Twinpanzee Brewing Company, the brewery that Loudoun’s welcoming craft beer scene snatched away from Fairfax, will finally open Saturday, Aug. 12.
The first Kickstarter campaign for the brewery started in 2014, with dreams of opening in Fairfax County. Saturday, Antonio and Maha Maradiaga will cut the ribbon on their new brewery and taproom on Executive Drive in Sterling. They said regulatory headaches and hurdles cancelled their plans to open in Fairfax, and Loudoun’s supportive county officials and brewing community drew them west.
Twinpanzee will open with four beers on tap, but there are 16 taps behind the bar and plenty of room to expand in the brewery.
The brewery’s unusual name comes from the Maradiagas’ twin boys. A lawyer had advised the Maradiagas that their first draft for a name might conflict with a larger company. One of their sons suggested the new name.
“One day, our son, he just comes up, he goes, ‘why don’t you call it Twinpanzee?’” Maradiaga said. “He said, ‘well, you guys always call us monkeys and chimps, and we’re twins, and you’re opening the brewery for us…’”
Twinpanzee will open with a ribbon cutting at noon and stay open until 10 p.m.—or until they run out of beer. The brewery is at 101-D Executive Drive in Sterling.