In the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Shenandoah National Park, three craft breweries— Basic City, Seven Arrows, and Stable Craft—grace Waynesboro and Augusta County. Each is a unique experience, showcasing the area’s history, hospitality, and horses. In common, they love all things local.
Basic City Beer Co. occupies the former brass foundry of Virginia Metalcrafters in what was once Basic City before it was annexed by Waynesboro. A trendy industrial space plus the effort to revitalize it equals something absolutely perfect for millennials and baby boomers alike. The brewery opened its doors in 2016, with long-term plans for the warehouse to include a restaurant, farmers’ market, artisan space, and more, making it an exciting destination business for the area.
The story at Seven Arrows fits neatly into the history of the Shenandoah Valley, as it’s inspired by a Native American blessing. The brewery is situated just outside Waynesboro and within minutes of Shenandoah National Park, so it’s no surprise to find “Skyline Lager” in the line-up. It’s a 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Festival medal winner!
Although new on the local beer scene, Stable Craft Brewing is not new to great customer service and hospitality. Based at Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables, Stable Craft stays true to its parental roots by growing hops on-site to produce its 16 beers. A visit to this farm delivers a beautiful landscape dotted with horses, as well as a frothy delight. Seek out Morocco, a stunning Clydesdale stallion, then try the IPA made with homegrown Cascade hops. The patio is the perfect place to take it all in.
The best way to visit our craft breweries and explore even more is by following the Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail. Waynesboro is a central stop between the Harrisonburg and Lexington end points. Along this portion of the trail you’ll find outdoor adventure with easy access to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Picnic at Constitution Park by the South River, Virginia’s first urban trout fishery, and then snap a photo with our river-themed LOVEwork. Waynesboro makes a natural hub for visiting the other breweries on the trail, as well.