THE MALT AND MILLING ROOM ... IS NOW PROMINENTLY SITUATED AND FRAMED BY GLASS SO CUSTOMERS CAN GET A BEHIND-THE-SCENES GLIMPSE INTO WHAT IT TAKES TO GET THE BEER FROM ITS INFANCY STAGE TO THE FINAL PRODUCT.
and unmistakable flavor to the beer—one of many techniques that landed Smack the very first Virginia Beer Cup. By this point, a crowd of “regulars” would assemble nightly, while taking advantage of weekly specials like the wildly popular “Two-Dollar Tuesdays.” In 2007, the Smacks, decided to leave South Street Brewery in an effort to venture out and start a brewery of their own. Situated on a small, grassy knoll in northern Nelson County, Blue Mountain Brewery began. But in 2013, the owners of South Street Brewery reached out to the Smacks with a proposition-to buy into South Street Brewery to become part owners.
Weighing all of the pros and cons, the Smacks made a deal in July of 2014 to purchase South Street Brewery. “Although coming back to brew in Virginia was a homecoming, this was like moving back into my childhood house,” says Smack, regarding the decision to acquire South Street Brewery. But it was clear from the beginning that this would mark a new, fresh start for the now 16-year-old brewery. There was going to be an overhaul and a rebirth. A few months later, after being closed to the public for renovations, the new South Street Brewery came to the scene in November 2014. The changes to the new South Street Brewery are