7000 Newington Rd, Lorton, VA
The fine folks at Meridian Pint were kind enough to invite me along while they toured the newly opened Fairwinds Brewing Company. For me touring a brewery is about as close to heaven as it gets and this one was no exception. There are three key components to a good tour – the beer (obviously), the space and the people. These guys hit it out of the park in all categories. But first a bit of info from their website:
“March 2, 2015– Fair Winds Brewing Co. is pleased to announce it will be opening its doors this week. [March 4th]
“We are very excited to be introducing hand crafted beer, tasting room and brewery to customers in the Northern Virginia/DC Metro area”, said Casey Jones, CEO of Fair Winds Brewing Company.
The almost 13,000 square foot facility is complete with a fully operational packaging brewery featuring a 30 barrel system and expansive tasting room. The Tasting Room will be open Wednesdays-Fridays 4-8 pm, and Saturdays 12- 9 pm. Fair Winds Brewing is located at 7000 Newington Road, Suites K&L, Lorton VA.
Casey Jones and Charlie Buettner established Fair Winds Brewing Company in order to bring quality craft beer to Fairfax County, Virginia. Premium Distributors of Virginia will begin distributing Fair Winds Howling Gale IPA, Following Cs Pale Ale, Running Light Red and Quayside Kolsch in March.”
Now you can see the tasting room (more photos after the jump) is huge – below is just part of it:
And the people, especially owner Casey Jones and head brewer Charlie Buettner were incredibly passionate, knowledgeable and kind. Buettner, formerly of Mad Fox, has shepherded through some delicious first brews. But I’m not a critic, so you’ll just have to try them for yourself and see what you think. And to that end, I’ll admit that I don’t often hit up Lorton, VA so here comes the good news for DC – Meridian Pint, Brookland Pint and Smoke & Barrel will all feature Fairwinds Brews in early April. Stay tuned for the exact date of a DC launch party to be held at Meridian Pint. In the meantime – lots more photos and if you do wind up in Lorton you should definitely stop by.
note the music the beer was brewed to is included. Awesome
Lots more photos after the jump.