Loudoun's newest farm brewery – Wheatland Spring – opens Friday at the corner of John Wolford Road and Route 287 in Waterford.
Owners John and Bonnie Branding have hired Austen Conn as head brewer. Conn comes to Loudoun County from Buoy Beer Company in Astoria, Oregon.
Building upon its interpretation of an 1800s European farm brewery, Wheatland Spring's owners say they are following the German Landbier tradition with a strong regional agricultural focus and artisan heritage.
"We've reestablished 18 acres of farmland in wheat, with additional acreage growing produce that will be used in the beer … Estate-captured wild yeast, produce from 400 acres of neighboring farms, and regional malts are used to make beer that reflects Wheatland and the region," John Branding said in a prepared statement.
Wheatland's Community Supported Farm Brewery program, or CSFB, offers members the chance to have a closer connection to the farm-focused beer. Members will receive early access and discounts, as well as a chance to collaborate with the brewer on a recipe using local ingredients in a barrel-aged beer.
The brewery will feature five beers on tap during its opening weekend with “something for everyone,” as well as “beermosas” with fresh-squeezed orange juice. Hours are Friday though Sunday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Market Table Bistro of Lovettsville will cater on weekends throughout the summer. More information can be found at wheatlandspring.com.