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.
Charlottesville Ale Trail
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!Learn More
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. Home of some local lighter favorites “Shower Beer” Czech Pilsner, and “Cavalier Lager” for the Wahoo fans, Champion hosts a weekly run club, along with occasional live music and other community events. *Insider tip - put your name in for a table at Lampo Neapolitan Pizzeria and walk to Champion to have a beer while you wait for your table!
Three Notch'd Brewery
520 2ND ST SE CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22902
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. Located in the IX Art Park, Three Notch’d is the largest taproom space in the area and feels like a restaurant/taproom in one. Come for Sunday brunch or to catch a UVA game on their multiple TVs. This family friendly spot will please all ages as they serve a full menu of locally-sourced, beer-infused dishes, including a kids menu, and a large beer selection (this location is their main production facility). The large space has significant indoor and outdoor seating, but come early because they fill up fast!Learn More
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. A favorite brewery of local athletes, UVA medical employees, and soccer fans, Random Row has multiple 65" TVs in their inviting, kid and dog-friendly taproom on Preston Avenue just a block from the downtown mall. Ample and free parking! *Insider tip - Tuesdays get half off all pizza orders!Learn More
Starr Hill Downtown
946 GRADY AVE CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA 22903
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. Their unique downtown location sits within the Dairy Market, leaving you endless diverse dining options to order and bring back to the taproom. Come for award winning beer, weekly live music, and a fun indoor or outdoor environment!Learn More
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. Rockfish Brewing is the only proper brewery on the downtown mall, offering delicious locally brewed beer in a laid-back atmosphere next to The Bebedero Mexican restaurant. The best part is the collaboration between establishments, allowing you to enjoy fresh to order food by Bebedero's Kitchen while sipping a delicious craft beer at the Rockfish bar!Learn More