Blue Mountain Brewery

BEER AVG
3.82/5
Blue Mountain BreweryBlue Mountain Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

9519 Critzers Shop Road
Afton, Virginia, 22920
United States

(540) 456-8020 | map
bluemountainbrewery.com

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Added by Jason on 10-15-2007

BEER STATS
Beers:
91
Ratings:
4,545
Reviews:
1,160
PLACE STATS
Score:
92
Ratings:
146
Reviews:
56
Avg:
4.14
pDev:
3.62%
 
 
Taps:
0
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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3.28/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | food: 3.25

Atmosphere: the outdoor patio is second to none. great mountain views and lots of space. games and occasional musicians. Inside I can't speak for but the its a great place to have a drink and for seasonal vistas/events.

Quality: not the top tier in the area and certainly not the country but you can always find something good to drink on the menu. last time I was there is was a wee heavy which was nice on the cool fall day.

Service: not bad service but when it gets busy things can slow down quite a bit. while the lots of seating is a good thing it can really jam up the food wait.

Selection: as I said you can almost always find something to drink but still not an extensive everything under the sun selection.

Food: the food menu varies from good to poor. I have had a few bland and borderline uneatable things (hummus platter and black bean burger respectively) but I've also had some good items as well.

Overall: a must try if only for events that you want to be outside for and have a good beer. everything from fall colors with mountain vistas to oktoberfests and beautiful summer afternoons/evenings. If you are exclusively looking for top notch beer ticking I'd look elsewhere.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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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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3.65/5  rDev -11.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

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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 cbdouglass
3.71/5  rDev -10.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of swelch1976
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -8.2%

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 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.

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3.85/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

Photo of PaulH67
3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.5

Excellent beer, great view, good service, above average food. Good value on beer variety and price.

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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 Riff
3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4

This is a nice brewpub to while away an afternoon. Gorgeous setting in Nelson county, VA with inside and outside tables. There is a section outside where dogs are welcome and room for kids to run around. The food is fairly good with a heavy emphasis on local ingredients. The service was good, very fast despite being busy during dinner rush. Decent selection at the bar, you can always find something to drink but it isn't as wide a selection as other places.

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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.

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Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA
3.82 out of 5 based on 4,545 ratings.
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