Craft Beverage in the 'Boro: 5 Ways to Quench Your Quarantine Thirst
Taste the flavor of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with growlers of craft beer, handmade kombucha, and locally grown ciders. Explore the online "taprooms" of these favorite watering holes in Waynesboro, then if you're still thirsty, check out the adapted lineup from the Shenandoah Beerwerks craft beer trail.
Basic City Beer Co.
Raise a glass to industrial aesthetics as authentic as they are delicious at Basic City Beer Co., the Wayneboro brewery dedicated to celebrating the sawtooth skylines, reclaimed pipes, and wooden taproom tables of its foundry architecture. Born of a building that once housed Virginia Metalcrafters, the brothers-owned brewery is aiming to “reclaim the spirit of an age” in the taste of their beers and in the taproom’s welcoming atmosphere. While you can't relax in the brewery or outdoor hammock garden at this time, you can still enjoy Basic City's top-shelf brews made with natural spring water at home. Order online so your beer will be ready when you get to the brewery, or have beer delivered directly to your door.
Blue Ridge Bucha
Blue Ridge Bucha is a small business making a big impact -- bold taste, certified organic and fairtrade ingredients, and more than 1,061,480 bottles saved through their refillable bottles program. Not to mention theirs is one of the only kombucha taprooms on the East Coast!
Made entirely by hand from pure Blue Ridge Mountain water, their kombucha is a live, fermented and refreshing tea that’s also revitalizing to the digestive system. Never have sustainability and health tasted so sweet! Swing by their taproom to pick up some of their famous flavors like Original Ginger, Elderflower Sunrise, and Bluegrass Bucha during designated curbside pick-up hours. Order online here.
You may not be able to visit taprooms and tasting rooms around the world right now, but you can taste foreign flavors from the comfort of your own home courtesy of pickup or delivery options from Mister Jamison's right here in downtown Waynesboro. Take your taste buds on a journey with some of the best craft beers from the United States and beyond, or bring home a bottle of vino from renowned wine regions like Napa Valley, Italy, South Africa, France, and more. Pair your bold Italian red with a shareable charcuterie board and you've got the perfect set-up for a romantic backyard picnic. Or grab a six-pack of that IPA you've been dying to try, along with your favorite sub, and throw on Super Bowl XLIII for an escape from our sports-less reality. You can browse Mister Jamison's inventory and order online here.
Stable Craft Brewing
For the full-farm brewery experience, check out Stable Craft Brewing at Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables, a working farm that grows its own hops. Remodeled from ten horse stalls, the taproom features floor-to-ceiling glass windows and sweeping views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from one of their many tasty beer options or 4 new hard cider flavors, made from Shenandoah Valley apples. Pair your beverage of choice with a to-go meal that features a variety of local decadence, from barley-finished beef to fresh garden vegetables. Participating in the local seasons of growth and renewal, Stable Craft lets nothing go to waste, and spent grain from the brewing process is fed to local beef cattle. Order ahead online, then enjoy the scenic drive out to the farm to pick up your goodies!
Seven Arrows Brewing
Round out your craft beverage tour with Seven Arrows Brewing, a lager-forward brewery featuring high quality and true-to-style beers. Enjoy classic favorites such as the Skyline Lager and Eventide IPA, or mix things up with the Maelstrom Red or Oats Merlots, a unique mash-up of a traditional oatmeal stout brewed with Merlot grapes. Satisfy your food cravings with takeout from Nobos Kitchen including wings, wraps, burgers, and even meal kits for families!