Lynchburg’s brewery scene is continuing to hop (get it?!) as the city moves into the “new normal”, and local breweries and taprooms are doing their part to provide exceptional craft beer to help folks get through. Whether it means picking up a six-pack for a virtual game night or filling up a growler to take home, these establishments are ensuring that Lynchburg residents have everything they need to enjoy their time at home while sipping on a pint of local brew. Here’s how they’re adapting through Phase 3 of Governor Northam’s Forward Virginia economic reopening program.
Starr Hill Brewery is one of the most recent arrivals to the local craft beer scene in Lynchburg, but their history goes back over twenty years. As Virginia’s second oldest private beer crafting company (also one of its largest), its name and commitment to creating delicious beverages are well-known. They recently opened a new taproom on Main Street in Lynchburg, and they offer curbside pickup and delivery services! To keep their customers and employees safe in accordance with the Phase 3 reopening plan, they have also adopted measures such as using disposable cups, performing temperature checks on employees and enforcing the six-foot social distancing rule. With almost two dozen different beers on tap, they are prepared to help make life a little more—as they put it—”beerable”.
Currently on tap: King Kunu IPA, Warehouse Pils, Wild Heart, Ramble On IPA, Stay Forever, Roxanne Raspberry Sour, Grateful Pale and much more.
How to order: Online ordering is available, or you can visit their new taproom on Main Street.
3 Roads Brewing
Lynchburg also welcomes Three Roads Brewing Company, a Farmville-based taproom that finds its inspiration in the swashbuckling, adventurous past of bootlegging and smuggling. They seek not only to supply the people with amazing craft beer; they want to create a relaxing environment where customers can sit back with a pint in one hand and a game piece in the other. They also extend this mindset of helping the community by partnering with organizations like the Virginia Children’s Book Festival, The Heart of Virginia Festival and the Farmville Police Department. While they have been serving Lynchburg customers with to-go ordering, they recently announced a temporary shutdown of this service so they can focus on opening their LYH storefront in August. Three Roads Brewing is prepared to help every home become an entertainment hub, and their specialty Crowlers (32-ounce can) help make that possible.
Currently on tap: High Bridge Helles Lager, Top Down Lemongrass Blonde Ale, N150 IPA, Drive By Juice Double IPA and much more!
How to order: To-go ordering is currently suspended in Lynchburg to make way for the opening of the new taproom, but the Farmville taproom is still open.
Apocalypse Ale Works
Recently in the news for its work to help Lynchburg residents with their grocery shopping needs, Apocalypse Ale Works is a Forest-based brewery with distinctive neo-gothic-styled branding and a focused dedication on making the best beer possible. They seek to push boundaries and reach for the unknown and adventurous. They also have a beer garden for enjoying a pint outdoors with family, friends and pets that has been recently adapted with modified seating arrangements to accommodate COVID-19 social distancing regulations. And if you’re still wanting to socially distance from the comfort of your own home, they offer growler refills in their upstairs bar area.
Currently on tap: Glorious Dead (Extra Special Bitter), Golden Censer (Honey Wheat Ale), Mandarin Orange Censer, Triad Hard Seltzer, Red Hoppocalypse (Imperial Red Ale), Devil’s Secret (German Style Doppel Sticke Ale), Barrmageddon (Bavarian Lager), 6th Seal (Chocolate Stout) and more.
Loose Shoe Brewing Company
The oldest brewery in the Amherst area, Loose Shoe Brewing Company started when one man (owner Derin Foor) decided he wanted to make beer with nontraditional and experimental ingredients, to create recipes that no one else had. His love of cooking and brewing led him to start this company, which is also in the habit of hosting live music and local events. Currently, Loose Shoe Brewing (which is only 20 minutes from LYH) is offering patio and taproom seating according to the Phase 3 economic reopening plan.
Currently on tap: Clear Winner GF Seltzer, Takin’ Flight Belgian IPA, Mane Event Kölsch, Sláinte Irish Red Ale, Pony Tail Pilsner and more.
How to order: Find contact information or send a message through their website, or visit their taproom.
Beale’s Beer is a Bedford-based brewing company that also serves traditional American fare like burgers, sandwiches and BBQ (their BBQ nachos are incredible). They draw much of their brand inspiration from the Beale ciphers that, legend has it, lead to buried treasure in the Bedford area. This brewery, which is a short, scenic, 30 minute drive from Lynchburg, seeks to foster a relaxed environment conducive to conversation and relationship. They also have kid-friendly services like non-alcoholic beverages and a play area. To accommodate COVID-19 regulations, they are currently offering beer and meal package deals for pickup and are temporarily doing home delivery. Their patio and taproom are also now open for customers to sit together, in accordance with Phase 3 reopening regulations.
Currently on tap: Gold (Munich Helles Lager), Silver (Classic German-style Hefeweizen), Red (West Coast-style Red IPA) and several specials, many of which have names that feature well-known, beloved local landmarks.
How to order: Online ordering available or visit the taproom.
The Central Virginia area craft beer scene is abuzz with excitement and passion for great beverages and great company, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Every one of these establishments is offering flexible services so the community can support them and keep the good vibes flowing. So pick up a six pack or refill a growler with your beverage of choice and show your free time that you mean business. Stay safe out there!