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Blue Mountain Brewery

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Blue Mountain BreweryBlue Mountain Brewery
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3.82/5
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4,658 Ratings
Blue Mountain BreweryBlue Mountain Brewery
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

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Ratings:
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PLACE STATS
BA Score:
4.21/5
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
154
pDev:
9.03%
 
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Photo of Boone757
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Rifugium
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

The wife and I passed through the area to visit a friend on our way back home from TN. I had sampled some Blue Mountain beers before, but since it was one of the only brewpubs in the area, we figured we stop in for a visit. It was definitely worth it, and not only that, but we also stopped in again for lunch the next day before heading home.

Good vibe to the place, a smaller bar seats maybe 10 people, and there was plenty of table space, including a huge outdoor area. It was a beautiful day, so we decided to sit outside, with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background, and a lush verdant hop garden in the foreground. They are pet-friendly as well, fyi.

There was a very good selection of beer available, with a good variety of styles. The beer wasn't out of this world tremendous, but they did have some solid options, in addition to some tamer mass-pleasing light beers. They also had some selections from their sister brewery, the Barrel House in Arrington. We ended up taking home a couple bottles of the Chocolate Coffee Dark Hollow, and a Sour Devil stout. They have a lot of other beers available for take-out, and a huge merch stand with tons of glassware (!).

Service was fine. Most of the waitresses were young, and not exactly experienced in beer knowledge, but enough to get by and give good recommendations. Food was tasty indeed. The wife got an artisan meat & cheese & fruit plate that was extraordinary, I had a pulled pork one day and a turkey wrap the next, both of which were very good, and our friend got a chili dog that was no joke. Prices were decent all around.

This was a great stop. Definitely worth checking out when in the area, and I hope to return someday.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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!

HV

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I think the venue of the brewery and the restaurant/pub are really quite nice - located in the rolling hills of VA there are amazing views and a wonderful outdoor seating area including space to place games. The atmosphere was definitely laid back and the people working in the brew pub were quite friendly. The interoir has a bunch of light colored wood paneling but also has great natural light.

Beers were very fresh and served at the proper temperature and in proper glassware. Good pours with the correct amount of head left in the glasses.

Our server as well as the front of house staff were friendly, pleasant, and helpful. I found the staff to be attentive and willing to engage in conversations about the beer - they wanted to know where I was from, how I heard about the place, and if I had tried any of their beers before (NJ/NYC, BA forums, and Yes).

There were 10 beers on tap as well as several others available in bottles - growlers, 6 packs, and bombers were also available as well as some pre-packaged selections for the holiday season.

Far better food than I normal encounter at a brew pub/brewery's restaurant and I loved the fact that it highlighted local ingredients. I had one of the flatbread pizzas they offered and really enjoyed it - I would definitely recommend the food.

I found the prices to be quite reasonable and might stop by again on another one of my drives between NJ and NC.

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Photo of seanchai
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of akorsak
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Iamjeff6
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Photo of VABA
4.25/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.94/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

We sidetracked here for some dinner on a recent trip down I-81. I must say that this is quite the picturesque location, nestled amidst the wine country at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. When you first drive up, the place looks like someone's house attached to the brewery, with plenty of outdoor seating. Walking inside though, I immediately like the atmosphere. Very spacious feeling, with high ceilings and a ton of tables, benches, and comfy chairs and couches to relax on. Earthy colors and local art on the walls, gives things a classy yet very relaxed feel. The presentation of the beer itself was nicely done as well. A nice looking good sized bar sits at the front, with the brew house visible through the glass behind it, and the stocked 2-Go cooler accessible to the left.

