I liked this place despite it’s large size. It has very good beer, excellent food, fantastic views and when we visited on a hot Tuesday evening, it was busy without being crowded and the service was good. There are numerous indoor and outdoor areas, some of which overlook the hop farm. All up a worthy place to visit.
This place has expanded a ridiculous amount since the first time I visited. Beautiful views, but as I walked in today I heard a young child tell his mother this is like Busch Gardens, and it is. It’s ridiculously packed, people, stuff, tables, games, etc. everywhere outside. Two parking attendants directing traffic, a billion employees, a billion customers, and nary a seat to be found. I made my way up to the bar, ignored by the two bartenders chatting with eachother and browsed the menu. One secret tap - great! Thinking this will be the one beer that’s different, new I’ve yet to have (though my last stop in was in the fall and they also didn’t have anything new.) Nope - the secret tap was a well-known local canned brew. I asked the bartender how often they make new brews and he looked offended, and pointed to something on the menu (the Full Noonan) and said that’s new (I rated it back in February - first rating on here is 11/11/16). I don’t think they’re around to cater to the beer seekers as much as they used to. They’re dealing with Afton’s version of Disney World. Sorry, Blue Mountain fans... I’m just no longer impressed.
Stopped in on a whim on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. This place is big, popular and well funded. Did not try the food but the menu looked good. Beers were exceptional and only $1 per taster glass. Beautiful outdoor seating. A dreamy place in the country.
This is quite an operation. Somebody directing parking on your way in, which is a nice touch given how busy it is. Thirty minutes wait at seven on Friday, but there were spots at the bar. Friendly service, super fast. Food menu kind of cool, interesting selections. Food was quite good actually. Large outdoor seating area, partially covered. Live music. Pet friendly area separated from the rest, which is a nice touch; as much as you like him, not everybody is a fan of your dogs nose in their crotch. Yard games. Beer decent, but honestly that is not the draw here. This is a production.
A yuppie spot, but that isn’t bad. The place is typical neo-bar with plenty of outside seating under strung lights. The service is very friendly and attentive, and the beers are well above average, with inexpensive flights. A first rate place, worth seeking out.
This is a large setup complete with a busy restaurant, a couple of bars and outside seating on the patio area. We even spotted a pouring unit outside that must get used during the warmer months. Bonus points for its location, with a lovely view over the hills. The tap beers were pretty good and well brewed. Efficient service, I think I counted about two dozen wait staff so it gives an idea on how busy it gets here. We didn’t eat on our visit but heaps of food options on the menu. Slightly off the beaten trail but worth a visit.
Visited for a beer only and so can’t comment on the food. Fantastic place to sit outside and enjoy the view on a nice day. Good service, cost of a pint is reasonable, and they have a reasonable selection of their beers. I would definitely visit again.
Interior is open and welcoming, though it lacks the lived-in feel that adds charm. It has plenty of patio seating outside, booths and tables plus a long bar inside. Bartender is friendly but not familiar. Can’t say a lot about the food, but the pretzel is great - and that mustard will clear out your sinuses. Bluegrass and indie music is at a level where you can enjoy it but not so it interferes with conversation. This place is worth finding in Virginia’s Blue Ridge region.