The oldest brewery and pub in Charlottesville, South Street Brewery brews some of the best craft beers you’ll find in central Virginia. When purely looking at beer quality, this is one of my absolute favorite craft breweries in the Charlottesville area.
South Street Brewery in Charlottesville, VA
Every single time I try a new beer at South Street, I’m blown away by it. I honestly don’t have a bad word to say about their beers—they’re awesome. The best day of the week to go and sample some of their beers is Tuesday, when their “2-dollar Tuesdays” promotion lets you get a glass of beer for only two bucks.
South Street Brewery was taken over by Blue Mountain Brewery a couple of years ago (there will be a blog post about that one later on as well), which re-invigorated this Charlottesville landmark and made it into one of the most popular places for food and beer in the city.
South Street Brewery isn’t just a brewery, though. In fact, it’s more like a restaurant than it is a brewery. While the main focus is beer, of course, food is equally as important. Food served at South Street includes your typical pub food, such as burgers, salads, steaks, chicken dishes and sandwiches. It’s all prepared with local products and produce, which reflects this establishment’s connection with the local community.
I’ve already said that I absolutely love the beer at South Street Brewery. My all-time favorites are the Hop Grove Tropical IPA, Barhopper IPA, Fruit Lups Hoppy Wheat Ale and Tongue Dropper Sour IPA. (Keep in mind that the beer menu can change and that some of these beers may not be available.)
As I’ve said, South Street Brewery is more restaurant than classic brewery, so you shouldn’t expect a typical brewery atmosphere. Food is a big part of this place as well. There are numerous tables and even couches, and they have servers taking your order.
This is a great place in Charlottesville to visit if you’re in the mood for both housemade beers and local food. Its location a few minutes’ walk from the Downtown Mall only adds to its appeal. I do have to add, though, that if you’re after a bar/brewery atmosphere, you’re better off going to one of the other breweries in C’ville—Champion Brewing Company and Three Notch’d Brewing Company are both excellent choices. Again, for food and beer, South Street Brewery is the place to be.
Note: the beers suggested is this post may be limited batches and may not be available in the future. Check South Street’s website or, of course, the beer menu in the taproom to see what’s on tap.