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The Evolution of Hermitage Hill Farm and Stable Craft Brewing

aboutuspage2Stable Craft Brewing is a fresh chapter in an ongoing entrepreneurial story that began with the founding of Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables in 2006. The business started with the purchase of an operational horse farm, Waynesboro Stables, as it was originally known, that raised and trained Tennessee Walkers. The property contained a massive 288-foot barn which enabled the main aisle to accommodate the riding and training of walking and pleasure horses.

Even though they started primarily as a horse boarding facility, owners Craig and Nikki
Nargi had a vision of incorporating the farm and upscale barn into an event venue for
weddings, receptions, private parties, and corporate events, while also preserving the
rural landscape. At the time, the concept of agritourism was in its infancy, and a great
deal of groundwork was needed to bring legislation in line with the reality of
accommodating visitors at many of the beautiful agricultural settings available in the
Shenandoah Valley. Craig took the Hermitage Hill plans to Richmond and was
instrumental in the passing of new legislation allowing tourism activities for
agribusinesses.

Once they had the go-ahead to use the property as a venue, the Nargis slowly began
the renovations of the barn. They converted an indoor space into a reception
room, painstakingly working with local artisans to retain the rustic craftsmanship of the structure with hand-hewed beams and timber framing, all-the-while introducing the
amenities necessary for hosting large events. They added heat and air conditioning, a
sound system, and upgraded plumbing and wiring to create conference-ready facilities.
Hermitage Hill opened its doors in 2008, and each year has added more amenities.

The farm’s rousing success with weddings and events, as well as the rise in craft beer
popularity, especially farm breweries, inspired the Nargis to add a tap room and brewery restaurant to their on-the-farm offerings. From the scenic, authentic setting, to the horses, to the hops fields, to the inside look at the brewing process, and to the enjoyment of the farm-fresh craft beer results – every detail has been meticulously preserved so that visitors to Hermitage Hill Farm and Stable Craft Brewing get the finest farm and brewery experience possible.

Craig Nargi
Owner/Operations Manager

Craig brings 20+ years in the Food & Hospitality business to the farm brewery experience at taStable Craft Brewing. Sustainable farm practices and developing new ideas in areas less traveled are at the heart of what motivates this driving force.

Nikki Nargi
Marketing/Creative

Nikki handles all the creative development and marketing for Hermitage Hill Farm and taStable Craft Brewing. She enjoys creating eye-catching memorable designs and keeping up with the latest design trends.

Christopher Fann
Head Brewer

Christopher brings his wealth of beer knowledge and a refined palette to cultivate beers for a wide variety of craft beer lovers. Sample Stable Craft Brewing’s line-up and we are sure that you will agree – Stable Craft beers speak for themselves.

Ray Crook
Buildings & Grounds Supervisor

Ray handles our hop yards, agriculture, landscape & maintenance. Ray is most passionate in landscaping but you might see him pouring beer, walking along roof cupolas or high up stringing in the hop trellis.

Keith Downing
Taproom Manager

Our newest addition to the Stable Craft Brewing Team is Keith Downing. He will fill our operational role of Taproom Manager. 

Keith comes to us with more than 10 Years of Hospitality and customer service experience. Keith graduated from Florida State University in 2014 with a M.S. in Corporate and Public Communication and relocated to Waynesboro, VA in the fall of 2014.