Located in Natural Bridge, Great Valley Farm Brewery is the latest craft beer producer to burst onto Rockbridge County’s artisan brew scene.
The brewery, which opened in October, is one of three craft beer producers in the county. Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery & Taproom opened in 2008, followed by Blue Lab Brewing Co. in 2010.
Devils Backbone was acquired by industry giant Anheuser-Busch InBev in April 2016. Last fall, the award-winning brewery announced plans to begin selling its beers in several additional states including New York and the Carolinas.
At the same time, Devils Backbone also announced plans to build a new storage building and to expand its taproom. Construction on the project is underway at the brewery's property off N. Lee Highway.
Devils Backbone, Blue Lab Brewing Co. and Great Valley Farm are three of 13 breweries on the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Launched in 2016, the trail was created in an effort to lure tourists to the Valley of Virginia, which has become known for its flourishing craft beer industry.
Great Valley Farm is the latest addition to the trail, which connects craft breweries in Staunton, Augusta, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg and the Rockbridge area.
Situated on Randolph Street in Lexington, Blue Lab Brewing Co. is temporarily closed. Its owners say that they hope to reopen in a bigger location on Main Street within the next six months.
Lexington bar Brew Ridge Taps serves up brews from around the state and Rockbridge County. While the taproom doesn’t produce its own suds, it offers a selection of Virginia beers from Devils Backbone, Bold Rock Hard Cider, South Street Brewery and more.
The Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail connects 13 craft beer breweries from Harrisonburg to Rockbridge County, highlighting other attractions like hiking trails and restaurants along the way. Rockbridge County is home to three of the breweries on the trail. Although Blue Lab Brewing Co. is temporarily closed, another brewery opened in the Natural Bridge area in October, and the Devils Backbone Outpost Brewery & Tap Room is breaking ground for upcoming expansions. Check out this video for more information.