Craft beer lovers often already know exactly what they want. The challenge usually comes with tracking it down. That’s where our favorite hop shops come in to play.
These purveyors of fine craft beverages and wares take tremendous pride in curating robust selections for their customers. In some instances, you’re welcome to bring your growler for a fill up or buy one of theirs.
Browse around and find something awesome and tasty. Here are the local stores that offer the best craft beer selection in Virginia's Blue Ridge.
Barrel Chest Wine & Beer | Roanoke
Okay, so maybe you don’t know exactly what you want. Or, maybe you want to try something new. The Barrel Chest is a local favorite because it’s the only retail store in our area that offers craft beer by the glass. What’s more is that you can grab a quick snack or sandwich, too.
Wine Gourmet | Roanoke
Don’t let the name deter you. While Wine Gourmet does boast a beefy selection of wine, their craft beer offerings (600+ labels!) are not to be overlooked. Mix and match a six pack to try a little of this and a little of that.
Mr. Bill's Wine Cellar | Roanoke
Mr. Bill the Sommelier has personally picked every bottle you’ll find in his shop – wine and craft beer. He also offers growler fills, should you find a draft you want more than a few sips of. He has six beers on tap daily.
Allsports Cork & Keg | Salem
Located next door to AllSports Cafe on Main Street in Downtown Salem, Cork and Keg offers a large variety of craft beers, wines and cigars! You can also get your growler filled and order kegs for special events.
Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op - Market Square and Grandin Village | Roanoke
All kinds of all natural delights can be found at Roanoke Natural Foods Co-Op, including an incredible variety of beers…organic, gluten-free, etc. Make your own six pack to sample a few options and nail down a winner. Don’t miss out on a stop at the Happy Belly Deli, where salads, sandwiches, soups, and more give you a happy belly, too.
Blue 5 | Roanoke
Jazz lovers know where to go when they want a great live show, excellent food, and tasty craft beer. Blue 5 is it, and you can also take a bottle of brew to go. There are 46 taps on rotation, and CraftBeer.com calls Blue 5 “one of the top 25 Best Beer Bars in America.” It’s also a great restaurant for a craft beer flight.
Southern Hills Homebrew Supply | Roanoke
Southern Hills is the place to go when you want to dip your toe into the world of beer making. Learn some of the ins, outs, whys, and how to begin when you pop into this little cabin off the Blue Ridge Parkway. One of the coolest things you’ll find here is the homemade #Frankenyeast, an experimental hodge-podge homebrewers look forward to integrating into their own recipes.