Posted by Dave on April 17th, 2012 | Comments Off
Recently, HopZilla & I had a chance to ride most of the 34 Mile Virginia Creeper Trail and of course we couldn’t help myself by looking into the local beer culture while we were there. Here is a beer guide where every location is a few blocks off of the trail!
The Virginia Creeper Trail is a former railway that hauled lumber down from White Top Station near the Tennessee border through Damascus Virginia and on to the final stop in Abingdon, Virginia. Today, the trail is similar to that of the American Tobacco Trail: cleared for biking and recreational travel. There is a plan to continue the trail into Lansing, North Carolina but little progress has been made.
QUINCY’S PIZZA – Damascus, VA
Damascus is a center-point for the Virginia Creeper Trail, a popular pit stop for the Appalachian Trail and home to the biggest hiking / biking party of it’s kind: Trails Days. I hiked through part of the AT in 1998 and QUINCY’S was there. It’s still there with an expanded area for live music. Food selection is burgers, pizza and sandwiches. On tap today you might be able to find a Highland Brewing beer, something from Depot Street (from TN), New Belgium or Terrapin.
Address: 132 West Laurel Avenue / Damascus, VA 24236
BELLA’S – Abingdon Virginia
Bella’s is a Greek / Italian family food place not far from our hotel. Beers are offered in 10 and 22 ounce (ice cold) glasses. On tap, Highland‘s Gaelic, New Belgium Fat Tire, and Warsteiner were available. Bottle selection was pretty good and consisted of Blue Grass Brewing Co Bourbon Stout, Magic Hat #9, Harpoon IPA, Sierra Nevada Torpedo, Boulder Hazed & Infused, Abita Purple Haze and New Belgium 1554. We settled on Beers from Terrapin: Hopsecutioner & Rye Pale Ale!
Address: 872 East Main Street / Abingdon, VA 24210
RAIN – Abingdon Virginia
Rain had an extensive wine list but had the surprise beer selection on the trail. Saint George Porter (Hampton, VA), Longtrail Alt, Wolf Hill’s Honey Cream Ale, and Nectar IPA were the highlights. I enjoyed the Porter while HopZilla dove into the IPA and we shared a plate of mussels. The staff knew their beer and were glad to meet like minded drinkers.
Address: 283 East Main Street / Abingdon, VA 24210
THE TAVERN – Abingdon Virginia
The Tavern was built in 1779 and served as an Inn, bar, Civil War hospital and now the best damn German food in the hills! In fact the beer menu is mostly German beers with the exception one local: Wolf Hill’s Brewing. Offering both 16 and 22 ounce selections from Franziskaner, Spaten, Warsteiner, Paulaner and the locally made Wolf Hill’s IPA! The ceilings are low, the floors are crooked but the food, beer and atmosphere is world class!
Address: 22 E. Main Street / Abingdon, VA 24210
WOLF HILLS BREWING – Abingdon Virginia
About a block away from the Virginia Creeper trail lies Wolf Hill’s Brewing Company. In a former ice house, head brewer, Josh Gambrel is producing a consistent line up of great beers. A stout, a Scottish, an Amber, a Cream ale an IPA and a Double IPA! Growler fills are available a couple days a week but in July the new law will be in effect and you’ll be able to buy a pint at a brewery! Seriously, HopZilla and I were impressed with every beer coming out of this tiny building. I look forward to seeing them again!
Address: 350 Park St SE / Abingdon VA 24210
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