By Leah Fallon
Summer seems to be starting early this year. With warm weather comes days spent at area breweries and wineries. Celebrating their first anniversary at their new location, the owners of Barnhouse Brewery in Lucketts plans to draw a crowd. With 10 beers on tap and acres of green fields, they’re giving customers one more reason to spend the day there—Loudoun’s newest summer concert series.
Patrons are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to the brewery on Saturday, May 6 as the free concert series kicks off at 3 p.m. with the Landsharks, who will play “Margaretville” and other Jimmy Buffett classics. Shows continue each Saturday through October, with an eclectic line up of genres and musicians from full bands, to solo artists and trios. It includes local favorites like Ken Wenzel, Throwing Plates, Liberty Street and Nathanial Davis.
Owners Rob Larrick and Roger Knoell have always run their tasting room as a laid-back place for families to hang out. In 2011, Knoell started the brewery in the basement of his home where beer drinkers felt more like house guests than paying customers.
Even after they opened the new location at 43271 Spinks Ferry Road last spring, the remote barn along the gravel road continues to be a place to bring the whole family. Along with live music, the brewery also will feature food trucks serving visitors throughout the summer. For most of May, Reata’s BBQ will provide Texas-style barbecue on Saturdays. Larrick said that with beer, music and food, he hopes to give people more reasons to hangout for the day.
Both Larrick and Knoell work full time and spend their weekends at the brewery. They work to provide a welcoming, family atmosphere along with good beer.
“People love our open spaces and being able to unpack their cars, hang out and have a good time,” Larrick said. “Bring your lawn chairs and let your kids run.”
See the summer series’ full line up at barnhousebrewery.com.