LoCo is fortunate enough to have multiple ways to navigate around the Ale Trail. For the more active beer drinkers, a great way to explore the county and the breweries is by way of the Washington & Old Dominion bike trail that connects Loudoun to Washington DC. It is not uncommon for tasting rooms to be filled with bikers grabbing a refreshing pint at their scheduled Loudoun turnaround point during a weekend ride. The W&OD winds through some of the best and most distinct breweries on the Trail, and offers a unique perspective that all can enjoy.
Beltway Brewing Company is a unique LoCo Ale Trail stop as they are a contract brewery. Beltway predominantly brews beers for other companies, with partners ranging from Brooklyn, NY to the Florida Keys. A tasting room favorite is the 1776 American Brown Ale, which was aged for more than 6 weeks in 1776 Rye Whiskey barrels, with a recipe developed by the brewing team at Beltway. (On the trail between Mile Marker 22 and 22.5)
Old Ox Brewery stays true to LoCo’s beer roots thanks to head brewer, Kenny Allen, who was the former Brew Master for Old Dominion Brewing Company. The brewery offers a spacious tasting room, and you’ll often find a spirited game of cornhole going on by the back tanks. One-Off Wednesdays are always a popular time to test the week’s limited edition release. If you prefer to stick with a proven commodity, enjoy the always popular Golden Ox or Alpha Ox. (On the trail between Mile Marker 25 and 25.5)
Lost Rhino Brewing Company gets its name from the surfing term rhino chaser, an adventurer who is always searching for the biggest waves. The brewers at Lost Rhino certainly deliver some of the biggest flavors in LoCo, consistently delivering interesting, personally crafted beers. The Face Plant IPA is always a crowd favorite, but if you are feeling adventurous test out the Bone Dusters Paleo Ale which is brewed with a wild yeast strain that was dusted off a 35-million year old whale fossil. (1.5 miles from Mile Marker 25.5)
Crooked Run Brewing turned from dream to reality for owner/brewer Jake Enders thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2013. Ever since, the small brewery located in Leesburg’s historic Market Station has produced a wide-variety of popular small batch beers. The Raspberry Dark Saison, and the Shadow of Truth Black Belgian Tripel remain popular staples. (.2 miles off the trail, between Mile Marker 34 and 34.5)
MacDowell Brew Kitchen has long been one of Loudoun's most popular bars thanks to their outdoor beach and relaxed atmosphere. They began brewing their own line of beers in 2015 including their popular Weiz Ass Wheat. (.2 miles off the trail, between Mile Marker 34 and 34.5)
Loudoun Brewing Company is a family-owned nano-brewery and tasting room a short walk from the historical downtown Leesburg. Enjoy hand-crafted local beer in the taproom, or grab a growler to go. (.4 miles off the trail, between Mile Marker 34 and 34.5)
Belly Love Brewery takes its name from the ritual of the owners who rub their bellies together (similar to Eskimo kisses) as a peace offering after a disagreement. Those arguments may have been sparked by the names of some of their more prominent beers like the Shut the Fook Up Pale Ale or the My Bitter X American IPA. If you are looking for a beer to really spice up your life, have the bartenders whip up a 50 Shades of Gold, a seasonal Belgian Golden Strong. (.5 miles from Mile Marker 44)
Jack's Run Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in the historic district of Purcellville Virginia occupying a 3,800 sq.ft. 2 story brick building offering a natural and rustic atmosphere to microbrewery enthusiasts. The Jack's Run premise is to represent the history and qualities that the town of Purcellville was established upon in the heart of Western Loudoun County. Jack's Run was built upon sticking with what is believed to be the right way and the only way to stay true to high quality and customer satisfaction. We offer a variety of specialty crafted beers made onsite at the Jack's Run location.
Corcoran Brewing Company has been operating in Loudoun since 2011. The Corcorans are well established in the county’s alcohol production community with a vineyard and cidery also under their belts, the brewery offers an excellent complement. For the frequent LoCo Ale Trail patron, make sure to sign up for their mug club to have your own beer stein awaiting your arrival. Keeping true to the area’s history is important at Corcoran’s, so be sure to get a taste of their Mosby’s Raider Double IPA. (.4 miles from Mile Marker 44.5)
Adroit Theory Brewing Company is the most experimental brewery on the LoCo Ale Trail, having produced 174 distinct beers in their first year of business. There is a heavy emphasis on barrel aging, and with a tap line-up that changes weekly, you are always in for a new experience. At any given time you may be enjoying a flight with a Cucumber Melon Saison, a Bloody Mary inspired Imperial Pale Ale, Bloody Roots, and if you are feeling really adventurous a Coconut Curry Peanut Butter Porter. (.7 miles from end of W&OD Trail)