Dulles Take-Off Tasting Tour: Sterling, Ashburn, and so much more. April 15-22
So many breweries, so few livers. Loudoun County as has been a magnet for craft brewing since the last wave of crafters in the 1990’s. We brewed at Old Dominion for a decade and did two collaborations with Lost Rhino more recently. Some of the best brewers in the Mid Atlantic turn out easy drinking smooth beers and complex masterpieces in far more breweries than our week allows.
There are only a handful of these breweries that are close to accommodations, so only a few will be central features in our upcoming Brews and Snooze Brewery/Inn combination book. This week we get to talk about some breweries that will be peripheral entries in the book.
Leesburg, and Chantilly do provide an opportunity to stay and walk to breweries, but some other hotels are worth considering ride sharing rambles. The Marriott Dulles is a classic hotel built with the same brick that the Rockefellers used to build some of the reconstruction of Williamsburg. It’s one of the showpieces of the chain and the hotel that the Marrotts tend to use to meet with big shots. We stayed in a suite that had been recently occupied by the queen of the Netherlands. It was just fine, thank you.
To see all the brewing possibilities, we recommend you visit https://www.craftbeer.com/breweries/find-a-us-brewery — a map site maintained by the Brewers Association. They don’t have every brewery in the country, but they’re the most comprehensive and accurate of the major beer mapping site.
For the next week, we’ll present some of the best beers we tasted during several recent visits to the area.