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Wild Wolf Brewing Company

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Wild Wolf Brewing CompanyWild Wolf Brewing Company
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25 Beers
521 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 35
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: n/a
Taps: 6
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

2461 Rockfish Valley Hwy
Nellysford, Virginia, 22958
United States
phone: (434) 361-0088

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Ratings: 35 | Reviews: 14
Photo of BillRoth
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Was on Blue Ridge run and had been aiming for Blue Mountain and Devil's Backbone. Not familiar with Wild Wolf but made a stop. Good decision.
Fun lively place that is well laid out. Nice beer options ranging across styles. I aimed for the bigger beers and was pleasantly surprised. Well made and very tasty. Had a decent canning and bottling of many of their beers even a few bombers.
Vibe was great. Had good band and crowd was getting into it. Food selection was good, and quality equally good. NIce gift shop.
People were all very friendly and seemed happy to be there.
Highly recommend a stop here if going to Devil's Backbone ( just a few minutes away).

Photo of robebo44
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Photo of KWrightVT
4.33/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of JandJMD
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Nice place, but I would lean toward Blue Mountain (if you want food and a view) or Starr Hill first.

Beers are all OK, but nothing great. Good service. Worth a stop, but don't go too far out of your way.

Photo of Martyrob
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of LeeEvolved
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

This brewery has a wonderful location and setup. Several outdoor seating areas and a well laid out indoor restaurant and bar are really nice. The food I've tried was also top notch. I havent been there when they are smoking or grilling on the huge outdoor BBQ pit, but I imagine it's pretty epic.

The biggest gripe I have with these guys is the rather bland beer. They have plenty of taps and seem to have every style of beer on at all times, it's just that not much stands out and makes me wanna drive farther down into Nelson County when I'm passing through.

A few stellar seasonals or one-offs that they announce would even get me to make a special trip up from the Richmond area. With Blue Mountain and Devil's Backbone all together it would really make for a really nice beer outing.

Photo of uvachief
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Draft. Pours with minimal head. Dissipates quickly. Golden orange color. Smells of pumpkin, spices and sugar - maybe molasses? Light and light on pumpkin pie-like flavor as well. No Alewerks or Schlafly. Just a hint of sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. Not bad - just not up there with Alewerks or Schlafly. Not bad though. Liked it. ABV is 7% with very little bitterness. Not much pumpkin pie aftertaste either. Still, solid effort.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.72/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Camjmorton
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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5/5  rDev +28.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of BeerJordan14
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Wild Wolf lies dead in the middle of Nellysford's other two breweries. This gives them a slight disadvantage and causes people to miss out on this gem of a brewery. Wild Wolf sits back off the road a bit in a beautiful wooded sanctuary. The brewery hosts an amazing beer-garden, and a town like array of gift shops. The atmosphere is very quiet and humble.

I have only ever sat at the bar on my visits, but the restaurant features indoor and outdoor seating. They have seating on the porch out front and in the winter they seal it in with a clear plastic screen. The bar is nice, clean, and features a giant projector display to watch all your games. You can see the vasts beer vats through windows behind the bar. It is a really nice place to sit and drink.

The bartenders are always very sociable and friendly and are very intelligent on the large array of beers they have. I think what makes Wild Wolf stand out is how diverse their beer selection is. They have Ales, Lagers, Pilsners, Stouts, sour beers, IPA, APAs, and even a full liquor bar.

The food is always spot on. There menu features a lot of comfort foods that go great with their flavorful beers. I really like their beer, I am a stout and IPA man myself and I think Wild Wolf really nailed those. I know they do very well with their Blonde Hunny, which isn't to bad.

I would recommend anyone headed down to Nellysford/Wintergreen to give this place a shot, you will not be disappointed.

Review by Jordan, visited: February 2014.

Photo of dvmin98
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of HoppyBastard1
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of bigkingken
3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Nearly a year ago I took a half-day off of work to head up to Charlottesville for a concert. But first, I had to stop at the recently named best small brewery in the country by the Great American Beer Festival. On my way to Devil’s Backbone, I suddenly passed a sign for another brewpub just a few miles away from my destination. I was new to Virginia, so I hadn’t heard of Wild Wolf before, and didn’t plan enough time to make a stop there as well.

Fast forward to this past weekend when my awesomely supportive wife agreed to make the drive for pretty much no other reason than to fix the oversight. So was it worth the hotel room in Lynchburg and the two-hour drive home on a Saturday afternoon? Just for the sake of having done it? Yes. For the amazing views while driving? Yes. For the experience at the brewpub? Meh.

We settled in around 2:00 pm on a November Saturday to watch a bit of football and enjoy some of the wares. It took a little while to get the server to talk to us, but once she did, we had a flight of 11 beers on the way to the table for a reasonable $10.

The experience went downhill from there.

The beers were so-so in my opinion. Everything tasted clean and very likely how the brewmaster intended, but the flavor profile of pretty much each style has one note – bitter. Instead of Wild Wolf, I think this spot should have something about “alpha” in its name, because it over-hops every single style it makes. Without enough malt or a complex enough grain bill, each beer features only hops, and only one aspect of them at that. It might be a great lesson in hop varieties and their flavors, but it severely limits my enjoyment.

A couple of hours later – more on that in a bit – my wife and I decided on two pints, both of which just happen to be their lowest hopped varieties available. I went with a Belgian honey blond (Blond Hunny) that was cloudly, unfiltered, and pretty refreshing on a unseasonable warm November day. She went with a peach-touched Belgian style by the name of Area 151. Cloyingly high in alcohol, this was probably the best option on the list.

Between the flight and the pints, we looked at a food menu. And then we waited. For probably an hour. Finally, a manager asked if we needed anything. We said yes, how about some food and some water (which hadn’t come with the sampler as we had asked)? Sure, he said, let me go find a waitress.

Say what? Are you too good to take our order and get it into the kitchen ASAP? The reason for the wait wasn’t so much that the waitresses were bad, it’s just that they were slammed. Between 20 people constantly begging for their attention at the bar, pouring drinks for the rest of the busy restaurant, and cleaning their own glassware, the two bartenders simply didn’t have a lot of time to devote to the tables around the edges of the barroom.

Not necessarily their fault, but extremely aggravating nonetheless. Maybe they could have done a better job, or maybe management could have had more than two bartenders on staff for a beautiful Saturday afternoon during football season. Or maybe they could have at least pitched in and helped the poor girls once they saw how frantic things were getting. But no, instead we waited another 10 minutes or so until a different bartender found time to take our order.

Basement marks for service.

Once we finally got our orders in, the food came out surprisingly fast. Apparently the kitchen wasn’t very busy at all. The barbecue and sandwich menu here contains a host of delicious-sounding options. We went with a pulled pork sandwich and a tri-tip steak sandwich, with sides of sweet potato fries and battered fries, respectively.

The fries were absolutely fantastic. Both varieties seem hand-cut, hand-battered, hand-seasoned, and perfectly-cooked. The sandwiches themselves were good, but not outstanding. The pork had a nice smoky flavor which says they know what they’re doing with their barbecue at least. The tri-tip was a little bland other than the sauce. Both could have used better bread.

The one point that Wild Wolf hit all the marks on is the location. You can’t pick a prettier setting for any type of business, and they’ve created a sort of mini-mall type area with a ton of stores. It’s pretty impressive.

In all, if you happen to find yourself in the area whether for skiing, hiking, camping, or just to have some brews, do yourself a favor and focus on Devil’s Backbone and Blue Mountain. Both are superior in every respect.

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Wild Wolf Brewing Company in Nellysford, VA
88 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.