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Farm brewery still a go in Lucketts—but without Flying Dog

The farm brewery coming to Loudoun in late summer or early fall. - Times-Mirror/Ben Hancock
Flying Dog Brewery announced May 27 it will be stepping away from a farm brewery project it was planning to operate out of in Lucketts.

The farm brewery, which has been under construction for months, is still in the works and the operators hope to open near the end of summer or early fall.

"Please note that, due to recent developments, Flying Dog is canceling plans to develop Farmworks, a farm brewery concept that was to be located on the 53-acre Shadow Farm in Lucketts, Virginia," read the statement from the Frederick brewery.

Flying Dog made clear to the Times-Mirror that Loudoun County officials were accommodating and that the decision had nothing to do with any county restrictions.

In a walk-through of the farm space, proprietor Jonathan Staples said he isn't sure of the new direction the brewery will take because of how recently Flying Dog announced its intentions to sever the partnership.

"I was really excited that they were up for doing. So much of what's cool about it came from what they imagined doing," said Staples. "It just didn't work out. I love their beer, love them and they've been super helpful with the transition."

Staples, who says he is perfectly content with the current project, is still working on a plan for the space which is now under construction.

He is in talks with brewers and brewing companies, and some of his initial plans might involve bringing in different brewers from other states and countries to be guest brewers.

Staples wants a solid plan in place by June 15. In early June, Staples will begin to plant hops.

Rear doors at the facility will allow food trucks and other vendors to directly sell food into the facility and a back patio will be built to accommodate outdoor lounging and drinking.

A hops facility on the same farmland, which was christened in November 2014 by Gov. Terry McAuliffe and will receive grant money from the state and county, is not affected by the change and will go ahead as planned.

A large building has already gone up to support the hops processing facility.

Flying Dog said it is still open to the idea of a farm brewery in Loudoun, or another jurisdiction.

“We remain excited about a farm brewery concept, and we are still very much interested in developing the Farmworks concept if the right opportunity presents itself,” said Flying Dog's CMO Ben Savage.


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