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We have traveled to DC before, but now we have more reasons to get out of the city and visit Loudoun County.

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The 2018 Beer Bloggers and Writers conference was a fun, energizing experience.   But we couldn’t have done it without our sponsors and the local breweries and wineries.

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LoCo Virginia Ale Trail
Visit Loudoun

Visit Loudoun is the trade name of the Loudoun Convention & Visitors Association, the organization that promotes this exquisite culinary and heritage destination just 25 miles from the U.S. capital of Washington, DC. Loudoun County, Virginia boasts LoCo Virginia Ale Trail Logo-rgbaward-winning wineries, tasting rooms, breweries, distilleries, farm-to-table dining, country inns and estates, and full services hotels and resorts all nestled among scenic vistas, rich American heritage, and charming small towns. Loudoun is home to the LoCo Ale Trail, which includes 25 breweries.


NBWA. The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) represents the interests of America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributor operations in every state, congressional district and media market across the country. Beer distributors are committed to ensuring alcohol is provided safely and responsibly to consumers of legal drinking age through the three-tier, state-based system of alcohol regulation and distribution. For additional updates from NBWA, check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube!

Craft is the beer lover-facing website published by the Brewers Association. The mission of is to bring you the stories of the people, businesses and communities who are the heartbeat of small and independent craft brewing in the U.S. We fully support independently owned breweries. Explore the world of American craft beer with Check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Devil’s Backbone Brewing

Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company.  In 2008, founders Steve Crandall and his wife Heidi, inspired by a skiing trip where they had their first taste of German beer, opened the doors to Devils Backbone Brewing Company in the Heartland of Virginia. The Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows is the original brewery and a full-service restaurant. The property includes the Meadows (92 acres where events are hosted year round), The Oak Grill outdoor dining area, The Outdoor Beer Bar, and The Summit, a special events venue and coffee shop serving hand crafted drinks and made to order breakfast. Also found in The Meadows is The Shanty, featuring fine cigars and serving select Virginia spirts and rare beers. The Basecamp Brewpub & Meadows is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains in scenic Nelson County, VA. The Outpost Brewery & Tap Room is a state-of-the-art production brewery and tap room in Lexington, VA. The Outpost is defined by a continuous pursuit of quality. Housing a 120 barrel, state-of-the-art brewing system and staffed by a crew of professional brewers. It’s at Outpost where world-class beer is produced year round that fans of craft beer can enjoy throughout the Devils Backbone distribution footprint. Find them on Facebook, Twitter at @dbbrewingco, and Instagram

Visit Richmond VA

Visit Richmond.  The Richmond region has always had history, for about 400 years. But unless you’ve stopped by the Capital of the South recently, you might not know that there have been a few more revolutions. There’s been a craft beer revolution, a food revolution, a fashion revolution and an arts revolution. Come see us and find out why we’re a Travel + Leisure Top Destination and National Geographic said we’re a place to travel for food. Find them on Facebook, Twitter at @VisitRichmond, and Instagram.

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

At Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, ever since the summer of 1995 we have been brewing, cooking, selling and talking everything beer. It’s our pastime, our passion, our life. 22 years later, we’re just as dedicated to bringing off-centered goodness to off-centered people through our beer, scratch-made spirits, great food, our very own Inn and our events around the country. Find them on Facebook, Twitter at @Dogfishbeer, and Instagram.


Guinness. Named the Guinness Open Gate Brewery & Barrel House, the new brewery will be the first Guinness presence on US soil since 1954, and the first ever purpose-built Guinness brewery in American history. The brewery is an estimated $50MM investment by Diageo Beer Company USA which will generate approximately 70 new jobs.

Visit Prince William DC

Visit Prince William DC. We’re Close To DC. But not TOO close…Parks and trails. Civil War battlefields. Amazing craft brews and wines, monumental museums, and a robust arts and culture scene. There are so many ways to summarize a visit to Prince William County, Virginia – – – it could be our affordable hotels, our casual attitude, or fresh air so close to a major city. You have many choices when selecting a place to visit on your next trip, but in Prince William County, we invite you to take a vacation, from your DC vacation. Just 30 miles South/Southwest from Washington, DC in beautiful Northern Virginia (off I-95 and I-66).

Business of Brewing

Business of Brewing is a 5-day workshop through Continuing & Professional Education @ Virginia Tech designed for brewers, entrepreneurs and connoisseurs who wish to understand the ins and outs of opening a craft brewery. Taught by experienced brewers, owners and industry professionals students will leave with important lessons learned in Planning—Size, Location and Operations, Financing, Marketing, and much more. Find them on Facebook.


