Brewery, Cidery and Distillery Tours

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boldrockNorm’s Transportation offers the safest and most affordable brewery tours, cidery tours, and distillery tours.  We’ll take you there in style and get you back safe and sound!  We typically use full or mid-sized SUVs, vans and sedans.  We can accommodate up to 11 passengers.  Norm’s Transportation’s tour pricing is for the group, not per person.

Three Notch’d Brewery, centrally located at 946 Grady Ave. This new kid on the block is off to a great start. The beers taste as good as their names sound and there are many to choose from.  Three Notch’d website

Starr Hill Brewery – their year-round, locally brewed, seasonal and limited-release brews in the Mid Atlantic and Southeast. Among the most award-winning breweries on the East Coast, Starr Hill has won 21 Great American Beer Festival, World Beer Cup and Great British Beer Festival medals.  Starr Hill’s website

South Street Brewery – Charlottesville’s longest-running brewery and pub in a converted brick-walled warehouse with housemade ale & lager, plus seasonal fare.  South Street website

Blue Mountain Brewery – in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Ales and lagers are brewed, bottled, canned and kegged onsite in Afton or down the road in Arrington at the new Blue Mountain Barrel House. These two breweries will craft 10,000 barrels (310,000 gallons) of Virginia’s finest beer this year, made from deep well water and the best barley malt and hops the world has to offer.  Blue Mountain website

Champion BreweryVibrant pub with housemade beers and views of the modest brewery, plus patio and food-truck eats.

Norm’s Transportation offers the safest and most affordable way to explore craft ciders at popular  cideries as well as a wonderful distillery right here in Charlottesville.

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Ablemarle Ciderworks  –  North Garden Albemarle Ciderworks is a family-run Cidery and Tasting Room that produces hard cider from heritage varieties of apples that can thrive in Albemarle County, Virginia. Now offering seven cider varieties available for tasting and for sale.  Albemarle Ciderworks website

Bold Rock Cider  –  Nellysford  Bold Rock Cidery crushes Virginia apples at their farm cidery along Rt. 151 at Wintergreen beneath the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Tours, tastings and hard cider to go. Come drink in the scenery! Bold Rock six-packs are available at our cidery and a wide variety of stores and pubs/restaurants throughout most of Virginia.  Bold Rock Cidery website

CHC-Logo-large-150x139Castle Hill Cider  –  Keswick The famous ‘Albemarle Pippin’ first came to Albemarle County in a planting at Castle Hill, home of Thomas Walker, guardian and mentor to Thomas Jefferson. Albemarle Pippins and twenty-seven other varieties are now raised in accordance with the organic standard at Castle Hill Cider, which occupies a beautiful 600 acre portion of the original Castle Hill estate. CHC uniquely combines modern and ancient techniques, and creates the world’s only cider that is fermented, and matured, in buried earthen amphorae or kvevri.  Castle Hill Cider website

Silverback Distillery – 1st in Virginia, 2nd in US and 3rd in World for Gin, Charlottesville’s Silverback Distillery produces ultra premium vodka, gin, whiskey and bourbon. Surrounded by Mountains and bracketed by the Rockfish River, Silverback Distillery produces distinct and flavorful spirits through a perfect mix of Virginia grains, pure water and American craftsmanship.  Silverback Distillery website