Winter Fun Along the Beerwerks Trail

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Winter on the Beerwerks Trail

Don’t let winter’s short days, freezing temps, and lack of sunlight keep you couch-bound. Beerwerks breweries have packed January with tons of fun activities to keep your spirits high. And if you want to play in the snow (before cozying up for a recovery pint at one of our breweries), look below for the closest area ski slopes.

Upcoming Winter Activities at Beerwerks Breweries

January 17

  • Skipping Rock Beer Co.’s Blind Tiger Party w/Boxcar Speakeasy: Chase SADS away with a party to celebrate lawful drinking. Prohibition technically went into full effect on January 17th 1920 per the Eighteenth Amendment which was ratified on January 16th 1919. We’re celebrating history and that this was repealed. YAY BEER! Live Music from Boxcar Speakeasy 7-10.
  • Friday IPA Release: Total Entropy III at Stable Craft Brewing: Calling all IPA lovers: we are extremely proud to release the 3rd IPA in our revolving hop series!
    Total Entropy III is a crisp IPA with tropical notes on the nose. El Dorado, Simcoe and Amarillo hops impart juicy flavors of pineapple, tangerine and mandarin orange. This delicious balanced IPA finishes with a crisp dry, slightly bitter finish.

January 18

  • Brin’s Posy Floral Workshop at Redbeard Brewing Company: Join us for our 2nd Floral Workshop with Brin’s Posy.  Let’s pretend it’s spring and brighten things up a bit.
  • LIVE! Who Shot John at Basic City Beer Co.: Who Shot John (Rock n’ Roll / Soul / Blues) will be jamming out once again at Basic City in Waynesboro.

January 23

January 25

  • The Friendly Fermenter’s Winter Festivus 2020: Details to come, but you can plan on fresh beers, fresh tunes, and some good eats!

January 27

  • Winter Paint Night at Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen: Beat those winter blues with a winter-themed craft night and a beer at Devils Backbone Outpost. We will be making 3-dimensional wooden peek-a-boo snowman shadowboxes.
  • Tom Tom’s Silent Disco: Harrisonburg Take Over! at Pale Fire Brewing Company: Celebrate creativity and good times at Pale Fire Brewing Co in the historic Ice House. Don a wireless headset and choose between three stations of hip hop, house, and pop, featuring DJ Ryan Clark, DJ Double U, & DJ Flatline. Purple attire encouraged. 21+ to attend.

Music by Ryan Garst and Matt Palmieri

  • Prince Bellerose LIVE at Three Notch’d: Prince Bellerose is an Indie Soul band from Harrisonburg, Virginia. They weave together soulful melodies with tight grooves for a truly unique and captivating sound.

Downhill Sports

The Beerwerks Trail is in the center of the Shenandoah Valley, but it offers easy access to nearby downhill snow sports. See our lists of nearby and slightly further afield places to play. Make sure you visit a brewery along the Trail to warm up after your day on the slopes!

Lexington Area

The Omni Homestead Resort

1 hour and 10 minutes from Devils Backbone Outpost Tap Room & Kitchen

Head west into the Alleghenies to enjoy The Omni Homestead Resort. This winter paradise has nine downhill ski runs catering to various abilities as well as an Olympic-sized ice rink. The resort has won awards for being beginner- and family- friendly, and skiers over the age of four can take lessons.

Liberty Mountain Snowflex Resort

1 hour and 10 minutes from Heliotrope Brewing

5 years or older can ski, snowboard, and tube YEAR ROUND at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Center. Lessons are available for beginners and advanced skiers and boarders. The facilities, part of Liberty University, include special synthetic slopes and freestyle areas for all levels that can be used in all seasons, bag jumps, olympic trampolines, and tubing runs.

Staunton, Waynesboro, & Augusta County

Wintergreen Ski Resort

35 minutes from Seven Arrows Brewing Company

The Plunge Snowtubing Park (part of Wintergreen)

Deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, you’ll find Wintergreen Ski Resort. Wintergreen’s 24 slopes include options for all ability levels to ski, snowboard, and snow tube. Want to improve? Sign up for group or individual lessons. To reduce time waiting in line, enjoy Wintergreen’s high-speed chairlifts and electronic passes. 

Snowshoe Ski Resort

2 hours and 15 minutes from Skipping Rock Beer Co.

Snowshoe Mountain Resort boasts more than 60 trails and glades, five terrain parks, night skiing and activities like snowmobiling, and tubing. Lessons at the “world’s friendliest ski school” and snow provided by “Mother Nature and the Mid-Atlantic’s most powerful fleet of snow makers” should put this resort at the top of your list.

Harrisonburg Area

Massanutten Resort

30 minutes from Pale Fire Brewing Co.

Everybody, regardless of ability, will find their thrills on Massanutten Resort’s 12 ski trails. There’s also a freestyle area and 16 lanes of snow tubing. Ice skaters can practice twirls and jumps on a 5,000-square foot rink. If you want to warm up away from the slopes, check out Massanutten’s indoor waterpark.

Bryce Mountain Resort

45 minutes from Brothers Craft Brewing

Bryce Mountain Resort is a four-season resort that in the Allegheny foothills that offers skiing, snowboarding, and lessons in the winter. There are 8 slopes that can be accessed by ski lifts as well as a dedicated area for beginners with carpet lifts. Beginners ages 8 and up can book lessons with th Horst Locher Snowsports School. Three 800-foot snow tubing lanes and an ice skating rink round out the fun.