By Catesby Holmes
July 22, 2009

Charlottesville, Virginia is known for Jeffersonian architecture, an eclectic dining scene, and—especially in recent years—the burgeoning wineries in it lush countryside. Now the city is promoting another local industry: its breweries.

The "Brew Ridge Trail"--a collection of six local micro-breweries with tasting rooms open to the public, all located in the Charlottesville area--will officially kick-off its first season with a concert on August 22nd.

Visitors on the Trail will sample everything from hard cider (made from local apples), award-winning limited-production ales, and traditional Scotch-whiskey distilleries at stops like downtown’s South Street Brewery, the brand-new Albemarle Cider Works, Blue Mountain Brewery and Hops Farm, located on misty Afton Mountain, and the rural Eades Whiskey, which uses 19th-century techniques to distill single-malt whiskey.

A night at the Leather-Snyder House B&B (doubles from $100), which was recently restored to its 1844 glory as one of Charlottesville’s most illustrious homes, is the Second Empire cherry atop this Federalist era delight of a trip.

Catesby Holmes is an assistant editor at Travel + Leisure.