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Blue Mountain Brewery, Hop Farm & Restaurant
Afton, VA

Virginia Green is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s campaign to promote environmentally-friendly practices in all aspects of Virginia’s tourism industry. Virginia Green has established "core activities" specific to each sector of tourism, and these practices are considered the required minimum for participation in the program. However, Virginia Green encourages its participants to reduce their environmental impacts in all aspects of their operations, and this profile provides a full list of all their “green” activities. These are the activities that guests / customers can expect to find when they visit this facility.

Blue Mountain Brewery, Hop Farm & Restaurant

Blue Mountain Brewery and Hops Farm is a farm brewery, growing their own hops. Stop by and sample the fine, small-batch beers, enjoy a salad, sandwich or cheese plate from the kitchen, see the hops vines, or tour the brewing facility.

Virginia Green Activities

This facility pledges that they:
Minimize the use of disposable food service items
- Other Activities: Use disposable containers that are made from recycled content materials

Recycle Grease
- Do not have grease to be recycled 

Recycle and Reduce Waste
- Glass (required for Virginia Green) 
- Aluminum Cans 
- Steel Cans 
- Plastic 
- Toner Cartridges 
- Newspaper 
- Office Paper 
- Cardboard 
- Packing Supplies 
- Donate excess food from events 
- Have an effective food inventory control to minimize waste 
- Purchase locally grown produce and other foods 
- Use screen based ordering systems 
- Use a last-in/first-out inventory & effective labeling systems 
- Encourage suppliers to minimize packaging and other waste materials 
- Make 2 sided copies / printed materials 
- Use electronic correspondence and forms 
- Using 'green' Cleaners that are dispensed in bulk 
- Purchase durable equipment and furniture 
- Use latex paints that are low-VOC 
- Perform preventative maintenance on all appliances, HVAC systems, plumbing, and vehicles 
- Use less toxic materials 
- Other Activities: - Return bread boxes for reuse, fill up growlers-to-go so customers can reuse bottles, offer custo

Use Water Efficiently
- Track overall water usage and wastewater 
- Perform preventative maintenance to stop drips and leaks 
- Discourage water-based cleanup (sweep first) 
- Use cisterns 
- Use rain barrels ( 
- Use drip line irrigation 
- Maintain vegetative buffers around streams and ponds 
- Other Activities: Rain barrels are directly connected to irrigation system for hop farm

Conserve Energy
- Track overall energy bills 
- Have a high efficiency heating & air conditioning (HVAC) system 
- Perform preventative maintenance on HVAC system 
- Have installed additional insulation 
- Use natural lighting
Source of energy
- Purchase ENERGY STAR computers, appliances, etc. 
- Use of directional (downward-facing) lighting in parking areas and other outdoor areas 

Blue Mountain Brewery, Hop Farm  & Restaurant    Blue Mountain Brewery, Hop Farm  & Restaurant

For more information on Blue Mountain Brewery, Hop Farm & Restaurant, see or contact Mandi Smack at or 540-456-8020.

For more information on the Virginia Green program, see

Virginia GreenVirginia Green is a partnership supported by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, the Virginia Hospitality & Tourism Association, and the Virginia Tourism Corporation.

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