August is Virginia Craft Beer Month
In the month of August, we celebrate the burgeoning craft beer industry in Virginia. Raise a glass to our favorite local breweries! We encourage you to visit them, order a flight to sample their varieties, and attend their events to appreciate good times with good friends over a handcrafted beverage.
Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery & Tap Room
Devils Backbone Brewing Company is a fast-growing craft beer entity with two locations in Virginia and others popping up in surrounding states. We're proud that Lexington is the powerhouse production facility for several DBB fan favorites like Eight Point IPA, Gold Leaf Lager, and Striped Bass Pale Ale, a craft beer that benefits the Chesapeake Bay.
You'd be remiss to skip the tour of the facility. Offered at 2, 3, 4, and 5 p.m. every Saturday afternoon, the tour ushers groups of 15 or less through the heart of the facility to showcase not only the product, but to educate visitors about the process of creating their award-winning craft beer.
After you've familiarized yourself with the brewing process at DBB, enjoy a flight of their best beers. Offered in small sample glasses, the beers are arranged from light to dark to help you progress through styles, density, and ABV, all while having a knowledgeable staff member nearby to answer any questions. Find your favorite and take a pint out to the beer garden where views of the Blue Ridge Mountains await.
Frequent events at the Outpost Brewery & Tap Room include live music, trivia nights, food trucks, and Mug Club and Growler Girl nights.
Great Valley Farm Brewery
Our newest craft brewery is already winning awards and the hearts of locals. Great Valley Farm Brewery is a small brewery with huge flavors and an even bigger atmosphere. The grounds and views at GVFB make it an easy three-season outdoor experience with panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, fire pits, and laid back Adirondack chairs. Inside, the tasting room is welcoming and accommodating for even non-drinking friends.
Belgian ales are the primary focus of GVFB beer. Belgians typically are not very bitter and often include hints of fruit flavors. Two to try are the award-winning Lemongrass Basil Saison and GVFB Stout.
Frequent events at Great Valley include live music and food trucks. You'll want to take advantage of their weekly growler fill specials to re-stock your favorite GVFB brew.
Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail
Both Lexington area breweries are part of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, a collection of 13 breweries stretching from Natural Bridge to Harrisonburg. Start at Great Valley Farm Brewery and work your way north to sample the best of the Shenandoah Valley's craft beer.
Brew Ridge Taps
If you'd like to sample more Virginia craft beer (and beer from beyond), head to Brew Ridge Taps in downtown Lexington. There are more than 100 bottles of beer on the wall, so you're sure to find something new to love. The taps are ever-changing as well. Be sure to order a wafflewich!
Toast to Virginia! Instagram Contest
August is Virginia Craft Beer Month and Virginia Tourism wants to toast all the amazing breweries in Virginia! Post a video or picture of a "toast" at your favorite Virginia beer or brewery using #ToastVA, then pass the [virtual] mic by tagging a friend and inviting them to do the same! Weekly winners with the best ‘Toast to Virginia' will be chosen throughout August to win some sweet Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers swag.
What's A Toast? It's an open interpretation, but stirring salutes, songs, tributes and pint pics are all options. Photos, gifs, videos and Boomerangs are welcome. Follow #ToastVA and #VACraftBeer on Instagram for a few ideas.