Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Newly Relocated Shenandoah Hops

Owner John Huggins at Shenandoah Hops.
A few months ago, John and Cheryl Huggins relocated their beer/wine/local groceries shop to the Wharf District in Staunton (29 Byers St.). The huge selection of beers made the old spot on New Street too tight of a fit, so they moved to their new shop which has much more elbow room and more browseability. The beer selection is better than ever- anything from Natty Boh to high end local ciders, kombuchas, over 50 IPAs and many traditional English and Scottish ales. As for regional selections, they stock all the Virginia favorites (Blue Mountain, Legend, Starr Hill, Devil's Backbone, Parkway, Roanoke Railhouse, Wild Wolf, Bold Rock, etc.), and several from Maryland (Duclaw, Heavy Seas), North Carolina (Natty Greene's, Highland, Foothills), Delaware (Dogfish Head), and Pennsylvania (Weyerbacher, Stoudts, Lionshead, Troegs, etc.) not to mention other brews from all over the nation and the world. Every Friday night they feature a beer tasting, featuring a couple of their many offerings. And to make things even more comfortable, they've installed a big leather sofa so you can sit back and converse with the always genial Huggins family or other patrons.

Hops is not just a beer and wine store, but a local specialty grocery store as well. You can get local handmade soaps, Virginia peanuts, locally made crafts, sauces, and canned jellies and jams. If you visit, and don't find what you're looking for, just ask and they'll do their best to make sure you get it. I always recommend a visit to Hops for tourists and locals alike. 


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