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Blue Mountain Brewery
Active Beers: 57
Beer Ratings: 2,027
Beer Avg: 3.82
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
9519 Critzers Shop Road
phone: (540) 456-8020
(Place added by: Jason on 10-15-2007)
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| Reviews: 49 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$
There really is not much to say outside of; this place is amazing. My wife and I went up on Memorial Day weekend, and it was well worth the almost 2 hours drive. The views from the outside eating were just astounding. Everyone was extremely nice and welcoming.
The atmosphere was great, relaxing and beautiful.
The quality of the food and everything was tremendous. The food was all fresh and local, and it wasn't the run of the mill brewery/pub food.
They had a great amount of options. And everything we tried tasted amazing.
The beer, the most important part, was awesome. A great selection of their brews on tap, and their sampler was very well thought through as they showed you the best order in which to drink them and had plenty of information about the beers.
I recommend that anyone who wants good beer, and good food go to Blue Mountain.
06-23-2013 17:35:46 |
More by ZachKelly
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This was our first stop on a mini beer-cation throughout VA and NC. Turns out that this was also my favorite stop!
The setting of this place is pretty much ideal. An inlaid patio for outside seating is situated right next to the hop-yard. Across the street, the Blue Ridge Mountains (I think that is the right range) carve out a serene setting. The inside of the pub is rustic in decor, but still crisp and new. Very high ceilings with lots of natural, exposed wood mix with new steel to give this a "modern lodge" like setting.
We ordered a cheese plate and a flight which included all of their offerings (9). I also ordered a tulip of their BA pumpkin beer, called Spooky I think. Everything was superb!
Our waiter paid just enough attention to us, without being pushy. He knew lots about their beer, and about the cheese plate, which is what most of our questions were centered around!
They sell beer to go at the front counter. They also have a number of brewery products (glasses, shirts, etc.) available.
I would highly recommend this place to anyone! They seem to really do things the right way, using all local products where they can. I really wish it wasn't 5 hours and many winding roads away...
10-26-2011 20:53:53 |
More by mgbickel
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
The atmosphere is classy (very heavily influenced by the wine culture) but not too stuffy. My girlfriend and I were by far the youngest people there, but we didn't feel uncomfortable. Our waiter was friendly and helpful. He offered to take our picture without us asking him to. The view of the mountains was beautiful, and they had a talented bluegrass band playing.
We got a sampler of all six beers that were on tap. My favorite was the lager and it was the first beer of its style I've ever really liked. I also really enjoyed the kolsch even though I hadn't had any prior experience with that style. Their pale ale was a great example of one of my favorite styles. I'm not a big fan of Trappist style ales, and their Dubbel did not convert me, but I don't hold that against them. Their menus provided great descriptions of the flavors of the beers along with ABVs and IBUs.
The menu was limited (no fried foods), but they do serve some out-of-the-ordinary dishes, like bratwurst and a pulled pork sandwich. The food that we ordered was great and served promptly.
Overall, I enjoyed every aspect of my visit here. I honestly don't have anything bad to say about it. Definitely worth a stop if you're in the area.
03-04-2009 02:47:48 |
More by sarahspat
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
I've been to Blue Mountain a ton over the past few years, so I figured it's time for a review (I was there this past weekend).
A - The location is unbeatable in terms of atmosphere. Blue Mountain is located in the Blue Ridge, about 20 mins west of Charlottesville and 50 mins north of Lynchburg. The outdoor patio has a gorgeous view of the mountains and the interior has a great brewpub feel for it. The expansion has definitely added to the feel of the restaurant and there are now two nice bars to go along with the seating. If it's a nice day, I'd definitely go for a seat outside.
Q - All of the beers and food are very well made with local ingredients. Obviously, beer is a subjective thing but I find that there are always at least 3-4 tasty brews on tap. Their flagship beer, Full Nelson, is probably the best "regular" beer in Virginia. Everything is usually very well done.
