Virginia’s Craft Brewery business is booming and getting national attention! In fact, the scene is so “hot” that our governor has proclaimed August as Craft Beer Month in our commonwealth! There are now 16 defined and mapped Craft Beer Trails throughout the state where several breweries are located close to each other and offer slightly different settings, food options, and of course beers to taste and enjoy!
Virginia has a long history of brewing beer and making wines. The native people in the area were experimenting with brewing beverages even before the English landed here some 400 years ago. Using corn and fruits, the natives made very low-alcohol content beers and wines. The Europeans brought beer with them and began brewing soon after their arrival since their supply brought from the old world was almost used up. In fact the first “help wanted” ad seen in 1609 was for a skilled brewer. In the 18th century, production and consumption of beer increased and almost ever plantation had a brewing operation. In fact, George Washington had a recipe for beer in his notebook dating from 1754. Beer production continued to grow and improve in quality through the 19th century. Then prohibition took America by storm and brewing ended in Virginia too. In 1933, prohibition ended and brewing, with limited alcohol content began again. In 1935, Richmond was instrumental in the modern brewery industry when Kreuger Brewing Co. of Newark, New Jersey chose Richmond as the place for their test marketing for a new invention: canned beer.
The Shenandoah Valley Beerwerks Trail leads you to five craft brew houses within a 30-minute drive from our B&B and another seven breweries within about an hour’s drive. You can enjoy some of the best craft brews in America at the Brewing Companies included on this trail. And many of these breweries have special events like music or food truck nights. Since most of these tap rooms also have an outside deck or patio, that means they are also pet-friendly!
Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery & Tap Room (Lexington) is our own personal favorite local place for a great brew. The other closest breweries include the following Staunton breweries: Redbeard Brewing Company, Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company, Queen City Brewing, and Bedlam Brewing. Check out the map of the Beerwerks Trail.
Make a reservation to stay with us during August and celebrate Craft Brews in Virginia. Sip, taste, and enjoy your tour of the Craft Breweries in the Shenandoah Valley.