Explore the craft breweries of Love ridge

Love Ridge Mountain Lodging is the ideal launch point for visiting central Virginia’s renowned craft beer country.  The Brew Ridge Trail, Virginia’s original beer trail, meanders down either side of the Blue Ridge where you will find a variety of breweries both large and small. The closest brewery, Devil’s Backbone, is only 10 minutes from our mountain cabins rentals, and is ideal for an afternoon of high quality delicious brews paired with pub foods.

Devils Backbone, 35 Crandall Run, Roseland, VA 22967

A sprawling operation, with both indoor and outdoor seating almost guarantees a spot but this place is popular and for good reason. Recently they’ve added a distillery where you can taste spirits and sip cocktails and the outdoor fire pits extend the season for outdoor seating so you can enjoy more mountain air. Devil’s Backbone is a good start or finish to an afternoon of exploring Nelson 151 which boasts countless breweries, wineries, distilleries, and cideries.

More info: 434-361-1001

Brewing Tree, 9278 Rockfish Valley Hwy, Afton, VA 22920

Families and folks with dogs might want to check out Brewing Tree. Along with the tasty brews, the streamside location makes for fun splashing around and there are lots of field games and room to spread out. Sometimes it’s almost too much fun. . . .

More info: brewingtreebeer.com

Phone: (540) 381-0990

Outdoor Firepit at Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Basic City Brewery beer and sandwiches

Heading West from Love Ridge you find yourself smack dab in the middle of the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail and seeking out a brewery can be a great way to introduce yourself to the nearby towns of Waynesboro and Staunton.  Waynesboro has reinvented itself recently following the departure of Dupont and the rehabilitation of their riverfront. 

Do not miss Basic City if you’re into laid back vibes, quality beer & food and a great live music schedule.  Basic City occupies an old warehouse and is both dog & kid friendly.  It’s a great place to catch a big game or play some fun arcade games while enjoying all types of beer to suit your team’s needs.  

Group cheering glasses of beer
Glass of cider with hills in the background

Blue Mountain Brewery, 9519 Critzer Shop Rd, Afton, VA 22920

If your visit to Love Ridge includes a trip to Charlottesville to see the University of Virginia or Monticello then it can be a great plan to stop at a Nelson County brewery on the way back for dinner.  If you like mingling with a mix of locals and tourists and enjoy a great view one could do much worse than dinner at Blue Mountain Brewery. Their pizza and sandwiches are top notch and the beer is delicious. It’s also one of the oldest breweries in the area and has the service game down and brews their beer from the hops grown on the property.

More info: bluemountainbrewery.com

Phone: (540)-456-8020

While you’re visiting the various breweries in the area, check out the Nelson 151 Craft Beverage Trail Passport. Collect a stamp for each of the included locations, and become a Pioneer Club member when you mail in your completed passport. Plus, you’ll be sent a special member gift in the mail!

Located at the far end of Route 151. Stop here for dinner and then zip up the Blue Ridge Parkway in order to catch the best sunset from Raven’s Roost or just to enjoy a mellow trip back to Love Ridge for your jacuzzi or hot tub soak.

Book your stay and spend a day to enjoy this tour of the Blue Ridge and our local Breweries.