This year marks the 40th anniversary of the James River Association. To celebrate this anniversary we’ll be releasing Top 40 lists throughout the year celebrating some of the awesome experiences the James River watershed has to offer.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we have surveyed our staff to bring you the Top 40 Breweries, Wineries, Cideries and Distilleries in the James River watershed. So here they are, in no particular order, 40 places to toast to the James.

  1. Blue Ridge Vineyard
  2. Blue Mountain Barrel House/Blue Mountain Brewery
  3. Early Mountain Vineyards
  4. Veritas Vineyard and Winery
  5. Afton Mountain Vineyards
  6. Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company
  7. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
  8. Wild Wolf Brewing Company
  9. Flying Fox Vineyards
  10. Rebec Vineyards
  11. Silverback Distillery
  12. Blenheim Vineyards
  13. Albemarle Cider Works
  14. Starr Hill Brewery
  15. Jefferson Vineyards
  16. King Family Vineyards
  17. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery
  18. Bold Rock Hard Cider
  19. James River Brewing Company
  20. Thistle Gate Winery
  21. King Family Vineyard
  22. Grayhaven Winery
  23. Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
  24. Legend Brewing Company
  25. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  26. Isley Brewing Company
  27. Belle Isle Craft Spirits
  28. Stone Brewing Company
  29. Garden Grove Brewing Company
  30. Triple Crossing Brewing Company
  31. Ardent Craft Ales
  32. Blue Bee Cidery
  33. New Kent Winery
  34. Saude Creek Vineyards
  35. Williamsburg Winery
  36. Alewerks Brewing Company
  37. Smartmouth Brewing Company
  38. O’Connor Brewing Co.
  39. Wharf Hill Brewing Company
  40. St. George Brewing