Virginia’s beverage trails are open for business. As Virginia’s craft beverage industry slowly re-opened, we began receiving #DWSfan photos from across the Commonwealth. Along the way, everyone discovered some favorite cold cans and bottles that will surely be Summer favorites.
Virginia Wine Trails
DW&S Fans traveled from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the coast to enjoy Virginia wine. As wineries on the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail and the Chesapeake Wine Trail began to open, fans started sending us photos.
The cans of wine at Bluestone Vineyard are going to be a hit this Summer. They remind us of the Cold Cans Competition from Summer 2019. So, we asked our fans to send us photos of their favorite Cold Cans and Bottles for Summer 2020.
Cold Cans and Bottles for Summer 2020
On the Nelson 151 Trail, in beautiful Nelson County, fans discovered three Summer favorites. Blue Toad Hard Cider has a new line of skinny hard ciders—Granny Light. The lemon is perfect to also mix with some vodka and a slice of lime.
Also, on the Nelson 151 Trail, fans found both the Blueberries on Acid and the Raspberries on Acid at Blue Mountain Brewery. Here’s a description of Raspberries on Acid from the brewmasters at Blue Mountain: “Raspberries on Acid is a tart imperial witbier that is kettle-soured with Lactobacillus and fermented with one pound per barrel of raspberry puree. The beer is fermented in a local First Colony wine barrel that previously held their Meritage Blend. It is, quite simply, like drinking a raspberry.”
Did you know that the Brew Ridge Trail is the oldest and original craft beverage trail in Virginia? Here’s a list of breweries that you can visit as you make your way through the valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
- Blue Mountain Barrel House – Colleen
- Blue Mountain Brewery – Afton
- Devils Backbone Brewing Company – Wintergreen/Beech Grove
- South Street – Charlottesville
- Starr Hill – Crozet
- Wild Wolf Brewing Company – Nellysford
Here are two Fan Favorites from the Brew Ridge Trail to enjoy this Summer:
Take a tropical vacation without leaving Virginia. This Devils Backbone beer, Hayesy has tropical aromas and notes of pineapple, guava, and papaya. It is Summer sunshine in a bottle and is sure to be the life of the party. (Even if you are staying at home and enjoying your backyard)
Starr Hill’s Love Wheat is a year-round beer, but DW&S fans love to pair it with Virginia crab cakes or berry desserts. It is an excellent, made-in-Virginia picnic beer. Stop by the brewery in Crozet, VA, for a cold pint and then pick up a six-pack to share. #ShareTheLove
From coastal Virginia, we received this #DWSfan photo from Farmhouse Brewing and their sign, “Open for Business.”
We are glad that Virginia Craft Beverage Trails are open, and we raise a glass (or a cold can and bottle) to the industry. Cheers DW&S Fans! And keep sending us your photos!