Jonathan Staples loves craft beer. He started Black Hops Farm in 2014 with the intent of providing local hops to Virginia’s fast-growing craft beer industry.
Hops have a very short shelf life and need to be either used or processed within days of being picked, and there was no place to process hops locally (the closest being in Ohio) which meant they had to ship their fresh hops to Ohio where they could be processed, then shipped back to the farm to be sold.
Realizing the need, they purchased a hop processer and began to not only process and preserve the hops grown on their farm, but making this service available to other growers in the region as well.
However, it wasn’t long before Jonathan made the leap from growing and processing hops to using hops to brew his own beer. Thus, Vanish Farmwoods Brewery was born.
They grow hops and other ingredients right there on the farm then brew their beer using those fresh ingredients, creating a ‘field-to-fermentation’ process that can be tasted in the products of their labors.
The campus is huge, and very family friendly. There are the extensive hop yards, multiple bars, live music in the tap room, a large outdoor seating area that includes a spacious covered area, a kid’s play place, a beautiful view, and what is arguably the most important thing of all, some fantastic handcrafted beer. If you dont know which beers to get, I recommend the 12 beer ‘mega flight’.
In addition to good friends, good food also pairs well with craft beer, so Vanish also serves BBQ that is smoked on site and available Saturdays and Sundays, the Burger Time food truck is there Friday through Sunday, and wood-fired pizzas are available Thursday through Sunday.
You have to check this place out. Good food good beer and good friends equals a great time. And that is what you’ll find at Vanish Farmwoods Brewery.