The atmosphere ‘out back’ was relaxed and fun. Taking a corner booth, we enjoyed appetizers of hummus and grilled pita bread, and Polena’s special Polish sausage and veggie soup (um….FABULOUS!) Mike Hurn is the Chef, but Polena creates the soups, working with his menu specials for a perfect complement.
Both David and I had the bacon wrapped steak, with spicy sweet potatoes, salad (David) and black beans and rice (me). Chef Hurn did not disappoint. The serving sizes are plentiful (half of mine came home with me); the food is delicious. As we were dining, David noted that the Brewery is one place that is “consistently excellent.” I could not agree more.
In business for six years, they are now brewing their own beer on-site and presently have 6 varieties on tap. Selections change seasonally. The Blood – a brown ale – is a best seller. In the food category, the burgers are a hot seller and having had them in the past, this does not surprise me; they are spectacular.
Our server, Emily, was incredibly efficient, friendly and knowledgeable not only about the menu, but about the business and its history. She is an asset that Pat and Polena can be proud of.
Various artists provide live entertainment Thurs-Sat from 6-9; the performer schedule can be found on their website, as can their full menu, Sunday brunch menu, and hours.
Whether for lunch, dinner, or simply a beverage and some good tunes, you will want to stop in to the Blue Ridge Brewery on your next visit to our town.
Located at 187 Depot Street, next to the old post office that now houses Gatewood Hall Gracious Home, you can reach them at 706.632.6611. www.blueridgebrewery.com