Why You Should Travel the Blue Ridge Beerway

Enjoy delicious craft beers at Chaos Mountain Brewery, just one of many craft breweries along the Virginia Blue Ridge Beerway
Photo courtesy of Chaos Mountain Brewing

Not your typical pub crawl

Those familiar with the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway will think of grand vistas, wild forests, and sharp turns at the mention of this mountain byway. But thanks to Virginia, one stretch of the Parkway has a new facet to it—a string of great craft breweries where travelers can relax and sip away. Check out Virginia’s Blue Ridge Beerway this fall if you’re itching for a road trip off the beaten path.


Big Lick Brewing Company at 135 Salem Avenue is a nanobrewery that specializes in craft beer. Gather ‘round their enormous tasting table with your friends and sample a bit of local culture. Another hit is the Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers at 523 Shenandoah Avenue, famous for unusual twists on traditional flavors and experimental brews.

Enjoy delicious beers at Soaring Ridge Brewery, just one of many great craft breweries along the Virginia Blue Ridge Beerway
Photo courtesy of Soaring Ridge Brewery


Chaos Mountain Brewing at 3135 Dillons Mill Road is nestled in the mountains close to Rocky Mount. Here you can enjoy a friendly tasting room and small-batch brews.

Troutville, Salem, and Hardy

The Flying Mouse Brewery at 221 Precast Way (Troutville) is in a unique location—a hollow of the Blue Ridge mountains, delightfully close to the Appalachian Trail (hikers always welcome!) and to the TransAmerica 76 bicycle route. If you are hiking or biking in the area, plan a stop here for seasonal and traditional beers.  In Salem, the Parkway Brewing Company at 739 Kessler Mill Road produces distinctive beers for discriminating tastes. Relax in the tasting room or beer garden, and take in some live music while you’re there. This brewery, too, offers easy access to hikers and runners with its location near the Roanoke Valley Greenway. Try the Bridge Builder Blonde, the Raven’s Roost Baltic Porter, and more. In Hardy, the Sunken City Brewing Company at 40 Brewery Drive at Westlake Towne Center features a beautiful beer garden, store, pub, and tasting room. Named for the “sunken” city of Monroe, which was flooded in the sixties when nearby Smith Mountain Lake was created, this brewery offers a bit of local history to take with you on the road.

Want to know more about the Blue Ridge Parkway and other scenic roadways though the mountains? Check out our tour of North Carolina waterfalls, or take a look at a map of the BRP’s amazing route through the Appalachians here.