Blue Mountain Brewery

Blue Mountain BreweryBlue Mountain Brewery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

9519 Critzers Shop Road
Afton, Virginia, 22920
United States

(540) 456-8020 | map

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Added by Jason on 10-15-2007

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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!

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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.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.18/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped by on Feb 17, later in the evening. This place seems to have doubled since I was here same time last year. It was modestly busy when I arrived and I was served right away.

Great location with views of the mountains, lots of glossy wood finish and big windows. A modern mountain inn feel. When I asked about beers, I was offered samples. I tried several types and they were all good solid representations of the styles. there were about 8 selections including lagers, Belgian and British style ales.

The food all looked quite good. I had a seafood jambalaya that was fresh, nicely presented and well seasoned. All in all, this is a great place for a meal or to relax after a day exploring a beautiful part of the state.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been to Blue Mountain a ton over the past few years, so I figured it's time for a review (I was there this past weekend).

A - The location is unbeatable in terms of atmosphere. Blue Mountain is located in the Blue Ridge, about 20 mins west of Charlottesville and 50 mins north of Lynchburg. The outdoor patio has a gorgeous view of the mountains and the interior has a great brewpub feel for it. The expansion has definitely added to the feel of the restaurant and there are now two nice bars to go along with the seating. If it's a nice day, I'd definitely go for a seat outside.

Q - All of the beers and food are very well made with local ingredients. Obviously, beer is a subjective thing but I find that there are always at least 3-4 tasty brews on tap. Their flagship beer, Full Nelson, is probably the best "regular" beer in Virginia. Everything is usually very well done.

Service - Here's the one (somewhat) negative thing I've noticed: the service isn't what it used to be. Part of it is volume (they are a lot busier than they were even a year ago), but part of it is the wait staff. I've had some great servers and I've had some where I've had to basically flag them down to order drinks after having been seated for 15-20+ minutes (which is unacceptable). Also, I've found that some of the servers can have attitudes as well. I understand that they are a lot busier than they used to be, and are likely stressed and understaffed, but there's still little excuse for that. Much like any restaurant, it's a crap shoot with the waitstaff. A few years ago, the ratio of quality servers to not was much higher. That being said, I have had great servers (even recently) and the staff does tend to be very knowledgeable about the beers, which is a plus. If you go on the weekend, plan to deal with large groups of oblivious tourists or day-trippers and waits of at least 30-60 mins if its a nice day.

Selection - In terms of beers, it ranges from 7-9 on tap at any one time since the expansion. They also offer Kombucha and Cider now, which to be honest, I could care less about. Growler fills are available and they have bottles, cans, and swag available for good prices.

Food - For the most part, the food is excellent. I have had some just ok appetizers, but others have really dug them in my group. The standout for me are the pretzels (very big and tasty) and the Bratwurst/Apples/Onions pizza which goes great with beer!

Overall, I love Blue Mountain. Part of me longs for the days when it was smaller, more personable, and the service was better. The expansion is well done but unfortunately the increased business has come at the price of service. I still love it and always swing by when I'm on the way to my parents' house in Lynchburg. Hopefully, the issues with service are just growing pains.

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Photo of mgbickel
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

This was our first stop on a mini beer-cation throughout VA and NC. Turns out that this was also my favorite stop!

The setting of this place is pretty much ideal. An inlaid patio for outside seating is situated right next to the hop-yard. Across the street, the Blue Ridge Mountains (I think that is the right range) carve out a serene setting. The inside of the pub is rustic in decor, but still crisp and new. Very high ceilings with lots of natural, exposed wood mix with new steel to give this a "modern lodge" like setting.

We ordered a cheese plate and a flight which included all of their offerings (9). I also ordered a tulip of their BA pumpkin beer, called Spooky I think. Everything was superb!

Our waiter paid just enough attention to us, without being pushy. He knew lots about their beer, and about the cheese plate, which is what most of our questions were centered around!

They sell beer to go at the front counter. They also have a number of brewery products (glasses, shirts, etc.) available.

I would highly recommend this place to anyone! They seem to really do things the right way, using all local products where they can. I really wish it wasn't 5 hours and many winding roads away...

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Photo of drewsil111
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Blue Mountain Brewery is a restaurant nestled just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of the "Brew Ridge Trail." The brewery has wonderful scenery and a fantastic seating arrangement. The menu is quite eclectic with the pizza being the highlight. Overall, the food is impressive and oozing with quality. The one element that probably needs a bit of work, is the imagination on the beer. On several occasions when doing the sampler, I could not taste the difference between two different brews. Don't get me wrong, most of their beers are very drinkable, but they are certainly not memorable (with the exception of Rockfish Wheat and Evil 8). Overall, This place is certainly worth a stop on the "Brew Ridge Trail."

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Photo of nandemo1
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

God, I want them to finish their expansion soon. Visited Saturday to grab lunch, however the place was PACKED. After an estimate of well over an hour for being served meals, we passed on being seated and bellied up to the bar to ordered a couple of brews and a quick pretzel appetizer. The staff was exceptionally quick with the beer and helpful in giving us directions to Devils Backbone. Menu looked outstanding, but a bit pricey. Plenty of options on tap, including seasonals. Packaged beer is available for purchase, at prices less than retail. Patio was beautiful, but inside seating area was small.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The wife and I met my sister and her squeeze here on Saturday the 30th of April, and I must say that we had a wonderful time. First and foremost, their brews are stellar, some of the best being produced in our great state of Virginia.

The atmosphere is lovely, as we sat on the patio overlooking the Shenandoahs at sunset. We ordered a cheese plate, with locally made cheese, meats and fresh warm bread. BMB was packed and slightly understaffed, so it took a while for us to get our suds and the snacks, but it was well worth it. The menu is fairly limited, as it's all about the beer. I will say though that the pizzas looked tasty - I plan on ordering one the next time we're there.

The server(s) were extremely friendly, and quite knowledgeable about the establishment and their offerings. They had...I think six beers on tap, one of which was a nitro-tap (their Dark Hollow was on - wow).

The four of us sat, drank, noshed and took in the beauty of the setting sun behind the rolling hills. Enjoying good conversation with a couple of cold ones in our hands, it was genuinely a magical moment I won't soon forget.

I would highly recommend stopping by and getting a growler filled or buying one of theirs (which are gorgeous), or digging into their cooler for pre-bottled/canned offerings.

I know it's a bit out of most people's way, but do yourself a favor and stop by Blue Mountain, as you won't be dissapointed.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of grinch7555
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of Wilson27
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.14/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.18/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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.

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Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

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!


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Photo of shutupdoodah
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

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.

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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 !

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