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Loudoun Valley grads pouring it cold at The Craft BeerCo.

From left, Sam Cockburn, Colby McDaniels and Jesse Powell, partners at Craft BeerCo. in Leesburg. Courtesy Photo
The craft beer is flowing at a new growler-filling store opened by three Loudoun Valley High School graduates, Jesse Powell, Sam Cockburn, and Colby McDaniels.

The Craft BeerCo. opened Nov. 20 at 545 E. Market St. in Leesburg behind Red, Hot and Blue.

The idea for the store came about while Jesse was working at Old 690 Brewing Company in Purcellville, co-owned by Powell’s dad, Mark. He noticed people would travel long distances to fill up their growlers, which are reusable glass or metal containers that can hold 64 or 32 oz. of beer.

After observing the rapid success of another business in Richmond called Growlers-to-Go, where patrons can go and fill growlers from a large selection of craft beers, they decided the concept seemed to be a growing trend around the country.

So they began investigating how to open one of their own. Powell said they signed the lease in June and it took about five months to set up the 1800 square foot shop.

As a one-stop-shop for beer lovers, The Craft BeerCo. provides growler refills with the added bonus of being able to sample one of their constantly rotating 50 beers on tap first.

“Having the ability to sample before you buy a whole growler is a big draw for people,” Powell said.

Growlers sell for $10 and depending on the beer, it can cost $7 to $50 to fill.

For Loudoun-based beers, so far they have Old 690, Ocelot, Corcoran and Adroit Theory.

They also sell a large selection of bottled craft beer from around the country.

One of the most popular items so far, according to Powell, is the pick-your-own 6-pack section, where patrons can choose from a variety of bottled beers for a flat rate of $11.99/6-pack.

While the emphasis will be on craft beer, Powell said they plan to also sell wine and hard cider in the future. They also sell cheese and jerky infused with beer, as well as a few other products.

The Craft BeerCo. is open every day except Tuesday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Fri. and Sat. 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Check their Facebook page for regularly updated beer menus.

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