hasn't quite been broken in, there's a bit of the echo chamber effect in here but I'm comfortable enough, feels at times like a living room that has been converted into a restaurant, pretty sunny with windows spread around - but not large enough to take advantage of the mountain view, outside on the porch is the place to be - great vista of a big east coast mountain across the two-lane highway, but even there though I don't find anything unique in the atmosphere to really set the place apart
on tap at the time of my visit were 6 house beers and a couple specialties available in bottle, no issues with quality to speak of, pricing was very fair with nothing breaching the $5 price placed on large serving sizes
service was good but certainly not great, the basics were provided for without really ever reaching above
the cheese plate on my first visit was healthily portioned if a bit on the tame size as far as the cheeses were concerned, regardless it was a hearty snack for two with three cheeses, three meats, bread, and a couple fruits; on a later visit I had the daily special - curried chicken wrap with potato salad, it was pretty delicious and very filling
I haven't been, but fyi, Devil's Backbone - another brewpub - is just 30 minutes past Blue Mountain.
08-02-2009 14:13:04 |
More by blackie
Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA