Workhouse Brewfest spotlights craft brews, artisan spirits, and fine wine from Northern Virginia, throughout the Commonwealth, and from the mid-Atlantic region, including DC, Maryland, and West Virginia.

The information below reflects our event in 2017. Updated brews, bands, and other event details will be updated soon.


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2017 Participating Breweries, Cideries, Wineries, and Distilleries


Fair Winds Brewing

Quayside Kölsch: 4.5% ABV – 22IBU Light bodied, German-style Golden Ale. Pilsner and Munich malts provide a subtle, biscuity malt backbone balanced by the spicy flavors and floral aromas of the German noble hop varietals.

Sessions in the Abyss: 4.5% ABV – 35IBU Session IPA – A Pilsner malt base with a touch of Vienna and Oat malts provide a smooth breadiness to the bold citrus flavor and aroma. Simcoe and Citra hops for both boil and dry-hop additions bring out the classic IPA punch, while the low gravity allows for multiple pints.


Heritage Brewing

Freedom Isn’t Free IPA: 6.0% ABV – Aromas of grapefruit citrus, floral notes, biscuit, slightly aged hops, malt, toasty notes. Tastes of grapefruit citrus, biscuit, toasty notes, malt, big bitterness. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

American Expedition Honey Ginger Wheat Ale: 4.5% ABV – A light bodied American wheat ale. Bathed in farmers honey and spiced with ginger, it will give any traveler the fortitude and perseverance to carry on.


Port City Brewing Company

Optimal Wit: 4.9% ABV – Traditional Belgian-style witbier brewed with orange peel, coriander, and grains of paradise. Tastes like sunshine & happiness. From Port City: “When something is optimal, it has everything it needs and nothing it doesn’t. Our witbier has the perfect amount of spices, wheat, and hops. Brewed in the traditional Belgian style, Optimal Wit is crisp and citrusy with layers of flavor that evolve in the glass. In addition to classic wit ingredients like Virginia-grown wheat, Spanish orange peels, and coriander, we brew Optimal Wit with Grains of Paradise, which adds a subtle peppery finish. It tastes like Sunshine and Happiness!”

Ways & Means Session Rye IPA: 4.5% ABV – A session IPA brewed with rye and just the right amount of Citra and Centennial hops for pleasing bitterness. It boasts complex aromatics of citrus and tropical fruits, finishing with the typical clean, refreshing character for which our beers are known.


Starr Hill Brewery

“The Hook” Grapefruit Session IPA: 4.9% ABV – Real grapefruit zest compliments bright citrus hop character and a sessionable body brings you back or more.

“Sublime” Citrus Wit: 4.9% ABV – This deliciously juicy Belgian-style witbier gets its citrus aroma and bright flavor from fresh lemon and lime zest. 2016 Gold Medal at the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival in the Belgian Wit Category.


Hardywood Craft Brewing

VIPA: Virgindia Pale Ale brewed with Virginia-grown Cascade hopes and Virginia-grown and malted barley. From Hardywood: “The embodiment of true Virginia hospitality, Hardywood VIPA offers alluring tropical aromatics, a refreshingly delicate body and a bright, juicy finish. Heirloom Virginia barley rounds out the malt bill and creates a perfect sense of balance with a dose of citrusy Virginia hops. VIPA is our take on a Virginia India Pale Ale, or as we like to call it, Virgindia Pale Ale. Our interpretation of a Virginia IPA is crafted with locally sourced ingredients, from golden barley grown in the coastal plains to hops cultivated in the Appalachian piedmont. Pleasantly refreshing on the humid days of summer, but flavorful enough to satisfy on a cool winter evening, VIPA is just one more reason Virginia is for lovers.”

Virginia Blackberry: Belgian white ale brewed with fresh Virginia blackberries. From Hardywood: “A Belgian wheat beer brewed with a touch of rye and a massive addition (over 1,000 lbs. per 40-barrel batch) of plump, ripe blackberries grown by Agriberry in Hanover County, Hardywood Virginia Blackberry offers an assertive fruit character while remaining extremely refreshing. Ruby hued with the bright aroma of fresh bramble berries, this beer’s pleasantly gentle body leads to a rather dry, rounded fruit finish, making it irresistible on a hot summer day.”


Honey Grail

Sparkling Honey Mead: 7.5% ABV – Made with all-natural 100% True Source Certified Grade-A honey, it contains no added sugar or high fructose corn syrup. Boudica’s Uprising combines the quality of a fine dessert wine with the drinkability of a smooth craft beer. It’s a semi-sweet and naturally carbonated alternative to hard cider as well. Named after Celtic Queen Boudica, this “Nectar of the Gods” will soothe and satisfy both warriors and royalty alike. Go on, smite thy thirst!


