International Beer Day has been celebrated annually on the first Friday of August since 2008, and this year it lands on Aug. 2.
Luckily for Loudoun residents, the county is home to over 30 craft breweries, several of which are scheduled to host unique and exciting musical events this Friday. If you want to spend an evening celebrating tasty brews and pleasing tunes, consider these hoppy happenings at several fan-favorite spots on the LoCo Ale Trail.
Those who like to pair the perfect brew with a perfect view can visit Dirt Farm Brewing in Bluemont, which will host a performance by folk music duo Fiddlin’ Dave and Morgan Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Dave Van Deventer and Morgan Morrison are half of the local Furnace Mountain Band and boast a “unique mixture of originals and Old-Time fiddle tunes/world music,” as described by the Furnace Mountain Band website — a fitting soundtrack to the farm’s panoramic view of the Loudoun Valley. Those who can’t make it out to Dirt Farm on Friday can instead visit the Peach Daze Fuzztival Saturday from noon to 7 p.m., which will feature the debut of its newest beer, Som’ Peach Ale.
Strings-heavy musical stylings also abound at B Chord Brewing in Round Hill, where fiddler Joe DeZarn and singer Pat Egan will host an evening of Irish music starting at 8 p.m. Egan, originally from Tipperary, Ireland, has played professionally since the 1980s and has showcased his talents in such countries as Norway, Sweden, Germany, Spain and France, according to his online biography. B Chord’s event description says the evening will feature “jigs, reels, songs, and stories ... maybe some dancing?” Whatever does end up happening, it’s sure to go along nicely with a B Chord signature brew in hand.
For a more rocking evening, Purcellville’s Old 690 Brewing Company will play host to Shane Meade & the Sound, a band based out of Tampa, Florida. Specializing in “soul-infused folk rock with a splash of jazz and mountain funk” — as stated on its Facebook page — the band’s varying lineup adds saxophone, flute, mandolin and hand percussion to the traditional guitar-drum-bass rock setup to create a sonic experience one might liken to Dave Matthews Band. They will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., and visitors can take their pick of over a dozen original beers on tap.
More information on Loudoun breweries and upcoming events can be found at visitloudoun.org/drink/loco-ale-trail.