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Crooked Run Brewing, Senor Ramon Taqueria partner up for Sterling expansion

From left, partners, Leland Rogan, Damian Dajcz and Jake Endres. Facebook/Crooked Run Brewing
A Leesburg brewery and popular, year-old restaurant are joining forces to set up a new business operation under the same roof.

Crooked Run Brewing and Senor Ramon Taqueria taco restaurant have formed a partnership that will see the two businesses expanding from their Leesburg origins to a 7,000-square-feet location in Sterling. The owners say it's the first time a brewery featuring a restaurant inside has been set up in Northern Virginia.

Crooked Run Brewing was started in 2013 by Jake Endres and Lee Rogan, who raised money to set up the business via Kickstarter, a crowd-sourcing website.

“Over the last two years we have been trying to find the right location to enable expansion,” Rogan said. “Business is going great and we are continuing to grow every year. Our Market Station location in Leesburg draws a lot of folks in because of the amount of foot traffic, the new location doesn't have that amount of footfall.”

The duo therefore decided they wanted something that “separated them from other breweries,” meaning they did not want to go the food-truck route.

Senor Ramon Taqueria, a downtown Leesburg restaurant that has been well received in its first year, was already buying Crooked Run beer to sell to its customers.

“We arrange to do everything locally and Crooked Run agreed to supply us beer. It was going off the shelf immediately. We met and talked about merging and doing something unique,” said Damian Dajcz, owner of Senor Ramon Taqueria.

The restaurant's tacos are prepared in front of the customer, with “everything house made,” Dajcz said.

Every couple weeks a different sauce will be created using one of the brewery's beers.

At the new location, scheduled to open in February or March, there will be 12 beers on tap using handmade ingredients and featuring flavors of cherry, pomegranate and lemons, for which the operators hand juice 50 to 100 lemons.

“The beers are a good fit and complement the food.” Endres said.

The Sterling operation is also expected to feature an outdoor space.

Ten people will be employed by Crooked Run across both locations. As for the Leesburg location, it will stay open and be partially renovated, with plans to update the décor. The brewery in town will turn its attention to producing sour beer styles.

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