Three months after closing its original Waterford location, Corcoran Brewing resumed pouring pints and filling growlers at its new location at 205 East Hirst Road Suite 105 in Purcellville at a March 29 grand opening attended by longtime fans, local politicians and business leaders.
The move triples Corcoran’s production thanks to a 10-barrel system on which brewmaster Kevin Bills expects to produce a little more than 1,000 barrels this year. The 4,000-square-foot space also provides more room for barrel storage, “so we can do a lot more barrel aging,” Bills says.
Corky’s Farm fans will be glad to hear that core favorites remain on the lineup, which that weekend included: Berlin Turnpike Lager (German pilsner), Catoctin Ale (English style pale ale), Commonwealth (Kolsch style ale), Corkyâ€™s Irish Red (Irish red ale), Dutchmanâ€™s Creek (German Hefeweizen), LoCo (American style India pale ale), Jeb Stuart (imperial stout), John Champe (English style barley wine), Pâ€™ville Pale (American pale ale), Round Hill Root Ale, Slainte Stout, and Wheatland (American Hefeweizen).
I like beers that you can drink a few of. I do enjoy the occasional high alcohol beer but I prefer most beers to be 5 to 6 percent. I want a good, flavorful, full-bodied beer that you can drink a few of. Like when I go to a craft beer restaurant, Iâ€™ll maybe have a 10 percent alcohol beer to start with but with my meal I want to have three or four beers and not be drunk when Iâ€™m done. I want to enjoy the beer and not get trashed. With this barley wine itâ€™s 9.7 percent, Iâ€™m not going to have four of those or I will be stumbling home. I do live stumbling distance from here so that may happen a time or two. A beer like that, Iâ€™ll probably have one pint, and then kick over to something like the Wheatland or LoCo IPA thatâ€™s lower in alcohol. Drinkable beers is kind of what I always go for. ~ Corcoran Brewmaster Kevin Bills
We’ll be adding Corcoran Brewing to our Northern Virginia brewery tours lineup soon… click here to check our Brewery Tours page for updates.
Congratulations to Lori and Jim!