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Loudoun Craft Beverages Boom in the New Year

Posted by Brian Tinsman on Jan 19, 2017


Brian Tinsman

Digital Properties Manager

We may be only two weeks into the new year, but 2017 has been kind to Loudoun County’s craft beverage industry already. Here’s a highlight from each part of the industry:

Distilleries: Catoctin Creek

The New Year kicked off with an announcement that major liquor distributor Constellation Brands had invested an undisclosed amount in Purcellville-based Catoctin Creek Distilling Company.

The move will allow owners Scott and Becky Harris to expand the staff, expand production and market the award-winning whisky more aggressively.

“We needed the right partner for the next level of growth,” Becky Harris said in a press release. “Constellation has a strong commitment to this category, and with their expertise and support, we look forward to bringing our Virginia whiskey to the world with the same team and exceptional product quality.”

Founded in 2009, Catoctin Creek is Loudoun’s first post-Prohibition distillery, and is the most-awarded whisky in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Wineries: The Wine Reserve at Waterford

A former Loudoun County vineyard is coming back online this month, as The Wine Reserve at Waterford plans to open its doors to the public on Saturday, January 21. Formerly known as the Loudoun Valley Vineyards, the winery was purchased in 2015 by Cori and Jon Phillips.

The couple spent more than a year fixing it up and planting new vines, and plans to offer small production wines from around the region and beyond.

“It’s our intent to support and promote our neighbors and their businesses,” Cori said, underscoring the collaborative nature of the craft beverage industry in the county.

Breweries: Dragon Hops Brewery and Twinpanzee Brewing Co.

This week, Dragon Hops took the next step from being a hops producer to opening a full brewery in Purcellville. The announcement even gained the attention of ABC-7 WJLA reporter Amy Aubert, who made the trip to Loudoun County:

I spent today getting a behind the scenes look at a brewery in . Not a bad assignment! ๐Ÿ˜‰

 : Loudoun Co has the most breweries in a single county county in Virginia ?? The same goes for wine in the area.

"I was jumping up & down a little bit & smiling & saying things like, 'I can't believe it!'" New brewery will join 21 others in Loudoun Co

I checked out one of  County's first breweries...& what will be one of their newest. They expect 5-7 more to open this yr.Story @ 5


Dragon Hops co-owner Marilla Coryell told Aubert that renovations on the site would begin in February with a goal of opening for business in June. Dragon Hops is one of several breweries planned to come online this year, joining 21 other breweries in the county.

Another such brewery on the move is Twinpanzee Brewing Co., which got county approval to start the buildout process at its location in Sterling:

Retail: Delirium Café

Already, plans have been announced to bring Delirium Café, a European brewpub with 300 beers in stock, to downtown Leesburg, thanks to the work of a familiar Loudoun restauranteur.

“With all the sprawl going on outside of downtown Leesburg, it’s fun to bring something like this to the heart of Leesburg,” Curtis Allred, franchise owner, told Loudoun Now. “It’s an opportunity to elevate everything in the restaurant community here in downtown.”

The café will also employ a staff of 20 to 22 people.

Loudoun is home to the most craft beverage producers of any county in the Commonwealth, with plenty of room to grow. For more information, or to get involved in the industry, please contact our Agricultural Development Officer Kellie Hinkle by email, or by phone at 703-737-8820.


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