Something Exciting is Brewing in Fancy Hill

By: Winston West, 3L

Staff Writer

One of the newest breweries in the area, Great Valley Farm Brewery, is doing big things. Although the tasting room and combined brew house are small, the beers on tap offer big flavor. Great Valley currently offers eight beers on tap: a pale ale, IPA, double IPA, a blonde ale, two saisons, Belgian Dark Strong, and a stout. My friend, Anthony, and I sampled each beer on tap for thoroughness.

The pale ale has a very typical flavor profile. The IPA was very citrusy without a lot of bitterness. It was smooth compared to other hoppier IPAs. The double IPA was much more bitter and had a strong flavor. The double IPA would be more satisfying to the bitter beer lover than the IPA. The blonde ale is definitely the best beer on tap. It is also Great Valley’s bestseller. There isn’t any mystery why. The beer is well balanced and has a little something to offer everyone. The first of the two saisons, the lemongrass basil, is very herbaceous and bright. I thought it tasted too much like eating a handful of basil. The second saison, the Gruner Saison, mixes a white grape with a slightly herby saison. This beer has a unique, but surprisingly good, flavor. The Belgian Dark Strong is a lot sweeter than I expected. It is the color of an Irish Red Ale, but has a lot of raisin, cherry, and toffee flavor. Finally, the Belgian Stout offers something different than the standard coffee or chocolate flavors of a stout. There are hints of cherry and other fruit that make the beer less heavy than traditional stouts.

Flights of multi-colored beer

Photography by Winston West, 3L. | Great Valley Farm Brewery recently opened its doors in Natural Bridge and offers a variety of beers for the tasting pallete.

Overall, I would recommend getting the four-beer flight to try a bit of everything. The flight is $8. If you want to dive right into a pint, the blonde ale won’t disappoint.

The brewery sits atop a hill near the orchards in Fancy Hill, Virginia. There are spectacular views from both inside the tasting room and outdoor patio. A large field both beside and in front of the tasting room and brew house offers many possibilities. When the weather gets warmer, Great Valley Farm is a great place to bring your friends, dog, and cornhole for the afternoon. The owner said that there are plans to build a large covered patio in front to the tasting room in the Spring.

Great Valley Farm Brewery is about eight miles south of Lexington on Route 11, just before the Pink Cadillac Diner. The tasting room is open Wednesday through Saturday 12–7 pm and Sunday 12–6 pm.


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