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Blue Mountain Brewery

Not Rated.
Blue Mountain BreweryBlue Mountain Brewery
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

96 Ratings
Ratings: 96
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 7.57%
Active Beers: 75
Beer Ratings: 3,218
Beer Avg: 3.77
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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3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

david18, Aug 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.3%

wollefdoogylloj, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.63/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

SpeedwayJim, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of DonovanHein
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%

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!

DonovanHein, Sep 14, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

T-34-85, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

JFear, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

atrocity, May 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -11.3%

HookemHoos, Aug 11, 2014
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3.8/5  rDev -10.2%

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.

beancounter, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of bmanning
3.85/5  rDev -9%

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 DIM
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%

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.

DIM, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Wolfpack2005
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

Wolfpack2005, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of dvmin98
3.98/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

dvmin98, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

bellbw, Sep 10, 2014
Photo of StoneTSR
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

StoneTSR, Dec 10, 2010
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

blackie, Aug 02, 2009
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

DubCo21, Apr 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

petermethot, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.4%

VeganUndead, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Shall6815
4/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

Shall6815, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of SteveDykstra
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

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 bgildea
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

bgildea, Feb 28, 2011
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4.05/5  rDev -4.3%

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!

ramseye4, Dec 14, 2010
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Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA
94 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.