By Christian Thompson
Who doesn’t want a little more variety in their lives?
Baskin Robbins has 31 flavors. Bed, Bath and Beyond offers every home item you ever wanted on top of what you didn’t even realize you needed. And Books-A-Million sells a million—well, you know.
Local watering hole Vanish Brewery might also offer more choices than you think you need. That’s part of the fun.
If solid, diverse entertainment is what you crave, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better option than the Lucketts brewery. Built inside of a retired equestrian rink, Vanish’s spacious and artsy taphouse is an excellent venue for live music of all sorts. Local singer-songwriter staples like Shane Gamble and Ted Garber are continually blowing through the spot, and during the spring and summer months you can catch a multitude of bands performing on the outdoor stage, which features its own bar for those who don’t want to miss a beat—even for a brew. With two stages, you can expect to see seven or more different acts performing from Friday to Sunday every weekend.
Owner Jonathan Staples comes from a musical background. He grew up in Richmond and fell in love with the city’s local punk and metal acts. Staples is a musician himself, and he likes to feature both the accessible and the experimental as a means of giving area artists a place where they can express themselves.
“We’re always encouraging originality,” Staples said. Local musicians might find even more chances to showcase their talent at Vanish in the near future, as Staples hopes to add a regular open mic night to the events calendar in time for spring.
In addition to its musical offerings, Vanish’s other regular events include a paint night, a Pure Barre fitness class, and trivia. There’s also a permanent women’s boutique on the premises, a dog-friendly building for the four-legged family members, and free Wi-Fi for those who want a refreshing alternative to the coffee shop. As if that weren’t enough, you can even rent the brewery for children’s birthday parties.
“It’s a lot more fun than Chuck E. Cheese for an adult,” Staples said.
Staples said his intention with Vanish was to create a “town center for Lucketts,” where the community could gather for almost any need. He loves seeing social relationships bloom at the bar and notes that the brewery’s location off Rt. 15 is perfect for bringing people from both Loudoun and Frederick counties together. His goal is to help turn what used to be a relatively isolated, sleepy village into a meeting place for beer lovers, music fans and families in the region.