Honor Thy Father…With Beers and BBQ

Every year, we recognize our fathers in ways that are honorable — and comfortable — to them. Whether it’s a quiet barbecue on the back deck or a family trip, all that matters is that time is spent with your dad. It’s a time for families to come together in an intimate setting to cherish their loved ones. If you want to give your dad a special treat this year, take him to one of the many highly rated breweries in the area and kick back with a cold one.

Barnhouse Brewery
43271 Spinks Ferry Road
Leesburg, Virginia
Father’s Day Hours: 1 to 5 p.m.
Specializing in clean, easy drinking beers, Barnhouse Brewery is a small location on an 18-acre property in Lucketts, Virginia. Visitors are welcome to watch how the beer is made and, of course, taste to their heart’s content. Barnhouse is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with live music every Saturday starting at 3 p.m. A few of the featured brews on tap: Mountain Pass Pilsner, Kilts Up Scottish Ale and Old Bagpipes Barrel-Aged Scottish Ale.

Belly love Brewery
725 East Main Street, Purcellville, Virginia
Father’s Day Hours: Noon to 8 p.m.
With more than 17 years of experience, owner and head brewer Tolga Baki and his wife and co-owner Kathleen Baki know what it takes to serve up high-quality beer. This brewery is sure to give your father the wow factor with a tap list of tried and true customer favorites like the Narcissist, a “pleasantly grainy light lager with low bitterness, brewed with German Pilsner malt & Hallertau hops.” And don’t let him go hungry — have him try some of Karen Harper-Fuog’s appetizers and sandwiches.

Corcoran Brewing Company
205 Hirst Road, Purcellville, Virginia
Father’s Day Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Waterford, Virginia, this place has beer with a view. The owner has been producing award-winning wines since 2004, but opened up Corcoran Brewing Company six years ago in order to explore a new pursuit: hand-crafted beer. The brewery has created over 30 different beers since it first opened. Take your dad to enjoy one of 12 beers on tap, from American pale ales, IPAs, Imperial IPAs and stouts to Kölsch-style, bourbon-barrel-aged and port-barrel-aged brews.

Crooked Run Brewing
205 Hirst Road, Purcellville, Virginia
Father’s Day Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.
Your dad will appreciate the subdued, laid-back atmosphere created by owners Jake Endres and Lee Rogan. They started up the business in 2013 at the age of 25, and have since opened up two locations, in Sterling and Leesburg. Crooked Run Brewing was awarded gold in the 2016 World Beer Cup. They follow a three-barrel (100-gallon) system, brewing only small batches of beer at a time, with high-quality ingredients.

Dirt Farm Brewing
18701 Foggy Bottom Road
Bluemont, Virginia
Father’s Day Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.
This family-owned and -operated brewery has the “at home” feel your dad will love. With a spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains about a mile outside of the village of Bluemont, Dirt Farm Brewing’s focus is on “small batch hand crafted beer from fresh ingredients grown on our family farm.” The brewery is a part of the Zurschmeide family’s estate, which covers an expansive 400 acres of land, where they’ve been farming for the past 40 years. They have a long list of mouth-watering staple beers such as Red Merl, an Irish red ale, and Tart 31, a cherry ale. They also have a small selection of seasonal beers, with summer favorites like Som Peach.

Lost Rhino Brewing Company
21730 Red Rum Drive, Ashburn, Virginia
Father’s Day Hours: Noon to 5 p.m.
The Lost Rhino’s variety of beers will take Georgetown’s dads on a tastebud adventure. On Father’s Day, bring him to the brewery to taste their signature, year-round beers, summer flavors and limited-release beers. You can even make a day of it with your father, enjoying the brewery’s Bavarian pretzels and Lost Rhino nachos (among his other favorite bar snacks), all of which pair perfectly with whatever beers he chooses to enjoy.

Lost Rhino Retreat
22885 Brambleton Plaza
Ashburn, Virginia
Father’s Day Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
If your dad can’t get enough of the adventure, take him to the Lost Rhino Retreat, right down the road from Lost Rhino Brewing Company. At this second location, you and your dad can taste a variety of mild, hoppy, yeast-driven and gluten-free beers. This location is perfect for the dad who likes to get an earlier start to his day, as the location hosts a full and hearty brunch menu.

Loudoun Brewing, Leesburg
310 East Market Street
Leesburg, Virginia
Father’s Day Hours: Noon to 7 p.m.
If your father loves boutique breweries with an ever-changing menu, this one is for him. Using the freshest ingredients, brewing here is a true art. With a selection described as a “full-bodied mosaic” and use of grapefruit peels, we’re all ears.

Quattro Goomba’s Brewery
22860 Monroe-Madison Memorial Hwy\ Aldie, Virginia
Father’s Day Hours: Noon to 6 p.m.
On Father’s Day, bring your dad to enjoy a selection of Quattro Goomba’s very own hand-crafted beer menu — from ales to wheat wines to porters to stouts. Treat him to a little bite as well from Quattro Goomba’s food menu, featuring steak tacos, blue brie chicken sandwiches and “J-Poppers.”

MacDowell Brew Kitchen
202-B Harrison Street SE
Leesburg, Virginia
Father’s Day Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For a lively Father’s Day experience of entertainment — whether it’s live music, comedy or game night — MacDowell Brew Kitchen, voted best bar in Loudoun County, will show your dad a fun time. Stay for a while to enjoy their gourmet beer-drinker’s menu, which features “Frickles,’’ “Sexy Fries,” beer-battered mozzarella sticks and other items that pair with the bar’s long list of drafts, cans and wines.

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