The Shenandoah Valley is quickly gaining a reputation for great craft beers and Shenandoah County is no exception.
Swover Creek Farm Brewery first entered the craft beer scene in November, 2014. Swover Creek Farms has been in operation as a berry farm for over 100 years but owners David & Lynn St. Clair shared a vision to expand their offering and began planting hops a few years ago. “We felt the time was right,” says David. “The farm is nestled among six wineries here in Shenandoah County. We share a lot of the same customers as the local vineyards but are able to offer a different experience.” At Swover Creek Farm Brewery, it’s all about gaining an appreciation for the agricultural side of the business. They take pride in customers being able to experience the distinct flavors of different hops varieties and even feature infusions from berries grown on the farm such as their blueberry wheat beer or wild persimmons. Swover Creek Farm Brewery offers the perfect setting for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, enjoy a scenic drive through the Shenandoah Valley, and sample a flight or relax over a pint.
Beer lovers will also enjoy a visit to Woodstock Brewhouse. Located in the historic town of Woodstock, Virginia, The Woodstock Brewhouse offers a variety of signature craft beers in a renovated former Casey Jones Denim Plant. Remnants of the denim plant are still visible including patches in the restored original wood floors where sewing machines used to sit to manufacture bell bottoms for the Navy during WWII. Patrons to the Brewhouse can watch the brew masters in action as they sit at a bar overlooking the brewing equipment in the level below. In addition to their own craft beers, the Woodstock Brewhouse also makes their own cream soda, root beer and ginger ale for customers of all ages and serves flatbread pizzas and other light fare throughout the week. On Fridays and Saturdays, customers can also enjoy the local flavors of 1752 BBQ with pork, brisket, turkey and sausages smoked on site.
In addition to local breweries, restaurants throughout Shenandoah County also specialize in serving craft beers, many of which are made in the Commonwealth. Just around the corner from Woodstock Brewhouse, The Other Place specializes in Burgers, Brats & Brews and offers a wide variety of bottled craft beers. Cristina’s Café in Strasburg also offers an extensive list of beers both on tap and bottled. This Virginia Green Restaurant is well known for its fresh, flavorful dishes using locally sourced ingredients. Carmella’s Café in Edinburg also offers a good variety of craft beers along with their famous meatballs and Italian inspired cuisine.
Whether you have a taste for lighter blondes, hoppy IPAs or smooth stout’s, Shenandoah County has you covered. Come discover why There’s Only One Shenandoah County in the Shenandoah Valley![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/3″][vc_widget_sidebar sidebar_id=”sidebar-for-travel-blog”][/vc_column][/vc_row]