Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, Virginia
This popular brewery has been growing its own hops since 2007, when the first two fields were planted in Afton, Virginia. From there, Blue Mountain Brewery became the first (and largest) commercial hop yard in Virginia. Later, the brewery would become a founding member and test hops field for the now prospering Old Dominion Hops Cooperative. The hops grown here have changed over the years, from the original Cascade grapefruit citrus character to more of a lime zest aroma and flavor. Beers made from hops at this brewery have gone on to medal at the World Beer Cup and the Great American Beer Festival. The Blue Reserve brew is the only beer brewed with all-Virginia-grown hops that has ever placed at either one of these competitions.