The idea was simple. No food. No waiters. Few logistics. Just good beer, all brewed and served in a tasting room that felt like a welcoming, local tavern.
“We had a pretty simple vision, and that more or less has come true,” said Patrick Steffens, who started Loudoun Brewing Company with his wife, Alanna, one year ago. “It’s been a great first year.”
It’s the simplicity that the Steffens credit to growing their small business into one of Leesburg’s favorite breweries.
Loudoun Brewing Company, at 310 E. Market St., will celebrate one year in business with a daylong bash Saturday, Sept. 24.
When the nanobrewery started, the Steffens relied on the help of friends, who volunteered to tend the bar, to keep up with daily operations. Then, as their customer base grew, they added staff and extended their hours. Six months ago, they brought on Phil Fust as the head brewer and Shawn Fitzpatrick as the tasting room manager, as well as a few bartenders.
Fitzpatrick was first a regular of Loudoun Brewing Company before he was on the payroll. “I liked going to breweries like everyone else in Loudoun, but I loved going to Loudoun Brewing Company. It felt like a home away from home,” he said. “That’s the atmosphere we really aim to have.”
Fust said it’s the details that he and Patrick Steffens put in to every beer that seems to consistently turn first-time customers into regulars. For example, their pumpkin ale on tap now was made from grilled butternut squash, organic pumpkin and spices imported from around the globe. “We take a lot of care with every ingredient,” he said.
Steffens said, since the beginning, it’s been important to him that the brewery serves an array of styles to appease a wide array of palates.
To mark the successful first year, the brewery is inviting everyone who hasn’t visited the brewery and those who see it as their second home to enjoy a day of beer-tasting, live music and food. The anniversary celebration is expected to fill the parking lot at the Shops at The Marshall House, at 310 E Market St.
Musician Hilary Veltri, who hails from Pittsburgh, will perform 3-6 p.m.; followed by Loudoun favorite Nathaniel Davis from 6-10 p.m. ResQ Grille, the first food truck to make Loudoun Brewing a regular stop, will be on site all day. At least a dozen beers on will be on tap, including Loud & Brewing IPA, a mocha IPA and Particular Activity session IPA. See the updated beer list at loudounbrewing.com.