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Adroit: blazing a beer trail in Purcellville

Purcellville’s Adroit Theory Brewing Co. will serve B/A/Y/S, an imperial stout, which means black as your soul. Photo By/ Mark Osborne
While visitors to Loudoun's wine country already enjoy sampling the fruits of the vineyards, soon beer drinkers will have their own beer trail to follow.

Purcellville's Adroit Theory Brewing Co., set to open in a couple of months, will join a growing trend of beer brewers in the area.

Adroit Theory's owners, Mark and Nina Osborne, decided several years ago they wanted to take their passion for craft beer to the next level and develop their own business.

The Osbornes already own Manor Works, a house painting business based in Sterling that serves Loudoun County.

"I wanted to do something different. I turned 40 this year and it was time for something new and fresh," Osborne said.

"We live in Round Hill and it is a bit of a desert with breweries and craft beer," he added.

They began by hiring Greg Skotzko to serve as head brewer and started making test batches of beer for friends and family.

"We have 24 beers so far, all with varying interest and complexity. We've had lots of good feedback," Osborne said.

Adroit Theory's original name was going to be "AntiThesis Brewing." However, there was a bottle of wine called AntiThesis out of California, so they decided to find another name.

Since they had artwork already created with the letter "A," they looked in the dictionary and found the word "adroit," which means skillful or clever with your hands.

"It sounds like a brewer taking raw ingredients and making it into something," Osborne said.

As for the word theory, "the beers we make are very conceptual and we put a lot of thought into each one," he added.

Osborne signed a lease at 404 Browning Court, Unit C in Purcellville earlier this year and has been working with an architect as well as setting up the licensing necessary to open, "hopefully in December."

The 2,300-square-foot space will include a bar tasting room area.

The Osbornes plan to have food trucks come out on weekends so people can enjoy a meal with the beer tasting.

Adroit's production is small, making about two kegs a day.

"This is handcrafted beer made in small quantities," Osborne said. "We intend to get a bigger brewing system next year," he added.

The beers are unique. "We try to come up with ideas or styles that other people have not done," Osborne said.

Grouped in trifectas, they create three distinct beers that have a similar idea.

"One example, B/A/Y/S, which means black as your soul, is an imperial stout.

Adroit Theory plans to run part of their business like a membership club. Members will be able to enjoy beer not available to the general public and will have access to special events and monthly deliveries.
For more information on Adroit Theory, check out their Facebook page for regular updates.

Contact Karen Graham at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Twitter @karenggraham.
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