Champion Brewing Company

Champion Brewing CompanyChampion Brewing Company
Champion Brewing CompanyChampion Brewing Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

324 6th St SE
Charlottesville, Virginia, 22902-5655
United States

(434) 295-2739 | map
championbrewingcompany.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
3.78
Beers:
90
Ratings:
1,914
PLACE STATS
Average:
4
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
34
pDev:
10.25%
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Ratings by Camjmorton:
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Rated by Camjmorton from Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%

Aug 04, 2014
More User Ratings:
 
Rated: 3.78 by Jason_cs from Florida

Jun 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.71 by Rideguy64 from Massachusetts

Nov 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.8 by Yeeuh from Virginia

Aug 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.83 by BeerSexLove from Virginia

Dec 08, 2017
 
Rated: 4.26 by highstrung from Virginia

Oct 14, 2017
 
Rated: 4.18 by HairyHood from Alabama

Nov 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.16 by krbrevard from Virginia

Aug 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by Boone757 from Virginia

May 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.15 by dwoolley1 from New York

Apr 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.59 by LeeeMare from Massachusetts

Mar 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.56 by jawshu from Georgia

Jan 06, 2016
 
Rated: 3.49 by drink_like_a_wahoo from Virginia

Oct 13, 2015
 
Rated: 5 by TechnomageVA from Virginia

Aug 14, 2015
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Rated by brocktune from Virginia

3.16/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3
Awful music blasting makes any conversation impossible. Service was good. Beer quality good, but not a wide selection of styles.
Jul 14, 2015
 
Rated: 4.09 by vwbus7 from North Carolina

Jul 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.7 by Gatordaddy from Maryland

Apr 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.83 by TX-Badger from Texas

Mar 19, 2015
 
Rated: 4.76 by TomCat11 from Virginia

Mar 10, 2015
 
Rated: 3.86 by Nishriver from New Jersey

Mar 05, 2015
 
Rated: 3.89 by DrinkDrankPunk from Virginia

Feb 09, 2015
 
Rated: 3.46 by hophead_87 from Virginia

Jan 08, 2015
 
Rated: 3.32 by rew3

Dec 12, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by lillitnn92 from Virginia

Nov 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by Cubatobaco from Virginia

Nov 18, 2014
 
Rated: 4.64 by CvilleJNC

Nov 17, 2014
 
 
Rated: 4 by everythingiszen from Virginia

Sep 30, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by VeganUndead from Virginia

Sep 01, 2014
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Reviewed by JMUbrewz from Virginia

4/5  rDev 0%
I try to stop by Champion every time I'm in the area. I really like the location, atmosphere, and for the most part, their beers! I love that they are playing around with different versions of their Berliner Weiss. The Gose is a pretty poor representation of the style, but the Berliner, and especially the Imperial Strawberry Berliner were quite good. My only real issue with Champion has to do with quality control. In general, I think they make pretty tasty hoppy beers. With that being said, I've come across two bad batches of different IPA's. I've had the Melee Session IPA a few times, and it's a great hopped up session beer. Unfortunately, one batch of this beer was clearly tainted with roasted malt. It tasted like a smoked beer. My brother and the bartender agreed. It was awful and should've been dumped long before distribution. The second issue was when a friend of mine ordered their Trench Gun IPA. The only distinguishable flavor in this beer was butter. It was from the brewery and should have been a fresh keg. Champion is doing some awesome stuff, but really need to eliminate these issues before I stop ordering their beers!
Aug 21, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by HookemHoos from Virginia

Aug 11, 2014
 
Rated: 4 by williahd from Maine

May 31, 2014
 
Rated: 4.5 by atrocity from Virginia

May 20, 2014
 
Rated: 4.67 by jaymo18 from Virginia

May 12, 2014
 
Rated: 3.75 by JWalterWeatherman from Virginia

May 06, 2014
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Reviewed by jratliff from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4
Champion brews and sells their own beer on site. As of now, they brew in small batches which makes for a lot of turnover, which I like. They are a great brewery. They certainly are not afraid to push the envelope in terms of beer brewing and will explore some interest flavors and brewing agents like spice, salt, and even Iberico ham.

The brewery itself invites food trucks to park out front as they don't have a kitchen. Feel free to BYOF or order in too. The interior is poured concrete flooring with a more utilitarian feel. There are board games, some couches in the back, and a few tables in addition to the bar. It is very unpretentious, which I like. In warmer months, there are picnic tables outside.
Mar 08, 2014
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Reviewed by seanchai from Virginia

4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4
The set-up is a bit slicker than some of your warehouse start-up breweries. Set in a small industrial building just a couple of blocks off the vibrant Cville downtown mall, the tasting room is a welcoming place. Service is excellent, especially when Drew, the tasting room room manager, is on duty. Cool, laid-back, extremely welcoming, he sets a great vibe and loves talking about the beer.

After a couple of early slight missteps, the beer is now consistently at least good and sometimes a lot more than that. Hunter, the brewer/owner, isn't afraid to wander outside style conventions and push a beer style in a new/different direction. His Habenero IPA is a great example of that. What sounds like a gimmick beer is a curiously refreshing, intense summer thirst quencher. With, you know, some heat. Another thing that Champion does well is partner with other local businesses, be they food trucks, community organizations, or other local entrepreneurs.

Champion has just announced that they are building a production facility in addition to the original brewery/tasting room set -up. This is currently a good to very good local brewery, with room to become exceptional beyond Cville.
Oct 17, 2013
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Reviewed by sholland119 from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -16%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 2.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5
I really wanted to like this place. Not far from the downtown mall in a mixed area with some residential and industrial space. A small place with a 12 seat or so bar and a bunch of tables. Nice atmosphere, welcoming bartender early on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

Five beers on tap but I did not think any of them were really any good. The kolsch was decent, the Imperial Peach Berlinerweisse and Brown ale were unmemorable, the dubbel outright bad and the bourbon barrel RIS was far too boozy. Bummer.

HV
Jul 31, 2013
Champion Brewing Company in Charlottesville, VA
Brewery rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 1914 ratings