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Afton : Nelson’s First Brewery Opened Wednesday : Blue Mountain Brewery!

[ 5 ] October 24, 2007 |

REFRESH Nelson County Life Magazine HERE for the latest updates:

Photography by Tommy Stafford
Nelson County Life Magazine ©2007
Blue Mountain Brewery
Afton, Virginia

Mandi sampler
Mandi Smack, co-owner of Blue Mountain Brewery, prepares a sampler tray of all of the beers they make at their newly opened brewery in Afton.

Move over grapes and make room for hops! Blue Mountain Brewery opened its doors Wednesday at noon. Even with a rainy day, tons of folks packed Nelson’s first micro brewery. “It’s been awesome,” says Mandi Smack, co-owner and wife of Taylor, who is the official brew master of Blue Mountain. In addition to several beers they make, Rockfish Wheat is our personal favorite, they are serving several yummy dishes for lunch and dinner. At Wednesday’s opening we had the grilled vegi pizza! Perfect and very good!

Matt Nucci, co-owner, of the brewery was busy Wednesday behind the bar meeting and greeting customers. Congrats to Taylor, Matt & Mandi! First class operation!

You need to go by and check it out. They are open until 8PM. Visit their website for more information on days and hours of operation.

camping-couple
Above, this couple was on their way to camp here in the Blue Ridge, saw the open sign, and pulled on in for a taste!

food
Here’ Arlene Huholdt serves up one of the yummy sandwiches at Wednesday’s opening!

sampler tray
This is a sampler tray of the different beers made at the brewery. They go from a lighter type of beer all the way to a more hearty style of ale.

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  1. […] Nelson County Life Magazine :: News & Weather from Afton, Wintergreen, Nellysford, Beech Grove, … wrote a fantastic post today on “Afton : Nelson’s First Brewery Opened Wednesday : Blue Mountain Brewery!”Here’s ONLY a quick extractREFRESH Nelson County Life Magazine HERE for the latest updates: Photography by Tommy Stafford Nelson County Life Magazine ©2007 Blue Mountain Brewery Afton, Virginia Mandi Smack, co-owner of Blue Mountain Brewery, prepares a sampler tray of all of the beers they make at their newly opened brewery in Afton. Move over grapes and make room for hops! […]

  2. John Taylor says:

    This is great!!

    Tommy – I’m assuming that this is a brewery and tasting room, that is, not also a brew pub. The sandwiches were only there for the opening?

  3. Tommy says:

    Nope John, it actually is a brew pub. They will have food all of the time! Great place!
    -T-

  4. Todd Rath says:

    Great Place!! I was down at Stoney Creek playing some golf with some business associates, then hit Veritas for some wine and heard rumblings of a Brewery up the road, opening today. THERE IS A GOD!!! We had a great time, the beer is absolutely awesome! And so are the Owners… Taylor, Mandi and Matt you guys will do awesome. Just what Nelson County Needed!

    I am now driving my builder nuts to finish our house so I can get my daily fill up at the Brewery!

    See you in a few weeks, will be down for some cases for Christmas Gifts..

    Todd Rath

  5. […] Nelson County, VA On October 24th of this year it will have been 6 years since Blue Mountain Brewery opened their door… Since then they have essentially doubled in size at their current location in Afton and added […]

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