Blue Lab Brewing Co. – Lexington, VA


Lexington is an great little town. My brother-in-law’s father lives there and the first time we got off 81 and were heading down main street, he introduced it to me as “Lexington: where everyone has either written a book or can’t read.” It’s always been a good weekend escape. The town is lush with history, character, and old-time charm. Most of the homes are beautifully restored Victorians, within walking distance to a handful of some really fun and original restaurants. And the rich Civil War history, along with VMI, maintain a charming military prestige throughout this town. Have I sold you yet? So you can imagine our excitement when we learned, adding to the bragging rights this place already has, that they now have a micro-brewery: Blue Lab Brewing Company.

BLBC certainly embodies all that is southern hospitality. There were a few different groups there, and even though we were at different intervals of testing their full gamut, each group got a plenty of attention.

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The staff inside (two brewers and their respective wives) went into full depth explaining each beer, its qualities, what makes it unique, and then genuinely answered any questions the non-micro-brewery-frequenters (i.e. ladies. Oh, and apologies to the one female micro-brewery-frequenter who reads this!) had. The best part was the fresh hops they gave us to garnish our beers.

The double-IPA, my personal and definitive favorite, with the fresh hops, paled all else in comparison (big fat beer pun intended).

Out back, more friendly and engaging staff members were doing a beer brewing demonstration. The best part? They encouraged us to go grab as many peaches as we wanted from the tree out back.

This place has the micro-brewery atmosphere you’re looking for: interactive, light-hearted, fun, and very, very, very good booze…and peaches. Go with your family, co-workers, dog, or even by yourself. You’ll have a good time. Cheers.

Give Blue Lab Brewing Company some love on their Facebook page!

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