As winter arrives in the Roanoke Valley in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, it’s the time of year when dark beer is in high demand.
The local craft breweries in the region offer a variety of porters, stouts, and other unique dark beers full of flavor.
If you’re a fan of dark beer, here are seven local options to try during your next visit to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
1. Dying Days | Big Lick Brewing Company
At 9.5% ABV, this Russian Imperial Stout packs a punch. It’s a big, bold, roasty beer with chocolate notes, and it’s one of the many impressive offerings at Downtown Roanoke’s nanobrewery.
2. Raven’s Roost Baltic Porter | Parkway Brewing Company
Parkway Brewing Company is brewing poetry with the Raven’s Roost Baltic Porter. The beer provides a robust, roasty aroma with impressive layers of chocolate, caramel and toffee flavors.
3. Agents of Chaos | Chaos Mountain Brewing
As a 3-time winner at the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival, the Agents of Chaos has earned its reputation as one of the state’s best beers. This Belgian Dark Strong Ale offers flavors of dark fruits and caramel and a toasted brown head.
4. Flying Mouse 8 | Flying Mouse Brewery
The Flying Mouse 8 is a great option for those looking to find a dark beer that isn’t as heavy as typical offerings. It’s a smoky, full-flavored ale that’s brewed from a Porter foundation and features a modest hop bitterness.
5. Twisted Stump Porter | Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers
Enjoy a classic porter that boasts imperial strength with the Twisted Stump Porter at Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers. This dark ale contains two-row barley, chocolate, caramel and black malts to provide a rich, powerful flavor.
6. Nachthexen | Sunken City Brewing Company
A limited release, the Nachthexen by Sunken City Brewing Company is a German wheat bock that’s dark, spicy and delicious. It has the characteristics of a German Hefeweizen, but it’s stronger and contains added flavors and aroma of caramel and chocolate.
7. Slow Water Porter | Twin Creeks Brewing Company
The Slow Water Porter is a rich, dark, classic porter with notes of chocolate and mocha. A smooth balance of malt and hops makes this beer a drinking favorite at the new Twin Creeks Brewing Company in Vinton.
Black Butte Bonus!
Though Deschutes Brewery might be a few years from breaking ground on its new location in Virginia’s Blue Ridge, that doesn’t mean you have to wait to enjoy the classic Black Butte Porter! Many local shops carry this award-winning porter by the Oregon-based brewery. Here are some local stores where you can find it:
- Barrel Chest Wine & Beer
- Eli’s Provisions
- Wine Gourmet
- Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar
- Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op
Visit our Breweries page to learn more about the growing craft beer scene in Virginia’s Blue Ridge. You can also experience the unique beer culture in the region by taking part in a Roanoke Craft Beer Tour, which features many of the breweries included in this list.
Cheers to your next Blue Ridge beercation!