Do you need an excuse to sit back, relax and enjoy a few drinks? We’ve got you covered! August is Virginia Craft Beer Month and Loudoun has all the best breweries to visit. Loudoun may be DC’s Wine Country®, but it is also home to one of the most dynamic craft brewing scenes in the U.S. Today there are more than 30 breweries in a range of settings all waiting to be explored during Virginia Craft Beer Month!
Ale Trail Passport
Win prizes while exploring new breweries and enjoying a tall glass of beer! The LoCo Ale Trail Passport features more than 30 breweries, each represented by a bottle cap icon on the map. Order a beer at any of the participating breweries and earn a stamp on your passport. Finish one of the four clusters (Brews with a View, Brews by Bike, Downtown Leesburg and Dulles Corridor) and earn a prize! Make your way through the whole passport to get the Grand Prize!
Brews You Can’t Miss this August
This witbier ale is lightly infused with lemon peel, chamomile and lime leaf. Created at Crooked Run Brewing, this citrus ale is brewed just in time to help keep you refreshed in this summer heat.
Dropping just in time for Virginia Craft Beer Month, Som’ Peach is a golden ale base that is fermented in 800 pounds of peaches freshly picked from local Great Country Farms. Utilizing fresh ingredients, Dirt Farm Brewing is accepting pre orders now for its beer release in August.
The Lemon Song Saison
Refill your growlers today with Bear Chase Brewing Company’s new beer on tap, The Lemon Song Saison. Brewed with fresh lemon and basil, this farmhouse ale has herbal notes that will have you coming back for more.
It is time for you to meet the legend, Mr. Fresh. A collaboration between Ocelot Brewing Company and Astro Lab Brewing in Maryland, this 7% beer fuses two of their most popular beers together, Mr. Kite and Fresh As. With hints of tropical fruit, candied lime, Valencia orange, grapefruit pith, and white wine notes, you will not find a better Mr. to hang out with this August.
In addition, check out Adroit Theory for the five new cans recently released, which include: Dead + Gone, Dia de los Muertos, Dopamine, Evangelion I. Adam and Knot Fest 2021. You can also head down the street to Old 690 Brewing Company to sample the Old 690 blonde ale conditioned in passion fruit. Are you in the Sterling area? Head to Rocket Frog to check out the latest rotating series, starting with Hop Shift, a pale golden IPA.
A Taproom Twist
The Craft of Brewing has taken the traditional tap room style and thrown it out the window. There is no more waiting for a bartender at this self-serve business, which features a beer wall with 20 taps that are poured by the ounce to ensure you get just the right amount for you. The Craft of Brewing is also known for teaching customers the art of home brewing. With seven personalized brewing stations, customers can craft their own recipe and develop the skills needed to brew at home.
Beers and Bands
B Chord Brewing derived its name from old Bluegrass slang for “best of its kind” and has always strived to provide the best entertainment to its guests. B Chord has hosted hundreds of performances and even one of the biggest music festivals in Loudoun, the Appalachian Trail Festival. Starting with only four brews, they have now evolved and crafted dozens that guests are able to sip on while listening to live music every weekend.
Virginia Craft Beer Month Events
The Brew Mile
Grab your running shoes and join House 6 Brewing Company August 24 for the inaugural Brew Mile Race. This family-friendly race lets you and a team of up to four, race a mile while finishing four beers (or root beers). Participants will receive small prizes for completing the race and after can enjoy House 6 Brewing Company’s Block Party, which will have games, food, drinks and music!
Unwind at the end of a long work week and compose yourself during a sunset yoga class every other Friday at Notaviva Farm Brewery and Winery.
Live music and happy hour prices, what is better than that? Visit Cascades Overlook Plaza Thursday, August 26 for $5 premium beer and wine, with ample seating and plenty of sights, scents and sounds.
Show off that hot rod and meet up at Lost Barrel Brewing August 28 for Cars & Coffee. Bring your cars or motorcycles and enjoy a breakfast sale while checking out some sick rides. The event is on the last Saturday of every month from 9-11 a.m., so if you can’t make this one there’s always next month!
Fun events that happen weekly/monthly at breweries
Everyone loves a good trivia night so pair that with a tall glass of beer and have some fun. Check out these places for weekly trivia nights!
- Vanish Wednesday Night Trivia from 6:45 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
- Rocket Frog Thursday Night Trivia from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
- Lost Barrell Thursday Night Music Trivia from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy local singers and bands throughout the week at different breweries across the county. These are just a few places that often have live music.
Shopping and drinking? Sign me up! Check out some of these lively markets happening this month and others to follow.
- Market on the Mountain at Dirt Farm Brewing: Second and last Sunday of every month from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
- First Sunday Market at House 6 Brewing: First Sunday of every month from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
- Farmer’s market at Wheatland Spring Farm + Brewery: Every weekend from now until end of October from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
- Late Summer Artisan + Artist Market at Twinpanzee: August 21 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Be Sure to check out Visit Loudoun’s event calendar for the latest Virginia Craft Beer Month events and tag @VisitLoudoun and the #LoCoAleTrail to show us how you celebrate the month. Cheers!