B Chord Brewing Finds a Home and a Partner

After searching for years for a place to begin its operations, B Chord Brewing Company has been approved at its new site west of Round Hill, according to founder Marty Dougherty.

Dougherty had faced neighborhood challenges at both the Round Hill site off Williams Gap Road and his previous proposed location on Foggy Bottom Road in Bluemont.

“We’re going to get started right away with planning and moving and rebuilding our hops yard, and get started on building up the farm,” Dougherty said.

He said he had been confident B Chord’s application to the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control would be approved, despite its objectors.

“I don’t think there was ever any worry,” Dougherty said. “There was frustration, concern, but we were confident.”

At the same time, B Chord is forming a partnership with one of Loudoun’s oldest breweries, Corcoran Brewing Company in Purcellville.

“It’s good for us, because it gets us an in-town location, and gets us a slightly different crowd,” Dougherty said. “At the farm, we’re expecting to get a lot of visitors that come from out of the area, more of a destination draw and people that want to come out for nice weather and see the countryside.”

Corcoran brewer Kevin Bills will still be brewing at the Purcellville location on East Hirst Road.

“All the beers will be all-new,” Bills said. “I’m already working on some new recipes and ideas.”

Once the farm at the Round Hill location is running, Bills said he will start leaning on local ingredients even more. The timing of that and the Purcellville changeover will depend on pending licensing and regulatory work.

B Chord’s plans on Foggy Bottom Road were stopped when residents in the area convinced the Virginia ABC not to issue a license.

After that ruling, the same opponents followed B Chord three miles away, across the Snickersville Turnpike and Rt. 7, to a 64-acre property on Williams Gap Road. The objections were raised under a law that permits the ABC to turn down a license if “the number of licenses existent in the locality is such that the granting of a license is detrimental to the interest, morals, safety or welfare of the public.” The ABC found no merit in that claim.

rgreene@loudounnow.com

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