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5 Great Loudoun County Breweries to Try This Weekend

Old Ox Brewery is one of the must-try Loudon County spots for local beer. Photograph by Scott Suchman

Washington’s craft brewing scene is booming, and it’s not just confined to city limits. Virginia’s Loudoun County is a hotbed for cold local beer, with breweries popping up from Ashburn to Leesburg. Whether you’re looking for a new neighborhood hangout or an excuse for a short road trip, these five breweries are must-visits.

True to name, Adroit Theory crafts unusual brews. Photograph courtesy of Adroit Theory
True to name, Adroit Theory crafts unusual brews. Photograph courtesy of Adroit Theory

Adroit Theory Brewing

404 Browning Ct. Unit C, Purcellville; 703-722-3144

As the name might suggest, Adroit Theory is all about new and interesting interpretations of classic styles. Past and current releases have included mango IPAs, a mint and green tea saison, and a caramel macchiato milk stout. The draft offerings change frequently, making each trip to the brewery a new experience. The small taproom is open Thursday through Sunday and offers three-ounce pours, ten-ounce tulips, and growlers to-go. There’s also a spacious outdoor patio that welcomes drinkers and dogs alike.

Corcoran Brewing, a spinoff of a winery, offers growlers in Purcelville. Photograph courtesy of Corcoran
Corcoran Brewing, a spinoff of a winery, offers growlers in Purcelville. Photograph courtesy of Corcoran

Corcoran Brewing

205 E Hirst Rd, Purcellville; 540-441-3102

Corcoran Brewing was born in 2011 as a spinoff project of Corcoran vineyards. The brewery has a dozen rotating beers on tap that run the gamut of styles, from the Berlin Turnpike German pilsner to the Slainte stout. A simple food menu is available with selections like pizzas and soft pretzels. The brewery is open seven days a week, and also hosts regular specials and events, such as bar trivia on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month.

Lost Rhino dishes up a full menu for padding the stomach between tastings. Photograph via Lost Rhino Facebook
Lost Rhino dishes up a full menu for padding the stomach between tastings. Photograph via Lost Rhino Facebook

Lost Rhino Brewing Company

21730 Red Rum Dr #142, Ashburn; 571-291-2083

Lost Rhino recently celebrated five years of business in Ashburn. Since 2011 it’s found a solid foothold in the local market with year-round beers like the Rhino Chaser Pils and Face Plant IPA. Take a visit to the brewery for new releases and seasonal varieties such as the springtime Icebreaker imperial IPA. There’s also non-alcoholic root beer for kids, and a full food menu in the tasting room with stomach-padding eats like grilled cheese and nachos.

Settle in for a cold one at Ocelot Brewing Company's tasting room. Photograph via Ocelot Facebook
Settle in for a cold one at Ocelot Brewing Company’s tasting room. Photograph via Ocelot Facebook

Ocelot Brewing Company

23600 Overland Dr #180, Dulles; 703-665-2146

Ocelot Brewing near Dulles International Airport opened last year, and is all about small-batch experimentation. The brewery specializes in IPAs and keeps things interesting with a number of rotating variations featuring different hops and flavor profiles. Not a hophead? You’ll find plenty of other styles, from boozy imperial stouts to tart sour ales. The brewery often features live music, making visits even more fun.

Fun fact: Old Ox is named after one of Loudon County's oldest roads. Photograph courtesy of Old Ox
Fun fact: Old Ox is named after one of Loudon County’s oldest roads. Photograph courtesy of Old Ox

Old Ox Brewery

44652 Guilford Dr #114, Ashburn; 703- 729-8375

Named after one of Loudoun County’s oldest roads, Old Ox Brewing’s small operation has been churning out beer since 2014. The brewery has three standard brews: Alpha Ox session IPA, Golden Ox Belgian ale, and the Black Ox rye porter. There are several seasonal and experimental beers in the rotation as well. Old Ox lacks a kitchen, but brings in food trucks each day to serve hungry guests. Free tours are offered on Saturday at 2 and 3 pm on a first-come, first-serve basis (limited to 20 guests).

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