Old Bust Head

Graffiti House: 7.5% ABV – West Coast Style IPA. From Old Bust Head: “Tasting Notes: From Civil War scrawls on the walls of Graffiti House to illicit aerosol artistry we all endeavor to leave our mark.  Our Graffiti House West Coast Style IPA asserts its presence with a potent aroma of passion fruit, mango, guava, and citrus.  The bold and juicy tropical body is a unique signature of the Mosaic hops, while Cascade hops contribute to a clean citrus finish for a flavor so singular it leaves its own indelible impression.”

Chukker: 4.4% ABV – Czech Style Pilsner. From Old Bust Head: “Crisp as the colors at the start of the first polo chukker, our deep golden Czech style pilsner is as easy drinking as it is flavorful.  Brewed in the tradition of classic Bohemian Pilsners, Chukker has an appealing spicy and floral character from the use of noble Czech Saaz Hops, perfectly balanced with light tones of toasted bread from pilsen and caramel malts.  Enjoy a Chukker with its noble pedigree, like the game once played by Sultans and Kings!”


Right Proper Brewing Company

Raised By Wolves – Dry-hopped Pale Ale – 5%: a light bodied pale ale with Citra/Simcoe hops. Very low bitterness alongside a hop presence that you can sink your teeth in to.

Baron Corvo – Biere de Garde – 7%: a French farmhouse-style beer that is amber in color and brewed with a house-mixed culture of wild yeast and aged in a 45hl French Oak foeder.


Virginia Distillery Company

Virginia Highland Malt Whisky – Our flagship Virginia Highland Malt arrives to us as a malt whisky from the Scottish Highlands and is finished in port-style wine casks sourced from local Virginia wineries. We bottle in small batches and release additional batches as we sell out. Batch 3 is the first bottling to sport a batch label.


Bold Rock Hard Cider

IPA – A citrusy, dry-hopped, well-balanced cider.

Peach – A refreshing apple cider, blended with the bright flavors of peach.


Forge Brew Works

Blank Slate Wit



Devil’s Backbone

Vienna Lager – With its amber chestnut colored good looks and smooth malty finish, Vienna Lager was an obvious choice to put into package. It blends color and flavor without heaviness or bitterness. Just as Vienna Lagers historically inspired Munich’s Oktoberfest beers to evolve, this amber lager has evolved since we opened in 2008 into the award winning beer it is today. Experience the taste and tradition. Mild, Toasted, Caramel.

16 Point IPA – We started with our Eight Point IPA, then added twice the amount of hops and kept going! Light bronze in color with tons of citrus & piney hop notes. Hoppy, Resin, Pine.


Brew Republic Bierworks

Patriot 212 – Our Patriot 212 Golden Lager is specifically designed to bridge the gap between those who drink industrial American pale lagers and the world of craft beer. It’s light, clear and easy drinking, but unlike the big beers we all know, Patriot 212 is a properly made Munich Helles golden lager with a flavor profile and aroma that are guaranteed to please. The prevailing sweet malt flavor is meticulously highlighted with just enough noble hop bitterness to provide balance, resulting in a smooth, medium-bodied, bright golden lager.

Virginia IPA – Our signature, hop-forward East Coast IPA is made by Virginians, for Virginians. VaIPA (or Virginia IPA) is brewed with 100% locally sourced Virginia pride and attitude to create a hoppy yet smooth finishing delight. The rock-solid pale and crystal malt bill and aggressive hop schedule of citrus and floral hops are in perfect harmony and deliver a clean, well-balanced, malty sweet and citrusy flavor. We also add late additions and dry hops to craft a prominent floral hop aroma that finishes the beer perfectly. VaIPA embodies the surging Virginia craft beer industry and is a beer we can all be proud to say is “made in Virginia.” Sic semper zythum!


Fordham & Dominion

Double D Double IPA – Double D is a full-bodied Imperial India Pale Ale, flaunting sultry guava, mango, and tropical fruit aromas as a result of dry hopping with Citra, Zythos and Crystal hops. Brewed with light toasted malt and Bravo bittering hops, this double delights with smooth warming alcohols and a torrid finish.

Gigi Farmhouse Ale – GiGi is a Belgian-influenced farmhouse ale. The flavor is sweet at first, due to the use of pilsner, oat, and torrified wheat malts, but the subtle influences of Select, and Cascade hops add spice and a little mystery to her persoality.


