37 Local Microbreweries to Visit
These brewers know their suds and they're all within 30 miles of Arlington.
Located in the historic Lake Anne Village Center along Reston’s Lake Anne reservoir, the brewhouse owned by husband and wife Jason and Melissa Romano keeps the locals quaffed with its Live-Work-Play IPA (named for Reston’s community motto), the Reston Red (a dry-hopped amber) and Lord Fairfax English Pale Ale. Enjoy a fun run or brisk walk around the lake; then reward yourself with a pint of beer and a handmade Nordic-Knot pretzel. The brewery also serves nitro-brew coffee. –L.R.R.
11424 Washington Plaza West, Reston
Matt Hagerman grew up in Maine, spent time surfing in Southern Cali-fornia and then came to Ashburn to work at the now-defunct Old Dominion Brewing Co. He opened Lost Rhino in 2011, borrowing its handle from “rhino chasers,” a surfing term for those fearless souls who go after the biggest waves. He’s since developed a cult following with brews such as the popular Face Plant IPA. On May 12, he’ll be tapping My Imaginary Girlfriend, a West Coast IPA, during the acronymic MIGFest (migfest.com), an afternoon of beer tastings, food trucks and bands on the Lost Rhino grounds. –L.R.R.
21730 Red Rum Drive, Ashburn
Bill Madden had already been brewing in the D.C. market for 23 years—first at Capitol City Brewing Co. and then at Founders Restaurant and Brewery in Alexandria—when he opened Mad Fox in 2010. The Falls Church gastropub has since garnered acclaim for its traditional English-, German- and American-style beers, as well as trendier brews like the Orange Whip IPA. Meanwhile, Madden keeps experimenting. Mad Fox is now teaming up with Falls Church Distillers to produce a dram akin to a German bierschnaps—a clean, dry, high-proof spirit made from beer. –L.R.R.
444 W. Broad St., Falls Church
Owner Sean Hunt, a former attorney, is an American Brewers Guild alum. His brewer, Ryan Murphy, a graduate of the World Brewing Academy at Chicago’s Siebel Institute, went on to perfect his craft at California’s famed Lagunitas Brewing Co. The signature beer at their Chantilly brewpub, Article One Amber Lager, is similar to the lager Ashburn’s now-shuttered Old Dominion used to brew, Hunt says. On April 21, Mustang Sally will release the first in a series of specialty IPAs in honor of its two-year anniversary. –L.R.R.
14140 Parke Long Court, Chantilly
New District made its debut in 2016 in an industrial warehouse near Shirlington, becoming Arlington’s first distribution brewery since 1916. Trading one love for another, owner Mike Katrivanos, formerly of the band Sematic, says he swapped his guitar to launch the beer business with friends and family members. Located just off the Four Mile Run Trail, New District is a favorite hangout for cyclists and runners who pop in to partake of its signature brew, a Belgian-style Saison called 1821. (Named for Greek Independence Day, it’s made with special ingredients imported from Greece.) On Thursdays, the Shirlington Running Group holds a weekly Run ’n’ Quaff, a non-competitive 5K with beer at the finish line. The brewery’s logo features a familiar local landmark: Key Bridge. –L.R.R.
2709 S. Oakland St., Arlington