Blue Mountain Barrel House
495 Cooperative Way
Visited on May 11, 2013
I had the pleasure of visiting this new operation in the Blue Ridge Mountains during a recent camping adventure. Blue Mountain Barrel House is an offshoot of the original Blue Mountain brewpub about 30 minutes north in Vinton. It’s mostly a production facility, but the care they take with their beer here is noteworthy, as is the effort they’re putting forth into the space.
Every beer I tried here was of extremely high quality. Even the kolsch had a pleasant full-bodied mouthfeel to it. It wasn’t thin and sweet like so many American versions tend to be. The hoppier options were a bit on the bitter side for my tastes, but you could definitely taste the love that went into the craft. My favorite part about the operation has to be the barrel-aging program. They’ve created some really nice, interesting, unique beers through the use of bourbon and oak barrels.
On the day we visited, there was a live jazz band from Charlottesville entertaining the small crowd and a pretty decent food truck specializing in properly made pizza. I was told by a local sharing a picnic table that they’re trying to host such events most weekends during the summer and to be a part of the community. Kudos.
They’ve made the tasting room space quite attractive as well. A lot of woodwork has gone into the bar and tasting area – including some awesome tables and chairs. Plus, there is no nicer setting than the valley at the foot of the national forest. And to top it all off, all of the draft pours are $4, with the lone exception of the bourbon stout, which is $5. It’s a great value for an awesome place with exceptional beers.