Middleburg’s libation scene is now complete: a handful of wineries and a cidery/distillery have been operating within the town limits for years and now it boasts Loudoun’s newest brewery: Old Ox Brewery Middleburg.

            Old Ox, which opened its original Ashburn site in 2014, had a soft opening for its second location in late June. A ceremonial tapping of the first keg took place July 27 at the brewery, located in the former Health Center. 

            “We are excited to be part of the Middleburg community and appreciate all of the support the town has given us to get the doors open,” said Chris Burns, who owns the brewery along with his wife, Kristin, and his parents, Graham and Mary Ann. 

Old Ox Brewery Middleburg will celebrate its new location in Middleburg on Saturday, July 27 from noon to 6 p.m. Plans include special release beers, live music, yard games and a Backlot BBQ 

            Craft beer fans can select from 12 beers on tap, including two that are only available at this location. 

Old Ox Brewery Marketing Coordinator Kirstie Pratt and Co-Owner Chris Burns stand in the beer garden of the brewery’s soon-to-open Middleburg location. [Patrick Szabo/Get Out Loudoun]

            “We have an Apricot Blonde that was aged in white wine barrels—it’s fantastic,” Chris Burns said. “And just for juxtaposition, we have the same beer that we aged in red wine barrels and we did not fruit. We’re really excited about those two beers and giving people an opportunity to try the same beer that’s been treated in two different ways and really showcase the flavor impact of the various barrels and the fruit.”

            He plans to offer other specialty beers exclusive to Middleburg once a five-barrel brewhouse in the property’s five-bay garage is up and running. Until then, the lineup of year-round, limited release and specialty beers are being delivered from its Ashburn location, which produced 5,500 barrels in 2018.  Burns has said he expects to brew up to 700 barrels, or 21,700 gallons, of beer on site each year.

            Guests can sip their pints in the 2,000-square-foot tasting room or in the three-season outdoor beer garden fronting Madison Street. There’s also the Backlot, and the outdoor space between the tasting room and the brewhouse that’s available for backyard games, movie nights, mini-festivals and other events. A beer-friendly beer menu is available, and you can view a schedule of food truck at the brewery at oldoxbrewery.com.

The staff at Old Ox’s new Middelburg location severe up 12 beers on tap, including two that are only available at this location. Emma Steele/Get Out Loudoun
At the Middleburg brewery, Old Ox offers an Apricot Blonde that is aged in white wine barrels. Emma Steele/Get Out Loudoun