With more than 30 craft breweries in the county, you could drink a pint at a different location every day in August to celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month.
“The really nice thing about being in Loudoun County is that we have 34 active breweries, which makes us the most densely populated brewery-rich area in the state,” said Chris Burns, owner of Old Ox Brewery and chairman of the Loudoun County Brewers Association. “When people are looking for a beer destination, Loudoun County is at the top of their minds, so we’re doing great job of bringing in tourism from Northern Virginia, Maryland, Washington, DC, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. Loudoun has become a place for beer lovers.”
In terms of what’s being drawn at the taps in Loudoun, “IPA is still king,” Burns said. “The hazy IPAs are certainly leading the trend right now. You’re also starting to see breweries branch out into other verticals like seltzers and-gluten free options.”
Relatively fresh off the inaugural LoCo Beer Week in June, area brewers will again be showcasing specialty releases throughout the month. If you haven’t already gotten one, it’s a great time to pick up a LoCo Ale Trail Passport at a brewery and get it stamped with each visit. Once you’ve visited a brewery in each cluster, you’re eligible to win a prize—including a LoCo Ale Trail T-shirt once you’ve completed your first cluster.
The most popular clusters have been Leesburg and Purcellville, according to Visit Loudoun, which launched the program in September 2018. Since then, about 30,000 LoCo Ale Trail maps and passports have been passed out and 48 people have completed the full circuit.
“The craft beer industry in Loudoun continues to grow, collaborate and produce the finest product in Virginia,” Visit Loudoun President and CEO Beth Erickson said.
AUGUST BREWERY EVENTS
With more than 30 craft breweries in Loudoun, you could drink a pint at a different location every day in August to celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month. Here’s a selection of some of the special events on tap this month. If you’d like to include an event not listed here, email email@example.com.
AUG. 3- 11
Peach Daze Fuzztival
Dirt Farm Brewing
Celebrate peak peach season with the new release of the 2019 Som’ Peach Golden Ale on tap … brewed with over 800 pounds of fresh peaches from Great Country Farms. In addition to their Old School Bites and Kitchen Workshop menus, they will have peachy food specials to celebrate this delicious summer fruit. For details go to dirtfarmbrewing.com.
Lost Rhino Brewing
Kick back on the weekend with your choice of limited release, seasonal and year-round craft beer favorites while enjoying the indie-folk music of Annie Stokes. Raised in the nation’s capital on an eclectic mixture of musical theater, bluegrass, and classic Americana, her music is a fusion of city sounds and country soul. For details go to lostrhino.com.
Keel and Hill
Part folk and part contemporary bluegrass, this duo weaves together a fun and organic sound that will reach inside and lift the soul. When Keel and Hill take the stage, the audience will hear songs that they know by heart and songs that they feel like they should know by heart. Whichever the case may be, the listener leaves the show feeling happier and lighter than when they walked in. For more info, go to the brewery’s Facebook page at facebook.com/pg/loudounbrewing/
Yoga & Beer
Bring your mat for an hourlong vinyasa flow for all levels, followed by tasty brews after the class. Cost is $20 online, or $25 cash or Venmo at the door if space is available. Class is taught with love and laughs by Erin Sonn, owner of eat.YOGA.drink., which brings traditional and fun yoga experiences to nontraditional spaces. For more info and to purchase tickets, go to Dynasty’s Facebook page at facebook.com/pg/brewdynasty/events/
Mosby, the Gray Ghost, and his “Tam O `Shanter” Rebels
Bear Chase Brewing
John Singleton Mosby—a.k.a. the “Gray Ghost”—was one of America’s most daring guerilla fighters, known as Mosby’s Rangers during the Civil War. ich Gillespie, well-known local historian, educator, and former Executive Director of the Mosby Heritage Area, will regale you with some of the Rangers most “spirited” tales. You’ll find out why Colonel Mosby called his own men–with a smirk—my “Tam O’Shanter Rebels.” Go to their Facebook page for details at facebook.com/pg/Bearchasebrew/events/
Bike TrAle Brewing
W&OD Trail bikers and others are invited to enjoy cold beers and live music by Mudlark, which has been rockin’ the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area for more than 45 years. Passionate, blow-you-out-of-your-seats rock and blues. Go to their Facebook page for details at facebook.com/pg/BikeTrAleBrewing/events
Daddy G PopUp
House 6 Brewing
Enjoy craft salsas from Daddy G’s at this firefighter-themed brewery featuring an array of styles, including a Kolsch, IPAs, Porter, Stout and more. Go to their website for more info at house6brewing.com
BBQ Popup featuring Primacy Meat Co.
