Virginia's New Beer Trail: Drink in the Valley

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Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail

Beerwerks logoVirginia’s newest beer trail invites visitors to explore the commonwealth’s great outdoors and enjoy great beer, too. As of May 16, 2016, the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail is official, incorporating 12 breweries in the Shenandoah Valley, reaching from Harrisonburg in the north down through Staunton and Waynesboro to Lexington.

For a short time, this will be both America’s and Virginia’s newest craft beer trail.

“Come tap into that authenticity you crave,” invites the trail’s promotional materials. “Real fields and farms. Pristine waters. Endless mountain views. Hiking trails. Farmers’ markets. Mountain biking. Music festivals. Fascinating small cities. And local characters. We’re all that and more. Wherever your adventures take you, we’ve got a brewery nearby to quench your thirst. Refresh yourself on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail.”

Breweries are friendly places to visit, providing opportunities to enjoy the beer as well as to relax and chat with friends and new acquaintances. Taprooms often host food trucks or other food options, and a few offer a full menu or local snacks or encourage guests to bring food in. Many host live music events, offer growler fills, and are kid- and dog-friendly.

The twelve Shenandoah Beerwerks breweries as of the trail’s beginning are:

Brothers Brewing, Harrisonburg

Pale Fire, Harrisonburg

Three Notch’d, Harrisonburg

Wolfe Street, Harrisonburg

Queen City Brewing, Staunton

Redbeard Brewing, Staunton

Shenandoah Valley Brewing, Staunton

Basic City Beer, Waynesboro

Seven Arrows Brewing, Waynesboro

Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro (the newest brewery on the list)

Blue Lab Brewing, Lexington

Devils Backbone Outpost, Lexington

Stable CraftBesides providing a convenient way for locals and tourists to explore an area’s breweries, beer trails provide efficient and effective tourism hooks, attracting visitors, who spend their money not just on the breweries’ products but on lodging, food and recreation. This trail in Virginia’s mountains is a cooperative effort of Staunton, Augusta, and Waynesboro Tourism; Harrisonburg Tourism; and Lexington & The Rockbridge Area Tourism.

To learn more and follow the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail on social media:

Twitter: @beerwerkstrail

Facebook: Shenandoah Beerwerks

Instagram: @shenandoahbeerwerks


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