Prince William County, Virginia, is home to 20 craft breweries, wineries, distilleries, and tasting rooms, all conveniently located near Washington, D.C.
Visitors can check them out while in the area by exploring the Steins, Vines & Moonshine Trail. For the beer lovers out there, these are the seven best Virginia craft breweries to visit in the state’s beautiful countryside.
In Woodbridge, you’ll find this warm and inviting taproom, where you can relax and enjoy the fruits of the craft beer industry. Children are also welcome, where they can sip on root beer that’s brewed in-house. In addition to craft beer and great food, Brew Republic offers events that include live music, trivia, music bingo, and many other fun ways to pass the time. The brewery also offers complimentary tours on Saturday afternoons or upon special request. If you happen to stop in during the winter months, be sure to try the Beer Nog, made with homemade eggnog and a delicious seasonal oatmeal stout.
The team at this microbrewery in Lake Ridge is truly bringing craft beer closer to people by placing a taproom experience in a local shopping center. All of the beer is made in-house and sold only in Water End’s taproom. Whether you’re a craft beer enthusiast who wants to discuss the latest industry trends, beer recipes, and local Virginia ingredients, or someone who just wants a beer, this is the brewery for you.
Since 1998, this has been a busy working farm in Haymarket, Virginia. Its initial project was to construct several greenhouses to grow annuals and perennials to sell in its on-site landscape design center and use in its commercial designs by Community Landscape Services. As the market for naturally grown fruits and vegetables increased, the farm added crops of fruit trees, berries, heirloom varieties of tomatoes and squash, melons, and peppers, and even built a chicken house to harvest fresh eggs. The harvests from these crops are now used for its seasonal food and drink creations. The newest addition to the farm is the BrewBarn and Pavilion Beer Garden, which also includes a hop yard. This 15-barrel brewhouse produces an assortment of beer styles that change with the seasons and crop rotations. The brewery also propagates its own exclusive yeast strains. Come for the beer, enjoy the music, and stay for the bucolic setting—because “Life is Brewtiful!”
Tin Cannon Brewing Company is a microbrewery located in Gainesville that serves nine to 12 beers on tap every weekend. While it doesn’t serve food, it does periodically host food trucks and other specialty providers and also allows guests to bring in meals or order from neighboring businesses. Tin Cannon brews and serves its own nonalcoholic root beer on draft, and yes, root beer floats are available. The brewery also hosts live entertainment and performances weekly, and provides a platform for local musicians with open mic nights. It’s a very family-friendly place, with a ping-pong table, corn hole, and multiple board and card games available to all guests. When the weather is nice enough, you can relax and enjoy brews on the outdoor patio.
This brewery is located on the eight-acre Farm Brew LIVE at Innovation Park campus in Manassas. 2 Silos is committed to promoting craft beer culture by making its selections the finest in the Northern Virginia region. It’s a place to bring family and friends together while enjoying craft beer, delicious food, and live local music. It recently added a double-decker ice cream truck to the brewery campus that serves sweet treats for the kids and boozy libations for the grownups. During the winter months, you can reserve your very own igloo that seats up to eight guests for a unique and memorable group brewery experience.
Eavesdrop celebrates its craft by embracing collaboration. Its goal is to provide a unique experience through partnerships with local chefs, farms, and brewers from across the nation. The brewery and tasting room are located on Route 28 in Yorkshire and is also home to one of the largest urban hop gardens in the Mid-Atlantic. Along with hops, Eavesdrop grows apple trees, berry bushes, and other ingredients, all of which are used in its beer and food. Events happen frequently and range from beer dinners to concerts and everything in between. The tasting room is housed in a former racing pigeon loft (hence the logo) that features a spacious interior that seamlessly blends a farmhouse feel with a contemporary influence. There’s also an on-site rooftop bar for enjoying views of the gardens below.
Opening this year in Nokesville, Cedar Run Brewery sits on the same property as Evergreen Acres Farm. Patrons will be able to experience a true farm brewery vibe upon arrival, visit the farm’s pumpkin patch in the fall, and cut down their own Christmas tree in the winter months. It’s a quiet and serene escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.