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    Flying Dog to build farm brewery in Loudoun

    Farmworks, a farm brewery owned by Flying Dog, is coming to Lucketts in 2015.- Courtesy/Flying Dog
    Last month Gov. Terry McAuliffe stood in front of a crowd to announce the first commercial hops processing facility would be heading to Black Hops Farm in Lucketts.

    Today the same farm was announced as the home to Farmworks, a farm beer operation run by Frederick, Md.-based Flying Dog Brewery.

    Coming summer 2015, Farmworks Brewery will take 5 acres of property and is expected to include a 15-barrel brewhouse, cellar, coolshop and tasting room.

    The hops processing facility will be located at another location on the farm.

    "I'm pretty excited about the fact that there will be more great beer in Virginia," said Jonathan Staples, the owner of the farm located on the west side of Route 15, north of Lucketts.

    Staples lives in Frederick, but is originally from Virginia. He works with James River Distilling in Virginia.

    "Agriculture is such an important part of brewing, and having access to the resources at Shadow Farm will allow us the freedom to experiment and innovate with a whole new collection of beer styles. It’s a unique setting, and we plan on brewing some pretty unique beers," said Flying Dog Chief Operation Officer and Brewmaster Matt Brophy in a prepared statement.

    From an agricultural perspective, Savage says that Loudoun has been progressive in advancing farm breweries in Virginia.

    The farm is currently 17 miles from where Flying Dog sits in Frederick, which Savage says is also a big factor for bringing the brewery to Loudoun.

    Savage said fans of Flying Dog can expect a unique and separate concept from the current entity, a different brand. It will be more of a "destination experience."

    "We plan to use as much of the existing property as we can. The real spotlight of this project is Virginia agriculture," said Ben Savage, the chief marketing officer at Flying Dog Brewery.

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