Seven Ways to Enjoy the Waynesboro Beer Scene
August is Virginia Craft Beer Month, which celebrates award-winning breweries and a booming beer tourism movement. If you haven’t visited the Waynesboro area’s three craft breweries or other unique beer venues, there’s no better time than now, especially since the weather’s so nice for patio sipping. From stylistically faithful beers to interesting and creative new tastes, there’s something to please every palate. Here are seven ways to get out and enjoy Waynesboro’s beer scene right now!
#1 Kick Back After a Hike at Basic City Beer Co. / 1010 E Main Street
Close to abundant hiking in the southern part of Shenandoah National Park, Basic City Beer Co. is a perfect spot to relax after a hard day on the trails. Refresh with cold beer and filling bar food in a historic industrial warehouse that was once Virginia Metalcrafters. This laid-back space has a visible working brewery system, games to keep kiddos entertained, and plenty of room to sit, inside and out. It’s a short drive to Waynesboro’s best restaurants and downtown shopping, city parks, and cool murals. In fact, the brewery is home to several, featured along the Waynesboro Street Arts Trail. Basic City also hosts regular live music, Tuesday night trivia, and other fun events. Be on the lookout for their eclectic, new space that’s opening soon: The Showroom.
#2 Have a Really Good Meal at Seven Arrows Brewing / 2508 Jefferson Hwy
Seven Arrows Brewing offers delicious craft beer, and you can pair that beer with food from onsite NOBOS Kitchen. NOBOS emphasizes local ingredients and makes all its food from scratch. Sink your teeth into satisfying appetizers like fried perogies followed by a burger, sandwich, or wrap. You can’t go wrong with a Cuban sandwich or a shrimp po’boy and a flight of beer. The Seven Arrows tap list includes a lineup of favorites available year round as well as seasonal beers on rotation. Hang out on their deck with some harvested apple lager to get in the mood for fall!
#3 Embrace the Farm and Brewery Experience at Stable Craft Brewing / 375 Madrid Road
Not only does Stable Craft Brewing boast a wide range of beers and ciders, agri-pub-style food, and incredible views, this kid-friendly brewery also has plenty onsite to keep everyone busy while you’re sipping. Start a visit by heading to the barn to pet the horses. Next, tour the organic hops field and learn about the brewing process. Later, roast marshmallows for s’mores around a firepit, or play volleyball, jumbo Jenga, or cornhole. You can even rent an igloo during the winter, stay overnight in one of four comfortable suites, or stage your next big event at the Stable Craft facilities.
#4 Drink Beer and Rule at Air Hockey at Bottles / 100 Osage Lane
Despite the pandemic, Bottles barcade has recently opened and is providing visitors with a great way to beat stress. For a $5 entry fee, visitors have access to 15 big screen TVs, on-demand karaoke, classic video games, and games of skill like darts, billiards, and air hockey. Outside, you can play cornhole, horseshoes, pool, or Connect 4. Bottles stocks 85 alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages that patrons order by the mix-n-match bucket. The beer selection includes mainstream and craft favorites. You can also nosh on tasty bar food like wings and sandwiches.
#5 Channel the River at The River Burger Bar / 137 N Wayne Avenue
Freshly decorated in a modern, rustic style, The River Burger Bar features a bar that actually looks like a real river. Successfully opening early this summer despite Covid chaos, the business brings to mind the peacefulness of the South River as it meanders through the city and connects residential, commercial, and leisure spaces. The River’s owner, veteran brewery founder Mandi Smack, has stocked the bar with a stellar selection of beer. Patrons can also choose wine or cocktails. The food menu brims with salads, yummy and interesting starters such as jalapeno bobbers and Wisconsin cheese curds, wraps, and burgers. For those with special dietary needs or preferences, the Angus beef in all the burgers can be exchanged for chicken, turkey burgers, and vegetarian or vegan options.
#6 Taste the World’s Best Beer Cookie at Mister Jamison’s / Corner of W Main Street and S Wayne Avenue
Mister Jamison’s is the place to go for a wide selection (over 100!) of craft beers, wines, and ciders. Visit the website for a list of what they have on tap as well as the most recent 50 beers stocked. Mister Jamison’s sells a wide array of subs and salads with house-made dressings, and you can carry out or dine in and watch sports or chat with friends. Don’t forget to round out your night with a cookie made with peanut butter chocolate milk stout.
#7 Explore the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail (and Update Your Wardrobe)
Make a day or weekend of it as you “Drink in” the award-winning craft beer and the experiences to be had along the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. The Trail consists of 17 breweries spread out over three counties in the Valley. Taprooms along the trail range from farm breweries with sprawling lawns and beautiful views to industrial downtown digs and everything in between. Many are family friendly, and some even allow dogs in the outdoor spaces. Grab a Beerwerks Passport and collect stamps at the breweries you visit. Once you’ve visited eight, you can redeem your passport for a cool Beerwerks T-shirt.