Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain BreweryBlue Mountain Brewery
BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
74 Beers
973 Reviews
Place Score: 92
Reviews: 52
Visits: 127
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

9519 Critzers Shop Road
Afton, Virginia, 22920
United States
phone: (540) 456-8020

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Reviews: 52 | Visits: 127
Photo of clayrock81
3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Little off the beaten path and nice place to visit. They have ten taps of their own stuff but I will say that it is nice that they represent multiple styles on tap (you won't find 10 IPAs on tap, for example). I had a flight sampler with my wife and there were a few big hits and a bunch of strikeouts (which would be great if this were baseball). The service was fast and friendly so no complaints at all on that. Not a complaint but the food is OK, at best, then you see the price for it and ouch. Guess it makes up for the cheap beer. If I come back it will be just to relax with a few cold ones. (605 characters)

Photo of JandJMD
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Great setting and wonderful view at the mountain up toward Wintergreen. The outdoor area looks nice, but it was a bit cold and windy in December to enjoy.

The bar is nice. Much more of a full restaurant than a brewery with tasting room. Food is very good.

They will do flights of all beers which is nice.

A few great beers with a lot of just OK. Plenty of styles covered.

Pricing was reasonable. (403 characters)

Photo of LeeEvolved
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

What a really nice brewery and restaurant. Their location 10 minutes off of the interstate makes them an automatic stop for me on my way to visit family in WV. They usually have 2-3 seasonal and specialty beers on tap at all times to go with their regular stuff, which always entices me to stop by.

The food they offer has been stellar everytime I've eaten there and the staff is always polite and welcoming. The huge front patio is great on nice days and there's always people playing cornhole out front too.

The only thing I wished was changed was the size of their flight samples. They sell 2oz samples of all their offerings as the flight where I'd prefer to choose 4-5 and get a larger sized taste. That's just a minor personal gripe, though as I really like everything about this place. Good stuff and definitely worth a quick jump off the highway to try. (869 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Went on a Saturday and the place was absolutely packed. Luckily with indoor and outdoor options we were able to get a beer and a table rather quickly. There were lots of outdoor tables, an outdoor bar, lots of indoor tables and an indoor bar. They also had some cornhole boards set up which was pretty cool. The mountain view at sunset was pretty amazing too. So on to the beer...about 6-8 standard offerings, a couple seasonals, a couple barrel aged options and some affordable 750 ml bottles. Definitely worth stopping by as the beer was very good, the food was good and the atmosphere was very nice. (602 characters)

Photo of dvmin98
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

Stopped in on the way back from Devils Backbone. Have had a few of their beers in the past, so had to stop.

The atmosphere was great outside. Music, cornhole, lots of people. The weather was great. Inside it was ok. A bunch of wooden booths, etc. The bar was packed.

The quality of the brews was great. We got a flight of everything. Really enjoyed the Red Zepplin and the Kolsch. Grabbed a growler of RZ to go.

Service was meh...ok. I would ask a waitress a question and she would just say she wasn't my waitress...blah blah blah. Our waitress was sitting in the booth behind us jabbering with some blue hairs.

Beer selection was good. I think 12 or so on tap, not to mention a bunch of stuff in bottles.

The vaule was good, but they really jack up the prices of their growlers. A regular growler was like $10 and if you wanted the swing top it was an extra $10. Figure growlers shouldn't be where you make your money, but I don't own a brewery. (952 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Visited here last Sunday with Da Boss for lunch and a couple of pints.

Atmosphere was awesome as we were seated outside with a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Inside was nice as well. As you first walk in there is a small bar that was on the right and a retail area was on the left. I did not go in any further although i could see a decent number of dining tables.

Quality of the beer is good. I had the Full Nelson and the Impy Red Zeppelin which are good brews. Da Boss had the Kolsch which was very clean from what she said.

Service was friendly and pretty prompt for a busy last lunch crowd. I did not test the knowledge of the server so i cannot really comment on that.

Selection of beer was good as there were a wide range from wheat and kolsch brews to imperial reds and stouts.

Food was tasty. Da Boss had a wrap of some sort and i had the crab cake sandwich. Sides were solid as well as the Slaw and fries were tasty.

Overall it was pretty reasonable (Less than $40) for two sandwiches and three pints.

