The holidays bring some tasty flavors to Virginia, so it comes as no surprise that many Virginia craft breweries, wineries, and distilleries are getting into the spirit of the season. Whether it’s with festive flavors, cozy tasting rooms, or over-the-top decorations, these drink destinations have plenty of holiday cheer.
HOLIDAY CRAFT BEERS
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Virginia is currently home to over 200 craft breweries, and many of these brew their own special seasonal beers. Infusing ingredients like holiday spice blends, peppermint, and gingerbread, these Virginia brewers concoct a wide variety of unique (often award-winning) craft beers. Check out our holiday beer guide, and then head to any of these Virginia craft breweries for a true taste of the holiday season.
Nothing says “Merry & Bright” like a glass of wine in front of a roaring fireplace at a cozy Virginia winery. And with almost 300 wineries in every corner of Virginia, you don’t have to go far to find your holiday cheer. Still haven’t found that perfect gift for your special someone? Consider turning a day trip to a winery into an overnight Virginia vineyard getaway to create a memorable holiday experience for you both.
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As the birthplace of American spirits, Virginia has a bourgeoning distillery scene, with dozens of distilleries now calling the Commonwealth home. Making spirits like bourbons, whiskeys, vodkas, and gins, these distilleries offer the perfect holiday gift for that cocktail-loving friend or family member. Pair it with a signature Virginia cocktail recipe and you’re sure to beat out Santa for the best gift of the holidays.
FESTIVE POP-UP BARS
(NOTE: DUE TO COVID-19, MANY OF THESE MAY BE CLOSED; CHECK WEBSITES FOR UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION)
While there are hundreds of bars throughout Virginia that put up sparkling lights, Christmas trees, and the typical holiday décor, a select few go above and beyond, transforming during the holiday season into a veritable Winter Wonderland. In Richmond’s Carytown neighborhood, The Jasper becomes Miracle on Cary St., the only Virginia location for the international Christmas pop-up bar group based in New York City. Enjoy creative holiday cocktails like the Snowball Old-Fashioned or the Christmapolitan. Also in Richmond, Rappahannock Restaurant turns into Tis the Session Christmas Bar Takeover, where seasonal spirits flow, holiday music fills the air, and festive decorations cover the walls. Switch Pop-Up Bar in Richmond hosts “Naughty or Nice”, a Christmas experience packed with decorations and holiday-themed drinks.
As always, enjoy responsibly in Virginia and use a designated driver when traveling to Virginia craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, or cocktail bars. Happy holidays from Virginia is for Lovers!