By Lynn R. Mitchell
There’s a new beer trail in America, and it’s right here in the Shenandoah Valley. “Valley Fresh, Valley Brewed.”
Perhaps the success of “Nelson 151” along the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with such well-known drinking holes at Devil’s Backbone, Wild Wolf, Blue Mountain, Bold Rock, and more, was a driving force when the economic development and tourism groups in the Shenandoah Valley decided to pull together with their “Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail” along the western slopes of the Blue Ridge.
After all, everything Nelson 151 advertises — Virginia wine, craft beer, hard cider, spirits, and outdoor recreation — is available right here in the Valley, as the Beerwerks Trail notes on their website:
Welcome to the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Here, you can taste some of the best craft beer in the country. This beautiful region provides a way to reconnect with the important things in life – relax and enjoy the companionship of good friends amidst some of the nation’s most beautiful farms and mountains, breathe in the scent of ancient forests on a hike, explore a fascinating new community, taste the fresh flavors of a farm-to-table meal, or listen to music under the stars as you discover a new favorite band. There’s so much to enjoy in the Shenandoah Valley.
Wherever your adventures take you, we’ve got a brewery nearby to quench your thirst. Come visit, and stay for a while!
In a collaborative effort, Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro Tourism, Harrisonburg Tourism, and Lexington & The Rockbridge Area Tourism have joined forces to rake in some of the revenue that has gone outside the Valley.
Concentrating on the craft breweries, there are many to choose from including Brothers Craft Brewing (Harrisonburg), Pale Fire Brewing Co. (Harrisonburg), Seven Arrows Brewing (Augusta County), Redbeard Brewing Company (Staunton), Stable Craft Brewing (Augusta County), Queen City Brewing (Staunton), Shenandoah Valley Brewing Co. (Staunton), Basic City Beer Co. (Waynesboro), Three Notch’d Brewing Company (Harrisonburg), Wolfe Street Brewing (Harrisonburg), Blue Lab Brewing Company (Lexington), and Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery & Tap Room (Lexington).
With so many breweries nearby as well as a number of wineries (who have their own Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail), we can keep it local as suggested by the slogan, “Drink in the Shenandoah Valley.”