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.
If you are looking to try a few craft beer options in the Roanoke Region, make sure to check out the Blue Ridge Beerway or schedule a Craft Beer Tour.
A Few Old Goats Brewing is a 2-barrel system brewery located in the Old Southwest area of Downtown Roanoke at the West End Flats. Owners Tom Kincaid, Curtis Reed, and Ken McGraw were active homebrewers before opening this location in July 2018. The tap room is open Wednesdays through Sundays. Beers choices include red ale, porter, light ale, stout, saison, IPA, New England IPA, and special and seasonal offerings.
Indoor and outdoors seating (bring your own chairs). Food truck on site for dining most evenings.
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.
Bacova Beer Company is a small, family run brewery in Bath County. The brewery operates a 5 barrel brewhouse with the purpose of creating small-batch, wonderfully flavorful beers. The brewery is open Monday and Thursday through Sunday.
The brewery has a rotation of beers on tap, but does not offer food. There are take-out menus for nearby restaurants that you can bring in and eat.
Barrel Chest has Roanoke’s largest, most expertly curated selection of craft beer and fine wine. It is the only retail store in the area to have beer on tap, wine by the glass, and growler fills to go. Beer options include plenty of names you know and beers brewed on site.
Beale’s makes beer in Bedford, Virginia — a sleepy town with secret treasures. You just discovered one of them. The brewery also includes a barbecue restaurant. Open Wednesday through Sunday.
Big Lick Brewing Company was Roanoke’s first nano brewery and taproom; while it has grown the idea that it is “specializing in craft beer with an emphasis on quality and variety” has not. You might find anything from a cream ale to IPA to porter at any given time.
The taproom is open Wednesday through Saturday. Bring your growler for a fill-up to go.
Blacksnake Meadery is a family-owned and operated meadery in the beautiful southern Blue Ridge mountains. Mead is an ancient drink, thought by many to be the first fermented beverage. Stop by the Sippin’ Porch for a tasting.
Blue Lab opened in 2010 when a couple of brewers turned a hobby into a business. The brewery includes a taproom that is open Wednesday through Saturday.
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
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.
The newest Olde Salem Brewing Company location is on the corner of Church and Market Streets in Downtown Roanoke. Come have a beer with us.
Be sure to check out our Salem location too.
Located at the very heart of Salem Virginia’s Historic Main Street District, Olde Salem Brewing Co. exudes history. The building was constructed just 114 years after the town was founded in 1806 by James Simpson; and was home to a well known appliance store for decades. Olde Salem believes its craft beers hold a piece of that history in every glass.
Open Tuesday through Sunday.
Be sure to check out our downtown Roanoke location on the corner of Church and Market Streets.
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.
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.
The tasting room is open seven days a week:
The brewery is currently operating with a 3-barrel brewing system on site at the farm. Each batch is crafted with great care and attentiveness. The tasting room is open for various events throughout the week.
Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage has 23 rotating taps of Starr Hill craft beer, including special pilot batches that you can only find in Roanoke. The location has live music and open mic nights and there’s often a food truck on-site. Brewery is open daily.
The River Company operates a 10 barrel direct fired Diversified Metal Engineering brew system. The brewery offers up to eight draft beers at any time. These are a mixture of year round offerings and special beers that the brewer dreams up.
The Three Notch’d Craft Kitchen & Brewery – Roanoke is located in the heart of Downtown directly across from Center in the Square. The kitchen specializes in creating locally-sourced, beer-infused dishes designed to complement the season as well as what’s on tap. From Southern classics to modern favorites and our kid’s menu, you’ll find something for everyone. Location serves flagship and seasonal beers, plus unique, locally focused styles brewed on the pilot system and from other taprooms.
Twin Creeks Brewing Company is Vinton and Roanoke County’s first micro-brewery. The brewery has plenty of options on tap from blonde ales to IPAs to porters. The brewery also has food trucks and live music on site. Extra parking at Vinton Farmer’s Market, Between the farmer’s market and post office, and Vinton Library (after hours).
Open Thursday through Saturday.
Twin Creeks Brewpub is a brewery and restaurant located in the historic Brugh Tavern within Explore Park. Amenities include a full-service restaurant with burgers, sides and appetizers, outdoor fire pits, a Virginia wine and cider bar, and outdoor music events. Additionally, the brewpub can host private events, showers, and parties. Spend the day enjoying the wonderful activities found in Explore Park and relaxed afterward in this rustic and quaint brewpub.
The Twisted Track Brewpub thrives to be a destination for the whole valley and beyond; the premier brewery in the Roanoke Valley, brewing everything from traditional European ales to American IPAs , stouts and sours, while specializing in lagers. The aim is to add a new twist to the existing craft beer scene and to serve and nurture our wonderful community – our home.
In addition to hand crafted beer, we offer pub fare with yet another twist and a selection of wines, ciders and soft drinks – something for everyone.
Open hours: 4:00pm to 9:00pm Tues. thru Thurs., 12:00pm to 10:00pm Fri./Sat., and 12:00pm to 7:00pm Sun
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