Hi!! It’s Trish and it’s Super Bowl Week so let’s talk about BEER. So, funny story…I was taking some pictures of two six packs (of beer…not abs) to prepare for this post and my oldest asked why I was taking pictures of beer. I told her for the blog (DUH) and she said….”for fitness”? Welllll, not directly related I suppose, but I did tell her most of the fun fitness friends I have enjoy an adult beverage here and there and I also told her most races I’ve done end with a beer so yeah, fitness and beer really have a lot in common if you think about it. It’s also Super Bowl Weekend and the big reason I wanted to write about beer is the SUPER FUN weekend I had touring a few Brewery’s this past weekend in Charlottesville Virginia with Brian and some awesome friends.
This past weekend Brian and I spent a (KID FREE) weekend in Charlottesville VA with my very best friend from high school, her husband Chris and our very gracious hosts Chad and Channon. Chad and Channon live in Charlottesville and the four of them have frequented the Brewery’s a few times before so we were excited to join the fun. Brian also went to UVA and it’s been years since we’ve been to Charlottesville and even though I’m a Hokie C’ville is a very beautiful city. I had no idea Charlottesville was such a hot spot for Brewery’s and Winery’s, but you could really make a trip out of visiting them all. For example, we visited three Brewery’s for our day trip and ZERO Winery’s. There are over 30 Winery’s in the area! My liver is just too old for that and for this trip we were looking for the Brewery vibe….with one exception….
We strategically started our day at Silverback Distillery. This was the wisest decision we made all day….you know what they say about liquor before beer:) Silverback is a vodka, gin and grain distillery. We got a flight which consisted of four mini pours with a mixer. We just stuck with the vodka, but our friends tried the gin and grain too. Everything was soooo good. I especially loved the Bloody Mary! The bartender told me they just got a license to distribute in North Carolina so be sure to check them out. Silverback had a pretty cool vibe…they had the UVA basketball game on and a cool bar area. We didn’t hang around too long since we had an agenda, but I could see it being a fun place to stay a while.
Next stop was a Brewery…actually a Cidery to be specific. Bold Rock is a hard cider Brewery. I like a cider beer ok, but I wouldn’t pick a cider over another beer…until now! I loved the cider at Bold Rock. I tried the Apple Cider, the Pear and a seasonal Cider called Frost. The Pear is my favorite. It’s so light and crisp and not too sweet….too sweet is my reason for not loving ciders usually. I also loved the seasonal Frost too. The Brewery itself has the best atmosphere. You walk up to what looks like a barn with the mountains in the background. The Brewery is open and airy….you can watch the brewing and bottling process in action, sit inside for lunch or sit outside on the huge patio among the mountains and creek. Charlottesville still had quite a bit of snow while we were there, but I can imagine sitting out there in the summer with the creek and landscape. The staff is SO friendly….our friends have frequented Bold Rock several times and they remembered them and even bottled up some beer that they had commented on their last visit. I could have stayed there all day, but we were childless and had a sober driver so you know that wasn’t happening.
Next stop was Devil’s Backbone and just when I thought nothing could be as good as Bold Rock I would say this was just as good in a different way. Devil’s Backbone had everything outdoors! They had a huge outdoor bar, tons of seating, heat lamps and CORNHOLE! I always like a bar with something to do and even though it was cold the heat lamps, cornhole and beer kept us their a while. We had so much fun at Devil’s Backbone….they have a HUGE selection of beer. I had the Gold Leaf Lager which I liked and the Trail Angel Weiss which I loved…it reminded me of Blue Moon. We played a couple games of Cornhole and I was actually playing pretty good (it was the beer and fresh mountain air I’m sure) and again I thought I could stay here all day!
BUT, we did make one more stop. The next day after nursing headaches we all decided that the third stop may have been unnecessary, but it was really fun AT THE TIME. The last stop of the day was a Brewery called Pro Re Nata. Ummmm…..so….I did drink a beer here, but I can’t tell you much about it. It was great I’m sure and I loved the vibe of this brewery too, but I also was really loving everything at this point. We arrived at Pro Re Nata in the early evening and this Brewery had more of a bar atmosphere. There was music and more of a bar crowd….definitely more of a night vibe than the other two and we could have stayed longer, but since we were celebrating 40th birthdays and not 21st we didn’t stay too long.
I can’t wait to do this trip again! It was one of the best trips I’ve had in a while combining all my favorite things…GREAT friends, beautiful scenery, good beer and NO KIDS. If the day had started with a scenic 1/2 Marathon that would have been even better, but I also don’t think I would have had the endurance for the day if that was the case. Thank you so so much to our hosts Chad and Channon…Channon was our driver for the trip and they both picked the best Brewery’s to visit for the day. Thank you Krista and Chris!! They drove us from Newport News to Charlottesville and back and supplied all the food and snacks for our trip. Krista is my bestest friend because we met when we were 16 so you know we have seen each other through some awkward and amazing times…love you! Thank you to Frank and Judy…Brian’s parents…for keeping our kids for a night. Now onto Super Bowl Sunday…might have a beer or two since I visited Lowes Food and their awesome beer selection and found Bold Rock and Devil’s Backbone there! Cheers:)