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Local breweries team up to host Hops for Hope Saturday

On Dec. 3, six local breweries and a restaurant will team up to raise awareness and funds for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). By hosting this event, they hope to help bring missing children home and stop child exploitation.

Adrien Widman, owner of Ocelot Brewery in Dulles and a former employee at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), said he always wanted to do something to give back to NCMEC. He realized one way would be to create a special brew called “Hope Beer” in their honor. 

In the process of organizing the event, he reached out to other brewers who might be interested in participating, and the response was tremendous.

“We are extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful, collaborative environment between the local breweries,” Widman said. “We always help each other out and meet regularly to stay in touch.  Working together, we make each other better.”

The special brew will be released  Dec. 3  at Ocelot, Belly Love Brewing and Old 690 Brewing in Purcellville, Old Ox Brewing in Ashburn, Tin Cannon Brewing in Gainesville, The Veil Brewing Company in Richmond and Buffalo Wing Factory locations in Northern Virginia.

The new release is an India Pale Ale using galaxy hops. 

“It is citrusy and aromatic. It came out really well,” Widman said. 

Fifty-four kegs were produced, which will provide each brewery with about five kegs, and the rest will be distributed on the market to restaurants in the area. All of the supplies were donated from the breweries, Country Malt Group and BSG Craft Brewing.

Old 690 Brewing Company’s co-owner Ronda Powell said they are proud to take part in such an important event.

“Over the past two years since Old 690 has been open, we have been fortunate enough to help out several local charities and love knowing that we can help to make a difference even in the smallest way. When we were approached to take part in Hops for Hope, it was a no brainer. Children are our future and we must do everything we can to keep them safe,” said Powell.


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