Continuing on our Brew Ridge Trail tour, we visited Starr Hill Brewery on Saturday March 16. It was a special visit for us in that we had visited them four years prior on our anniversary weekend when we briefly owned an old Mini Winnie. It was the only camping trip we ever took while we owned it but it was one of my favorite trips that, to date, we had taken together.
I have no idea why Justin is making that face, he’s weird but he’s my kinda weird so it works.
When we arrived at Starr Hill a local group was just finishing up their stop there thanks to Blue Toad Hop & Vine Tours. Not only were they wearing lots of green and a couple of kilts, but they had a special beer of their very own on tap at Starr Hill.
This was Dark Starr Stout that was brewed with Jamison oak chips, vanilla beans and star anise. We were lucky enough that there was just a wee bit left after the group was gone so we got to try it. It was nice, with the star anise being very present. We ended up mixing it half and half with their Dark Starr Stout – a blend that was really good.
Also new on tap was their Monticello beer. It was a recreation of a beer that Thomas Jefferson brewed, and was made with corn and wheat, no malt, no barley. We both thought it was good.
Of course, one of the beers that really tickled our toes was the Little Red RooStarr Coffee Cream Stout.
Floyd, VA isn’t too far from where we live, a nice little drive up into the mountains. We love it up there, it is where we get our pasture-raised meat in fact! Floyd is just a really, really cool little town. So, of course, when Starr Hill teamed up with Red Rooster Coffee Roaster located in Floyd we knew the results would be delicious.
We weren’t disappointed. The aroma on this one was enough to make you swoon! Seriously, you just wanted to sit there and smell it a while longer! While their Dark Starr Stout was pretty awesome, this one still took the cake. It was just too good.
While we were there we also had their Starr Saison which we thought was good; their Northern Lights which is their best seller and for a good reason, it too had a great aroma on it and it was deliciously hoppy; we had their Amber Ale which was good but it shocked us when the gentleman told us it was a Red Ale – we hadn’t know that; and finally, we had their Dark Starr Stout, which is an awesome beer and according to the gentleman serving us, the most award winningest dry Irish Stout in the US.
Starr Hill tends to have some neat artwork and merchandise to go along with the beers. One thing we found was this perfect poster for Stella.
The poster doesn’t match the bottle label, but obviously that doesn’t matter to us. To us it is a sign that they were just waiting for us to swing by in Stella for a visit.
If you’re ever up near Charlottesville make sure you swing by Starr Hill, located in Crozet. You won’t regret it!