Lynchburg’s brewery scene is continuing to hop as the community works to get through the COVID-19 crisis! Local breweries and taprooms are doing their part to provide exceptional craft beer of all types and styles. 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.
Starr Hill Brewery is one of the most recent arrivals to the local craft beer scene, 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. In response to the pandemic, they have started business in Lynchburg with curbside pickup and delivery services, even though they have not officially opened their taphouse yet. Just making us even more excited for their grand opening!
Currently on tap: 12-packs of Say It Ain’t Sour and Summer Tour, 4-packs of Ramble On IPA and Stay Forever, and 6-packs of Roxanne Raspberry Sour and Grateful Pale.
How to order: Online ordering available
3 Roads Brewing
Lynchburg also welcomes 3 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. Since their LYH storefront isn’t officially opened (fingers crossed for June!), they currently offer both to-go and delivery options in Lynchburg. 3 Roads 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: Call (434) 315-0471 Sunday-Wednesday and pick up your order at their Lynchburg location (1300 Court St) Thursday at 4 P.M. Orders placed Thursday-Saturday will be available for pickup at this location Sunday at 4 P.M.
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: Mandarin Orange Censer, Triad Hard Seltzer, Red Hoppocalypse, Devil’s Secret, Barrmageddon and more.
How to order: Contact through their website or call (434) 258-8761
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, they are offering patio seating according to the Phase 1 economic reopening plan.
Currently on tap: Clear Winner GF Seltzer, Takin’ Flight Belgian IPA, Sláinte Irish Red Ale, Pony Tail Pilsner and more.
How to order: Find contact information or send a message through their website.
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 seeks to foster a relaxed environment conducive to conversation and relationship, and they 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 is also now open for customers to sit together.
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
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!