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Crooked Run Brewing will be a small brewery and tasting room that focuses on American and Belgian ales using quality local ingredients.

Crooked Run Brewing will be a small brewery that produces very high-quality American and Belgian ales using traditional methods and locally grown ingredients, located in historic downtown Leesburg Virginia. I have kept a blog of the entire project at crookedrunbrewing.wordpress.com, definitely check it out if you want to read some interesting articles I've written over the last year of working on this project.  If you're a beer drinker, this project is something to get excited about.  Fresh-hopped American ales, authentic Abbey-style Belgian ales, and experimental sour ales are all in the line-up.  The brewery will be located in Market Station, a hub of some of the best restaurants and drinking establishments in the area.  The brewery will feature a tasting room, indoor and outdoor seating, functional fireplace, and outdoor hop garden.  

Location
Location

First, a little about me.  My name is Jake.  I'm 25 years old, and have been brewing beer since I turned 21.  My beers have won several medals at some big competitions, and over the last four years I have worked very hard to develop my own style and focus as a brewer.  Currently, I work in local agriculture, which has given me some great chances to meet and work with local producers and restaurants.

Electric system
Electric system

My idea is a revival of the farmhouse brewery: a small producer that makes artisanal ales, many with ingredients that I grow myself.  The brewery will use the 1 BBL (31.5 gallon) fully electric brewing system that I built.  Using this small system, it will focus primarily as a tasting room, with sales of beer for on-premise consumption.  There will be four year-round offerings:

Hopsail: Belgian single.  4.5% ABV.  Pilsner malt, floral hops, and Belgian yeast harmonically converge in this easy-drinking Belgian beer. Perfect for a nice day.

Heartsong: Belgian dubbel.  7.5% ABV.  This gold medal-winning malt-focused Belgian ale has lots of dark fruit character from Belgian yeast and candi syrup.

Nature's Warden: American brown ale.  6% ABV.  This big, hoppy American brown ale is full of piney, resiny hops and chocolate malt.

Storm: American IPA.  7% ABV.  With a restrained malt backbone and massive amount of hop flavor, this Galaxy single hop beer will rock you like a hurricane.  Two-time medal winner!

Waterford Brewing Garden
Waterford Brewing Garden

By contributing to this project, you are helping to build a different kind of brewery.  Many of the beers will feature locally-grown ingredients, and many will also feature ingredients that I grow myself.  The Waterford Brewing Garden is a collaboration between myself and my friend Jordan Clough and his landscape architecture firm, Yardcraft.  We built it last year in Waterford, a historic Quaker village near Leesburg, Virginia.  The garden features a unique hop trellis system made of cured bamboo, called the Hopsail, of which one of our beers is named after.  We planted fiteen cascade, sterling, colombus, chinook, and nugget hops, which have really thrived in the rich floodplain soil.  These robust hops, after establishing themselves last year, will produce a full-size crop that will allow me to offer fresh hop versions of all of my beers after harvest.  In addition, the garden also grows elderberries, raspberries, blackberries, pumpkins, and brewing herbs.

In addition to the four year round beers, we will have a rotating tap. I want to give people a chance to try some more interesting styles, some seasonal, some hard to find in the U.S., or that use some freshly-harvested ingredients. This rotating selection, the Showcase Series, will feature beers such as:

Logan's Song ESB: English pale ale. 5% ABV.   Logan is my Red Setter, and the official brewery mascot. This toasty, pleasant English ale has a nice caramel flavor and earthy bitterness.

Wishing Well: Dry stout. 4.5% ABV.  This light stout has plenty of body and flavor. Dry, with a taste of roasted coffee and a creamy mouthfeel.

Lastly, there is a series of 16 oz bottles of limited edition beers, called the Master Series. These beers are very special recipes that are totally unique. Examples include:

Realize Truth: Elderberry quad. 9% ABV.  This deep Belgian quadrupel is a collaboration between Crooked Run and Village Winery in Waterford, Virginia. This jet-black cerebral ale is made with the darkest candi syrup and blended with elderberry juice to produce a complex, aged libation.

One Thousand Leaves: Maple strong ale. 9% ABV.  This strong ale is a collaboration between S & S Maple Camp in Maryland and Crooked Run. With a very high percentage of maple syrup, it is dry and quite strong, approaching a mead in style and flavor.

Warden's Lament: Sour tripel.  8% ABV.  This sour blonde ale is fermented with brettanomyces yeast and aged in pinot noir oak barrels from Doukenie Winery in Purcellville, Virginia.

Other Master Series beers:

Force of Nature (Fresh hop imperial IPA)

Endless Summer (Basil saison)

Under Shadows of Mountains (Belgian imperial stout)

1800 IPA (Historical IPA w/brett)

On the Shoulders of Giants (Tripel IPA)

Freesong (Gluten free Belgian dubbel)

Warden's Promise (Sour brett brown ale with raspberries)

Winter Warden (Old Ale)

Master Series Beers
Master Series Beers

By donating to this project, you will help launch what I hope will become the next Sierra Nevada or Dogfish Head.  I am fully committed to offering some of the highest quality beers, refreshing styles, and great concepts that beer drinkers can be genuinely excited about.

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I have spent over a year planning, nailing down my recipes, and researching. I have a solid business plan and I am fortunate enough to be friends with two other brewery owners in Virginia, and with their help the licensing process should go smoothly. The brewing system is already built, and the location is already lined up. I am very confident that the brewery will take off once it is funded. A common misconception about starting a nanobrewery is that it is a casual, relaxed project. The opposite is true. You need to take the business side of things just as seriously as the brewing side. I've spent just as much time learning about tax laws and building codes as I have brewing beer.

A more general concern is the plethora of small breweries opening these days. The craft beer market has been growing at a rate of about 10% a year for the past decade. Some people in the industry, however, think that the market is becoming over-saturated. I think that this may be possible, although craft beer sales only make up about 5% of total beer sales nationwide. However, I don't want to be just another brewery. The concept of a modern farmhouse-style brewery, tight focus on American and Belgian styles, and unique line-up of interesting yet accessible beers will make sure Crooked Run is not lost in the crowd. Our company statement is our art is brewing, and our brewing is art. I want this to be a truly special brewery.

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