With more than 20 local craft beverage producers, Montgomery County, Maryland sets the scene for the perfect beverage-centric weekend getaway. Sip and savor your way through our Tastemakers Trail to experience them all.
Visit Montgomery joined WUSA 9 Great Day Washington hosts Ellen Bryan and Kristen Berset-Harris to talk about Montgomery County’s craft beverage producers. Here are the makers we mentioned, plus a few of our other favorites.
Lone Oak Farm Brewing Co.
5000 Olney Laytonsville Road, Olney
Lone Oak is a 28.66-acre farm with a brewery, bucolic fields and streams, a pond, and wide-open spaces filled with wildflowers and wildlife. They produce the ingredients that go into making their craft beer right on the farm, including barley, hops, berries, hay, and honey from the bees they raise. Visit their homey taproom to try their signature and current brews.
Waredaca Brewing Company
4017 Damascus Road, Laytonsville
Located on Montgomery County’s 93,000-acre Agricultural Reserve, Waredaca is the only place in the Washington, DC region where you can enjoy local beer on a working horse farm. Every beer they produce includes ingredients grown or produced on the farm, and their production schedule is timed to align with harvest time. They also serve snacks that are made in-house or are locally produced.
True Respite Brewing Company
7301 Calhoun Place, Suite 600, Rockville
True Respite produces classic and seasonal beers in their above-industry-standard brewing and fermentation equipment, and they give all leftover grain to local farmers to use as livestock feed. Visit their taproom to try all currently available and coming soon beers. Complementing their frequently changing tap selection are trivia nights, food trucks, fitness classes, and a variety of other events.
28712 Kemptown Road, Damascus
61 Vineyard is a small, family-owned and operated farm winery and working vineyard. They started their business to fill a gap in what was then a lack of winemakers in Montgomery County. Their cozy tasting room offers a view of Sugarloaf Mountain that families and friends can enjoy while sipping sensational wines.
Elder Pine Brewing & Blending Company
4200 Sundown Road, Gaithersburg
Elder Pine is on a passionate pursuit of better beer. Their facility is built on their family farm, where they brew and blend modern twists on classic styles. Their blending style combines beers into a harmonious array of flavors, textures, and aromas for a remarkable and unique experience. Their tasting room features up to 19 rotating beers on tap with three nitro lines and regular can releases.
Twin Valley Distillers
1029 East Gude Drive, Rockville
Twin Valley is Montgomery County’s first operating distillery and the third in Maryland. Their goal is to return the tradition of great whiskey to the state, which is fitting because Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania were the birthplace of rye whiskey in the United States in the late 1700s. Their ever-expanding product line includes tastes of Maryland, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.