Food pop-ups are back after a month’s break. Primacy Meat will be serving their amazing Texas-style BBQ, featuring artisan smoked meats. Go to their Facebook page for details at facebook.com/pg/OcelotBrewing/events/
Chris Cassaday Live
Chris’s unique blend of blues, folk and funk, his crafty songwriting style, his unpredictable set lists, and his thunderous, distinctive voice have gathered him a significant following around his hometown and other parts of the country. He continues to play all up and down the east coast. Go to their Facebook page for details at facebook.com/pg/BarnhouseBrewery/events/
The Big Pig Gig
Rocket Frog Brewing
It’s a whole hog BBQ throwdown in the parking lot, courtesy of Rebellion DC and Rebellion on the Pike restaurants. Food service begins at 4 p.m., when you can purchase $25 tickets for a BBQ plate, two drinks and a Rocket Frog Frisbee. Free hot dogs for kids. Live music begins at 7 pm. Go to their Facebook page for more information and ticket link at facebook.com/pg/rocketfrogbrewing/events/
Ales For Alzheimer’s w/ F Y 5
B Chord Brewing
B Chord launches the first annual Ales for Alzheimer’s fundraiser, with proceeds from a raffle/silent auction to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. The free event will also feature live music by Colorado band F Y 5, craft vendors, a glass blowing demonstration, and the food from Main Streatery. Go to their Facebook page for details at facebook.com/pg/bchordbrewing/events/
Old 690 Turns 5
Old 690 Brewing
It’s a three-day weekend celebration as this Purcellville brewery marks 5 years of serving fresh beer across a broad spectrum of styles. Highlights include live music on Saturday from Chris Bowen of The Bone Show and a cornhole tournament benefiting the Upper Loudoun Youth Football League, and a family picnic on Sunday. Go to their Facebook page for updates at facebook.com/Old690BrewingCompany/
2nd Annual Oysterfest
Solace Brewing Company
Enjoy great beer, fresh Virginia grown oysters from Nomini Bay Oyster Ranch and live music by Albino Rhino, a jazzy funk-infused rock band from around the DMV. Go to their Facebook page for details at facebook.com/pg/SolaceBrewing/events/.
Harpers Ferry Brewing
Loudoun native and local favorite Mark Cullinane sings classics, ballads and folk favorites at Virginia’s northernmost brewery, located along the banks of the Potomac River with gorgeous views of West Virginia and Maryland. For more information, go to their Facebook page at facebook.com/pg/HarpersFerryBrewing/events/
The Bluegrass Scenario with Derek Kretzer & Friends
Crooked Run Brewing Leesburg
Derek Kretzer of the local bluegrass band The Plate Scrapers, will be hosting fellow bluegrass musicians from all over the east coast for an afternoon of pickin. Bluegrass will be flowing through historic Market Station in Leesburg and the beer will be flowing from the taps. Go to their Facebook page for details at facebook.com/pg/CrookedRunBrewing/events/
Come tell some jokes, share a story, or play your best panflute cover of Stairway to Heaven – they’ve got the mic, the rest is up to you. Signups begin at 3:00 p.m., with performances at 5:00 p.m.
Alice’s Table Summer Wind Down
Vanish Farmwoods Brewery
Enjoy uncommon cold craft beer while spending some time with your besties creating a beautiful floral arrangement, hosted by Alice’s Table NoVa. Cost for the flower arranging workshop is $65, with a 10 percent discount for groups of five or more. Aprons will be provided. To purchase a ticket for the session, go to alicestable.com/events/alices-table-summer-wind-down-at-vanish-brewery_1561601206
Twinpanzee’s 2nd Anniversary Celebration
Join the celebration featuring plenty of the best primate-made beer, wine and hard cider for non-beer drinkers, music by Rowdy Ace, delicious barbecue by Primacy Meat, and collectible anniversary glassware. For more info, go to facebook.com/pg/Twinpanzee/events/
Inaugural Summer Pinball Tournament
Ocelot recent turned their private space, “The Antelope Room,” into an arcade with more than 15 games including nine pinball machines. This inaugural tournament will kick off a pinball league starting in the fall. Fee to enter this official International Flipper Pinball Association tournament is $10, free for new/unranked players. Registration takes place on site, and there will be cash and other prizes for top finishers. For more info on the tournament, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Family Meal
Lost Rhino Brewing
Lost Rhino is paying it forward with this event to raise food and monetary donations to benefit Loudoun Hunger Relief. The public is invited to bring a canned food item or monetary donation – in exchange, you’ll get a plate of home-made food. It’s your chance to eat a home-cooked meal, drink craft beer and give back to the community. For details go to lostrhino.com.
Belly Love Brewing
Sporting a newly upgraded patio, Belly Love invites you to enjoy the classic rock/rhythm and blues duo Acoustic Soul while they open the taps on a lineup of brews, most of which have been enzymatically treated to reduce gluten. These barley-based beers are identified on their menu that includes belly pleasers such as Jalapeno Popper Flatbread and Smoked Trout Spread. Go to their Facebook page for details at facebook.com/pg/BellyLoveBrewery/events/
Adroit Theory Brewing
Get your Cajun cooking fix at Adroit Theory, where Jambalaya Bros will be offering their Cajun and Creole specialties to pair with a fresh lineup of their unique craft beers. For details visit go to Facebook page at facebook.com/pg/AdroitTheory/events/
Rock n’ Brew’s Beach Party
Dragon Hops Brewing
The Cover Up will be rockin’ in the sand at this awesome beach party featuring other bands and musicians, great beer and BBQ food as well as games for the kids. For details go to their Facebook page at facebook.com/pg/DRAGONHOPS/events
Metal Supporting Veterans
Calling all metal heads – come rock out to Tombstone City, Burn N Bleed, Max Redding and the Dogwood Gospel, Diabolical Hate and Alluvion while supporting Boulder Crest Retreat for Military & Veteran Wellness. Must be 21 years or older, cover charge is $10. Parking is limited, ride sharing is recommended.