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Discover Local Brews on the Charlottesville Ale Trail

Cover photo: Dana Thiele

Savor central Virginia’s charm and natural wonders on the Charlottesville Ale Trail, featuring 18 craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. From hop-forward IPAs to rich stouts and everything in between, Charlottesville’s Ale Trail invites you to explore the artistry of local brewers and savor the distinctive character of each brew.

Dana Thiele

Sip and Stroll

There are currently 12 locations on the trail that are in or in close proximity to Downtown Charlottesville, including a half-mile stretch on Preston Avenue that houses Starr Hill Brewery, Rockfish Brewing Co., SuperFly Brewing, and Random Row Brewing Co. From these locations, venture into the enchanting world of shops, cafes, and restaurants along the Historic Downtown Mall. Alternatively, set your sights on the next destination, Vitae Spirits, also nestled within the Mall’s vibrant atmosphere.

Dana Thiele

For added adventure on the Ale Trail, Decipher Brewing is a short stroll from the Rivanna River Trail, a 20-mile circumferential path around the city. Embrace creativity at Three Notch’d Brewing and North American Sake Brewery in the IX Art Park, featuring local artworks and a farmer’s market. Explore hiking options near locations like Potter’s Craft Cider, Ragged Branch Distillery, Eastwood, and Starr Hill’s Crozet Brewery and Taproom. Enjoy a trail ride at The Tasting Room & Taphouse at Mount Ida, tee off at Birdwood Golf Course near Selvedge Brewing’s new location, or drift down the river with Rivanna River Company, conveniently next to Högwaller Brewing.

Dana Thiele

Keep Track and Relax

To make the experience easy, the Ale trail includes a digital passport that enables customers to claim a stamp at each location they visit. Not only will you be able to keep track of the places you visit, collecting enough stamps will also earn you gifts! 

Dana Thiele

Once ready to settle in, Charlottesville and Albemarle County boast diverse lodging options, from cozy cabins to luxury hotels. The Residence Inn Charlottesville Downtown presents an Ale Trail package, featuring a 10% discount on beverages at select trail locations. With stops like South Street Brewery and Devils Backbone Backyard within a mile of the hotel, the choices are abundant.

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