22 FOODIE EXPERIENCES

Welcome to the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, a stretch of 14 unique breweries in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. But we have more than JUST delicious beer – we’ve got tons of unique foodie experiences you can only find right here in the Valley. We’ve outlined some of our favorites organized by the area in which they’re located.

22 FOODIE EXPERIENCES

Welcome to the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail, a stretch of 14 unique breweries in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. But we have more than JUST delicious beer – we’ve got tons of unique foodie experiences you can only find right here in the Valley. We’ve outlined some of our favorites organized by the area in which they’re located.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:

GRAB YOUR BEERWERKS PASSPORT

Over 2,000 people have completed the Beerwerks Passport challenge by collecting stamps from 6/14 participating breweries on the trail. Grab yours at a brewery or visitors center and knock out your passport along the way!

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Stop 1: Harrisonburg

Vibrant, modern and diverse, Harrisonburg (aka “Rocktown” and “The Friendly City”) boasts a happening atmosphere infused with a passion for local food and libations, cutting-edge arts and culture, and the historic roots that anchor it to the famous Shenandoah Valley landscape.

FOODIE EXPERIENCES

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Stop 2: Staunton

Boasting a walkable downtown that’s been nationally recognized for its standout architecture, Staunton’s charming downtown is home to a vibrant arts and music scene, a sizzling reputation for local food and dining, and a cool array of independent shops and galleries clustered along the historic Main Street.

FOODIE EXPERIENCES

  • 1 Try a top-ranked restaurant like The Shack, whose chef was recently named a James Beard Award finalist.
  • 2 Go Global. Pick-up a pupusa from Gloria’s Pupuseria. These Salvadorian meat and cheese treats pack serious flavor! Or experience the handmade tacos and enormous mission-style burritos at the Mexican-American taqueria, Chicano Boy.
  • 3 Belly up to the ice cream counter for a scoop of gelato from The Split Banana. Choose from 18 delectable and fresh-made flavors.
  • 4 Have a Firkin good pie at Firkin Pie Company. The scratch-made, buttery crust is out of this world and come in all shapes, sizes and with a variety of fillings.

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Stop 3: Waynesboro

Divinely placed among the adventure, Waynesboro lies at the intersection of the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, and the Appalachian Trail. With a trophy trout river running through downtown, try your hand at fly fishing or catch some live music and visit a few art galleries just a few blocks away. With an abundance of nearby farms there’s no shortage of local flavor. Chefs’s favorite, Autumn Olive Farms, provides several local eateries with their one-of-a-kind Berkabaw pork.

FOODIE EXPERIENCES

  • 1 Visit Blue Ridge Bucha’s Taproom for a tasting or a growler fill of their organic kombucha made with Waynesboro’s award-winning water.
  • 2 Take a cooking class at BlueOregano or have Chef Caitie Maharg cook for you at one of their Pop-Up Dinners or Brunches.
  • 3Enjoy Hops Kitchen’s globally-inspired cuisine infused on location with beer from Basic City Beer Co. and try Chef Mike’s whole hog roast (from Autumn Olive Farms).
  • 4Try The Fishin’ Pig’s melt-in-your-mouth catfish, moist and meaty fillets fried crisp in the restaurant’s trademark breading.

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Stop 4: Augusta County

Augusta County lives outside. We have fun outside, eat outside and if we’re in the mood, sleep outside. Experience food live and in-person when you walk beyond organic fields, hug newborn goats or drink craft beer made from fresh-picked hops. Whether you choose our locavore culture, outdoor rec, history, or the view from the road, our location in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley is a perfect fit.

FOODIE EXPERIENCES

  • 1Pour copious amounts of local maple syrup on White’s Wayside’s French Toast -It’s made using the same bread recipe since 1929.
  • 2 Devour the homemade spaetzle and wiener schnitzel at Edelweiss German restaurant where you’ll also get a good serving of the Valley’s German heritage.
  • 3Tuck into a piece of homemade coconut cream pie at Mrs. Rowe’s
  • 4Visit Old School Burgers and order the Ron Swanson – OSB’s tribute to meat. Be sure to cover it in special sauce!
  • 5Check out Polyface Farms’ beyond-organic meat selection at the farm’s market. If you’re into it, go visit the animals in their happy pastures.

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Stop 5: Lexington

Rockbridge County is the southern gateway to Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. With access to 64,000 acres of National Forest lands, the James and Maury Rivers, Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail, outdoor enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels can hike, bike, fish, climb and camp. After a day on the trail or river, you’ll want to experience the cultural amenities and historic sites in the college towns of Lexington and Buena Vista.

FOODIE EXPERIENCES

  • 1 Pick up stone-ground cake, pancake and bread mixes at Wade’s Mill in Raphine. The oldest, continuously operated commercial grist mill in the Shenandoah Valley operates the historic water wheel on the weekends March – December, and hosts an Apple Butter Festival in October.
  • 2Named in memory of a man who liked to eat well, Haywood’s in downtown Lexington offers an upscale experience with locally sourced chef driven cuisine and nightly entertainment.
  • 3Indulge with a hand-rolled waffle cone filled with homemade ice cream at Sweet Things, a Lexington landmark serving residents and visitors for over 30 years.
  • 4Dine like a king at the Grand Seafood Buffet, Friday nights in the Colonial Dining Room in Natural Bridge. We recommend you go straight for the crab legs!

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COMPLETE THE SHENANDOAH BEERWERKS PASSPORT CHALLENGE

Collect stamps from 6/14 participating breweries to complete the Shenandoah Beerwerks Passport challenge. The icing on the cake? When you complete your passport you can submit it to us to earn a Beerwerks t-shirt (aka bragging rights).

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MORE GETAWAY IDEAS

In addition to great beer, you’ll also find vibrant, walkable downtowns buzzing with farm-fresh dining, cool independent shops and live music. Start planning your beer getaway to the Shenandoah Valley!