FC Distillers

3 Year Old Bourbon-Whiskey, Gin, & Vodka


Adventure Brewing

Classic Lager – We worked closely with the Pivovaru Monopol (Monopoly Brewery) in Teplice, Czech Republic to brew a very traditional Czech Pilsner. We used only the finest European ingredients and followed the process handed down from brewer to brewer over the long history of Czech brewing to create this award winning beer! ABV=4.8%, IBU=8

Fred Red – This Irish style ale will arouse your senses with its refreshing aroma and pure malt inspired body. Treat yourself to its unforgettable flavor, creamy head, and deep red color. ABV=5.5%, IBU=30


Union Craft Brewing

Duckpin – Pale Ale generously hopped with Pacific Northwest & New Zealand hops. ABV: 5.5%

Anthem – Golden Ale brewed with American grown barley, wheat, corn & oats and hopped with Columbus & mosaic. ABV: 5%


Honor Brewing

Honor IPA – Alcohol by Volume: 6.8% IBU rating: 65 Flavor Profile Warrior IPA is bold and flavorful American ale that showcases the intense citrus and pine aromatics of U.S. hop varieties. It is brewed with a mixture of lightly kilned malted barley and a generous amount of un-malted oats for enhanced body. Heavy late additions of Nugget, Zythos, and Ahtanum hops bring forth flavors reminiscent of lemon balm, grapefruit zest, dank herbs, bright citrus fruit and pine forest.

Honor Maple Porter – Alcohol by Volume: 5.5% IBU rating: 19 Flavor Profile Our Maple Porter pours silky and dark with nose that gives soft hints of Grade A maple syrup and sweet chocolate; finished by late additions of vanilla and cinnamon. The roasted malt gives off a nice coffee note with earthy undertones from the hops. It’s rich, roasted and robust yet easy on the palate.


O’Connor Brewing

El Guapo Agave IPA – El Guapo, translated “the handsome one,” looks sexy, smells beautiful, and feels great! El Guapo is a medium-bodied Agave India Pale Ale with grassy citrus nose, notes of sweet caramel, and finishing with a smooth but strong bitterness.

Lil SIPA Session IPA (single hop Nelson Sauvin) – Each year we introduce a new hop into our recipe for this easy-drinking India Pale Ale. Along with our 2-row pale malt, some honey malt, and a healthy dose of flaked rye, this brew showcases a single hop variety, added throughout the brewing process. At just 4.5% ABV Lil S.I.P.A. is great to enjoy and share a few times over.


Old Ox

Golden Ox Golden Ale – A crisp, medium-bodied ale that is easy-going and easy to like.

Hoppy Place – A West Coast IPA that is very hop forward with a malt sweetness that gives way to juicy citrus and pine notes.


James River Brewery

Tuber IPA – A Dry Hopped IPA with Mosiac and Falconers hops.  You will get more bitternes on the front  palate and a slight pine finish.

Green Eyed Lady Belgian Strong – Complex with floral, spicy and fruity notes, the Green Eyed Lady was one of the first Scottsville brewery’s flagship ales.


Ornery Beer Company

Pacific Waves IPA: Our West Coast IPA. Big, fruity, & citrusy hop forward aroma. Amber to golden in color with a more subdued malt profile, allowing the blend of American hops to dominate.

Sommerweizen: Our authentic Bavarian Hefeweizen is brewed with 50% wheat. Unfiltered, it pours a cloudy delight bringing you the aromas & hints of flavor of banana & clove.



Superb IPA: Ambitiously-hopped American IPA with notes of passion fruit and mango. 6.3% abv.

Weekend Lager: Intricately smooth and classically inspired Munich-style Helles Lager. 4.8% abv.


For more information about participating in the Workhouse BrewFest, please click here to complete the Workhouse Brewfest Consideration Form:


Tickets On Sale May 4th
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Join us at the Workhouse Brewfest for a day filled with beer, food & live music! We’ll have a dozen bands and performers, you’ll be sure to dance the day away! We will also have workshops, demos, and other fun how-to’s related to beer!


Big Hoax: Pubvilion Stage @ 12:00p


Virginia Man: Pubvilion Stage @ 1:15p


Wylder: Pubvilion Stage @ 2:30p


The Fives: Pubvilion Stage @ 4:00p


His Dream of Lions: Pubvilion Stage @ 5:30p


Practically Einstein: Pubvilion Stage @ 7:00p



Kevin Olson: Untapped Stage @ 1:00p


Nick Samuels: Untapped Stage @ 2:15p


Omar Teitelbaum: Untapped Stage @ 3:30p

Mary-eL: Untapped Stage @ 4:45p


Shane Gamble: Untapped Stage @ 6:00p


Scott Kurt: Untapped Stage @ 7:15p



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