A Trip to Stable Craft Brewing, the Horse Facility-Turned Brewery

A Trip to Stable Craft Brewing, the Horse Facility-Turned Brewery

Built on a former horse training facility, Stable Craft Brewing near Waynesboro, Virginia, creates a craft beer resort experience from the moment you cross the Virginia countryside to get there until you’re headed home with six packs and memories. It’s a great spot for a beercation.

The resort experience starts in the tasting room and continues throughout the property with the brewery’s overnight suites, beautiful horses and special events.

The entire property is a repurposed horse training facility, and you cannot miss the unmistakable equestrian touches once inside the brewery tasting room. The tasting room is outfitted with a handmade horseshoe chandelier and decorative stall gates that pay tribute to the land’s history.

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Stable Craft Beers

Stable Craft Brewing tasting room
The Stable Craft Brewing tasting room is family friendly. (Ward Photography)

Stable Craft Brewing always has 16 farm fresh beers on tap. The beers are also always a variety of styles, including IPAs, stouts, pale ales, sours and more. The brewery’s two flagship beers are the Britchin Brown, a brown ale and 2017 Virginia Craft Brewers Guild silver medal winner, and the Stable Craft IPA. Both of these beers are distributed throughout Virginia in: Harrisonburg, Staunton, Waynesboro, Lexington, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Salem and Roanoke.

When you visit the Stable Craft Brewing tasting room in person, you have a wider selection of bottled beer to take home. The brewery bottles a majority of the beers available on tap in the tasting room, and these beers, excluding the two flagships, are exclusively sold at the brewery.

You’ll also find a full menu in the tasting room with appetizers, burgers, skillet plates and desserts. Stable Craft has made a name for itself in the local community with its beer cheese dip and farm-to-table burgers.

The meat for the burgers is sourced from a local farmer, McNett Angus Beef in Grottoes, Virginia, Craig Nargi, Stable Craft’s owner and operations director, made a deal with Austin McNett, owner of McNett Angus Beef, to give McNett the spent grain from the brewery to feed his beef cattle. In return, McNett sells Nargi premium, Angus beef for the tasting room hamburgers.

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Stay the Night at Stable Craft

You can extend your experience at Stable Craft Brewing by booking one of the brewery’s four overnight suites. All of the suites are a brief walk from the tasting room and feature views of rolling farmland, the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Allegheny Mountains.

Beer enthusiasts can really make the most of their beercation while staying on the property by booking a brewery tour where they can learn more about Stable Craft’s hops and sustainable practices or even a “Craft Your Own Beer” experience. A group of up to six people get to work with Stable Craft brewers to create a recipe for their very own beer, brew the beer in the Stable Craft brewery and then take home a half barrel. It’s the perfect hands-on beer activity for wedding parties and corporate groups.

Hops and Horses

You can also visit with the seven horses that live on the property full time. In fact, the Farmhand Suite, a one-bedroom unit, looks directly out to a paddock that is the home of two Missouri Fox Trotters.

Stable Craft Brewing horses
You can mingle with the horses on the farm at Stable Craft Brewing. (Stable Craft Brewing)

If you want an up-close view of the horses, plan your trip on a Wednesday from late spring through early fall for Pints and Ponies. Pints and Ponies is a brewery event where you can grab a pint in the tasting room and then walk down to the stable where the horses are in their stalls. Enjoy your beer while petting or feeding carrots to the horses.

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Pints and Ponies is one of the many events Stable Craft hosts throughout the year. The brewery also hosts St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Halloween and Christmas parties. In addition, the brewery has private event spaces for weddings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties and other special events.

From its cozy overnight suites to an opportunity to hanging out with horses, Stable Craft Brewing is a brewery that should be on your beercation bucket list.

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