Tucked away on a small street in the middle of Charlottesville, Va. is a brewery with a long history.
South Street Brewery opened in 1998 under its current name, but last year it was purchased by a larger beer maker — Blue Mountain Brewery, in nearby Afton, Va. South Street kept its name and its local feel, and now it's operating under new ownership with a refreshed list of beers and food. And it will always be known as Charlottesville's first brewery.
Head brewer Mitch Hamilton has put together a diverse menu of cold beers, ranging from My Personal Helles lager to a Russian imperial stout called Anastasia's Chocolate Fantasy.
In between those two are a host of interesting beers with unique names that will certainly catch your eye. Although one can never go wrong with the old standards.
"J.P. Ale [a pale ale] and Satan's Pony are very popular because they are South Street originals and have been around for a very long time," says marketing coordinator Jessica Bullard."Another beer that we are excited about right now, especially for summer, is our 365 Shandy. It is the perfect beer for drinking at a Summer BBQ."
The Shandy, a beer that has become popular in recent years, is actually a blend of beer and lemonade. South Street creates its Shandy by combining Pils, Vienna, wheat, and carapils malts, horizon and cascade hops, and California ale yeast. Lemonade is added at the end to create the finished product.
South Street also holds the distinction of being Charlottesville's only brewpub, meaning it brews beer and serves restaurant food. And, like its diverse beer menu, South Street's lineup of food is exactly what you'll want while sipping one of their beers.
There is a large selection of starters and salads, along with a mouth-watering, three-cheese mac 'n cheese that comes with any one of several "dress up" items like applewood smoked bacon, lump crab meat, and pulled chicken.
Oh, and there's also burgers, sandwiches, main dishes, and some tasty desserts. If you're in town, be sure to plan a meal over at South Street. Your belly will appreciate it.
Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. every day
Location: 106 South Street West