Redbeard Brewing Company: A Small Brewery with Big Beer Taste

Jonathan Wright
Jonathan Wright, Brewmaster, Redbeard Brewing Company

“Where can we go for great beer?” That’s a question we hear frequently from guests of the Inn at Old Virginia.

They know they have lots of choices because of the Shenandoah Valley’s growing reputation for producing stellar craft beer.

One of our go-to places to send Inn guests for great beer isn’t even a micro brewery; it’s a nano ale brewery!

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Bluestone Vineyard: A Hidden Gem in the Shenandoah Valley

Jackie Hartman
Jackie Hartman working at Bluestone Vineyard in the early days of the business.

The Bluestone Vineyard is a gem of a winery tucked away in the small town of Bridgewater, VA, about 20 minutes north of the Inn. The 22-acre vineyard processes 5,000 cases of wine each year.

But it hasn’t always been like that. Jackie and Curt Hartman started planting grapes on the property in 2003, strictly for personal use. Then, in 2007, they decided to make it a business.

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Nobos Kitchen: Really Good Beer-Infused Food

Ben Demory and Carter Raab
Ben Demory and Carter Raab

Ben Demory had a powerful entrepreneurial itch. He had a great job working at Augusta Health, and he liked his job. There was only one problem. He loved to cook.

He met up with Carter Raab who, at the time, had his own food truck, Farm Fresh Fixins. Carter graduated from the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Institute and was making a name for himself locally with his Appalachian-inspired cuisine.

Wanting to start his own food truck, Ben picked Carter’s brain as much as possible. As Ben learned more about the food truck business, the two became friends.

Then fate intervened. Seven Arrows brewery in Waynesboro approached Carter about leasing the kitchen. That’s when Carter approached Ben and Nobos Kitchen was born.

The two officially opened March 3rd of this year.

What You Can Expect from the Nobos Kitchen

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Mill Street Grill: A Diner’s Delight

 

 

Mill Street GrillMill Street Grill has been tempting and pleasing palates since 1992. Located in an old flour mill, the White Star Mill, this local favorite just never seems to fall short with its array of dishes.

So when our guests ask, “Where’s a good place to eat?” Mill Street is one of the restaurants we recommend with confidence! And while it’s very important that the food is good, the restaurant’s atmosphere must also be a welcoming one.

Not a problem here! Mill Street is known for their accommodating and friendly staff.

What Does Mill Street Grill Have On The Menu?

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Ox-Eye Vineyard: A Traditional European Vineyard

 

Ox-Eye Vineyard Tasting Room

 

“We bring the farm to downtown,” says John Kiers, co-owner of Ox-Eye Vineyard. And they certainly do! Their farm, located about 8 miles from the tasting room, grows 80-90 tons of grapes each year with the grapes processed into wine right on the farm.

Sold in three states, as well as the District of Columbia, Ox-Eye Vineyard has earned a reputation as an excellent estate wine!

Why Ox-Eye Vineyard Grows Such Good Wine

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Love Chili? VA Chili Blues & Brews Festival Is For You!

Virginia Chili Blues & Brews Festival 2017

VA Chili Blues & BrewsWhether you’re a serious chili lover or just love the combination of chili, blues, and craft beer, the Virginia Chili Blues & Brews Festival has a ticket with your name on it!

In its 10th year, you’re encouraged to “dust off your grandma’s recipe or conjure up a recipe that would make grandma do the two-step.”

That’s some serious chili talk!

With over 3,000 attendees expected this year, the event is held in downtown Waynesboro in the Lumos Plaza, formerly Spring Lane.

All for a good cause! Virginia Chili Blues & Brews Festival benefits the Waynesboro Arts & Culture Initiative.

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Stable Craft Brewery: A Farm-to-Table Brewery

This Brewery Is Really One-of-a-Kind!

Hops at Stable Craft Brewery
Hops at Stable Craft Brewery

Stable Craft Brewery is billed as a “farm brewery.” You don’t hear that very often, do you? But the description is spot on!

Committed to green living practices and an organic approach to crafting beer, Stable Craft Brewery even grows its own hops.

Currently, they have over 800 hops plants to ensure the high quality of their beer.

With a rotation of 16 beers on tap and a small batch rotation, there’s a beer to suit every palate.

Stable Craft Brewery offers farm and brewery tours too. From the magnificent horses to the hop fields, you can get a close-up look at how a sustainable brewery farm works.

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Inn Focus: The Gift Shop at Inn at Old Virginia

Not Your Everyday B & B Gift Shop

Gift Shop at Inn at Old VirginiaEverything about the Inn at Old Virginia is beautiful and elegant. So, of course, the gift shop is too! It’s filled with all kinds of unusual items that will delight and surprise you.

Kathryn Gavel, one of the innkeepers, is responsible for the beautiful and tasteful selection of gifts on display. Kathryn’s sharp eye for unusual gifts includes calendars, children’s books, and puzzles by Will Moses, Grandma Moses’ great grandson. Mr. Moses’ style, American folk art, bears a strong resemblance to his great grandmother’s work.

Then there is the extraordinary photography of local artist Rebecca Lilly, a nature lover.  When looking at her photography, you won’t look at Mother Nature in the same way again. Her note cards have exquisite photographic arrangements of flowers with mountains and pastures as the backdrop.

But the gift shop has much more to offer.

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Barren Ridge Vineyards: Summer Wine & Summer Fun

Barren Ridge Vineyards

Barren Ridge Vineyards: Your Stop for Summer Wine & Fun

Barren Ridge Vineyards offers a big plus for summer fun. Actually, they offer it all year round. But what could be more heavenly than spending an evening outside surrounded by the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains? And with friends!

As a lazy summer evening casts the brilliance of a setting sun, Barren Ridge Vineyards provides not only a breathtaking backdrop but also exquisite offerings of wine as well.

Every Friday and Saturday evening, music is complimentary from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. During the winter, music is scheduled from 4:40 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The Vineyard welcomes a local solo musician to play on their patio or tasting room, usually, it’s Buddy Thomas or Larry Ragland.

Bring a picnic basket and enjoy both great wine, good food, and plenty of good music!

Get their full calendar here.

The Barren Ridge Vineyards Music Exception

However, on the third Friday of every month, Barren Ridge mixes it up a bit. For the small admission fee of $10, Firelight Friday or Sunsets at the Vineyard sets the stage for a great evening party!

The admission fee covers the music and the souvenir wine glass you take home with you. So what will you find at this event?

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Aioli Restaurant: The Mediterranean Lands in Staunton VA

Aioli Restaurant on Mediterranean Cuisine

Chef Said Rhafiri, Aioli Restaurant
Chef Said Rhafiri, Aioli Restaurant

“My mother used to send me to the market every day,” Chef Said Rhafiri said. “She only cooked with the freshest ingredients.” It was that kind of early training in Casablanca, Morocco, that shaped the direction of a young boy’s life. Eventually, it would lead Said to own Aioli Restaurant.

At 20, Said packed up his culinary passion and left for Florence, Italy. There he would study the culinary arts for seven years. It proved to be a worthy investment of time and energy.

Eventually, he moved to the States and landed in Charlottesville, working at some of the most prestigious resorts and inns in the area. Keswick Hall, Clifton Inn, and Boars Head Inn top the list of outstanding hospitality leaders where Said has worked.

He also designed and opened the kitchen at Veritas Vineyards & Winery. Chef Said prepared for 58 weddings each year at the Veritas, plus five-course meals for parties.

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