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Enjoy a day at the farm by visiting these local vine-to-stein breweries, each within an hour’s drive of the District. To make it easy, here are two suggested itineraries. [Editor’s note: If you plan to drink much more than a sip of each beer—and you probably should—plan to have someone drive your drunk ass around. Reston Limousine is a local favorite.]
Brookeville Beer Farm
20315 Georgia Ave., Brookeville, Maryland
Weekend hours: Friday 3-9 p.m.; Saturday 12-9 p.m.; Sunday 12-7 p.m.
Try: Interdependence IPA, Philsner Pilsner, Ridiculous Stout
This European-style beer hall that opened in July boasts exposed beams and a steeple-topped circular bar pouring a selection of brewer Kenny Borkmann’s full-flavored beers. Outside is a second bar, porch, and patio with ample shaded seating, and a lawn perfect for a picnic among the hop vines.
Waredaca Brewing Company
4017 Damascus Road, Laytonsville, Maryland
Weekend hours: Friday 4-8 p.m.; Saturday 1-8 p.m.; Sunday 1-6 p.m.
Try: White Flag Belgian Wit, Beecher IPA, 3-2-1 Gose
Keith Kohr’s well-made brews complement the serene landscape of this family-owned 220-acre horse farm that was previously home to the Washington Recreational Day Camp. The small, rustic clubhouse bar serves about six rotating beers and packaged snacks. An expansive orchard with views of the lake, woods, and rambling trails has picnic tables and plenty of space for kids and (leashed) dogs to frolic.
Manor Hill Brewing
4411 Manor Lane, Ellicott City, Maryland
Weekend hours: Friday 4-8:30 p.m.; Saturday 11a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Try: Grisette Farmhouse, Katherine’s Kolsch, the latest Hidden Hopyard Series IPA
Victoria Gastro Pub owners Randy and Mary Marriner’s beautifully converted barn houses their brewery’s tasting room and production facility. Rarely crowded—visits are by reservation only—the bar pours 10 or more beers, many of which are bold, delicious takes on traditional styles.
43271 Spinks Ferry Road, Leesburg, Virginia
Weekend hours: Friday 4-9 p.m.; Saturday 12-8 p.m.; Sunday 1-5 p.m.
Try: Shenandoah Stout, Hop Dog Pale Ale, the latest saison
Roger and Christine Knoell’s high-ceilinged barnhouse tasting room located on their 18-acre farm opened this spring. It’s a major step up from serving beer from the basement of their home. They pour about 10 frequently rotating brews that are typically well-made, mild-flavored creations that respect the motto “laid back beer for laid back people.”
Vanish Farmwoods Brewery
42245 Black Hops Lane, Leesburg, Virginia
Weekend hours: Friday through Sunday 12-8 p.m.
Try: Vermont IPA, Juicy Tangerine White, Abbey Dubbel
This massive space, located on a 52-acre hop farm and processing facility, features up to 20 of Larry Pomerantz’s wide-ranging brews seven days a week. When the kitchen expansion is complete, Bryan Voltaggio’s “BVQ” (get it?) menu of brisket, ribs, and other popular dishes will return on weekends. Bring friends to help drink a mega-flight of a dozen 4-ounce pours.
Old 690 Brewing Company
15670 Ashbury Church Road, Purcellville, Virginia
Weekend hours: Friday 5-9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Try: Late Harvest Peach Blonde, Black Widow Breeder DIPA, the latest Cali or Bust IPA
Equal parts brewery and country bar, the lively tasting room here plays host to spontaneous sing-alongs, televised games, free popcorn, and around 10 of Bob Lundberg’s tasty beers on draft. The inside is cozy, but there is more room to sprawl on the porch and grounds of the 10-acre property. A kitchen serves flatbread pizzas, nachos, and other snacks on weekends.
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