Downtown Leesburg’s exploding craft brewing scene gained another addition last weekend, with the opening of Bike TrAle Brewing.
Owners Greg Perlberg and Bruce Forbes were former coworkers in the IT/defense industry looking for a business opportunity.
“We initially thought we wanted to [only] grow hops,” Perlberg said. “But when we started looking into the hops industry, the complexity was greater than what we wanted to get ourselves involved with.”
Instead the duo turned to the land—Forbes’ land north of Morven Park, to be exact. There, they could grow all the ingredients they needed to produce beer, including some hops. Conveniently, Forbes also owned a building in downtown Leesburg, at 101 Loudoun St. SE, nestled between the busy King Street area and the Market Station retail center, with parking right across the street.
So, Forbes and Perlberg settled on opening Bike TrAle Brewing, and it was a quick process—from idea inception to doors opening, about 10 months. The name of the brewery is a nod to Perlberg’s love of cycling and fits in nicely with the proximity to the W&OD Trail and the easy access to Northern Virginia’s avid cycling community.
As bike trails accommodate everyone—from runners to cycling enthusiasts to casual walkers—so is the goal at Bike TrAle, Perlberg said.
“We wanted to have a wide variety of beers, because there are a wide variety of palates,” he said. “I have friends who are Bud Light drinkers and others who like over-the-top stouts.”
While they eventually aim to expand to 12 taps, Bike TrAle begins with an eclectic five-tap selection in a nod to a variety of tastes, as well as seasonal influences. An Oktoberfest, a pumpkin ale, a coffee stout, a Belgian ale and, Forbes’ favorite, a red ale, round out the initial offerings. Forbes and Perlberg have hopes of producing a beer made entirely with the ingredients on Forbes’ farm.
Customers may sample a beer flight, a pint, or a 12-ounce pour, with growler fills to soon be offered. In addition to the indoor seating, outdoor seating in the back will be added, and customers may also use the front porch for their imbibing.
With their brewery doors open, Perlberg, a South Riding resident, said his and Forbes’ initial goal is “to have fun.”
“If we’re having fun we can look at the opportunities to scale the biz if it makes us feel good, or if we feel happy we’ll stay at the level we’re at,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re having fun doing what we’re doing.”
The brewery is open 5-9 p.m. Fridays; noon to 9 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, and will also open for some holidays.
For more information, go to facebook.com/BikeTrAleBrewing.