Arguably, pizza is beer’s BFF, which we have acknowledged. However, there’s a place for delicious farm-fresh burgers in this conversation concerning Virginia crafts.
We’ve searched high and low to find Virginia restaurants that dedicate an equal amount of time to sourcing (and boasting about) fresh, local ingredients as they do to choosing their brews. The establishments featured here do just that.
CITIZEN BURGER BAR | Arlington and Charlottesville
Citizen Burger Bar
The ingredients that go into Citizen’s burgers are locally sourced with great pride. A glance at their menu will show you just how proud of their partnerships they are. The beef comes from Timbercreek Farm (Charlottesville), the buns are baked at Albemarle Baking Company (Charlottesville), the signature cheeses are crafted at Mountainview Farm (Fairfield), and the produce are from a variety of local farmers. Even the desserts are homemade nearby. A variety of Virginia craft beers are available to match whichever burger you choose or choose to create.
SOUTH STREET BREWERY | Charlottesville
South Street Brewery
If you haven’t been to South Street lately, you need to go. Purchased in 2014 by Blue Mountain Brewery, South Street has been revamped, from the menu to the beer. You’ll still find staple South Street brews, but you’ll also discover and taste other inspirational craft beers. Timbercreek Farm (Charlottesville) supplies the beef for South Street’s burgers. Go for a classic cheeseburger, a mushrooom and swiss, or a Hangover burger. There are gluten-free bun options, too, also locally crafted.
TIMBERWOOD GRILL | Charlottesville
Eight burgers grace Timberwood’s menu, and the beef is sourced from Timbercreek Farm (Charlottesville). Those who need to avoid gluten will find options here (like the Chuck Norris in the photo above). The craft beer offerings are on point with 24 on tap and dozens more bottled.
BRAÜBURGERS CRAFT BURGERS & BEER | Forest
Four signature burgers are tempting, but you can add on a variety of other toppings to really make it your own. The beef and veggies are locally sourced, and gluten-free buns are available. A good selection of craft beers will certainly deliver the perfect match for your perfect burger.
MELT GOURMET CHEESEBURGERS | Leesburg
Loudoun County’s best burger (as proclaimed by readers of Leesburg Today for three years in a row) can be found at Melt. The fine folks there have even written a little piece on how to best pair your burger with a beer. Check it out. House-made buns are the foundation for Melt’s daily-ground 100% Angus beef burgers and locally sourced toppings. There are 17 “burgers” to choose from and include the Angus beef variety as well as lamb, turkey, Ahi tuna, lump crab, and chicken. Pair ’em up with a wide variety of bottle craft beers. Seriously. There’s a fridge or more full and waiting.
80/20 BURGER BAR | Norfolk
They may call themselves “Blue Collar Gourmet,” but every color of collar is going to love this place. The basis for all things heavenly at 80/20 is the Shenandoah Valley beef from Leaping Waters Farm. Would you rather have something besides awesome beef? There’s also local bison, free-range chicken, and black bean mushroom patty to choose from. The dedication to serving guests the best, freshest, most local products available is evident in the “dinner only” philosophy at 80/20. The staff commits the entire day to dinner. Oh, and there are more than 100 craft beers available to pair perfectly with your Virginia burger. Can’t beat that.
MARKET BURGER FRIES & SHAKES | Purcellville
Market Burger Fries & Shakes
Will it be a single or a double? At Market Burger, local beef reigns supreme and you can get one patty or two topped with as many FREE veggies and delights as you wish (although there are “top shelf” items that will cost a dollar or two). Go gluten free, or try a veggie or turkey burger … all go equally well with the often-changing collection of craft beer and homemade shakes.
STATION 2 | Richmond
Shenandoah Valley-raised beef from Buffalo Creek Farm (Lexington) is a key ingredient for the burger offerings at Station 2. Sausage Craft (Richmond) amerikreiner sausage also makes a showing atop the “Ballpark” burger. For those with dietary restrictions, the gluten free vegan option of the house-made edamame burger is an excellent choice. Greens and other veggies are from Manakintowne (Powhatan), and the handcrafted shakes include none other than Homestead Creamery (Wirtz) ice cream. One unique thing we’ve found at Station 2 are the “Against the Grain” rolls, which are crafted from the spent grains from Devils Backbone Brewery in Roseland. But about those craft beers … Yep! There are quite a few Virginia craft beers available for your perfect burger pairing.
Do you know of a place that locally sources their ingredients AND offers a robust list of burgers AND offers Virginia craft beer? We want to know about it! Leave a kind note to tell us about your pick to be added to this list. Cheers!
© Casey for Virginia’s Travel Blog, 2015. |