Definitely visit if you are in the area...you will not be disappointed. (1,093 characters)

Photo of McBraniel
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of Shall6815
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Great beers and also a great view of the mountains from the fantastic beer garden. Also a nice hop garden is visible. The food here is very good and the beers are great. Flights are reasonably priced so you can try everything they have to offer. Also part of the Brew Ridge trail. (280 characters)

Photo of nofunyons
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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 (557 characters)

Photo of JMUbrewz
4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (2,472 characters)

Photo of jep4vt
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Great place to meet, have some great pub food, and enjoy some great beer. They have plenty of seating inside and out and views of mountains are unbeatable. Also have hops growing in a small plot outside. I have tried several of their beers and really like the Mandolin. (269 characters)

Photo of ZachKelly
4.98/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (858 characters)

Photo of Quafftastic
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Hard to beat on a nice spring or fall day looking at the mountains from the patio. Nice feel in winter as long as close to the fire place and away from the doors. Excellent pizza selections, soft pretzels. Barrel house selections are nice addition. Family friendly. Definitely a great place on a nice day to drink local beer, (325 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

The wife and I passed through the area to visit a friend on our way back home from TN. I had sampled some Blue Mountain beers before, but since it was one of the only brewpubs in the area, we figured we stop in for a visit. It was definitely worth it, and not only that, but we also stopped in again for lunch the next day before heading home.

Good vibe to the place, a smaller bar seats maybe 10 people, and there was plenty of table space, including a huge outdoor area. It was a beautiful day, so we decided to sit outside, with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, and a lush verdant hop garden in the foreground. They are pet-friendly as well, fyi.

There was a very good selection of beer available, with a good variety of styles. The beer wasn't out of this world tremendous, but they did have some solid options, in addition to some tamer mass-pleasing light beers. They also had some selections from their sister brewery, the Barrel House in Arrington. We ended up taking home a couple bottles of the Chocolate Coffee Dark Hollow, and a Sour Devil stout. They have a lot of other beers available for take-out, and a huge merch stand with tons of glassware (!).

Service was fine. Most of the waitresses were young, and not exactly experienced in beer knowledge, but enough to get by and give good recommendations. Food was tasty indeed. The wife got an artisan meat & cheese & fruit plate that was extraordinary, I had a pulled pork one day and a turkey wrap the next, both of which were very good, and our friend got a chili dog that was no joke. Prices were decent all around.

This was a great stop. Definitely worth checking out when in the area, and I hope to return someday. (1,697 characters)

Photo of sdsimkins
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Overall atmosphere was fantastic; indoor seating gave a traditional spin on a tavern, outdoor seating was gorgeous thanks to the blue ridge mountains. Also a very family friendly restaurant.

Quality of the establishment was excellent, you could tell everything they did was their best. Especially the beer, for we learned from the tour that all their beer is made using fresh well water from 2-3 different wells on the property.

Service was great. Our server did a good job on keeping us waited even though it was a busy saturday.

Selection of beers and food was great. I believe the tap had a selection of about 10-15 beers, of course all were Blue Mountain Brewery selections. Food was quite diverse from brats to pizzas.

Food was amazing. I personally had the beer soaked brat covered in sauerkraut and spicy mustard, and it was phenomenal. I didn't want it to end!! From the quality of my one meal, I could tell the rest of the food was probably on an equal plain.

Value was reasonable for the quality food you received, my meal was about 9.99 and the beer was about 5. Most of the meals were around 9.99 unless you went to a steak or something on that field.

Overall I was quite pleased with the brewery, with great atmosphere and scenery, amazing food, great beers, and suburb quality. If you're ever on the Brew Ridge Highway, you can't pass this one up!! (1,374 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I think the venue of the brewery and the restaurant/pub are really quite nice - located in the rolling hills of VA there are amazing views and a wonderful outdoor seating area including space to place games. The atmosphere was definitely laid back and the people working in the brew pub were quite friendly. The interoir has a bunch of light colored wood paneling but also has great natural light.

Beers were very fresh and served at the proper temperature and in proper glassware. Good pours with the correct amount of head left in the glasses.

Our server as well as the front of house staff were friendly, pleasant, and helpful. I found the staff to be attentive and willing to engage in conversations about the beer - they wanted to know where I was from, how I heard about the place, and if I had tried any of their beers before (NJ/NYC, BA forums, and Yes).

There were 10 beers on tap as well as several others available in bottles - growlers, 6 packs, and bombers were also available as well as some pre-packaged selections for the holiday season.

