A Beer with The Spice Diva
Seriously, All of These Breweries are Within Five Blocks!
Oh, to be a beer drinker in Charlottesville! We have an embarrassment of riches here within walking distance of The Spice Diva at 410 W Main Street. The map looks as though beer was spilled on it. Many of the locals are wholesale customers of The Spice Diva, so I know something of their history. Next time you’re at The Spice Diva, take a walk to one of these fine pubs.
South Street Brewery is the result of a merger of Blue Mountain Brewery and the previous incarnation of South Street whose distribution was more prolific than Blue Mountain. The quite famous Satan’s Pony can be had by the glass or in a growler at their front door. They have a full menu with some great sandwiches and appetizers. Blue Mountain remains one of the most popular restaurant/breweries in the area on Route 151.
Three Notch’d Brewery at IX Project has grown from a small place on Preston Avenue to a very busy tasting site and restaurant. It’s one of liveliest spots on any night of the week. Next door is North American Sake Brewery which, as yet, we have not been able to get into for a seat! Those beer and sake flights are very popular with UVA students. Summer is the perfect time to go.
Random Row Brewery on Preston Avenue has great beer, bingo, trivia, Yoga, boot camp workouts, river rafting, charity events, sandwiches, and snacks. Their innovative design overlooking a steady flow of downtown traffic has made it a popular fixture from the beginning, especially for those who miss Random Row Books of blessed memory.
Starr Hill Brewery has moved to Crozet but retains the name of the part of Charlottesville from which it took its name just up Main Street from The Spice Diva. Starr Hill is one of the national success stories of Charlottesville breweries. This year, Starr Hill celebrates its 20th Anniversary and just announced its return to Charlottesville next year.
Wild Wolf Brewery, of Nelson County, has recently occupied the former Glass House Restaurant space at 313 2nd Street, SE in downtown. They have a full farm to fork menu and have been buying some intriguing spices from The Spice Diva for future beer experiences. (check out our article on Nelson County’s Rt. 151)
Champion Brewery is now nationally distributed and has recently added a kitchen.
To find these breweries and their menus and hours, please consult the internet, as follows:
Pick up a growler of your favorite lager and try our Michelada recipe
Run a lime wedge around the rim of a glass and dip in coarse sea salt and chili powder. Fill beer glass with ice cubes.*
Add Clamato juice, lime juice, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, hot sauce and a dash of chili powder.
Top with your favorite lager beer. Stir and enjoy immediately.
*The Spice Diva carries a tasty collection of rimming spices perfect to accompany this drink – among them Lime Salt, Chipotle Salt, or Simon’s Sunday Morning Spice ( an Everything bagel mixture named for Simon Davidson of The Charlottesville 29).