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Author: Bonnie Leonard

Twinpanzee: Welcome to the Jungle

Twinpanzee Brewing 27 NOVEMBER, 2017 BREWERY Just as chimpanzees are an endangered species, it’s unusual to stumble onto such a memorable location as Twinpanzee Brewing Company in the concrete jungle of Sterling, Virginia. The owners are unpretentious and the craft beers are as natural as the ingredients of a chimp’s jungle diet. Two married primates, Maha Majdoub as the Chief Financial Officer, and Antonio Maradiaga as the Head Brewer, run the location. Maha shared they are starting small, the ideal mom and pop shop for locals to find community. With more than one talent, the establishment’s serving bar also...

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Beautiful at B Chord Brewery

I’d like to take a quick moment to discuss my new neighbor, Round Hill’s first local brewery, B Chord Brewing Company. When Matt Leonard (Brewdoun’s Chief Flight Taster) and I stopped by the location, it radiated both physical and personal warmth. Marty Dougherty made friendly conversation with us as we enjoyed a sample of brews created by their new Head Brewer, Favio Garcia. The Vienna Lager was malty and flavorful while the blonde ale was light, smooth, and crisp. The BChord IPA was an East Coast style IPA (think juicy and a tad sweet.) Make sure you try their...

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LoCo Hangar Fest

The Brewdoun team visited the LoCo Hangar Fest this past weekend and enjoyed delicious craft beer, great music, and good eats. Once again it was confirmed: Loudoun County has the best beer in the world. Are we biased? Or are our palates especially honed to understand nobody does craft brews like LC? Hard to say, but more tourists are pouring in from DC, nearby counties, and out of state to tour Brew-doun County. And they are most certainly leaving with satisfied beer bellies. At Old 690 Brewing Company, Darren Gryniuk, Co-Owner of the location, was serving their Stoner Point...

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Catoctin Creek Distillery and Stable Craft Brewing Create the Ideal Winter Stout

Stable Craft Brewing, a farm brewery located in Waynesboro, is planning to release Cavallo, a barrel-aged American Imperial Stout, exclusively available in their tasting room on December 9th. This is a historic moment for Stable Craft Brewing as Cavallo is their first barrel-aged stout. So…what does this have to do with Loudoun County? The Cavallo was aged for one year in rye whiskey barrels made of oak and sourced from our very own Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Purcellville. The stout was specifically designed to age in these exquisite barrels and has embraced the subtle nuances of caramel, oak,...

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Redefining Special at Ocelot Brewing Company

Ocelot Brewing 31 OCTOBER, 2017 BREWERY Adrien Widman, owner of Ocelot Brewing Company, doesn’t believe in being special or the chosen one or probably, come to think of it, as my fantasy mind frolics…X-Men mutants, Superman powers, or sparkly vampires. I know this because of a thought he shared with when we showed up for a visit. It’s a thought that has helped shape who he is as well as his brewery. “Your mom’s wrong. You’re not special.” These days it does seem to be more about getting along. And who does a better job of bringing people...

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