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Friendship drives brewing company in Leesburg

Leesburg, Brewery, Corcoran Brewing Times-Mirror photo/Rick Wasser Lori Corcoran, co-owner of Leesburg Brewing Company, pours wine for Kelly Powell while manager Ben Comstock serves customers April 20 during the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival.
The Town of Leesburg has shown incredible growth in the brewing industry over the past several months and another new brewing company is set to open in the next couple of weeks, though this particular one will be run by some familiar faces.

Leesburg Vintner owners Mike and JoAnne Carroll and Corcoran Vineyards and Brewing owners Jim and Lori Corcoran have teamed up to form the Leesburg Brewing Company.

Leesburg Brewing Company is set to open its doors in grand style in two weeks, but held a soft opening wine tasting April 20 during the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival. On April 27, they will host another soft opening with a limited food menu available.

Their location, which is next to Leesburg Vintner on Loudoun Street, is in the old King's Court Tavern space.

The partnership, forged through a friendship started 10 to 15 years ago, has been beneficial for both families as Carroll sells Corcoran wines and the Corcorans leased grapes to Carroll to produce his wines, which went on sale to the public this spring.

“Jim and I opened up our winery and Mike was one of our first customers or stores,” Lori Corcoran, who will serve as the general manager of the brewpub said. “From that moment on we started a friendship with them and it was a natural fit. Both Jim and Mike were interested in doing more and this building became available and here we are.”

Despite operating under the title of brewpub, the group plans on bringing both their wines into the pub as well.

There will be a vast variety of both wines and Corcoran brews.

With a growing number as well as demand of breweries in Leesburg and Loudoun, Lori Corcoran thinks breweries and brewpubs are ready to explode.

“It is huge. When we started the winery 10 years ago, we were number 11 in the county and now there is close to 40 wineries. That is kind of where the breweries are going now,” Lori Corcoran said. “We are on the cusp of something new, but it is just everybody wants it to be the local, handcrafted brew and it is exploding now. There is so many home breweries out there now that before we know it, we could reach where wineries are now.”

Leesburg Brewing Company will have six beers on tap for consumers to enjoy including a stout, an American Hefeweizen, an IPA, and a double IPA, with a rotating specialty beer.

Also offered at the restaurant will be standard bar fare, like beer-battered onion rings, hound cut fries and burgers.


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