Breweries, Cideries, Distilleries

Charlottesville is one of the premier destinations to experience the best the craft beer world has to offer. Whether you follow the “Ale Trail” of local downtown breweries all within walking distance, or venture out to Nelson County’s “Brew Ridge Trail”, (Virginia’s original beer trail) to sip beer by the Rockfish River, you will find endless craft beverage options each with their own unique setting, food options, and events.


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Mount Ida Tasting Room + Taphouse

5600 Moonlight Dr, Scottsville, VA 24590

The vineyards at Mount Ida Reserve span 27 acres between our High Ridge vineyard just over the hill from the Tasting Room to the north and Bell Mount vineyard overlooking historic Mount Ida Manor.

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Charlottesville Ale Trail

Charlottesville Area

Tour the Ale Trail, a collection of craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries in and around Charlottesville, Virginia. Check off locations on your digital "passport" for bragging rights and an Ale Trail gift!

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Champion Brewing

324 6th S. St. Charlottesville, VA

Serving select brews from constantly rotating taps and one-off beers in Charlottesville’s Belmont neighborhood, Champion’s laid back taproom is just blocks off the downtown mall.

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Hazy Mountain Vineyards & Brewery

8736 Dick Woods Rd, Afton, VA 22920

Our ambition is to produce wines that let our vineyards speak for themselves, showing what their soil has.

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Three Notch'd Brewery


One of Charlottesville’s most well known breweries, Three Notch’d started out in their humble tasting room on Preston Ave, and has since branched out to multiple Virginia locations. 

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Random Row

608 Preston Ave. Charlottesville, VA 22903

Come for the locally brewed craft beer, wood-fired pizza, and weekly community events including a Run Club, Charity Bingo, and Trivia Night.

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Starr Hill Downtown


Starr Hill is one of Charlottesville’s first craft breweries, born in 1999 and still going strong as they’ve expanded to six taproom locations in Virginia.

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Rockfish Brewery

201 West Main St. Charlottesville, VA 22902

Rockfish has two great locations downtown, one on Preston Ave and one on the downtown mall just blocks away.

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