Set in the shadow of the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains in central Virginia, Blue Mountain Brewery is celebrating 10 years as Nelson County’s original craft brewery. Located in an area now holding an abundance of craft breweries, cideries, and distilleries, Blue Mountain opened in 2007 as the region’s first rural brewery, making high-quality beers that remain popular staples throughout Virginia and beyond.

This spring many of those beers were given a fresh look, as Blue Mountain recently unveiled new packaging for its core offerings, including the lauded Full Nelson pale ale, Classic Lager, and A Hopwork Orange, an orange-infused IPA.  The new playful, vintage-inspired design will also be found on bottles and six-packs of seasonal favorite Rockfish Wheat and the brewery’s new double IPA, Hop Duster.

Blue Mountain’s original brewery in Afton, Va., is a popular regional destination. With a relaxed atmosphere, plenty of outdoor seating, and stunning views of nearby mountain ridgelines, the brewery serves small-batch beers in addition to core styles and delicious food made with local ingredients. Barrel-aged beers and other limited creations can be found down the road in Arrington at the brewery’s second outpost, Blue Mountain Barrel House. At both locations, you’ll find fields of growing Cascade hops, used in Full Nelson and seasonal harvest beers.

Blue Mountain regularly hosts live music and other special events. This fall the brewery will celebrate a decade in business with a 10-day Anniversary Party. The event, which will take place in late October and early November (specific dates to be announced soon), will feature 10 bands and 10 specially released beers to mark 10 years of an established Blue Ridge brewery that’s still moving forward.

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