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Best of the Brew Beer, Cider, Sake & Spirits Charlottesville is proud to be the home to a myriad of microbrewers, taphouses, distilleries and cideries. Thomas Jefferson took great interest in creating not only wines, but also beers and ciders. Monticello, in conjunction with our own homegrown Starr Hill Brewery, even crafted the Monticello Reserve Ale — now the official beer of Monticello. In addition to home-brewed beer, hard cider was another everyday table drink in Jefferson’s time that has made a vibrant comeback in our region. One local cidery even uses Jefferson’s favorite local variety of apple, the Albemarle Pippin, to create a lovely hard cider. Virginia also has a long history of whiskey distilleries. The distillery at George Washington’s home in Mount Vernon is still in operation and was once the largest in America, producing 11,000 gallons. In addition to that distillery, whiskey lovers can tour and visit local distilleries making craft vodka, gin and bourbon. Check the tastings maps beginning on page 28 to see all the craft beverage makers you can visit in and around Charlottesville, and check the calendar of events on our website (CharlottesvilleWelcomeBook.com) to find fun tasting events you can enjoy this fall and winter.

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Fall/Winter 2019-2020

Profile for Ivy Life & Style Media

Charlottesville Welcome Book Fall Winter 2019  

Exploring Jefferson's Virginia

Charlottesville Welcome Book Fall Winter 2019  

Exploring Jefferson's Virginia