Far better food than I normal encounter at a brew pub/brewery's restaurant and I loved the fact that it highlighted local ingredients. I had one of the flatbread pizzas they offered and really enjoyed it - I would definitely recommend the food.

I found the prices to be quite reasonable and might stop by again on another one of my drives between NJ and NC. (1,416 characters)

Photo of DonovanHein
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 5

The atmosphere is the reason we go there, the views are amazing and they have a great patio to relax on. The food was amazing and I love that they emphasize the use of local ingredients. I ordered the sampler of what they had on draft that day so I could get a feel for all of their beers. I wasn't impressed with their regular line up, (they were decent beers but just didn't stand out,) but I did enjoy Dark Hollow. They also had local Kombucha which I was excited to try because I had discovered Kombucha a little over a year ago and never had any other than bottles I would find at high end grocery stores.
The host was great and even took the time to make sure our chairs were wiped down and dry since it had rained earlier. Our server attended to us but she wasn't particularly friendly and didn't seem to eager to help us. My bar on service is set pretty high so she might not necessarily be a bad server but she definitely wasn't great.
Overall I loved this place and definitely would say it is a must visit when you are passing through Virginia! (1,056 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

En route to Asheville. First stop: Brew Ridge Trail's Blue Mountain.

Atmosphere: A stunning facility - absolutely beautiful. An outside patio overlooks the Blue Ridge, at least 20 tables at a rough count. Hop trellises run along the patio, separating the brewery from a nearby home (maybe the owners?). Inside, rich wood adorns the bar and multiple seating areas. We (ksak and I) sat outside and took in the views.

Quality: An emphasis on local and sustainable pervades the beer and the menu. Staff is friendly and the views are to die for.

Service: Friendly and generally attentive. The hostess inside and the waitress outside were both above par.

Selection: 8 beers on tap. The regular line-up was serviceable - no frills. One specialty, however, caught my eye - Isabel, a bourbon barrel aged porter with cocoa nibs and orange zest. That one was excellent, plenty of bourbon and cocoa (not so much orange though until later in the glass). They also has bottles (and cans of Full Nelson) to go. I took out a six pack of Full Nelson cans and a bottle of Dark Hollow.

Food: Sustainable. Our nachos featured local salsa that was quite good (even the pickled jalapenos worked). That's all we had but there was a full menu.

The best views of the BRT, hands down. I can't wait to return for a pint on that porch. (1,313 characters)

Photo of CliffBrake
4.18/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by on Feb 17, later in the evening. This place seems to have doubled since I was here same time last year. It was modestly busy when I arrived and I was served right away.

Great location with views of the mountains, lots of glossy wood finish and big windows. A modern mountain inn feel. When I asked about beers, I was offered samples. I tried several types and they were all good solid representations of the styles. there were about 8 selections including lagers, Belgian and British style ales.

The food all looked quite good. I had a seafood jambalaya that was fresh, nicely presented and well seasoned. All in all, this is a great place for a meal or to relax after a day exploring a beautiful part of the state. (729 characters)

Photo of WMEugene
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (2,820 characters)

Photo of mgbickel
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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... (1,213 characters)

Photo of drewsil111
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Blue Mountain Brewery is a restaurant nestled just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of the "Brew Ridge Trail." The brewery has wonderful scenery and a fantastic seating arrangement. The menu is quite eclectic with the pizza being the highlight. Overall, the food is impressive and oozing with quality. The one element that probably needs a bit of work, is the imagination on the beer. On several occasions when doing the sampler, I could not taste the difference between two different brews. Don't get me wrong, most of their beers are very drinkable, but they are certainly not memorable (with the exception of Rockfish Wheat and Evil 8). Overall, This place is certainly worth a stop on the "Brew Ridge Trail." (725 characters)

Photo of nandemo1
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

God, I want them to finish their expansion soon. Visited Saturday to grab lunch, however the place was PACKED. After an estimate of well over an hour for being served meals, we passed on being seated and bellied up to the bar to ordered a couple of brews and a quick pretzel appetizer. The staff was exceptionally quick with the beer and helpful in giving us directions to Devils Backbone. Menu looked outstanding, but a bit pricey. Plenty of options on tap, including seasonals. Packaged beer is available for purchase, at prices less than retail. Patio was beautiful, but inside seating area was small. (604 characters)

Photo of hmph
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,020 characters)

Photo of beancounter
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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.
Lager A-
Full Nelson PA A-
Wit B-
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. (1,216 characters)

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Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA
92 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.