Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain BreweryBlue Mountain Brewery
BEER AVG
3.81/5
Based on:
74 Beers
972 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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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Traveled here with capra12, mday, and Azurelimits on our way to a beer release.

This place is right down the mountain from Devil's Backbone, another brewpub tucked away in the Shanendoah valley area. Blue Mountain brewery, from the moment you pull into the lot, just seems like an incredible place to sit, relax, have a beer, and take in the amazing view all around you. There's an inside brewpub/restaurant and a large outside seating area. The place is quite big but it somehow gives off a sense of homeliness.

The beer is very solid but nothing relaly to write home about. The Mandolin that I had was pretty tasty along with a Belgian Wit and a Wheat beer that were both solid. However, at the same time, nothing was eye-opening or particularly outstanding.

Service was good. We were seated quickly and orders were taken and drinks were delivered in a very timely manner. Nothing to complain about. And given the size of the crowd on the particular Saturday afternoon, the brewpub was very well staffed.

The selection is standard for a brewpub. 6 of their own offerings with no guest tap. Nothing much else to say here.

Although I didn't actually order any food, I did get a chance to check out what others around me were eating. The cheese plate along with the hummus... aka. the beer pairing foods looked particularly appetizing and were expertly presented.

Prices were reasonable. $5 for a sample flight and around $4 or $5 for a pint.

The Shanendoah valley area and all of its brewpubs/restaurants are well worth visiting, if not just for the naturally beauty of the mountain and rolling hills sprawled out in front of you. The brewpubs in this context are just a really nice bonus. The Blue Mountain brewery is one of the nicer places here though. (1,769 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 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)

Photo of bmanning
3.85/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

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. (733 characters)

Photo of DIM
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

We stopped in for lunch on our way to Staunton River state park. I'm glad we did!

We were seated in an enclosed front porch area that offered nice views of the surrounding mountains. The main dining room had high ceilings and not much to offer in the way of atmosphere. The larger than expected crown for a thursday afternoon helped. 5 taps plus a nitro offering were available. I enjoyed my BA imperial stout and Full Nelson pale ale immensely. They were well worth handing the keys over to the wife for. The beer prices were very reasonable, $4 for the stout and $5 for the pale ale.

The food prices were a little high and options limited, but I have to say our pizza was absolutely fantastic. Bratwurst, caramelized onions, apples, and a balsamic vinegar reduction make for one hell of a pie. Our server friendly, but didn't come around all that often. Maybe they were busier than expected that day. I grabbed a 6 pack of what turned out to be a pretty mediocre holiday old ale called Lights Out on our way out.

Overall I liked this place quite a bit. Judging by the crowd, I'd say the locals know a good thing when they see it. (1,134 characters)

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 Wolfpack2005
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

We stopped by this place on the way back from a day of snowboarding at Wintergreen on the recommendation of a friend. This place is kind of in the sticks but close enough to Charlottesville to get a decent crowd. The atmosphere was laid back and friendly. Are server was pleasant and seem pretty knowledgeable about the beers. I was a little disappointed that they only had five beers on tap but its a pretty small brewery so I can understand the lack of selection. The menu was limited but the Brat and apple pizza I had was excellent. I got the dubbel and the brown ale both were good beers but not anything extrodinary. Pretty good value overall with exception to the pizzas which were over $20. (698 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 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 StoneTSR
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

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. (1,298 characters)

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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. (1,558 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 SteveDykstra
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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 ! (996 characters)

Photo of bgildea
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Blue Mountain Brewery is a nice small Brewhouse/restaurant nestled in the Shenandoah Mountains. They distribute bottles in the surrounding Virginia areas.

A: Very croweded, but upbeat vibe. The hostest gave us an initial estimate of 1 hour for a table for 2. Fortune however, interviened and we were seated in roughly 15 minutes. I'd recommend going in off peak hours especially if you have a party bigger than 2.

Q: The quality of the food was average. It's clear that the patrons are not coming for the food and instead are there for the beer. The quality of the beer was great. Everything was fresh and the taps seem to be pretty clean.

Service: In our last visit, our server was extremely swamped, so we didn't get a chance to evaluate his beer knowledge. I was able to find out that he had a favorite beer there (Full Nelson) so at least he could speak to some of the beers while he had a chance with us. Overall, the wait staff is friendly and busy. I haven't made it to the bar area yet, so I still can't comment on the bartenders level of beer knowledge.

Selection: 6 beers on tap - Euro Lager, German Ale, Dusseldorf, Strong Pale Ale, Pils Mix, and a Belgium Abby. Blue Mountain only serves their beer, so their selection is limited in that regard, however, most beer drinkers will find something they like within the 6 that Blue Mountain offers.

Food: The food is very average. I've had the pulled pork and the Brat and both left me thinking not to get it again. The pizzas look good, but they are $20 so you have to split them. All in all, I wouldn't come here for the food, the beer is definitly the star here.

Value - $$ The restaurant is borderline $$ to $$$. The food prices seem a little high, $21 for a pizza, $9 for a brat. But most food options werent over $12. None of the beers exceeded $6 and the sampler of the 6 beers was $5 - All of which I find very reasonable.

Overall: Overall Blue Mountain Brewery is a nice place to check out if you're in the Staunton Shenandoah area. The beer is definitly the star here and the food leaves something to be desired. I'd definitly recommend stopping in for a pint or sampler to get a taste of what they're serving. (2,186 characters)

Photo of ramseye4
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I used to live 10 minutes from this place, drove by it every month or so but never really realized it was there. Went this morning for my friends 22nd birthday. Food was a bit pricey, but was very good, though the menu was a bit limited. The beer sample featured 6 of their beers for only 5 bucks, however, and that was definitely a bargain. There was a roaring fireplace, the atmosphere was wonderful, the service was great. They even gave us a tour of the brewery when we asked. The beer itself was a lot better than I was expecting too. Definitely worth a visit! (565 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 drtth
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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. (1,342 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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. (2,680 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 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 Gavage
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 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. (1,046 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 IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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? (1,371 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 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)

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