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Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain BreweryBlue Mountain Brewery
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

101 Ratings
Ratings: 101
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 8.06%
Active Beers: 70
Beer Ratings: 3,183
Beer Avg: 3.78
Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
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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(Place added by: Jason on 10-15-2007)
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Photo of StoneTSR
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Hit this place on our big, beer-fueled road trip in October. I did not go in expecting too much, but I left very impressed with most of their beer - especially the Full Nelson IPA, which will be reviewed soon.

The woman and I stopped in after an afternoon of visiting the law (for me) and business (for her) schools at Charlottesville. It turned out to be a great way to relax after trying to impress people all day. The weather was great ,although a touch too chilly to enjoy the patio. The bar and restaurant area was about 3/4 full and seemed to mostly consist of locals.

We sat at the bar and were very happy with the service. The bartender was friendly, informative and just as excited to talk about beer as we were. Half way through our meal one of the head brewers came out (wish I could remember his name) and talked to us bit about the process and about his time at the Siebel Institute in Chicago, where we're from.

The food was good, but the beer was what made the trip memorable. We split a flight of all six beers they had and then each had a pint of the Full Nelson and the Kolsch before grabbing six cans of Full Nelson to go. If you are in the area, stop by. Friendly people, good food and even better beer. The only drawback was that they didn't have a wider selection of beers.

StoneTSR, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev -4%

While in Charlottesville to visit friends we made a trip out here for an evening of food, conversation and beer. I liked it here.

It's clear that the locals have adopted this place. It was relatively croweded with lots of friendly people out for a beer and some food. There is one big room with tables and benches that can get a bit crowded and noisy at times but which clearly is a place where folks gather to enjoy the food, the beer, and each other's company. The way this place is set up the view from the porch during the day has to be a great look out over the valley and the mountains. During the chilly weather when the breezes blow there is an interior fire place and I can easily imagine a nice evening sitting around the fire for good conversation and good beer. Everything is relatively new and so the place feels fresh and it was well lit so you could see and read the menu...

The food was well prepared and good. I had a pizza and a glass of one the Full Nelson Pale Ale which I'm quite fond of and always enjoy when I get the chance. Everyone in our party had something different and all commented on the quality of the flood (which emphasizes using local produce, etc.). The service was a bit slow but given the number of people this was not unexpected. The server was cheerful and pleasant and seemed to enjoy working here.

drtth, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev -4%

I knew this place was only about 20 miles from the Stoney Creek Golf Course at the Wintergreen Resort, so we made sure we set aside some time to visit the place after our round of golf. The structure was a bit small but had high ceilings to make it look a bit bigger. The bar is small and there were a bunch of tables for diners. There were plenty of tables on the outside deck overlooking the mountains. The brewery also grows it own hops on the property, which looked like they were recently harvested.

There were 6 beers on draft the day we visited. DIPA, Full Nelson Pale Ale, Blue Mountain lager, UberPils, Rockfish Wheat, and Blido du Blanche. The beers ranged from very good to decent. There were also an additional style or two in bottles to go.

Food wise the menu is very limited, but the food we had was OK. The pizzas looked good but we didn't try them. Service was hurried due to the crowd. By the time we left people were waiting for tables.

We had a nice time here and is definitely worthy of a stop if driving around the area.

Gavage, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of grinch7555
4.13/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

grinch7555, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of Wilson27
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

Wilson27, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
4.14/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

TMoney2591, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

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.

Tucquan, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%

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!

HV

sholland119, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of shutupdoodah
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

shutupdoodah, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of SteveDykstra
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%

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 !

SteveDykstra, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Hovellord
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

Hovellord, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of bmanning
3.85/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

bmanning, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

blackie, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of Polskator
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

A must visit place! Only a few minutes off I-64 or Rte 250. Sitting on their deck with it's great view of the mountains and one of their fresh beers in hand you can just feel the stress melt away. They have three small hop fields growing and when they get larger as the season progresses I'm sure the aroma will only add to the experience.

