The Brew Ridge Trail is self-guided, so you can visit any brewery you want, in any order, during their regular business hours. (See Brew Ridge Trail Itinerary & Directions.)

There are currently 6 locations on the trail.

You can view all the Brew Ridge Trail locations at www.brewridgetrail.com.

Then you can click on Trail Map to see where each is on the map, and visit their individual websites.


Each brewery offers Sample Tastings of their craft beers, allowing you to try out a variety of what they produce. Otherwise, draft beer and bottled beer (or cider) are generally available, and growler fills can be purchased for selected brews.

PLANNING YOUR TRIP: (See Brew Ridge Trail Itinerary & Directions)

Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton is on Rt. 151, just 1.2 miles off Rt. 250, or 4.2 miles on Rt. 250 East from Rt. 64 – Exit 99 near Charlottesville. From there, it’s 10.6 miles on Rt. 151 South to Wild Wolf Brewing Company in Nellysford, and another 2.7 miles on Rt. 151 South to Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Wintergreen. For Blue Mountain Barrel House, take Rt. 151 (12.8 miles) to a left on Rt. 56 East (5 miles) to a Right on Rt. 29 South. Just shortly past the gas stations, turn Right on Cooperative Way – the brewery will be about a half mile on your left. And, if your lodging place is in the Rt. 151 area of Nelson County, you could visit the 3 breweries on Rt. 151 (opt. Blue Mountain Barrel House visit) and then head north on Route 151 to Rt. 250 East to visit the 2 breweries in the Charlottesville area. Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet is 9.6 miles from Blue Mountain (Rt. 250 East to a left on Rt. 240.) Continue to South Street Brewery via Rt. 64 East – Exit 120 and follow 5th Street into downtown Charlottesville, and turn right on South St. (opens 4:30 pm) (Or, from Blue Mountain Barrel House, take Rt. 29 North to Rt. 64 (east or west) to visit the two Charlottesville-area breweries.


For lodging options, please check our website www.nelsoncounty-va.gov/buscat/lodging. Restaurants and other attractions are also featured on that web page. Note that Blue Mountain Brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Wild Wolf Brewing Company and South Street Brewery also have full service restaurants.


If interested in transportation, click on the list of services under Trail Map. If you can locate a transportation service closest to your lodging place, it may be less expensive for you.


We can also mail out a Nelson County brochure/map to you to help you get around. Just email us at info@nelsoncounty.org or call us at 434-263-7015 and provide your mailing address. Otherwise, please stop by our Nelson County Visitor Center in Lovingston on Rt. 29. (8519 Thomas Nelson Hwy. Lovingston, VA 22949) for more information.

Open Daily 9am-5pm except for major holidays.

Along with their local destination marketing organizations, Nelson County Economic Development and Tourism and  the Virginia Tourism Corporation assisted in marketing the trail and the region’s culinary attractions as well as the regional wineries.

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