Starr Hill Brewery

In the mid-90’s, Master Brewer Mark Thompson returned to his native Virginia from Portland, OR, having learned two things: First, that the craft of artisanal brewing was one part science and one part art; and second, that making delicious beer was a lot cooler than anything he had ever done as a biology student. After several years of apprenticing with other master brewers, Mark was ready to begin crafting beer using his own recipes.

Putting Down Roots

He found the perfect spot in Charlottesville, VA – a historic storefront on Main Street that was once home to the state of Virginia’s first craft brewing operation. In September 1999, Mark re-opened the doors and introduced the “Starr Hill” Brewery. Named after the local neighborhood, the brewery shared its historic building with the legendary Starr Hill Music Hall, and it was there that Mark’s delicious craft beers became a favorite to visiting beer lovers, musicians, and music fans from around the world. Nineteen prestigious awards later, Mark’s brews continue to be a hit at beer and music festivals nationwide.

Movin’ On Up

In 2005, in response to the growing demand, Mark moved from this small brewing operation to a larger brewing facility several miles outside of town, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Starr Hill’s house and seasonal brews are now enjoyed in restaurants and music clubs throughout the Mid Atlantic and Southeast, and are also available at many grocery and convenience stores in the region.

Our Gift to You

Mark is proud of the awards his microbrews have earned, and the experts agree that he is among the best craft brewers in the country. But at the end of the day, what still matters most to Mark and his team of brewers at Starr Hill is giving people the gift of great beer.

Starr Hill Grateful Pale Ale

ABV: 4.7%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: Summer
Beverage Type: Pale Ale

Grateful creates a fresh spin on the American Pale Ale tradition. A strong citrusy, resinous aroma from the hops leads into a light body with subtle malt flavor. Grateful is a sessionable brew at 4.7% abv.

Starr Hill Northern Lights IPA

ABV: 6.5%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Brewery: Starr Hill
Seasonal Availability: Year Round
Beverage Type: India Pale Ale

A classic American-style India Pale Ale, Northern Lights weighs in at 52 IBUs and 6.5% ABV. Characterized by its full-flavored bitterness and poignant citrus-floral aroma, a perfect blend of barley and hops make this a very balanced IPA. For the craftbrew connoisseur, Northern Lights is a deliciously crafted piece of the heavens.

Starr Hill Boxcarr

ABV: 4.7%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: mid-August-October
Beverage Type: Pumpkin Porter

Boxcarr Pumpkin Porter is a traditional English-style Brown Porter with pumpkin added to the mash. Light spicing allows the subtle flavors of pumpkin and roasty porter to shine through.

Starr Hill Dark Starr Stout

ABV: 4.2%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: Year-Round
Beverage Type: Dry Irish Stout

Starr Hill’s Dark Starr Stout has won more national and international awards than any other Dry Irish Stout in the country. Brewed with roasted barley, and with hints of coffee and dark chocolate, it packs a robust taste into a surprisingly light body.

Starr Hill Debut #1 Tripel

ABV: 9.5%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: Debut Series
Beverage Type: Belgian Tripel

Debut #1: Tripel is Starr Hill’s own take on the classic ale made famous by the Trappist breweries in Belgium. Brewed with crushed coriander, fruit and citrus notes compliment the spicy yeast character and create a deep and complex flavor. At 9.5% alcohol by volume, the Tripel is incredibly well balanced with the perfect touch of sweetness as well as a slight bitterness from US Saaz hops.

Starr Hill Debut #2 Nitro Oatmeal Cookie Stout

ABV: 5.6%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: Debut Series
Beverage Type: Oatmeal Stout

Debut #2: Nitro Oatmeal Cookie Stout is a smooth-bodied oatmeal stout brewed with vanilla beans and cinnamon. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla and spice take you back to grandma’s kitchen. Chewy oats and chocolate malt dominate the palate. The smooth mouthfeel provided by the nitrogen makes this beer the liquid version of an oatmeal cookie.

Starr Hill Debut #3 Belgian Witbier with Cherries

ABV: 4.7%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: Debut Series
Beverage Type: Belgian Witbier

Citrus and tangy wheat melds with subtle spice notes. Tart cherry rounds out the finish of this classic Belgian brew.

Starr Hill Debut #4 Czech Keller Pils

Starr Hill Debut #5 Maple Brown Ale

Starr Hill Debut #6 Coffee IPA

Starr Hill Debut Double IPA #9

Imperial India Pale Ale

This double IPA is dry-hopped with Falconer’s Flight, Mosaic, Sorachi Ace and Calypso hops to achieve a powerfully tropical citrus aroma, balanced by a smooth, malty backbone and subtle bitter finish.

Debut Series Release #9
Available July-September 2016

  • STYLE: Imperial India Pale Ale
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBUs: 80
  • COLOR: Deep Gold
  • YEAR OF ORIGIN: 2016
  • AVAILABILITY: Debut Series
  • DRAUGHTS: 1/2 Barrel, 1/6 Barrel

Starr Hill Double Platinum Imperial IPA

ABV: 8.6%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: Year Round
Beverage Type: Imperial India Pale Ale

Double Platinum is dry-hopped with Simcoe and Centennial hops to achieve a strong aroma of citrus and pine, balanced by a smooth, malty backbone. The beer weighs in at approximately 8.6% ABV.