Service is casual but good and the food the same. The local-made brat is excellent! It looks like they have live entertainment on occasion.

They have 6 -9 beer available with the Full Nelson and Dark Hollow as my favorites.

Polskator, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of hchinaski
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

My in-laws live 5min away from this place, so the wife and i have visited several times on trips to the area.

Blue Mountain Brewery is quickly gaining notoriety as a good brewer in the area. Their styles tend to lean heavily on hops.

The atmosphere is quaint. Nice wooden bar with 10-12 seats-people are always friendly and willing to move to make way at the bar. They quickly added outdoor seating, which provides nice views of the Mountains and of the farm located across the street.

The quality of their food and brews is top-notch in my opinion. They claim to use local produce and meats on their menu and the food is known for its hearty, rustic flavors.

I have tried most of their beers and find them very enjoyable. Full Nelson is very good, the Evil8 is an interestingly hoppy Dubbel and their nitro porter and stouts are always a good choice.

We tend to go on Sunday afternoons, which is always a busy time there. The service is taxed a bit, but understandably and they have always been nice and helpful as well.

I highly recommend stopping in to Blue Mountain, as we always enjoy their beers and food.

hchinaski, May 04, 2009
Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

The atmosphere at Blue Mountain Brewery is exceptional -- a beautiful patio with foothill-mountain views and a relaxed attitude. The quality of the all-malt brews is top-notch and the basis of Blue Mountain's success. Their all-year brews including Full Nelson and BM Lager are both excellent and will satisfy any discriminating beer lover and will give everyone an option. They also present plenty of other great offerings including Dark Hollow and Kellerbier. The service is routinely good and attentive. The selection is good but could be a little wider. The food is above-average but the menu is a bit limited -- they do look out for vegetarians though. Prices are $4/pint and food prices (other than for the pizzas) are reasonable-to-pricey.

argock, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%

We sidetracked here for some dinner on a recent trip down I-81. I must say that this is quite the picturesque location, nestled amidst the wine country at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When you first drive up, the place looks like someone's house attached to the brewery, with plenty of outdoor seating. Walking inside though, I immediately like the atmosphere. Very spacious feeling, with high ceilings and a ton of tables, benches, and comfy chairs and couches to relax on. Earthy colors and local art on the walls, gives things a classy yet very relaxed feel. The presentation of the beer itself was nicely done as well. A nice looking good sized bar sits at the front, with the brew house visible through the glass behind it, and the stocked 2-Go cooler accessible to the left.

The draft beer selection consisted of their four primary bottled offerings plus two Stouts that I tried a 10 oz pour of each, the Dark Russian RIS, and it's barrel-aged version, the Dark Hollow. I enjoyed both big Stouts but they were served on nitro, something I'm not a big fan of. I was hoping for maybe more than two brewery only releases on tap but I was more than happy with the ones that were on. Food here was good as well. They offer a more limited standard menu of appetizers, sandwiches, and pizza but also have some daily specials as well. We opted for their flat bread pizza of the day, which contained pepperoni, mushrooms, and freshly chopped jalapeno peppers. Tasty but hot! Service here was great. Our guy was the only one waiting on the inside and outside seating but did a great job of hustling and we never had to wait long for his attention. Super friendly too! It's always nice when you leave and not only does the staff say goodbye to you but also the locals sitting at the bar as well!

This was a really nice stop and one that we were glad that we made. Good beer and food with a super relaxed atmosphere and friendly vibe. That's all that we ever ask out of a beer stop. We'll be back.

Kegatron, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev -2.8%

If you're in the Charlottesville area, I recommend a stop in here to sample fresh Blue Mountain wares. It's a 20-minute drive from C-Ville out in the country in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. Lots of farms, even some wineries out here. The converted farmhouse has the brewery on the left side and the tasting room on the right. Very new-looking with nice polished light wooden furniture and fixtures (including the bar).

Service yesterday wasn't bad, but it looked like the place was a little jammed for a Friday afternoon with a big 10 or 12-top so the bartender had the run of the entire place and she was really hustling. Hey, I can wait an extra couple of minutes for another pint so ain't no thang. Everyone was very friendly and courteous.

