The Roanoke Region is a part of the rapidly growing craft beer culture. More than 50 establishments in the urban core have craft beer on tap and brew pubs regularly host professional networking events, music, and seasonal specials. Two large, regional beer festivals, Big Lick Beertopia in the spring and Microfestivus in the summer feature more than 25 national and regional breweries each.
Roanoke Region brews are beginning to make quite the name for themselves as well. Three breweries earned major praise at the 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Fest for their beers. Parkway Brewing earned three medals, including a gold for 4 Damn Fights to a Pint (Imperial IPA), Chaos Mountain Brewing won gold as well for Agents of Chaos (Belgian Strong Ales), and Sunkern City Brewing brought home two silver medals.
Apocalypse Ale Works is the first brewery in Forest, Virginia, since Thomas Jefferson brewed in the 1800s at Poplar Forest. The brewery is located beside Pints O’Plenty and features a tasting room. Kegs are distributed all over the state of Virginia, with an emphasis on supplying local restaurants first. Canning production is also underway.
Big Lick Brewing Company is Roanoke’s only nano brewery and taproom that is “specializing in craft beer with an emphasis on quality and variety.” What’s different about Big Lick is that you will seldom find the same beer on two different visits.
You might find anything from a cream ale to IPA to porter at any given time.
The taproom is open Thursday through Saturday. You can grab a stool right next to the 2bbl brewing system. Bring your growler for a fill-up to go.
Bull & Bones Brewhaus and Grill is a locally-owned brewpub with both an upscale dining room and a separate sports bar with a casual dining area. The brewpub is located in “First and Main” in Blacksburg on South Main Street. Fresh lager and ale is handcrafted and served on site and the brewery is visible through glass walls throughout the restaurant.
Chaos Mountain Brewing is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of southwest Virginia, in Franklin County.
The tasting room features a combination of packaged products as well as some small batch brews totaling six to 10 different styles at any time. Chaos Mountain is dedicated to producing the best possible beer from the best available ingredients. From easy drinking session beers to big, intense Belgian style ales, there is something that just about everyone will enjoy.
One note if you plan to visit the brewery and are coming from 221 Bent Mountain, do not follow GPS over the gap.
The brewery is open Thursday through Sunday.
Devils Backbone is brewing award-winning craft beers in the Virginia. National beer titles include
Secluded in a hollow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Flying Mouse Brewery focuses on the experience and enjoyment of craft beer as part of an active outdoor lifestyle, whether it be a cold draft after a long hike or a pint over conversation at dinner after a day of cycling.
The brewery is accessible to Appalachian Trail hikers (less than half a mile from the trail) and for cyclists traveling along the TransAmerica 76 Bicycle route, which rolls past the brewery entrance.
The tasting room and beer garden are open Friday through Sunday. Beer is available for take away in Flying Mouse Bullet growlers and packable beer pouches.
Hammer & Forge Brewing Company exists as a celebration of the hard workers in every industry! The company brews each beer to honor the dedication of everyday hard working people; individuals who see each new day as an opportunity to improve themselves and the world around them.
Life is not about the end goal; life is an adventure meant to be enjoyed with the people you love by learning new things and experiencing new places. Our journey just happens to include making great beer!
Open Thursday through Saturday.
Parkway Brewing Company is a 4 vessel, 30 bbl micro-brewery with a 17,000 barrel capacity, in Salem, Virginia, specializing in distinctive ales for the discriminating beer enthusiast. Founded in 2012, Parkway Brewing offers several beers exclusively on-site, as well as flagship beers sold in bottles and kegs throughout Virginia. Currently producing over 12 varieties of styles, Parkway will expand into new markets in other states in 2017.
Random live music, from old-time bluegrass to blues and rock, and a variety of food trucks make this a destination for weary travelers who need a break from driving on Interstate 81. A casual, low-key vibe, along with some stellar brews keep the locals coming back for more. Family friendly and boasting an outdoor beer garden, Parkway Brewing has become one of Salem’s most unique and welcome community assets. Check their website at www.parkwaybrewing.com for news of Special Events both on and off-site.
The tasting room is open Sundays and Mondays from 2-8pm, CLOSED TUESDAYS, and open Wednesdays through Saturdays from Noon-8:30pm.
Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers opened in Downtown Roanoke in 2014 and features a mix of styles including Kolsch, Belgian white, IPA, APA, nut brown ale, porter, and seasonal specialties.
The brewery is just four blocks from Hotel Roanoke and the Roanoke City Market. Stop by to sample what’s new or hang around for the weekly cornhole tournaments or live music in the tasting room.
The tasting room is open Thursday through Saturday.
Sunken City Brewing Company is a 25-barrel, four-vessel brew house, featuring a tasting room and pub, retail store, and beer garden.
The brewery is located on Route 122 at Westlake Towne Center near the shores of Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. What most might not realize though is that nearly 300 feet down lies a once incorporated town which now serves as a submerged relic for nearly 22,000 residents and thousands of visitors each year who enjoy the lake’s incredible beauty and recreation.
Sunken City’s flagship beers include Steemboat Beer, Dam Lager, and Red Clay IPA.
The brewery is open for tastings Wednesday through Sunday.
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