(Why a fresh array of meat, of course)
Stable Craft has been taking full of advantage of the smoker located right outside our taproom. Nothing warms the soul or whets the appetite more, than the delicious aroma of meat smoking. And there is that joyous feeling of smelling your dinner cook; while you kick back and enjoy that farm fresh brew – nothing can be more relaxing.
At Stable Craft Brewing, we keep the fresh smoked pulled pork on our menu daily for your enjoyment…but then, Friday rolls around, and we shake things up a bit. (Except beer, that is no bueno!)
The rotation is never the same and we are always looking for suggestions on what to smoke next so don’t miss the next fun and exciting smoker night! Currently in our rotation: (Let your taproom server know of if you have a favorite suggestion to add to our line-up…let’s have some fun with this).
Fresh Smoked Prime Rib
Just one question..is there really anything more stunning than a perfect cut of Prime Rib delivered to your table? It is possible that here at Stable Craft, we may have found a way to one up that wonderful feeling of joy when your Prime Rib is within sight. We, at Stable Craft, have teamed up with McNette Angus Beef Co., from right down the road, to bring you locally-raised farm fresh Angus beef, quite possibly the freshest cut of Prime Rib, you could ever dream of. When enjoying this Prime Rib, you will be introduced to a heavenly smoked flavor on the skin of this Prime Rib, followed by a delicious, melt in your mouth pink center. Barley fed, medium rare, locally-smoked decadence.
Smoked Chicken Wings
We’ve figured out a way to make your favorite all-time snack food even better. Stable Craft slow smokes large chicken wings to juicy perfection. Our wings are served up with that evening’s variety of scratch-made dry rubs, buffalo or BBQ sauces. We serve up these delectable wings with our own secret recipe chunky blue cheese dip and a side of crisp celery to complete the entire smoked wing experience.
Slow Smoked BBQ Brisket
There is this little rumor that brisket can be a tough cut of meat. Here at Stable Craft, we challenge that notion. We’ve figured out that brisket is perfect meat to slap on the ole smoker. Homemade BBQ sauce, plus hours of low-heat smoking, make this a luscious, tender cut of meat – fit for a king (or queen, or even your little prince and princess).
Smoked BBQ Ribs
One of life’s greatest pleasures is a rack of ribs smoked to pure perfection. Stable Craft has gotten the science of smoked ribs down to the bone. Of which the meat will fall right off, of said bone. These ribs are smoked all day to give them the flavor your taste buds crave and desire. Once these ribs are pulled, we sauce them down and serve them up- just the way you like. Served with a sweet bbq sauce to complement the smokey flavor of these ribs!
The Farm Fresh Fixins’
To accompany whatever we may be smoking that day, our in-house chef, Gary, makes all the sides from scratch – to pair deliciously with the main course of the day. Gary is constantly trying new flavor combinations and this keeps things fresh and appealing. Scratch-made mac & cheese with gouda, spinach and tomato, or perfectly stuffed twice-baked potatoes are just some of Gary’s creations. Fresh mixed greens with scratch-made dressings round out this one-of-a-kind dining experience and add a bit of healthy green to that dinner plate.
Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables marked its 10th year in operation with the grand opening on Thursday of Stable Craft Brewing Co., a destination brewery that over the course of the next year will create 20 jobs in Augusta County.
Owner Craig Nargi began work four years ago on the plans to add the brewery, which includes a tasting room, catering business and farm store. Stable Craft Brewing Co. will operate on the premises with Hermitage Hill Farm & Stables, which opened in 2006 and includes, in addition to the working horse farm, a thriving agritourism business that brings weddings and conference events on grounds 30 weekends a year.
“The addition of the new reception space and the brewery tasting room embraces agriculture, the equestrian world and the nuances of a resort,” said Nargi, who brings more than 25 years of hospitality experience in resorts and hotels, including leadership roles in high-profile resort kitchens including Keswick, Wintergreen and Kiawah Island Resort, to the project.
Those on hand for the grand opening event at Stable Craft Brewing Co. on a rainy springtime afternoon included Sixth District Congressman Bob Goodlatte, State Del. Steve Landes, the vice chair of the House Appropriations Committee in the Virginia General Assembly, Mary Rae Carter, a special assistant in rural development in the office of Gov. Terry McAuliffe, and Augusta County Board of Supervisors Chair Carolyn Bragg.
Bragg played up the homegrown theme, talking up the importance of small business as the foundation of the local economy.
“At the end of the day, it is these companies, and the hard-working citizens of Augusta County, that enable us to have a strong local economy,” Bragg said. “On behalf of the Board of Supervisors, I extend my sincere gratitude to Craig and Nikki for their continued business presence in our community. First you opened Hermitage Hill Farm and Stables, a premier event venue on a pristine rural landscape, and now we have Stable Craft, a true farm brewery honoring the agricultural background of Augusta County.”
Goodlatte also highlighted the growing small business element to the story of Stable Craft Brewing Co.
“As we recognize National Small Business Week, it is the kind of folks like Craig and Nikki that put the time, effort, money and risk into taking the small business they already have to a new level by creating this great brewery,” Goodlatte said.
“I believe this is just one more extension of the agritourism theme that you have here,” Goodlatte said. “It fits right into the rest of your model for economic growth, and I commend you for being willing to take that risk and grow our economy and create jobs right here in the community.”
Stable Craft Brewing Co. will produce craft beer literally from the ground up, with a hop yard that will begin with the planting of 760 hops, growing to more than 1,500 over the next year, with a head brewer on staff to oversee the production of 16 beers that will showcase Nargi’s long and successful track record exploring flavors.
Food will be also available through Hermitage Hill’s onsite catering operation.
“As opposed to being a hospitality business with a farm thrown in, we have always seen ourselves as a working farm first and foremost,” Nargi said. “The brewery and farm store will allow us to share the farm experience on an even larger scale while providing local beer aficionados with a unique addition to the craft brewery landscape here.”
Carter, who has worked in the rural development arena under the two most recent Virginia governors, first Republican Bob McDonnell, continuing in the administration of Democrat Terry McAuliffe, said Stable Craft Brewing is “the epitome of Virginia-grown, homegrown.”
“You are certainly the new Virginia economy. Growing businesses like this is very important,” Carter said.
Landes noted the growth of the craft beer industry in the past five years, with an estimated economic impact of more than $1 billion and more than 8,900 jobs created in the sector. The last count has more than 140 working craft breweries in operation in the Commonwealth, “and this facility will add Augusta County to the list of places that people come to visit,” Landes said.
“From my standpoint, this business follows what we’re trying to do in Virginia to bring businesses into the Commonwealth and grow the existing businesses that we have, but more importantly to bring people to the area to share in good beer and have a good time in the area as they’re doing it,” Landes said.
Story and video by Chris Graham