I had the Dark Russian, the Kolsch and the Dark Hollow. Both RIS were on nitro. They were all quite enjoyable. Other taps included the Evil 8, Full Nelson and the Lager...I think that was it.

After a few pints I thought a snack may help, so I ordered a cup of chili. Not too bad.

Prices are reasonable at $4 a pint for regular offerings and $5 for the RIS examples. 6-packs are $7.50-$8.50, which is a couple bucks cheaper than in local stores. Good tunes...I thought I hear some Dead in there, and a very relaxing and congenial atmosphere. A very enjoyable side trip, with great beer. What's wrong with that?

IBUnit63, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

sarahspat, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of Seanibus
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%

I love this place. It's cute, warm, and welcoming, with a great porch where you can relax and watch the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains. The owners are friendly and the staff is informal but enthusiastic. The food is simple, really just high end bar snacks in most cases, but it is well executed and the owners are committed to using local and regional ingredients where possible. And the beer is just luscious - the Full Nelson pale Ale is one of my favorite pale ales anywhere and the rest are nearly as good. The only downside is that the owners were too modest in their expectations for the business and grossly underestimated how busy they would be. That means that it is often quite crowded and parking can be a hassle, even with the expanded parking lot they were eventually forced to build. But it is crowded for a good reason - this is an excellent brew pub and well worth a diversion out of your way if you're in the Charlottesville or Staunton area. I make it a point to stop in every time I am in the area visiting my family.

Seanibus, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev -4%

I have visited this establishment twice since it's opening, once in February '08 and once in September '08.

Just a few miles from Rockfish Gap entrance to Skyline Drive, we found Blue Mountain Brewery and Hops Farm - a brewery and pub with a real farm look to it! 200 hop vines adorn the font of the property.

The building is anchored on one end with a large barn-like area for the brewing, and long extension with a welcoming large front porch. It was dark when we arrived, and the warm glow of interior lighting streamed from the multiple windows and doors.

Inside there was an angled bar with seating for 8, and 8-10 tables of varying sizes with bench seating. Comfortable couches and chairs provided seating adjacent to the fireplace, and we noticed a little sitting nook in the back (next to the kitchen) that looked like it just jumped out of an episode of Trading Spaces. Beer literature and brewing books were placed on coffee tables and shelves. The yellow walls and warm lighting made the place feel very welcoming, and the high ceilings gave an illusion that the place is bigger than it really is.

Blue Mountain Brewery was packed when we arrived, but we did locate two seats at the wood-topped bar, which isn't too high, and doesn't have a lip, so eating at it is easy.

Pints on a Wednesday night are $3.

All of the beers I have had here have been good or better. I enjoyed the Harvest edition of Full Nelson and the Summer Weizenbock very much.

Our service was not so great the first time, tender was a bit inattentive but the second time it was wonderful. So an overall good rating is fair.

We have been generally impressed by the food menu. For instance, we started with the Puree of Parsnip Soup. It was AMAZING! With little flakes of dried sage and drops of truffle oil, this was a perfect starter on a cold night. It is one of the best soups I've had in awhile. There were plenty of interesting things on the menu - the fruit and cheese board looked tasty and generous, and highlighted local cheeses. There was a roasted veggie pizza that I wanted to photograph! The crust was so very thin that it looked like a sand tart cookie. Every inch of the pizza was covered in goodness - a cilantro pesto, roasted yellow squash and zucchini, onions, mushrooms, mozerella and tomatoes - and the whole thing was littered with dollops of goat cheese and sprigs of fresh cilantro.

Sandwiches on ciabatta bread like the sandwich made with Kite's Virginia Ham or the vege sandwich of avocado, sprouts, tomato, hummus and cucumber.

A nice place with good food, good beer, nice atmosphere and a bucolic country setting. I look forward to my next BMB visit very much.

Deuane, Dec 08, 2008
Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA
92 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.