Drinks are as seasonal as food. In the winter it’s all about warming up with a mug of hot chocolate or glass of a big red wine. Once this warm spring weather hits though and you find yourself enjoying more time outdoors, there’s no better accompaniment than ice tea, lemonade, or a cold beer. And with an emerging craft brewery scene rapidly growing in Loudoun, what better place to enjoy a frosty brew than fresh from the tap at the brewery itself? Here are some updates from Loudoun’s breweries, featuring some new places and spaces to try.
Adroit Theory Brewing Company With a focus on creating “esoteric beers with an emphasis on barrel aging”, Adroit Theory Brewing Company in Purcellville offers unique brews with an edgy label and interesting names like Black As Your Soul (B/A/Y/S) imperial stout or Scorpion, a black IPA. A true nano-brewery, Adroit produces their brews one keg at a time. The tasting room is evolving as the business grows but has an industrial warehouse feel that complements the brewery’s edgy brand. When Adroit opens to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, visitors can often enjoy their beers paired with foods from regional food trucks.
Beltway Brewing Company With the popularity of craft and home brewing on the rise, Beltway Brewing Company has opened to host partner brewing, contract brewing, and production of private label beers. While Beltway brews and bottles beers for local brewers their reach spans as far as Alabama to Back Forty Beer Company, their largest contract. Located in an industrial park, the brewery features a 90 barrel system, visible from the tasting room. Visitors can enjoy samplings from Beltway’s partner labels as well as private labels brewed just for Beltway. A recent visit included samples of two Beltway beers, one from Leesburg’s Crooked Run Brewing, and samples from Back Forty. The tasting room features empty kegs subbing as seats around a few tables looking into the brewing area and a couple of Fussball tables that add an air of fun competition to the space.
Corcoran Brewing Company Already popular among beer lovers in Loudoun, Corcoran Brewing Company recently expanded and relocated from their space adjacent to the owner’s winery, Corcoran Vineyards, in Waterford. Swapping out their former barn location for an industrial space in Purcellville, Corcoran can now accommodate larger crowds and an expanded brewing operation. They’ve incorporated aspects of their rural roots though by affixing the former brewery’s barn door to the new interior and placed a branded silo outside. Expanding their brewing system from 3.5 barrels to 10, Corcoran’s new offerings of locavore themed brews will include a barleywine and Waterford Wit, a wheat based beer with coriander and orange.