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Great Time of Day IPA (India Pale Ale)
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

Belgian Holiday Ale (Belgian Amber 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.

Lincoln Lager

ABV: 5.2% 

James Bean Vanilla Oatmeal Porter (Porter)

To create the James Bean, we use the base malt recipe of the Sherman Stout but add oatmeal and vanilla to the brew, removing the strong coffee flavor that you find in the Sherman. The result is a Porter that is medium brown in color and full in taste. Toasted malts hit on the front and quickly mingle with the vanilla before giving way to hints of oatmeal on the back.

ABV 6.9% IBU: 10

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

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

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 India Pale Ale

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.

Fluvanna Fluss Hefeweizen Ale

The Fluvanna Fluss was the Gold Medal Winner at the 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup and Best Wheat, Light Beer at 2017 Microfestivus. The Fluss (pronounced “floos”, it’s “river” in German) is a traditional, unfiltered Bavarian-Style weissbier (white wheat beer) brewed with Pilsen and Munich malts and white wheat. A light and crisp malty aroma leads to a soft hint of hops hitting your tongue that quickly gives way to the toasted bready malt flavors that dominate this brew.
ABV: 5.0% IBU: 9.

​​Green Eyed Lady Belgian Strong Ale

Winner of the Bronze Medal for Belgian Strong Ale at the 2015 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup, the Green Eyed Lady was our first flagship ale. Brewed in the Belgian Golden Strong Ale style, this beer is complex with floral, spicy, and fruity notes. The bold spices that hit on the front are a pleasant surprise after the soft floral nose. The floral bouquet hits at the back, and the flavors mingle to leave a fruity and spicy finish.

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

Hatton Ferry Pale Ale (American Pale Ale)

This American-style Pale Ale was the First Place winner of the 2015 Brewery Challenge. Brewed with Centennial, Cascade and Mosaic hops, this light and crisp APA has a hoppy bouquet that’s especially refreshing after a day outdoors or on the river. The bold hops are balanced throughout, and each sip finishes with a pleasant floral bouquet.
ABV: 5.6%  IBU 30.

Sherman Stout (English Sweet Stout)

Although dark in color, the roasted malts add to the dry, drinkable nature of this English-style sweet stout.  An aroma of chocolate and coffee dance through the nose to bring a strong coffee flavor on the front and back, and a mild chocolatey finish, with a very low level of bitterness. The thick texture and roasted malt notes round out this heady stout.

ABV: 5.3%  IBU:  12.

Brews Currently Docked

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.  

River Runner Extra Special Bitter

Gold Medal Winner AND Best of Show Winner at the 2016 Virginia Craft Brewers Cup! Don’t let the name fool you: ESBs really aren’t bitter. Brewed with pale and crystal malts, as well as British Fuggle hops, River Runner is our take on a traditional English-Style Pale Ale. Its medium copper color and ultra-mild hops are perfectly balanced by bold malts. Light and smooth with a mild malty aftertaste, you definitely don’t want to miss out on this award-winning ESB.

ABV: 5.6%   IBU:15.

​​​Beers

Doppelganger Wheat Beer (Dunkelweizen)

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

Double Dunk Ale (Dunkelweizen)

Double Dunk is a darker style Weiss beer with caramel malts that add a sweet malty flavor that pairs well with the banana and clove flavors from the yeast. This big ABV beer helps you feel warm and fuzzy on those cold winter nights. 

​ABV: 7.8% IBU: 12​​

Shipwreck Stout
Start with our Sherman Stout: a brew although dark in color, the roasted malts add to the dry, drinkable nature of this English-style sweet stout.  An aroma of chocolate and coffee dance through the nose and brings a strong coffee flavor on the front and back, a mild chocolate finish, and a very low level of bitterness. Then we add a bourbon twist to get this delicious brew.

​ABV: 6.1% IBU 12

Antwerp Ferry Pale Ale (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

Local Yocal IPA (India Pale Ale)
The Local Yocal is brewed with pale and carafoam malt and hopped with wet chinook. It is a light bodied blonde ale that is very drinkable and has a dry finish.

​ABV: 5.0%  IBU: 15

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.

