If you love craft beer, check out our #WanderLove Craft Beer Roadtrip, a 500-mile itinerary with stops along the Potomac River, Central and Southern regions of Virginia, and through Richmond. Start your journey in Town of Colonial Beach, 65 miles from Washington DC, at family-owned nano-brewery Colonial Beach Brewing (CBB), which recently celebrated its 3rd anniversary. From here, drive west to stops in Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Lynchburg or Roanoke, all of which have a happening craft beer scene. Or head south, making Virginia capital Richmond, home to more than 30 craft breweries along the Richmond Beer Trail, the next stop on your itinerary. Whichever route you choose, loop around in Danville, Virginia, along the border with North Carolina.
Colonial Beach Brewing maintains a fluid menu of around ten different small batch, hand crafted ales, made with the freshest ingredients available. Flagship beers are available year round, while specialty brews may be available for a limited time or seasonally. Campfire Smores Blonde, for example, is a modernized twist on Blonde. This nitro-tapped craft beer blends white stout and the sweetness of butterscotch, chocolate and vanilla, with a smoked malt. This fall, the brewery will release Kirk Kriek, a Lambic beer (traditional Belgian-style sour) that’s been fermenting in a wine barrel from nearby Ingleside Vineyards, a member of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail, for over a year. The brew pays homage to old traditional, pre-Colonial styles, featuring ancient cherry oak.
Beer lovers can imbibe onsite in the brewery’s outdoor Beer Garden (Social distancing protocols are strictly enforced.) or purchase by the can or growler for carry-out. On weekends, CBB offers food from Denson’s Grocery. You can also order food from local restaurants and have it delivered to the brewery.
The brewery hosts socially distanced trivia, live music and other events throughout the week and is hoping to add more events in the coming months. Board games and coloring books are kept onsite so parents and children can visit together; and pets are welcome outside. CBB’s inside Pub and Parlour are closed for the time being, but the family hopes to be able to reopen those sections soon. The brewery also participates in the Harvest Host program.
During your #WanderLove roadtrip, note the locations you enjoyed and plan to return for beer festivals, such as Fredericksburg Brew Fest, Roanoke Microfestivus, Lynchburg Beer, Wine & Cider Festival or City of Danville’s Bright Leaf Brew Fest.
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Last Updated: 08/28/2020