Starr Hill Jomo Lager

ABV: 4.6%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: Year Round
Beverage Type: Vienna Style Lager

Starr Hill’s Jomo Lager is a smooth, multiple-award-winning Vienna-Style Lager. Fermented with Southern German Lager yeast, its crisp, clean taste, and noticeable hop aroma are effectively balanced with a slight malty sweetness. This is a crossover beer that appeals to the broadest spectrum of brew aficionados.

Starr Hill King of Hop

ABV: 7.5%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: April-June
Beverage Type: Imperial India Pale Ale

King of Hop Imperial India Pale Ale is brewed with heaps of American hops from the Pacific Northwest. This medium-bodied beer is dry-hopped to achieve an invigoratingly fresh aroma, which highlights the powerful citrus characteristics of the hops. Flavor notes of orange peel, passion fruit, grapefruit, and gooseberry lend balance to the bracingly herbal bite.

Starr Hill Little Red Roostarr

ABV: 5.8%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: January-March
Beverage Type: Coffee Cream Stout

Little Red RooStarr Coffee Stout is a full-bodied milk stout brewed with coffee from our friends at Red Rooster Coffee Roasters in Floyd, VA. Malt sweetness, chocolate and caramel notes dominate the flavor, while roasted coffee notes add balance and round out the aroma.

Starr Hill The Love Wheat Beer

ABV: 4.6%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: Year Round
Beverage Type: German Hefeweizen

The Love is an unfiltered wheat beer, also known as a hefeweizen. It is distinguished by its extremely light body and flavored with hints of banana and clove. A slice of lemon can complement this refreshing brew.

Starr Hill Pilsner

ABV: 4.2%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: Year Round
Beverage Type: Pilsner

Starr Pils is a classic German Pilsner. This beer is crafted with Pilsner malt, German hops and Bavarian lager yeast. It is golden in color with a subtle malt backbone and pleasant hop aroma.

Starr Hill Reviver

ABV: 6.2%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: Februrary-April
Beverage Type: Red India Pale Ale

Reviver is an India Pale Ale that blurs the boundaries between IPA and Amber styles. Specialty malts provide its inviting ruby-red hue, medium body and firm maltiness, while American hops impart a refreshing citrus aroma and flavor.

Starr Sabbath Black IPA

Starr Hill Saison

Starr Hill The Hook Grapefruit Session IPA

The tart freshness of grapefruit perfectly complements this full-flavored beer’s bright citrus hop character, while its sessionable body brings you back for more.

Summer seasonal available May-August

  • STYLE: Grapefruit Session IPA
  • ABV: 4.9%
  • IBUs: 38
  • COLOR: Deep Gold
  • YEAR OF ORIGIN: 2016
  • AVAILABILITY: Seasonal Beers
  • PACKAGING: 6-Pack
  • DRAUGHTS: 1/2 Barrel, 1/6 Barrel

Starr Hill Shakedown

ABV: 9.0%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: October-December
Beverage Type: Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout

Shakedown Imperial Chocolate Cherry Stout is a full-bodied imperial stout with cherries and dark chocolate blended into the beer during fermentation. Aromas of bittersweet chocolate and subtle fruit delight the senses. Tartness from the cherries balances the smooth cocoa sweetness. Malty, chocolate and dark fruit flavors create a rich and complex beer that is meant to be savored slowly.

Starr Hill Snow Blind

ABV: 7.7%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: November-January
Beverage Type: Doppelbock Lager

Snow Blind Doppelbock is a full-bodied winter beer with a massive caramel aroma and lightly toasted malt flavor. Sweetness dominates the front of the pallet while the beer finishes clean and crisp.

Starr Hill Soul Shine

ABV: 5.2%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: May-August
Beverage Type: Belgian-Style Pale Ale

Soul Shine is a Summer Pale Ale with an American twist. It is generously hopped with a blend of American hops to give it a distinct aroma of citrus & tropical fruit. This light-bodied beer has a crisp palate & moderate bitterness, with a spicy finish of fruity esters from our Belgian yeast strain.

Starr Hill Whiter Shade of Pale

ABV: 7.5%
Category: Craft / Specialty
Seasonal Availability: July-September
Beverage Type: White India Pale Ale

Whiter Shade of Pale marries two bold beer styles: the Belgian Wit and the IPA. 2-row and wheat malt provide a soft base beer for intense fruity and spicy esters of the unique Belgian yeast strain while enhancing the strong hop aroma. Whiter Shade is a refreshing IPA to enjoy during the summer.

Starr Hill Variety Pack

Starr Hill Habanero King of Hops

Four Kings Variety

Starr Hill Last Leaf Maple Brown Ale

A classic English Brown Ale brewed with several different malts, hopped with East Kent Goldings, and real Virginia maple syrup. The maple aroma, with subtle vanilla notes, leads into a rich and smooth body with a malty character.

ABV: 6.1%
Color: Medium Brown

Starr Hill Basketcase

American Helles Lager

An American twist on a clean German Helles. Cascade hops pervade this full-bodied lager with bready malt flavor.

  • STYLE: American Helles Lager
  • ABV: 5.4%
  • COLOR: Pale
  • YEAR OF ORIGIN: 2016
  • AVAILABILITY: Heavy Rotation Series
  • PACKAGING: 6-Pack
  • DRAUGHTS: 1/2 Barrel, 1/6 Barrel

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