Queen of Tarts Ale (Sour Wheat)
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

Knott Yur Lager

Knott Yur Lager is an amber lager that starts out with sweet caramel notes, very light on the tongue with a light bitter finish.  Great for those late summer days.

​ABV: 5.7% IBU: 12

Seasonal Beers

River Rat IPA (India Pale Ale)
River Rat is a very refreshing and easy drinking dry hopped beer brewed with Mosaic and Falconer hops. Like the river rats that travel down the James River, floral and piney hops glide over your palate throughout this well-balanced, golden brown hued IPA. The bitter hops hit first, but the piney finish leaves you thirsty for your next sip.

ABV: 6.5% IBU 60

Tuber IPA (India Pale Ale)

​​Tuber is a very refreshing and easy drinking dry hopped beer brewed with Mosaic and Falconer hops. Like the tubers that travel down the James River, floral and piney hops glide over your palate throughout this well-balanced, golden brown hued IPA. The bitter hops hit first, but the piney finish leaves you thirsty for your next sip.
ABV: 6.5%  IBU:60

Black Water IPA (India Pale Ale)
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

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:4.9% IBU: 20

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

Vincent Man-Gough IPA (India Pale Ale)
Our Mango IPA is a perfect balance between fruit and hops. The fruity mango marries well with the citrus flavors of an IPA. Our Vincent Man-go has a delicately sweet start with the hoppy finish that you love in an IPA.

ABV: 6.5% IBU: 60

Life Vest IPA (India Pale Ale)

​​If you love hops but want an IPA that you can drink all day, Life Vest is your saving grace. The bitter hops are immediately recognized in the nose and pack a punch throughout each sip. The surprise is the crisp, wet finish you wouldn’t normally expect with an IPA. The smooth finish coupled with the hoppy character and easy ABV, makes Life Vest a perfect summertime choice for any hophead.
ABV: 5.1%  IBU: 55

Core & Award Winning Beers

Rag Wheat Hefeweizen (Bourbon Barrel Hefeweizen)
Start with our Gold medal Winner, The Fluvanna Fluss:  a traditional, unfiltered Bavarian-Style weissbier (white wheat beer) brewed with Pilsen and Munich malts and white wheat. A light and crisp malty aroma leads to a soft hint of hops hitting your tongue that quickly gives way to the toasted bready malt flavors that dominate this brew. Then we add a Bourbon Twist!​

​ABV: 5.8%  IBU: 9

Galaxy IPL Lager (India Pale Lager)
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

James Mild Ale

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

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

Blockhead IPA (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 Times #1 IPA (India Pale Ale)

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

Horseshoe Bend Lager (Schwarzbier)
​The Horse Shoe Bend starts out with a big nose, as soon as your lips touch the glass you a hit with sweet roasted caramel notes.  Our black lager is a medium bodied beer with a roasted malt forward taste.  This is a great beer for someone that wants a beer with a lot depth without as much body, dark and mysterious but still refreshing and quenchingly dry.

​ABV: 5.6% IBU: 16

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

Wet N Wild IPA (India Pale Ale)
Although little on the nose, the Wet & Wild has a fresh fruity start with a nice bitter bite at the end. The late hop entry gives it a smooth bitterness that doesn't linger. From the fresh cascade hops accompanied with the dry falconer flight you get an earth piney finish.

​ABV: 5.7 % IBU: 57

Gingerbread Brown Ale

Gingerbread Brown Ale starts with notes of ginger, molasses and cinnamon. After your first sip, you fall for a well-balanced brown with a sweet start and a mild finish. Nothing reminds me more of the holidays than Gingerbread. 

ABV: 5.9% IBU: 18

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

Indian Summer Red Ale (Double IPA)

​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

Liffey River Ale (Irish Red Ale)
This chestnut-colored ale is as pleasing to the eyes as it is on the palate. A crisp malty aroma prepares your taste buds to savor the roasted front and toasty finish of this light and easy beer. With just a touch of bitterness on the front, our smooth Irish Ale is easy on the senses and infinitely drinkable.

​ABV: 5.3% IBU: 18

Tiramisu Stout
Tiramisu Stout is an English-style sweet stout with a very low level of bitterness.  It has a slight vanilla note with a sweet coffee finish. Although dark in color, the roasted malts add to its dry, drinkable nature.

​ABV: 5.3% IBU:  12