Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill Brewery
HeadquartersCrozet, Virginia
United States

Starr Hill Brewery was founded in 1999 in the town of Charlottesville, Virginia, by Mark Thompson and Kristin Dolan. The brewery takes its name from the neighborhood where it was originally located. In 2005, the brewery moved to nearby Crozet, Virginia.[1] Mark Thompson retired in early 2015, and brand and recipe development leader, Robbie O'Cain was soon tapped as Brewmaster.[2] In September 2017, Starr Hill opened their Pilot Brewery & Side Stage in Roanoke, Virginia.[3]

Starr Hill brews 28,000 barrels per year at their brewery in Crozet, Virginia and Pilot Brewery in Roanoke, Virginia. Starr Hill beer can be found throughout the southeast United States.[2] The brewery has won several awards for its beer, in particular the Dark Starr Stout, which is the most decorated Dry Irish stout in the American craft brewing scene.[4]

Along with South Street Brewery, Blue Mountain Brewery, Wild Wolf Brewing Company and Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Starr Hill forms the Brew Ridge Trail.[5] Starr Hill also helped create the Virginia Brewers Guild, a coalition of independent, small, commercial breweries dedicated to growing the craft beer industry in the Commonwealth. Starr Hill's founder was Chair of the Guild in 2014.[6]


  1. ^ Greg Kitsock, A Brewer With Hope in the Hereafter, The Washington Post, 16 January 2008
  2. ^ a b "Our Story". Starr Hill Brewery. Retrieved 2019-01-25.
  3. ^ "Starr Hill Pilot Brewery & Side Stage Coming to Star City: Roanoke, VA". Starr Hill Brewery. 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2019-01-16.
  4. ^ "Aiming for high mark; Virginia's Starr Hill Brewers hope to go nationwide within the next 10 years", Richmond Times-Dispatch, 30 June 2006
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  6. ^ "VA Craft Pioneer". Starr Hill Brewery. Retrieved 2019-01-16.

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