Thursday, January 12, 2012
Blue Mountain Brewery
Not too many people were there yet as it was still before noon on New Years Day, but there were more than I figured. We walked up to the bar and I ordered the sampler. They don't play games and just automatically give you a sampler of everything on tap.
As far as the straight lagers, I thought the Evan Altmighty was the most decent. It had a nice toasted note to go with the sweetness of the lager that the others didn't have. I think Jo liked the straight lager the most. Of the rest of them, my favorite seemed to be the Lights Out which had a nice caramel nose with a sweet body. The Long Winter's Nap wasn't bad for a 10.5% beer but the alcohol was a little too present at times. All in all the beers were decent, but nothing really wowed me. At other times they apparently have some bourbon barrel stuff but it was all gone by New Years. Ah well.
The brewery definitely gets packed even if it wasn't too busy when we got there. We stopped there the day before to ask a question and the lot was completely full and this wasn't a small lot. The brunch food was pretty good and apparently their normal food is quite delicious. Even with the beers only being a bit above average, this was a fun stop. While the look of the actual building wasn't as dramatic as Devil's Backbone, the views outside were pretty amazing and made up for it. Not a bad visit and I'd check it out again if they had other things on tap so it has that going for it though I'd visit Devil's Backbone first if I had to choose. Not a bad way to end our time in Virginia.