Kilfrost is recognized as a global leader in safety critical chemistry and maintains a proud focus on pioneering the next generation of products to raise industry standards. The company has developed a range of Advanced Low Viscosity heat transfer fluids, including ALV Plus, which for the first time gives breweries a fluid that’s highly efficient and non-toxic. A first for the industry. Compared to existing fluids, Kilfrost ALV Plus is NSF/FDA food-safe accredited, and has excellent low viscosity performance at temperature extremes. It offers substantially lower resistance to low temperature slushing. ALV Plus brings significant energy savings because it requires less pumping energy, and offers fewer pressure drops in existing systems. ALV Plus is already in use at craft breweries and is quickly building a reputation as a cost efficient, environmentally-friendly and low-risk heat transfer fluid for the Food & Beverage industry. Find them on Twitter at @Kilfrost_Ltd.

Rogue Ales & Spirits

Rogue Ales & Spirits are brewed and distilled in Newport, Oregon. Rogue also operates a Barley Farm in Tygh Valley and Hop Farm in Independence, Oregon. Rogue believes in Growing Our Own ingredients for our beer and spirits. Centuries of geologic forces created ideal terroir for growing malting barley, aroma hops, rye, pumpkins, honey, hazelnuts and jalapeños. Rogue is dedicated to saving the terroir of Oregon beer and spirits by growing its own unique and proprietary ingredients – one acre at a time. Rogue also operates eleven restaurant/public houses from San Francisco, CA to Issaquah, WA. Find them on Facebook, Twitter at @rogueales, and Instagram.

Terrapin Beer Co

Terrapin Beer Co. began as a daydream and a beer recipe in 2002, propelled forward by a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival. Inspired by the creative culture of Athens Georgia, Terrapin continues to produce unique beers year after year. Sixteen years later, our flagship IPA Hopsecutioner and four other core beers are distributed in 19 states throughout the southeast and beyond.

The company and its employees continue to live by Terrapin’s mission statement: to create unique experiences through the passionate brewing of the finest quality craft beers. Whether you’re joining us for a brewery tour at our tasting room, drinking a Hopsecutioner at your favorite watering hole, sipping some Up-Hi IPA on your back porch, or enjoying a RecreationAle after a long day on the trail, we hope you appreciate the dedication we’ve put in to our beers. Find them on Facebook, Twitter at @terrapinbeerco, and Instagram.

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge

Visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge is the region’s official destination marketing organization. We work to provide information on accommodations, attractions, recreation, dining, and more in Virginia’s Blue Ridge for convention, meeting, and leisure travelers. Through partnerships with the local business community across numerous industries, our goal is to attract visitors to Virginia’s Blue Ridge and ensure they have a wonderful experience while visiting. Whether planning to visit Virginia’s Blue Ridge for business, pleasure, or both, we are happy to assist you and meet your travel needs. Find them on Facebook and Twitter at @visitvbr.

Crooked Run Brewing

Crooked Run Brewing: Following the expansion to their second location in Sterling, VA, the Crooked Run Brewing has grown in leaps and bounds to become one of the most popular breweries in Loudoun County. Offering a variety of popular and traditional beer styles, the goal of the brewery is to offer something for everyone. This goes beyond beer by having a Taqueria inside the tasting room! Senor Ramon Taqueria shares the cozy environment to allow customers to have both beer and tacos. Find them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter at @crookedrunbrew.

Loudoun County Reception Breweries (Friday night):

  • Adroit Theory Brewing @AdroitTheory
  • B Chord Brewing Co.
  • Barnhouse Brewery @BrnhouseBrewery
  • Belly Love Brewing Company @BellyLoveBeer
  • Beltway Brewing Company @BeltwayBrewCo
  • Bike TrALE Brewing
  • Black Hoof Brewing Company @BlackHoofBeer
  • Black Walnut Brewing
  • Crooked Run Brewing @Crookedrunbrew
  • Crooked Run Central @Crookedrunbrew
  • Dirt Farm Brewing
  • Dog Money Restaurant & Brewery
  • Jack’s Run Brewing Company @JacksRunBrewing
  • Lost Rhino Brewing Company @LostRhino
  • Lost Rhino Retreat @lostrhinoRtreat
  • Loudoun Brewing Company @loudounbrewing
  • Ocelot Brewing Company @OcelotBrewing
  • Old 690 Brewing Company @Old690
  • Old Ox Brewery @OldOxBrewery
  • Quattro Goomba’s Brewery
  • Rocket Frog Brewing Co.
  • Solace Brewing Company @SolaceBrewing
  • Twinpanzee Brewing Co. @Twinpanzee
  • Vanish Farmwoods Brewery @vanishbeer

Live Beer Blogging & Virginia Reception Breweries (Saturday night)

  • Alewerks Brewing @Alewerks
  • Ardent Craft Ales @ArdentCraftAles
  • Escutcheon Brewing @EscutcheonBrew
  • Legend Brewing Co. @LegendBrewingCo
  • Old Bust Head Brew @oldbustheadbrew
  • Port City Brewing Co. @PortCityBrew
  • Reason Beer
  • Smartmouth Brewing @smartmouthbeer
  • Spencer Devon Brewing @SDBrewing
  • Starr Hill Brewery @StarrHillVA

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