Life Vest IPA

The Life Vest IPA is a Dry Hopped Session IPA with Mosiac hops.  It will be a medium bitterness with a slight citrus flavor.
ABV: 5.1%  IBU: 55

Doppelganger Wheat

The Doppelganger is our award-winning hefeweizen recipe with rye added to the grain bill.  This adds some 'spiciness' notes to the brew for the cooler weather.       

ABV: 5.1%  IBU: 10

Core Beers

Queen of Tarts (Tart Dunkelweizen)
We took our classic Reinheit 500 Dunkelweizen, fermented it at a higher temperature than normal, and then rapidly cooled it to trap the lactic acid. The result? Our Queen of Tarts: a Dunkel that is uniquely sour and malty. A puckery aroma fills the nose and immediately kicks your salivary glands into overdrive. The sour taste kicks in the moment the beer hits your tongue and lasts through the finish, when a malty aftertaste is married in.

ABV: 5.0%  IBU: 9

Seasonal Beers

Alexander Porter

The Alexander is an easy-drinking porter with a very low level of bitterness.  It is named after Brig. Gen. Porter Alexander who led forces in Virginia.  Although it is dark in color, the roasted malts add to its dry, drinkable nature.                  

 ABV: 5.7%  IBU:  12.

JRB 3.0 IPA

The JRB 3.0 is a full-bodied and malt-balanced East Coast IPA brewed with Centennial, Cascade and Falconers Flight hops.  It pays homage (with tongue firmly in cheek) to the present James River Brewery as the third ownership team at the same Scottsville warehouse in recent years. Third time’s the charm!  This IPA has been selected to be on tap at Busch Gardens this year to highlight the Virginia craft beer scene.   

ABV: 6.4% IBU: 50.

Hatton Ferry Pale Ale

The Hatton Ferry is an American-style  pale ale brewed with Columbus and Mosiac hops.  It is especially refreshing after a day outdoors or on the River.   Winner of the 2015 Virginia Brewery Challenge. 

ABV: 5.6%  IBU 30.

Sherman Session Stout

The Sherman is an English-style sweet stout with a very low level of bitterness.  Although dark in color, the roasted malts add to its dry, drinkable nature.  ABV: 5.3%  IBU:  12.

Currently on Tap

River Runner ESB

The River Runner is  our take on a traditional English Bitter.    It is brewed with pale and crystal malts as well as British hops ( Fuggles).  The Runner has a medium copper color and a gentle bitterness. 

ABV: 5.6%   IBU:15.

Antwerp Ferry Belgian Strong Pale Ale

The Antwerp Ferry is a Belgian Pale Strong Ale that marries the grain recipe of our Hatton Ferry American pale ale along with the Belgian yeast from our medal-winning Green Eyed Lady golden strong ale. 

ABV 8.7%  IBU: 25.

James Brown Ale

James Brown is our Brown Ale that has a sweet caramel taste with a slight nutting finish.  The brown is hopped with Fuggles which gives it a light earthy bitterness.

​ABV: 6% IBU: 25

Fluvanna Fluss Hefeweizen

The Fluss is a traditional, unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat beer (weissbier) brewed with Pilsen and Munich malts, white wheat, and Tettnang hops.  Try it with a slice of orange or lemon. Winner of the 2015 Gold Medal at the Virginia Craft Beer Cup & Winner of 1st Place for Best, Light, Wheat Beer at 2017 Microfestivus. ABV: 5.0% IBU: 9.

Green Eyed Lady Belgian Strong Ale

Complex with floral, spicy and fruity notes, the Green Eyed Lady was one of the first Scottsville brewery’s flagship ales.  While we have altered the recipe and brewed it in the Belgian Golden Strong Ale style, we have maintained the addition of pistachio nuts to the brew.   Winner of the Bronze Medal (Belgian Strong Ale) at the 2015 Virginia Beer Cup.   

ABV: 8.4%  IBU: 22

James Blonde 007

The  James Blonde is a balanced, light-bodied ale that is very easy to drink.  It is an ideal entry to the world of craft beer, or for the drinker who is not a fan of malty or hoppy beers.  

ABV: 4.4% IBU: 12

James River Brewery offers a variety of beers at all times of the year. Several of these are available all year; others are seasonal and offered at different times of the year.  The following is a list of all of our flagship and seasonal beers; not all are available on tap at any one time.


James River Brewery, although founded in 2015, follows the spirit of the "Reinheitsgebot" (German Beer Purity Laws from 1516) in that nearly all of our beers contain only malted grains, water, yeast  and hops.  Very few of our brands include adjuncts or other additives like coffee, chocolate or other flavorings.  

​​​Beers

Indian Summer Red Ale DIPA

​The Indian Summer Red Ale DIPA is Dry Hopped with Galaxy and Glacier hops. You will get a dry bitterness on the front with a slight fruity finish. The perfect beer for those mild Indian Summer days.

ABV: 8.8% IBU: 75

English K.I.S.S. Pale Ale

​​The English "Kiss" Pale Ale is known for its balance and the interplay between malt and hop bitterness. English pale ales display earthy, herbal English-variety hop character. Medium to high hop bitterness.  malt and defining sweetness of this richly flavored, full-bodied bitter is medium to medium-high.             

ABV: 5.1%  IBU: 28

Ziegelhaus Lager

The Zielgelhaus Lager is a well balanced Germany style lager brewed with Caramalts that give it a light toasted toffee flavor and a slight red hue.    

