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

Dying Days - Big Lick Brewing

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 - Raven's Roost

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. Twisted Stump Porter | Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers

Twisted Stump - Soaring Ridge

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.

5. Slow Water Porter | Twin Creeks Brewing Company

Slow Water Porter - Twin Creeks

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!


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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:

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!