Rivermill Map Company
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3.96/5 rDev +3.9%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5 | $$$
Rivermill has some great beers in bottles and on taps. It is the only place I've found Newcastle Werewolf on tap. The price is a little high for the most part, like paying 6 dollars for a pint of Guinness is a bit much for the area but overall it is nice. Everyone who works there is nice and friendly, they have a good selection and some nice rotating taps and good stuff coming in year round. Only been here a few times and have enjoyed it for the most part. Depending on the time of day and the day of the week changes the atmosphere a lot, some days its more of a towny/professor crowd but on the weekends it fills up with students. Overall its a good place to stop and have a beer.
Edit: Monday-Wednesday is their beer nights, almost everything on tap is 3 bucks, and with their great selection thats quite a deal.
12-31-2012 05:27:04 | More by dmk91
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $
This is the first place I had a good beer when I moved to Blacksburg (outside of my apartment, of course).
Atmosphere: Depends when you go. This place is on a side street that literally borders VT's campus. In the afternoon or in the summer it isn't too bad, but any weekend night or game day it is crazy full of college students. It just depends on what is comfortable for you. I think I'd rate the atmosphere higher if it weren't for all the smoke, too. They've got darts and pool and TVs and the whole place has this great worn-in feeling with rough wooden floors, dim lighting and a well-worn bar.
Quality: Eh, it's pretty straightforward. I give it average because at least they give you a pint with your bottled beers without making a face.
Service: I've always had friendly service at Rivermill, but I can't say a whole lot more. You place all your orders at the bar (no biggie), so that can sometimes mean a wait to get to the front of the line. The bartenders don't seem terribly knowledgeable about the beers, but that's okay for me.
Selection: For a metropolis, this selection would be average. For Blacksburg, it's up there with the best you can get. They always have Stone IPA on tap, and last time I was in they also had Rogue Dead Guy, BBC Jefferson Reserve, SNPA and Shooting Creek (local) Rebel Ale. They have tons more taps, but many of them are unfortunately devoted to macros and what I consider middle-of-the road beers like Smithwicks, Blue Moon and the like. The bottle selection is really solid, too. I've had everything from Old Rasputin to Smuttynose IPA to Unibroue La Fin du Monde here.
Food: If you are a fan of greasy bar food, this is the place for you. They have tons of different burgers, including veggie and turkey, and they recommend a side of tater tots to go with.
Value: Excellent - Wednesday (I think) is pint night, and beers are something like $2, even the good ones. Food isn't pricey either for all you get.
Overall, this can be a really chill place to have a good beer and good, greasy food with friends. It just depends on the night. IMO, if you get there and it's packed, sit at the bar for the best service and least intrusions from the crowd.
09-17-2009 01:10:22 | More by kels
4.21/5 rDev +10.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This is a great spot for anybody seeking a wide variety of beers both on tap and in bottles. It is the only place in Blacksburg I have seen Roxy Rolles, Allagash White, and several other micros/imports on tap. The beer prices are very reasonable as well...it'll be hard to find a beer over $5 there. If I had to guess I would say there was about 20 taps and over 50 different beers in bottle. I never waited for more than 20 seconds for a beer when I walked up to the bar and the atmosphere is very nice. I just wish it was a little bit bigger so it could accommodate more people. I would definitely recommend it to everybody.
02-07-2009 01:47:04 | More by VaTechHopHead
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
On a trip to Blacksburg (for Vintage Cellar, of course!) we stopped here for a drink after lunch elsewhere. The guys at Vintage Cellar told us this was a good spot. And it was. Not incredible, but certainly something for every beer taste. Next to the usual Miller and Bud offerings they had taps of Smuttynose IPA, Lindemans Pomme, Magic Hat #9, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, and a few others. Lots of common stuff, but just a notch above the typical. We went for the Smutty IPA and Pomme, and didn't regret it. Bottle selection is quite good, with various offerings from Dogfish Head, Magic Hat, Rogue, Smuttynose, Pinkus (German organic) and even Hop-ocalypse, which isn't as great as the name, but it's rarely spotted, so that's cool.
Service was good, lively and quick. Atmosphere...well, it's dark and dingy. The wood and bar have that sticky soaked-in-decades-of-smoke sort of thing going on. We were glad we went in the afternoon, when the smoke was almost nil. But, having a preference for dark spots over overlit ones, this was cool.
Didn't try the food. But again, the Smutty IPA on tap was phenomenal, and the Lindemans Pomme nicely offset that. Check it out if you're in the area.
06-23-2007 22:11:43 | More by Metalmonk
Rivermill Map Company in Blacksburg, VA
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