Travel the Beerwerks Trail

Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Stable Craft Brewing

Stable Craft Brewing

Brothers Craft Beer

Brothers Craft Beer

The Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail offers up some of the best craft beer in the country. Maybe you’ve most likely already ‘tasted’ the Shenandoah Valley as many of our breweries ship products across the state, country, and even the globe. We’d recommend experiencing the goodness at its source by mapping your Shenandoah Valley visit based upon proximity to your favorite breweries. There is even a Beerwerks Trail Passport. Just pick this up at any of the participating breweries, collect eight stamps at any brewery on the Trail, and mail in your passport to get a commemorative t-shirt. If you aren’t sure where to visit first, here are a few stops to consider:

Day 1:

Lexington & Devils Backbone Brewing Co.

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Two hours from Richmond and three hours from DC, Devils Backbone Brewing Co. is worth the drive. Take the trip in the evening and check in to one of the area’s award-winning inns like The Georges or Forest Oaks.  In the morning, start your (caffeine) buzz at Lexington Coffee Roasters. Recipient of two 2016 Compak Golden Bean Silver Medals, dozens of 90+ scores from Coffee Review and recognized in the Top 30 Coffees of the Year, it’s worth the trip. 

 

Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen opens at noon, so if you’re a morning person, hit downtown Lexington first. Pound the pavement and check out the variety of specialty shops and boutiques. And, bonus: Lexington is very dog friendly so if you opt to bring your pooch, you’re in luck. 

 

The Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen is a short drive from downtown Lexington, and we recommend arriving in time to lunch. Pair their bratwurst with any of their core, seasonal, or specialty beers and you can’t go wrong. Famous for their European-style lagers, but nothing on their menu disappoints. A visit to Devils Backbone is synonymous with a lifestyle of slow brewing and slow sipping, a perfect first relaxing stop on the Beerwerks trail.

Stable Craft Brewing

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Photo Courtesy: Stable Craft Brewing

After you’ve had some time to linger, we recommend pressing on to Stable Craft Brewing. About 35 minutes north, the drive is worth it to experience some of the area’s best beers and ciders. Set up on a beautiful property and serving until 10PM on the weekends, you’ll want to settle in with your craft beverage of choice and get ready for some mouthwatering dinner from Stable Craft’s agri-pub style food menu with Chef-inspired offerings from the garden.

 

This brewery, founded in 2006, operates out of an old horse farm, which was originally where the Tennessee Walkers were raised and trained. Want to know the best part? You can stay the night on the property in one of their four suites.

Day 2:

Brothers Craft Beer

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Head towards Harrisonburg in the AM and grab an early lunch at Rocktown Kitchen, Cuban Burger, Mashita, or Magpie Diner to savor unique local flavors before making your way to Brothers Craft Brewing.

Brothers was founded by three siblings who all shared the same vision, to brew unique craft beers that can both support their community and take their customers’ experiences to a whole new level. They began their business in 2012, have achieved numerous awards for their creations, and once you taste their craft beer you’ll know why.

 

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Want a tour of how they do things? Every Saturday from 12pm-2pm, you can get an insider glimpse at the beer making process and stroll through their facilities.

 

With so many breweries on the Beerwerks trail, all within an hour’s drive from one another, these three are just the beginning! Visit Lexington, Augusta County, and Harrisonburg online and make sure you plan to make the most of each day on the Trail.

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