Brew LoCo in Lansdowne is the first Virginia homebrew store to offer malted grain from Pilot Malt House, the Michigan-based maltster opening a processing facility at Black Hops Farm in Lucketts.
Plans for the the malt operation were announced in December. While that is being set up, Pilot Hops is building local connections with growers and retailers and providing a taste of their work with malt made from grains grown in Michigan.
“Their PB Toast really got our attention,” BrewLoCo owner Cathy Frye said. “It has a distinctive nutty quality and we’re excited to have it for our customers to try in their brews.”
“We see locally sourced ingredients as an outgrowth of the farm-to-fork movement,” she said. “This is farm-to-brew-kettle.”
“Having a Loudoun County maltster will help brewers get fresh local ingredients,” co-owner Mary Battaglia said. This is as important as the fresh locally roasted coffee beans Brew LoCo uses in the shop’s coffee and tea bar–freshness is a key ingredient.”
Brew LoCo is located in Lansdowne Town Center and online at www.brewloco.com.