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Virginia’s Craft Breweries

Submitted by on June 8, 2019 – 8:39 amNo Comment

Craft Breweries in Virginia Special to Road Trips for Foodies
By the Virginia Tourism Corporation

The craft beer industry in Virginia has grown quickly from just a handful of breweries a couple of years ago to more than 200 now, with more opening this year and next. Existing breweries, like Hardywood Park Craft Brewery and Starr Hill Brewing, are already expanding, and big brands, like Stone Brewing and Deschutes Brewing Company are making Virginia their east coast home.

One of Virginia’s most well-known brands, Devils Backbone, recently opened an Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen on a beautiful hillside in Lexington and houses the custom-built brewery, with fast-casual dining, and outdoor beer garden.

Also in Lexington, Heliptrope Brewery will open in the downtown in 2019. Heliotrope is a farmhouse-style brewery committed to the production of small-batch, artisan ales and lagers, utilizing Virginia malt, farm-fresh produce, and their own house culture of locally foraged, native Rockbridge County microflora. Now that’s a Virginia-only craft beer!

Virginia’s Beer Trails offer a convenient and fun way to discover several breweries within a few miles of each other. Here’s just a sampling of trails:

*The Southwest Virginia Mountain Brew Trail includes all breweries in the 19 county footprint.

*The Shenandoah Valley Beerwerks Trail features 13 craft breweries in Staunton, Augusta County, Waynesboro, Rockbridge, and Harrisonburg.

*The Richmond Beer Trail is quickly becoming a major craft beer-drinkers destination. With more than 30 craft breweries and additions on the way, it’s clear why the Wall Street Journal said Richmond “is home to one of the region’s fastest growing beer scenes.”

*The Fairfax County Breweries Official Field Guide helps you navigate your way around the brews. Pick up a copy of your passport-like Field Guide at any of the participating county breweries or at the Fairfax County Visitor Center – collect all the stamps and win a prize.

*The LoCo Ale Trail continues to expand, with seven new breweries this year.

(Photo courtesy of Virginia Tourism Corporation)

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