Cool down this summer with some delicious craft beer in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
Big things are happening with the local craft beer scene as many new breweries are popping up throughout the region, including the recent opening of the Ballast Point Brewing Co. Tasting Room & Kitchen in Botetourt County, and the upcoming openings of the Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room, Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage, and the new Big Lick Brewing Company Beer Garden!
Here are a few tasty brews to check out this summer!
Note - Breweries are listed in alphabetical order. This is not a ranking.
1. Ballast Point Brewing Company - Grapefruit Sculpin
We’re thrilled to now have Ballast Point Brewing Company as part of the craft beer scene in Virginia’s Blue Ridge with its beautiful new tasting room in Botetourt County! The San Diego-based brewery is bringing its West Coast flavors and brews to the Blue Ridge Mountains, and one of its many great summer options is the Grapefruit Sculpin. It combines the citrusy hop flavor of Ballast Point’s award-winning IPA with the tart notes of grapefruit that create a perfect blend and flavor profile for summer.
2. Barrel Chest Wine & Beer - Pulling Weeds Saison
Many people know about Barrel Chest as one of the go-to stores in the region for purchasing a variety of craft beer and wine, but did you know the shop is also now brewing its own beer that’s available on tap? Barrel Chest will be experimenting with lots of different brews, but a great summer option is Pulling Weeds, a saison farmhouse ale. It’s a bright, sunny ale brewed with honey.
3. Beale’s - Silver - Hefeweizen
Enjoy a perfect summer Blue Ridge Day at Beale’s, which recently opened in the Town of Bedford. You can grab a table at the beautiful outdoor patio, chow down on some incredible BBQ, and knock back a few beers, such as the Beale’s Silver - a Hefeweizen with 4.8% ABV that goes down easy.
4. Big Lick Brewing Company - Summer Dreams
With how frequently Big Lick Brewing Company updates what’s available on tap, there are multiple summer options, but let’s go with Summer Dreams! It’s a pale wheat ale that’s extra refreshing with lots of citrus flavor, drawn from lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange zest.
5. Chaos Mountain Brewing - Edge of the Sun Lime Lager
Check out what’s brewing on the mountain with a trip to Chaos Mountain Brewing in Franklin County! For a true taste of summer, try the Edge of the Sun. It’s a limited release Mexican style golden lager that’s brewed with lime zest. It’s a crisp, clean beer with a hint of lime flavor that will cool you down on a hot, summer day.
6. Deschutes Brewery - Hop Slice Summer Ale
The Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room is scheduled to open in Downtown Roanoke later this summer! Until that happens, you can visit local beer shops and restaurants to enjoy Deschutes Brewery beers, including the Hop Slice Summer Ale. This year’s variety is brewed with Lemondrop hops for a floral, crisp, citrus flavor.
7. Flying Mouse Brewery - Flying Mouse 1
The Flying Mouse 1 is a smooth, light beer that can quench your thirst after a day of hiking on the Appalachian Trail or floating the James River in Botetourt County. It’s a wheat ale with a bright, sunny color and coriander aroma that can be paired with a citrus slice for some extra fruity flavor.
8. Hammer & Forge Brewing Company - Lawless Kolsch
If you haven’t been to the new Hammer & Forge Brewing Company in the Town of Boones Mill, you’re missing out! What’s on tap is updated regularly, but hopefully they have the Lawless Kolsch available during your visit. It’s the brewery’s best-seller and the German-style beer is mellow, light and easy to drink. It’s also named after the Boones Mill Town Manager!
9. Parkway Brewing Company - Float Your Boat Saison Ale
Parkway Brewing Company released its new Float Your Boat Saison Ale earlier this summer and it’s a great drink for the season! It’s a German-style pilsner malt with notes of black pepper, pear, and citrus, as well as a floral spiciness from the Czech hops. The beer has a prickly carbonation and dry finish.
10. Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers - Virginia Creeper
You can enjoy seasonal offerings like the Hoptical Dream or Berry White at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers, but you also can’t go wrong with the Virginia Creeper, one of the flagship brews at this craft brewery in Downtown Roanoke. It’s an American-style pale ale that features domestically grown barley and hops. It’s easy to drink with a big hoppy finish.
11. Starr Hill Brewery - The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA
We’re excited for Starr Hill Brewery’s upcoming expansion into Virginia’s Blue Ridge with the opening of its Pilot Brewery & Side Stage at The Bridges in Roanoke, which is scheduled for later this year. Until the Charlottesville-based brewery opens its Roanoke location, be sure to check out our local craft beer stores and bars to try The Hook - Grapefruit Session IPA. It’s only available during the summer season and you’ll be hooked by the beer’s bright citrus hops.
12. Sunken City Brewing Company - Surfside Wheat
How could you not include a visit to Sunken City Brewing Company into a Blue Ridge Day at Smith Mountain Lake?! The local craft brewery at the Westlake Towne Center is a great spot to unwind, and the summer calls for a few pints of the Surfside Wheat, which is Sunken City’s Hefeweizen. It’s a German-style wheat beer with an aroma of banana and cloves that, when ordered in the taproom, is served with a slice of orange for an extra bit of fresh, citrus flavor.
13. Twin Creeks Brewing Company - Summerfield Blonde
Twin Creeks Brewing Company is part of the exciting development taking place in the Town of Vinton! It started by the owners sharing a love of craft beer and home-brewing and grew to become Vinton and Roanoke County’s first micro brewery. The flagship brew at Twin Creeks is the Summerfield Blonde, which has a 5.7% ABV and is a refreshing blonde ale.
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Visit our Breweries page to learn more about craft beer in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. You can also book a spot on a Roanoke Craft Beer Tour. Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly e-newsletter to get more ideas to help you plan your next beercation!
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