Luck ‘O the Irish in the Heart of Appalachia

Six Taphouses, Cideries, Breweries & Distilleries to Help You Get Your St. Paddy’s Day Drink On

Here in the Appalachian Mountains, Virginia is for Irish Lovers! Of course, there’s no better time to share that love than with a frosty pint (or a fiery whisky) on Saint Patrick’s Day! However, you don’t have to go to Boston to find the perfect place to raise a glass to the Luck O’ the Irish. We’ve got loads of breweries and pubs throughout the region to tickle your fancy right here in the Heart of Appalachia.
So, kick back and let us do the work for you with this list of our favorite Southwest Virginia breweries, cideries, and distilleries to help you get your drink on. Check out these local favorites that’ll have you wanting to don the green all year-round, not just on March 17th.

Coaltown Taps | Richlands

With a generous selection of craft beer in bottle and on tap, Coaltown Taps is quickly becoming known for new brews, old favorites, and delicious bites. Located in a renovated 100-year-old home in downtown Richlands, the taproom was once known as the Agatha Inn. With 12 taps – 11 that mix it up with the seasons, find your new favorite beer here! Plus, just for St. Patrick’s Day, cocktail drink specials, reubens, and everyone’s Paddy’s Day favorite, an ice-cold Guinness, you can’t go wrong at Coaltown Taps.

Sugar Hill Brewing Company | St. Paul

This old hardware store in downtown Saint Paul is home to one of the area’s premier destinations for quality craft beer and food. That’s right! Irish eyes are smiling at Sugar Hill Brewing Company. With blonde and pale ales, pilsners, hard seltzers, ciders, and more, this small-town brewing company is a blast. Whether you’re gathering the gang together for Happy Hour or collecting the crew for a family meal, Sugar Hill is your place. Definitely be sure to check out their St. Patrick’s Day specials!

Axe Handle Distilling | Pennington Gap

Undoubtedly showing off the region’s Scottish heritage with an American twist, Axe Handle settled in a custom-built Old Virginia Hand Hewn Log Home. With a wrap-around porch, production and tasting rooms, and, of course, the bar, this family-owned distillery has the same pride of land that their ancestors did. Working toward 100 percent locally sourced grains, Axe Handle Distilling was nominated just last fall as one of USA Today’s best new craft distilleries. Considering its competitors hailed from some of the top breeding grounds for upstart craft distilling and brewing companies, like Portland, Oregon, that’s saying a lot. Known for its bourbon and rye whiskey, this small-town distillery now has American gin and vodka. Order it neat or request a craft cocktail.