Craft beer flights are an easy way to dip your toe into beer tasting. If you don’t know which style of beer you like, flights are really great for that.

The best part? There are restaurants in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge that offer flights, saving craft beer newbies from the pressure of a brewery visit.

First, what is a flight? It's four to six small glasses of beer arranged from lightest to darkest in color for the purpose of “warming up” to the robust flavor and density of the darker beers. Small samples allow you to taste test a variety until you hopefully find one or two that pleases your palate…all without getting too inebriated. 

Try a flight at one of these area restaurants for a great meal, too.

Local Roots | Roanoke

An original farm-to-table restaurant before such a thing was hugely popular, Local Roots takes local a step further by offering craft beer. Ask for a four-, six-, or eight-beer flight to get a taste of a few carefully curated brews.

Town Center Tap House | Daleville

21 big screens and nearly twice the taps are just a few of the reasons Town Center Tap House is “where good friends go.” Giant salads, sandwiches, and burgers are the others. You will not go home hungry or thirsty when you choose Town Center Tap House. 

Mac and Bob's | Salem

Start with the beer cheese appetizer and then get into the five-beer flight to find a favorite. Once you’ve nailed it down, ask your server which dish pairs well with it. Will it be the fish tacos or maybe the jalapeno cheddar meatloaf? Nah, go straight for the plate-size calzone and get ready for a feast.

Beamer's 25 | Roanoke

Named for the beloved Virginia Tech head football coach Frank Beamer, Beamer’s 25 is a casual restaurant and bar with about 25 craft beers on tap, all up for flights. Choose your four-, five-, or six-beer selection and then consider Frank’s Fries to munch on and a Smokey Burger to follow.

Wasena City Tap Room | Roanoke

There are 31 beers on tap at Wasena City Tap Room. Line up a few for sampling and then choose between a robust menu of burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, salads, tacos, and burritos.

Fork in the Market | Roanoke

Craft is the word at Fork in the Market, as in craft wood-fired pizza and of course, craft beer. Try a flight with your Mac Daddy pizza, an unbelievable combination of baked macaroni and cheese with bacon and even more cheese layered on top. It’s a pizza you will never forget.

Find more craft beer adventures at a local brewery or somewhere surprising. You can also check out our Restaurants section to learn more about the local dining scene in Virginia's Blue Ridge.