The draft beer selection consisted of their four primary bottled offerings plus two Stouts that I tried a 10 oz pour of each, the Dark Russian RIS, and it's barrel-aged version, the Dark Hollow. I enjoyed both big Stouts but they were served on nitro, something I'm not a big fan of. I was hoping for maybe more than two brewery only releases on tap but I was more than happy with the ones that were on. Food here was good as well. They offer a more limited standard menu of appetizers, sandwiches, and pizza but also have some daily specials as well. We opted for their flat bread pizza of the day, which contained pepperoni, mushrooms, and freshly chopped jalapeno peppers. Tasty but hot! Service here was great. Our guy was the only one waiting on the inside and outside seating but did a great job of hustling and we never had to wait long for his attention. Super friendly too! It's always nice when you leave and not only does the staff say goodbye to you but also the locals sitting at the bar as well!

This was a really nice stop and one that we were glad that we made. Good beer and food with a super relaxed atmosphere and friendly vibe. That's all that we ever ask out of a beer stop. We'll be back.

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Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I have visited this establishment twice since it's opening, once in February '08 and once in September '08.

Just a few miles from Rockfish Gap entrance to Skyline Drive, we found Blue Mountain Brewery and Hops Farm - a brewery and pub with a real farm look to it! 200 hop vines adorn the font of the property.

The building is anchored on one end with a large barn-like area for the brewing, and long extension with a welcoming large front porch. It was dark when we arrived, and the warm glow of interior lighting streamed from the multiple windows and doors.

Inside there was an angled bar with seating for 8, and 8-10 tables of varying sizes with bench seating. Comfortable couches and chairs provided seating adjacent to the fireplace, and we noticed a little sitting nook in the back (next to the kitchen) that looked like it just jumped out of an episode of Trading Spaces. Beer literature and brewing books were placed on coffee tables and shelves. The yellow walls and warm lighting made the place feel very welcoming, and the high ceilings gave an illusion that the place is bigger than it really is.

Blue Mountain Brewery was packed when we arrived, but we did locate two seats at the wood-topped bar, which isn't too high, and doesn't have a lip, so eating at it is easy.

Pints on a Wednesday night are $3.

All of the beers I have had here have been good or better. I enjoyed the Harvest edition of Full Nelson and the Summer Weizenbock very much.

Our service was not so great the first time, tender was a bit inattentive but the second time it was wonderful. So an overall good rating is fair.

We have been generally impressed by the food menu. For instance, we started with the Puree of Parsnip Soup. It was AMAZING! With little flakes of dried sage and drops of truffle oil, this was a perfect starter on a cold night. It is one of the best soups I've had in awhile. There were plenty of interesting things on the menu - the fruit and cheese board looked tasty and generous, and highlighted local cheeses. There was a roasted veggie pizza that I wanted to photograph! The crust was so very thin that it looked like a sand tart cookie. Every inch of the pizza was covered in goodness - a cilantro pesto, roasted yellow squash and zucchini, onions, mushrooms, mozerella and tomatoes - and the whole thing was littered with dollops of goat cheese and sprigs of fresh cilantro.

Sandwiches on ciabatta bread like the sandwich made with Kite's Virginia Ham or the vege sandwich of avocado, sprouts, tomato, hummus and cucumber.

A nice place with good food, good beer, nice atmosphere and a bucolic country setting. I look forward to my next BMB visit very much.

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Photo of david18
3.25/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.14/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Seanibus
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I love this place. It's cute, warm, and welcoming, with a great porch where you can relax and watch the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains. The owners are friendly and the staff is informal but enthusiastic. The food is simple, really just high end bar snacks in most cases, but it is well executed and the owners are committed to using local and regional ingredients where possible. And the beer is just luscious - the Full Nelson pale Ale is one of my favorite pale ales anywhere and the rest are nearly as good. The only downside is that the owners were too modest in their expectations for the business and grossly underestimated how busy they would be. That means that it is often quite crowded and parking can be a hassle, even with the expanded parking lot they were eventually forced to build. But it is crowded for a good reason - this is an excellent brew pub and well worth a diversion out of your way if you're in the Charlottesville or Staunton area. I make it a point to stop in every time I am in the area visiting my family.

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Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +1%

Photo of avisong
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of bcgeiman
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of dvmin98
3.98/5  rDev -5.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.25 | selection: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of drtth
4.05/5  rDev -3.8%
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 PA-Michigander
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.25

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