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The Workhouse BrewFest will spotlight craft brews from Northern Virginia and throughout the Commonwealth. Additional craft brews from the region, including DC, Maryland, and West Virginia will also be selected for the event.


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.



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