Starr Hill Brewery

In the mid-90’s, Master Brewer Mark Thompson returned to his native Virginia from Portland, OR, after several years of apprenticing with other master brewers. Mark was ready to begin crafting beer using his own recipes, and he found the perfect spot in Charlottesville, VA–a historic storefront on West Main Street that was once home to the commonwealth of Virginia’s first craft brewing operation. In September 1999, Mark opened the doors and introduced Starr Hill Brewery. Named after the local neighborhood, the brewery shared its historic building with the legendary Starr Hill Music Hall, and it was there that Mark’s delicious craft beers became a favorite to visiting beer lovers, musicians, and music fans from around the world. Twenty-one prestigious awards later, Mark’s brews continue to be a hit at beer and music festivals nationwide.

In 2005, in response to the growing demand, Mark moved from this small brewing operation to a larger brewing facility several miles outside of town, nestled in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Starr Hill’s house, seasonal and specialty beers are now enjoyed in restaurants and music venues throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast, and are also available at many grocery and convenience stores in the region.

Mark is proud of the awards his microbrews have earned, but at the end of the day, what still matters most to Mark and the team of brewers at Starr Hill is giving people the gift of great beer.

Taproom Hours


Tuesday 3:00 – 9:00 PM
Wednesday 3:00 – 9:00 PM
Thursday 3:00 – 9:00 PM
Friday 12:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday 11:00 AM – 9:00 PM
Sunday 12:00 – 8:00 PM

Brewery Details


Type Regional Brewery
Established 1999
Family Friendly
Merchandise
Beer-to-go