2021 marks the 45th anniversary of the James River Association!

To commemorate this anniversary we are revisiting our ‘Top 40’ lists we shared back in 2016, celebrating some of the awesome experiences the James River watershed has to offer.  We have updated the information, links and even added a few Covid- era suggestions. Before visiting any of these outstanding locations, please check for any restrictions they may currently have.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, we have surveyed our staff to bring you the Top 45 Breweries, Wineries, Cideries and Distilleries in the James River watershed. So here they are, in no particular order, 45 places to toast to the James.


  1. Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
  2. Starr Hill Brewery
  3. Billsburg Brewery
  4. James River Brewing Company
  5. Stone Brewing Company
  6. Alewerks Brewing Company
  7. Bryant’s Cider
  8. 1865 Brewery
  9. Blue Ridge Vineyard
  10. Blue Mountain Barrel House/Blue Mountain Brewery
  11. Early Mountain Vineyards
  12. Veritas Vineyard and Winery
  13. Afton Mountain Vineyards
  14. Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company
  15. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
  16. Wild Wolf Brewing Company
  17. Flying Fox Vineyards
  18. Rebec Vineyards
  19. Silverback Distillery
  20. Blenheim Vineyards
  21. Albemarle Cider Works
  22. Jefferson Vineyards
  23. King Family Vineyards
  24. Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery
  25. Bold Rock Hard Cider
  26. Thistle Gate Winery
  27. King Family Vineyard
  28. Grayhaven Winery
  29. Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery
  30. Legend Brewing Company
  31. Richbrau
  32. Isley Brewing Company
  33. Belle Isle Craft Spirits
  34. Garden Grove Brewing Company
  35. Triple Crossing Brewing Company
  36. Trapezium
  37. Ardent Craft Ales
  38. Blue Bee Cidery
  39. New Kent Winery
  40. Saude Creek Vineyards
  41. Williamsburg Winery
  42. Smartmouth Brewing Company
  43. O’Connor Brewing Co.
  44. Wharf Hill Brewing Company
  45. St. George Brewing