If you enter a brewery and can smell malted cereals just by opening the door, it means that you are in an authentic place. This happens when you visit the South Street Brewery, Charlottesville’s longest-running brewery and pub, remodeled in 2014 by two of the Blue Mountain Brewery owners, Mandi and Taylor Smack, who both worked for South Street over a decade ago.
The most outstanding thing in this place is the nice atmosphere and, obviously, its variety of beer. Folks love the beer flights so they can try several brews at once. From the Slippery When Wit, with coriander, Himalayan salt, dried orange peel, honey-soaked candied oranges, to the Anastasia’s Chocolate Fantasy, with coconut, buckwheat, and lactose.
Their longest tenured brewer, Mitch Hamilton, who has a degree in History, named the house beers. The Acoustic Kitty, for example, came from the nickname of a CIA’s operation to spy on the KGB using cats with microphones inside. “This beer pairs very well with the cauliflower wings,” says Seth Piller, the attentive manager. The bestseller is the Amber Ale known as Satans Pony, the original name of Mitch’s former chopper motorbike.
This is a pub without the classic dark vibe. Instead, it holds brick walls, large industrial windows, and a couple of couches around a fireplace if you are looking for a warmer corner.
As they do with the beer, they care about the quality of the food. They work with local sourcing as much as possible. And they smoke meat and fish in house. The most popular pick is the Wisconsin white cheddar cheese curds. You can also try a selection of artisanal cheese and cured meats, served with house pickles, or the jumbo sourdough pretzel served with house made beer cheese sauce and ale mustard.
“This is not a classic sports bar, but you can follow the games on one of the six TV we have scattered. Although people here prefer to play cards, chess or one of the other board games we have next to the fireplace,” explains Mr. Piller. Whatever the reason to go, cheers!
Phone: (434) 293-6550
Hours: Sun-Thu 11am-11pm. Fri-Sat 11am-12am
Text&Photo: Edu Bayer