Craft Beer Trails

The Virginia Craft Beer scene is booming! More than 200 craft breweries are open in Virginia. A few localities have created trails to get to them.

Want to make a day of it? Find a craft beer trail in your area to visit several breweries all within a few miles of each other. Check these out for beautiful scenery, delicious, locally-sourced meals and some of Virginia's finest craft beer.

As always, please drink responsibly and have a designated driver.

More Information on Virginia's Craft Beer Scene


Virginia Craft Beer Gold Road

The Virginia Craft Beer Cup competition is held annually by the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG) and continues to be the largest state competition of its kind in the United States.  In 2023, 125 breweries from across the Commonwealth competed in 31 different beer categories.  The Virginia Craft Beer Gold Road features the 2023 gold medal winners in each beer category as well as this year’s “Best in Show” beer.  If you are a craft beer enthusiast, this beer trail is a self-guided tour of some of the best independent craft beer Virginia has to offer.  

Benchtop Brewing
2023 Virginia Craft Beer Cup Winners - Benchtop Brewing Company
Photo Credit: Virginia Craft Beer Magazine

2023 Best in Show Winner:

2023 Gold Medal Winners:

Blue Ridge Highlands

Southwest Virginia Mountain Brew Trail

The Southwest Virginia Mountain Brew Trail is an unforgettable travel adventure that allows you to discover the vibrant micro and craft brewing scene found throughout Virginia.

Rising Silo Brewery
Rising Silo Brewery

Breweries include:

Virginia 58 Beer Trail

The VA 58 Beer Trail is a grouping of breweries that are located along the Western portion of VA Route 58.

Buggs Island Brewing Company

The breweries include:

Central Virginia

Brew Ridge Trail

The Brew Ridge Trail has taken the craft brewing world by storm. The Brew Ridge Trail is self-guided, so you can visit any brewery you want, in any order, during their regular business hours.

Blue Mountain Brewery and Restaurant
Blue Mountain Brewery

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Charlottesville Ale Trail

Three Notch'd Craft Brewery & Kitchen

The Charlottesville Ale Trail is a 2.3 mile urban pedestrian beer trail that includes:

Nelson 151 Trail

The Nelson 151 Trail provides a convenient way to sample Nelson County's many wineries and breweries, all along scenic Rt. 151 - the destination for Virginia wine, craft beer, local food, and outdoor recreation lovers. The trail features seven wineries, and three breweries/restaurants along a beautiful stretch of scenic byway, with Blue Ridge Mountain views, and easy access to and from the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Devil's Backbone Brewing Company and Restaurant
Devil's Backbone Brewing Company and Restaurant

Breweries Include:

Red White and Brew Trail

With 11 wineries, five breweries, two hard cideries, distilleries and local restaurants that will satisfy the most discriminating palate - the Red, White and Brew Trail in Nelson County is a culinary hot spot.

Brewing Tree Beer Company
Brewing Tree Beer Company

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Richmond Beer Trail

Quench your thirst in Richmond, Virginia, which is quickly becoming a major craft beer destination. With more than 20 craft breweries and more on the way, it's clear why the Wall Street Journal said Richmond "is home to one of the region's fastest growing beer scenes."

Hardywood West Creek

Our breweries include:

Coastal Virginia

Coastal VA Beer Trail

The Coastal VA Beer Trail consists of breweries in Williamsburg, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Smithfield and Virginia Beach.

Commonwealth Brewing Co
Commonwealth Brewing Co

Breweries include:

Toast the Coast VA: Beer, Wine & Shine Trail

The Toast the Coast: Beer, Wine and Shine Trail consists of breweries in Williamsburg, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Smithfield and Virginia Beach.

Back Bay's Farmhouse Brewing Co: Cranberry Blood Orange Cide
Back Bay's Farmhouse Brewing Co: Cranberry Blood Orange Cider

Breweries include:

Heart of Appalachia

Spirits of the Clinch

Starting on either end of Virginia's Hidden River, visitors to Spirits of the Clinch can find a distillery, two breweries, and three wineries waiting like old friends at the end of a dirt road to greet you.

Sugar Hill Brewing Company

Breweries include:

Northern Virginia

Beltway Beer Trail

The Beltway Beer Trail is currently the largest beer trail in the Virginia, showcasing more than 20 different breweries located in Fairfax, Prince William, Manassas, Alexandria, Falls Church and Arlington.

New District Brewing Company

The breweries include:

Fredericksburg Area Brew Trail

The Fredericksburg Area Brew Trail is made up of up breweries in Fredericksburg, Stafford and Spotsylvania.

Red Dragon Brewery
Red Dragon Brewery

Breweries include:

LoCo Ale Trail

Make your way along the LoCo Ale Trail featuring delicious craft breweries in Loudoun County.

Loudoun pairs a modern and urban eastern corridor with wide-open rural seclusion on farms and pastures along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the west.

Dirt Farm Brewing

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Steins, Vines and Moonshine Trail

Steins, Vines and Moonshine Trail is the official trail for local breweries, wineries and distilleries throughout Prince William County, Virginia. Discover what wonderful experiences Prince William has to offer for beer, wine & spirit lovers...!

Heritage Brewing Company


Seminole Beer Trail

The Seminole Beer Trail is a grouping of breweries that are located along VA Route 29 from Charlottesville to Gainesville.

Tin Cannon Brewing
Tin Cannon Brewing

The breweries include:

Shenandoah Valley

Helltown Beer Trail

The Helltown Beer Trail gets it's name from Front Royal, VA where the Beer Trail is centered. By the 1790s, Front Royal earned the nickname "Helltown," due to the many livestock wranglers and boatmen on the Shenandoah coming through the area, who came into town to visit local saloons. The Helltown Beer Trail includes 10 breweries from the Northern Valley region of Virginia as well as the country's first State Beer Museum.

Woodstock Brew House
Woodstock Brew House

The breweries include:

Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail

Along the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail you can taste some of the best craft beer in the country. This beautiful region provides a way to reconnect with important things in life – relax and enjoy the companionship of good friends amidst some of the nation’s most beautiful farms and mountains,

Pale Fire Brewing
Pale Fire Brewing Co.

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Shenandoah Spirits Trail

Wineries, craft breweries, cideries and distilleries span from Harrisonburg into Rockingham County through Shenandoah County to Winchester/Frederick County make up the Shenandoah Spirits Trail.

Friendly Fermenter
Pale Fire Brewing Co.

Breweries Include: 

Virginia Mountains

Virginia's Blue Ridge Cheers Trail

Virginia's Blue Ridge Cheers Trail includes local breweries and is the perfect way to experience the flavors of Virginia's Blue Ridge and meet the people who are bringing these great beers to life.

The Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains is quickly developing into a popular location for craft breweries. The plentiful supply of top-quality water combined with the beautiful landscape and unique culture that exists in the region makes Virginia's Blue Ridge a natural choice for many beer companies.  The trail also includes wineries and craft spirits. producers.

Big Lick Brewing Company
Big Lick Brewing Company

 Breweries Include: