Drank a few beers here with obguthr, pleasure! This is a large place with a gorgeous view of the "mountain"-like bumps in the landscape. Huge patio, pretty crowded on a nice sunny spring day. Service was prompt and friendly. Beers were very tasty, and there were plenty of new ones for me. Food was good with large portions. Well worth the easy trip from C-ville.
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 didnít eat on our visit but heaps of food options on the menu. Slightly off the beaten trail but worth a visit.
A worthy stop a bit outside of Charlottesville. The hop farm was still dormant at my visit, but the trellises were in place and ready to support (ha ha). The beers are above average, and the food is well prepared. A new patio was being built, just in time for the spring and summer weather.
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.
Not quite what Iíd expected, the brewpub sits along a fairly busy road in Virginia mountain wine country, not from Skyline Drive and Shenandoah National Park. We visited mid-afternoon on a holiday and virtually had the place to ourselves. It was quite the cozy and inviting place and welcome respite from the crisp fall temperatures. Blue Mountains brews, some of which are availble in bottles down in southern Virginia, are all quite tasty. The food during our visit was exceptionally yummy and home made, and the excellent service topped off a great visit. Highly recommended! - Brewery #466, 11/11/2008.
Drake (782) Milwaukee, Wisconsin | April 24, 2008| Updated October 4, 2011
This brewpub is located deep in the heart of wine country, and it looks like it. Picture a beer hall combined with a wine tasting room. The staff is very friendly, and both owner and brewmaster are there all the time and are very approachable. The food is very good with a local emphasis. A bit expensive, but high quality, and there are a couple of inexpensive options. Beers range from easygoing and highly quaffable to extraordinarily good. They messed up once and it resulted in a beer that people are begging them to brew again. Six beers available at a time. They have some bottled selections to go and now offer growlers. Easy to miss when you drive by and it does get CROWDED. If you are visiting the Charlottesville area and have limited time, make sure you hit here and Devils Backbone before you do anything else.
UPDATE: The brewery has expanded a great deal. The old brewpub is now used for special events and a whole new restaurant has been added, along with a massive beer garden. The bar is longer, and has a lower feeling, giving it a more cozy feel. They are up from 6 taps to 10. The food menu has expanded along with the new kitchen, but the portions are small for the price. Probably the most beautiful place you can have a brewed on premise beer in Virginia.
man, what a weird place for a brewery. I absolutely love the building, the location, and the ambiance. It could not be more tasteful. I had some beer cheese and hummus, both of which were pretty tasty. The beers spanned a reasonable spectrum and I liked the two I had. Itís too bad that this is so far off the beaten path. I would like very much to visit again in the future.
Visited here right before closing time on a Friday evening. This place is massive, with a couple of different bars and serving areas. Professional ambiance, plenty of merchandise available for purchase. I tried a flight of 10 different Blue Mountain beers and was pretty happy with the quality on offer. The foodís nothing to write home about, but itís cheap, filling. Service was attentive. Overall, an established venue thatís well worth a visit.
Pretty nice place, they have a nice setup, pretty good food, and a solid selection of beers. The outdoor area is really nice with some tables and corn hole, and other stuff to do. The inside offers a nice atmosphere as well. Worth a stop if you are in the area for sure.
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.