The Craft Beer Craze Continues: 8 Breweries Opening in NoVA within a Year

Posted by / Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

Valentyn Volkov/


Last month, we previewed seven NoVA breweries, in varying stages of construction, that are joining the craft beer craze. We’ve checked in with all of them to get a progress update. Mark your calendar and grab your growler, the beer is coming. 

Opening later this month: BadWolf Brewing Company
We spoke with Jeremy and Sarah Meyers, owners of BadWolf Brewing Company in Manassas, who are hoping to be open to the public at the end of this month. You can check out BadWolf’s construction process with photos via its Facebook page. / 9776 Center St., Manassas.

Opening next month: Forge Brew Works
Forge Brew Works stakes its claim in Lorton. Husband and wife Matt and Kerri Rose, owners of Forge Brew Works, signed on to a location that will become available in June, and will begin construction shortly after. Matt continues to work on beers through a pilot system, while getting the larger system ready. Forge Brew Works is also in the process of finalizing all licensing. /8532 Terminal Road, Suite L, Lorton.

Opening in July: Crooked Run Brewery
With construction nearly complete, owner Jake Endres continues to work through the licensing process. Using locally grown ingredients, Endres plans to open the Leesburg brewery with a Belgian single, English pale ale and an American IPA. You can check out his blog for more information and a full beer list. /205 Harrison St., Leesburg.

Opening later this summer: Beltway Brewing Company
Construction is right on schedule for Beltway Brewing Company. Owner Sten Sellier hopes to be in production in July and shipping beer to clients by August. Beltway Brewing Company will produce beers for smaller breweries that are looking to expand and increase production, but do not have the space. Sellier says most of the beers produced for clients will be made using the clients recipes. Although no deals have been inked yet, Sellier says that many clients are interested in brewing pale ales, IPAs, porters, and American style lagers. Located in Sterling, Beltway Brewing Company will also feature an on-site tasting room, but no official opening date has been set. /22620 Davis Dr., Sterling.

Opening in October: Adroit Theory Brewing Company
Mark and Nina Osborne continue to process paperwork and licensing while working with architects to finalize the plans for their Purcellville brewery. Hoping for construction to begin in June or July, the Osbournes are continuing recipe development of their bold ales in small batches / 404 Browning Court, Purcellville

Opening this fall: Old Ox Brewery
Old Ox Brewery has yet to begin construction on their Loudoun County brewery. Co-owner Chris Burns is hopeful that progress will be made in the coming weeks. Old Ox Brewery will have an on-site tasting room. Although the brewery will not be serving food, customers will be allowed to bring in outside food to enjoy in the tasting room. With plans to distribute their brews around the D.C. area, Burns is still planning for a fall 2013 opening. / Loudoun County

 Opening this fall: CasaNoVa Brewing Company
While continuing the search for funding, owner Paul Hurley refines his Belgian and American strong ales in his Arlington home. With no location set, Hurley is looking into the option of starting with a remote license and renting a smaller space to brew and distribute his beers. Hurley still plans to open the full-scale brewery in Arlington once funding has been acquired. /Arlington

Opening next spring: Portner Brewhouse
Sisters Catherine and Margaret Portner continue their work in resurrecting their great-great-grandfathers pre-Prohibition brewery. With plans to open in Old Town Alexandria, the Portner sisters are continuing to find funding and searching for a location. /Alexandria

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2 Responses

Jamison Says:

Another brewery coming to NoVA, opening this fall in Vint Hill, VA.

Tim Bornholtz Says:

You may also want to check out Adventure Brewing Company, opening in Stafford, VA.

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