After much anticipation, the owners of Corcoran Brewing Co. announced today they will open their new Purcellville tasting room March 29.
Following a ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Bob Lazaro at 11 a.m., the community is invited to visit and enjoy a flight or pint, according to co-owner Jim Corcoran.
Corcoran Brewing has been operating in Waterford for the last two years at Corcoran Vineyards. They announced their plans to move to Purcellville in September.
The winemaking operations will remain in Waterford.
“Corcoran Brewing relocated in Purcellville because it wanted to be a part of what Purcellville is creating. It offers a strategic advantage through its leadership that is inclusive, collaborative and connected. This in itself tipped the scale from where we thought we would be expanding, to choose Purcellville,” Corcoran said.
Brewer and general manager Kevin Bills uses local ingredients, where possible, such as pumpkins from Great Country Farms in Bluemont and honey from a local grower in Hamilton.
Corcoran names its beers after local towns, landmarks and historical figures. The first beer brewed in Corcoran’s new brewing system is dubbed the P-ville Pale.
“There are five IPAs, a few lagers, but mostly ales,” Corcoran said. “Most of our beers are in the 5-7 percent range, but we do have a few higher at 9 percent and above,” he added.
The new expansion will provide space for a tasting room and to produce up to 30 different beer styles that will change with the season.
“Corcoran’s new brewhouse will allow us the opportunity to expand a bit into the local restaurant market as well as bottle and can some beers. We will offer beer flights as well as pints and growler sales when we open,” Corcoran said.
So far, they have hired a new tasting room manager, and have brought their previously existing staff to the Purcellville location.
Corcoran started growing hops in 2010 and have a selection of 11 different varieties that are grown on the farm in Waterford.
“We produced our first all Virginia made beer with them last year and we are looking forward to some special beers that Kevin has stated he will produce this year,” Corcoran said.
Corcoran Brewing is owned by Jim and Lori Corcoran, who also have co-ownership of Leesburg Brewing Co., with Mike and JoAnne Carroll, in downtown Leesburg.
Corcoran is the first brewery/winery in Virginia, and still the only one that exists.
“The brewery business and the winery business are similar in the sense we take products on our farms and ferment those products and turn them into adult libation,” Corcoran said. “We are very blessed to have surrounded ourselves with some amazing people to get us where we are today.”
With this opening, Corcoran joins Adroit Theory Brewing Co., which recently held a grand opening in Purcellville.
Corcoran Brewing Co. is at 205 E. Hirst Road, Suite 105, in Purcellville.
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