Service - Here's the one (somewhat) negative thing I've noticed: the service isn't what it used to be. Part of it is volume (they are a lot busier than they were even a year ago), but part of it is the wait staff. I've had some great servers and I've had some where I've had to basically flag them down to order drinks after having been seated for 15-20+ minutes (which is unacceptable). Also, I've found that some of the servers can have attitudes as well. I understand that they are a lot busier than they used to be, and are likely stressed and understaffed, but there's still little excuse for that. Much like any restaurant, it's a crap shoot with the waitstaff. A few years ago, the ratio of quality servers to not was much higher. That being said, I have had great servers (even recently) and the staff does tend to be very knowledgeable about the beers, which is a plus. If you go on the weekend, plan to deal with large groups of oblivious tourists or day-trippers and waits of at least 30-60 mins if its a nice day.
Selection - In terms of beers, it ranges from 7-9 on tap at any one time since the expansion. They also offer Kombucha and Cider now, which to be honest, I could care less about. Growler fills are available and they have bottles, cans, and swag available for good prices.
Food - For the most part, the food is excellent. I have had some just ok appetizers, but others have really dug them in my group. The standout for me are the pretzels (very big and tasty) and the Bratwurst/Apples/Onions pizza which goes great with beer!
Overall, I love Blue Mountain. Part of me longs for the days when it was smaller, more personable, and the service was better. The expansion is well done but unfortunately the increased business has come at the price of service. I still love it and always swing by when I'm on the way to my parents' house in Lynchburg. Hopefully, the issues with service are just growing pains.
11-29-2011 03:56:50 |
More by WMEugene
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75 | $$
This is my favorite restaurant and watering hole. I have visited often and have never been disappointed. The food is always hot and fresh. The burgers are always perfectly cooked to order and flavored to compliment their wonderful brews. The staff was always able to articulate the different styles of beer they offered and how they differ from other brands.
Be forewarned, parking gets short around dinner time in the evening.
You can order a beer sampler.
The fries are the BEST ...Must have!
JMUbrewz has a more detailed review... Thank you JMUbrewz
08-04-2013 12:16:22 |
More by nofunyons
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: 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: 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: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
Finally getting around to reviewing this place after many, many visits.
The atmosphere/location is incredible and really what makes Blue Mountain special in my mind. The brewpub is tucked away into a serene little nook in the Shenandoah Valley, about half way in between Harrisonburg and Charlottesville. There is a huge patio with tons of outdoor seating, and plenty of seating inside to boot. I highly recommend sitting outside if it's nice though - the views of the surrounding Blue Ridge mountains are quite spectacular and the patio is located right next to BMB's hop garden, which is a nice touch.
The quality of the beer is excellent, and BMB does a great job rotating beers and keeping a brewpub one-off or two on tap at all times. I really enjoy a few of the barrel aged offerings, the double ipa, and always end up drinking at least one pint of full nelson (pale ale). Beers are served in proper glassware and I'm rarely disappointed by any of their offerings.
The service is nothing to write home about, but really isn't bad considering how crowded this place can get. The waitresses aren't always the most knowledgeable but are usually willing to find someone who can better answer questions. I've never had bad service here, but every now and then my wait for another round of beers is longer than I'd like.
In terms of selection, Blue Mountain has about 10 beers on tap, all BMB beers of course. They do an excellent job varying styles and offer flights that include a taste of all their beers, in order from light to dark (for around 7 bucks I think).
The food at BMB is fantastic - the quality is always a pleasant surprise. I enjoy a pretzel with mustard or their wonderful cheese sauce for a snack. If I'm eating a meal, the fish tacos are delicious and I've also enjoyed the Thai burger and Bratwurst on separate occasions. They focus on local ingredients, which may drive the price up a fraction on the food, but I think it's worth a few extra bucks.
In general, the prices are more than reasonable. BMB fills growlers of all there beers, ranging from 7.50 for the Full Nelson (I rarely pass on this deal) to $20 for the barrel aged offerings. Sixers to go are only 7.99 and the to-go cooler also has a decent selection of bombers.
This is a great local brewery focusing on local ingredients and sustainability. It's exciting to see them expanding to other states, but in my opinion, most of the beers are much better straight from the source.
07-29-2013 15:41:46 |
More by JMUbrewz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$
Great place for lunch or dinner when the weather's nice. Lots of outdoor seating, and there's a fantastic view. Beer selection is good, and there's frequently stuff on tap that Blue Mountain doesn't bottle and distribute elsewhere. The food's great as well. Highly recommended.
09-08-2013 01:56:44 |
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