In most cases, going out to eat means focusing on what’s in front of you. That’s true in a place like Virginia, where fine establishments are just about everywhere, even in the seemingly remote parts of the state. Every once in awhile, you’ll find a place whose food is equally as exquisite as the surrounding scenery. For anyone who’s dined at Blue Mountain Brewery, they know this to be true. Learn more about this award-winning, scenic brewpub with some truly mouthwatering food.
Tucked away in Afton, Virginia stands one of the most scenic breweries and restaurants in the state. Blue Mountain Brewery, lovingly referred to as “the rural destination brewpub” was established in 2007 as the first brewery in all of Nelson County. In less than 10 years, it’s made quite an impressive name for itself, and with such outstanding mountain views, it’s no mystery why.
All beers are brewed either on site or at the nearby location of the Blue Mountain Barrel House, photographed above at sunset. Between these two sites, over 10,000 barrels of beer are crafted each year. Some of the favorite brews are known as the Classic Lager, Full Nelson Pale Ale, and Kolsch 151.
While most breweries are focused solely on drinks, Blue Mountain has an equally impressive food scene. It’s a full-service restaurant that offers unique appetizers, burgers, salads, sandwiches and perhaps most famously, pizzas. Shown above is the homemade brat, which also makes for an excellent pizza topping. All menu items are made from scratch using the finest qualities around.
Food and beer are obvious draws to this somewhat remote location in Virginia, but perhaps one of the most noteworthy qualities of Blue Mountain Brewery is the scenery. Outdoor seating provides expansive views of the Blue Ridge Mountains in all their glory. Can you imagine a more majestic setting for sampling some local craft beer or burgers?
Because of the breathtaking atmosphere, Blue Mountain Brewery is frequently requested for private events, parties, and even rehearsal dinners. Indoors, the restaurant is expansive yet cozy, providing a great place to relax for a couple hours. There’s often live music played by local artists that even further enhances the setting.
Whether it’s in the middle of summer or a chilly fall night, you’ll love sitting under the deck, enjoying an award-winning menu item and marveling at the equally impressive view. Blue Mountain is located at 9519 Critzers Shop Road, also known as Route 151 in Afton. If you don’t happen to be one of the lucky ones who lives close by, just know that your trek to Blue Mountain will be well rewarded.
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