ABV: 5.5%  IBU: 20

Great Time of Day IPA
It starts with a hop bitterness and has a slight fruity finish. The citrusy aroma of this golden-colored IPA hints to the flavor about to hit your palate. Dry hopped Columbus, Centennial and Chinook hops create a crisp, well-balanced brew that is equal parts fruity and bitter. The smooth taste and dry finish makes anytime of day a “Great Time of Day.

ABV: 6.5%  IBU: 75

Reinheit 500 Dunkelweizen

The Reinheit is similar to a hefeweizen with complex malts and a low balancing bitterness.  The usual clove and banana characters will be present; some may even taste like banana bread. It was brewed to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the German Beer Laws (the 'reinheitsgebot'). 

ABV:  5.0%   IBU:9.

Hell Town Lager
The name says it all for this light and crushable brew, a perfect choice for the dog days of summer. The sunny golden color and bright nose introduce the fresh grain character and hint of malt that cover your palate. The light and bubbly mouthfeel coupled with a smooth, easy finish make for a refreshing lager that is both satisfying and infinitely drinkable.

ABV: 5.3%  IBU: 18

Schuyler Skunk IPA

The Schuyler Skunk builds upon our regular  IPA and  adds fresh Cascade hops from Celestial Farm  in Schuyler.   The Skunk is a full-bodied,  East Coast IPA brewed with Centennial, Galaxy and Citra hops (in addition to the fresh Cascade).    

ABV: 6.4%  IBU: 65

Galaxy IPA
Brewed and dry-hopped with Galaxy hops, this Pale Lager will take your palate on a journey through the cosmos of beer flavors. A light nose cleverly masks a punch of bitter hops that hit at the front of each sip. The bitterness quickly gives way to the smooth and easy malt characters of a traditional lager. A refreshing finish that leaves no trace of bitterness or dryness makes this an ideal summer lager for fans of hops.

ABV: 5% IBU: 26

Ramblin River Amber Ale
This ale, toasted amber in color, is the perfect libation for warm days and cool evenings alike. It has very little bitterness, making it approachable and enjoyable for beer drinkers of all preferences. A light malty aroma teases the nose as the toasted malts hit on the front with each sip, finishing with a slightly sweet fruitiness. The bright fizziness of tiny bubbles in the carbonation is the ideal accent for this well-balanced and crisp ale.

ABV: 4.8%  IBU: 12

Celestial Saison

The Celestial is a fresh-hopped Belgian farmhouse ale with 20 pounds of fresh Chinook hops in a 3 barrel brew.  We use fresh hops from Celestial Farm, an Albemarle County hop farm.     

ABV: 6.8%  IBU: 28

Hop Times IPA

This beer is a hop-forward but balanced west coast style IPA using CTZ, Mosaic and Falconer’s Flight hops.  One-off, limited release available only @ JRB. Strong citrus and pine flavor/aroma; Bitterness: Med-High; Dry, easy drinking
ABV: 7.8%  IBU:  55

James Mild

The James Mild was created as JRB’s contribution to American Mild Month (a nationwide effort of US breweries to create an ale that is similar to UK’s Mild).  This is a sessionable beer with an underlying malt body with a slight taste of hops.  It’s a great beer to have when you’re having more than one.   
ABV:   3.9%  IBU:   10

Black Water IPA IPA
Black Water IPA, is our Cascadian double IPA. It is a dark ale like a porter but hopped with Centennial and Chinook hops which add a piney, spicy favor to the beer.

ABV: 7.4%  IBU: 60

James Bean Vanilla Oatmeal Porter

The James Bean uses the base malt recipe of the Sherman Stout but adds oatmeal to the brewing stage and vanilla to the fermentation stage.  This porter is medium brown in color but full in taste.  It's a great beer to fight the winter chill. 

 ABV 6.9% IBU: 10

Blockhead Session IPA

The Blockhead IPA is a Dry Hopped SessionIPA with Mosiac and Falconers hops.  It will be a medium bitterness with a slight citrus flavor.
ABV: 5%  IBU: 55

Scottsville Swarm Honey Blonde Ale
LIMITED RELEASE! In honor of the 1st Annual Scottsville Pollinator Celebration in 2017, we partnered with Scottsville Supply Company to brew a blonde ale with honey exclusively sourced from bees right here in Scottsville, VA. A hint of sweetness hits the nose but quickly gives way to a light and refreshing, balanced brew. A crisp finish with minimal aftertaste makes this Honey Blonde something to buzz about.

ABV: 5.8%  IBU: 17

Hop-N-Hefe (Super-Hopped Hefeweizen)
The Hop-N-Hefe begins with our Fluvanna Fluss recipe, then adding Chinook, Columbus, and Centennial hops to create a brew unlike any other: a super hopped Hefeweizen! If you’re a fan of bitter IPAs, you’ll definitely want to give Hop-N-Hefe a try. The beer leads with a citrus nose that’s balanced by a bitter and dry full-bodied brew. The citrus aroma returns on the back for a fruity finish.

ABV: 5.3%  IBU: 77

Tuber IPA

The Tuber IPA is a Dry Hopped IPA with Mosiac and Falconers hops.  You will get more bitternes on the front  palate and a slight pine finish. This a very refreshing and easy drinking beer.
ABV: 6.5%  IBU:60

Belgian Holiday Ale

The Belgian Holiday is an amber ale with fresh ginger, cinnamon, and coriander added to the brewing process.  We've also added a Belgian yeast to add spicy notes and provide a more festive taste.  It should warm even a Grinch's heart.   

ABV 6.8%  IBU: 20.