GREAT BEER BEGINS WITH AN INSPIRED TEAM
Founders Taylor and Mandi Smack and Matt Nucci opened Blue Mountain Brewery in 2007, with a vision to bring the brewery experience out of the normal hustle and bustle of an urban environment. With a relaxed vibe and stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, we invite you to enjoy our varied range of beers and farm-to-table food in Nelson County, where life is a little slower and a lot more fun.
Taylor Smack began his brewing career interning at South Street Brewery in late 1999 before moving to Chicago and attending the Siebel Institute of Technology, the country’s oldest school for brewing. He became the head brewer for the Goose Island brewpubs in Chicago and eventually moved back home to Virginia to man the helm as head brewer of South Street, where he stayed for five years before leaving to found Blue Mountain.
After time in the Peace Corps in Romania, Mandi Smack spent most of her 20s in the publishing business. She and Taylor met in Chicago through a mutual brewer friend and began dreaming of opening their own brewery one day.
Mandi was also on the opening staff of the Outer Banks Brewing Station in North Carolina. For the few years leading up to opening Blue Mountain, Mandi was the business manager for several publications in Charlottesville.
Along with being a homebrewing compatriot of Taylor in the late 90’s, Matt Nucci joined the founding team of Blue Mountain after several years with Greenberry’s Coffee and Tea Company. Matt ran the roasting warehouse and became the go-to guy for setting up new Greenberry’s franchise locations in the mid-2000s.
For 11 years the three of us have invited everyone from near and far to come out and enjoy the relaxed setting of our rural brewery. As the Blue Mountain team has grown from just three to now over 120 wonderful people, it takes the collective passion and energy of all of us to keep our dream alive. We invite you to join us for a pint or two with your friends and family sometime soon!