Calling all beer connoisseurs: In case you’re feeling like you’ve tried all the breweries and hotspots the Blue Ridge Highlands has to offer (and there are many, so that’s really saying something!), we have a tip: Hop on I-81 and head over to Montgomery County, Virginia.
There’s one thing in particular that sets these breweries apart from the rest of the pack: A good handful incorporate farm-fresh initiatives. And that might sound cliche, but trust us, it’s not. Many of these places are using locally sourced -- sometimes backyard sourced -- ingredients and produce, and they’re putting them right in your beer. It’s like the farm-to-table movement, also sometimes called farm-to-fork, but in a pint glass! And it’s delicious, said Irene Kilmer, the visitor relations manager of the region’s tourism office.
So with that in mind, we asked Kilmer: Where are some of the best places to stop by? And she provided the following recommendations, in no particular order.
Scroll just past the map to view the breweries. And click or tap each star on the map to see their locations and website information.
Rising Silo is a farm brewery -- and just like the name implies, it’s located on a fully operational farm called Glade Road Growing. They brew all their beer on site, and use produce straight from the farm to make some truly unique creations. For example, fresh jalapeños might inspire a jalapeño stout. And for any non-drinkers, Rising Silo offers homemade sodas and kombuchas, as well. Visitors can take a walk around the farm to bask in the beauty of the New River Valley, breathe in the fresh air or pop a seat in the barn. It’s relaxed, casual and open.