Blue Mountain Brewery Opens Expansion! Doubles In Size!

Photos By Tommy Stafford : ©2011 : Taylor Smack (center) co-owner, founder, and brewmaster at Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, VA welcomes guests Tuesday evening at a soft open of the expansion at the Nelson County brewery.

Nelson County, Virginia

In a matter of hours Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton, Virginia doubled in size! Though it took months and months of construction to get to that point. Earlier this week the crew at BMB had a couple of soft openings to give everything a dry run before opening to the public today. (Wednesday 9.14.11) We first told you about the expansion back in February of this year.

The new 5000 square foot addition includes much more space and improved seating for custormers.

Blue Mountain was Nelson County’s first microbrewery, opening back in October of 2007.

The previous restaurant & patio have been converted into The Blue Mountain Beer Hall, which is available for private events such as rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, and corporate dinners. “In the past we had many inquiries about hosting parties at Blue the brewery but we just didn’t have the space. Now we can accommodate up to 65 guests for an indoor private event and even more when the outdoor patio is used. It’s already been very popular and we are booking all kinds of events for the rest of 2011 and into 2012” said Jessica Bullard, Event Coordinator for Blue Mountain Brewery.

In addition to expanded seating down below there is now balcony seating up above with a fantastic view of the Blue Ridge Mountains out the windows to the front!

The food and service were absolutely fantastic! The menu has been expanded with lots of new additions!

Taylor shows Yvette the holding tanks in the new portion of the restaurant pub. The beer is chilled in this room after it's transported over in a series of pipes from the original brewing facility next door. From this room, it's to the tap and in your glass!
This elaborate set of tubing gets the beer from the brewery into your glass at the bar!
Another view of the other side in the expanded restaurant and pub. The new addition will become the main restaurant and pub while the original pub will become a special events facitlity and overflow.
Head outside and it just gets better! Patio seating has essentially doubled as well. The new expansion in the background to the right. The original facility on the left in the background.

In addition to the new pub / restaurant expansion Blue Mountain is about to break ground on their commercial production facility here in Nelson County. You can read more about that project by clicking here.

The official Grand Opening of the restaurant & brew pub expansion is set for Wednesday, September 21st from 5-9pm and will feature live music, the new menu, specials & more. But you don’t have to wait until then to experience it. Drop on by!

Congrats guys. Nice addition!


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