New hops are tops at Purcellville’s Old 690
Owners Darren and Tammi Gryniuk, Mark and Ronda Powell and master brewer and co-owner Bob Lundberg all said they have received a great response.
“It has been pretty crazy so far. We can’t believe we are open and over 700 people have come in over the past two weeks,” Darren Gryniuk said.
Gryniuk said their mission is to provide a variety of balanced craft beers so anyone who comes in to Old 690 can find something they like, on both ends of the beer spectrum. They include a Blonde Ale, Angry Neighbor Pale Ale, IPA, Brown Ale, Porter, Belgian Trippel, Raspberry Wheat and Peach Wheat.
The owners are finding some people are surprised by their tastes.
“Most people who might not like a Porter or IPA said they like a lot of them,” Gryniuk said.
Gryniuk said they had some customers come early in the day and come back again at the end of the day after touring other local spots, so they could fill up their growlers.
Old 690 was built in a converted barn. With seating inside and outside, the owners wanted to provide plenty of space for families to enjoy the country setting.
As one of the first farm breweries to get licensed in Virginia, Old 690 grows the produce on its property that is used in the beers.
They are growing 327 hop plants in three different varieties. They also grow raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and will grow pumpkins next year.
Old 690 also uses local ingredients, such as LoCo Joe’s coffee in their Coffee Imperial Stout beer. Gryniuk explained that the beer is made with a cold brew coffee. The beans are put in water in a freezer for two days, which reduces the acidity in the coffee.
Mark Powell explained how the brewery plans to be environmentally conscious – they recycle over 600 gallons of water every time they brew by recapturing the water. He also said they are hoping to move toward solar power in the near future.
There are eight brews on tap, with a new Pumpkin Ale released Aug. 29. So far, Mike’s BBQ, Reata BBQ and Chef Terri Driscoll have all been on site to provide food for purchase.
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