These Montgomery County Tastemakers are brewing, fermenting, distilling and roasting some of the best local libations in the state of Maryland! From toasting a pint on a working horse farm to relaxing with a Cabernet Franc at the base of Sugarloaf Mountain, you’ll experience the perfect beverage-centric weekend.
Astro Lab Brewing: Silver Spring
Astro Lab Brewing’s production brewery and taproom are located amidst the hustle and bustle of the vibrant downtown Silver Spring and just a few steps from the Red Line Metro stop. All of their craft beers are brewed onsite and rotate regularly to ensure that you’re always drinking the freshest local beer.
Brawling Bear Brewing: Gaithersburg
Inspired by a brewery tour while on a business trip to Atlanta, Brawling Bear Brewing was cultivated from the owners’ passion for business and beer! The brewery’s signature product, India Pale Ale, was born out of the desire to craft a beer that had a balanced, smooth mouthfeel, and finished clean and delicate on the palate.
Brookeville Beer Farm: Brookeville
Blending a love of farming and brewing, Brookeville Beer Farm began in 2014 with just a single hop-yard to offer exceptional beers. They’ve continued to expand and now host events like music on the lawn and paint nights. With rich options like honey beer, IPAs, porters, and fruit beer, Brookeville has the perfect flavors to entice your taste buds.
Denizen’s Brewing Company: Silver Spring
In the heart of Silver Spring’s urban core, Denizen’s Brewing Company brew to honor time-tested traditions and styles, while also pushing the boundaries that define craft beer. With four flagship beers showcasing traditional lager, ale, and Belgian styles, and rotating seasonal selections highlighting their barrel aging and sour programs, Denizen’s has a style to suit every taste.
Elder Pine Brewing & Blending Co.: Gaithersburg
Elder Pine Brewing and Blending Co. is the embodiment of the owner’s creative spirit and passionate pursuit of better beer. Their seasonal offerings are ever-evolving but rooted in tradition and the community. Through the distinctive art of “blending,” beers are combined to create a harmonious array of flavors, textures, and aromas for a truly remarkable and unique experience.
Saints Row Brewing: Rockville
Saints Row Brewing is a family-owned and-operated nanobrewery located on the outskirts of Rockville. Dedicated to providing locals with a place to relax, Saints Row changes their taps regularly to keep customers returning for new tastes. Visit their taproom to sample their current beer list including ales, IPAs, and ciders.
7 Locks Brewing: Rockville
Housed in a 7,200-square-foot warehouse, 7 Locks Brewery uses a 15-barrel system to make their extensive selection of beers. Options like hazelnut amber, citrus, rye beer and stouts delight palates of all kinds. The 40-seat taproom with a long bar creates an open layout that provides an up-close view of the brewing equipment, bringing visitors into the heart of their craft.
Silver Branch Brewing Co: Silver Spring
Immediately adjacent to the Silver Spring red line metro stop, Silver Branch Brewing Company is a production brewery and taproom located in the heart of Downtown Silver Spring. Their beers draw inspiration from techniques derived from the world’s four major brewing regions — Belgium, Britain and Ireland, Central Europe, and the Americas.
True Respite Brewing Company: Rockville
With a focus on serving the local community, True Respite Brewing Company gives Rockville farmers unused grain leftover from their unique brewing technique to use as feed for their livestock. Complementing their frequently changing tap selection of stouts, ales, and saisons, True Respite hosts a variety of events, like trivia nights and food trucks to fitness classes and meetup groups.
Waredaca Brewing Company: Laytonsville
Located on a horse farm, Waredaca Brewing Company uses crops grown on the property to brew their craft beers. Waredaca specializes in brewing pale ale and honey wheat style beers in addition to saisons, stouts, and Belgian white beer. Between their tasting rooms, onsite food trucks on Fridays, and “True Brew Trailrides,” Waredaca offers a variety of experiences to pair with their creations.
Twin Valley Distillers: Rockville
Helmed by master distiller Edgardo Zuniga, Twin Valley Distillers is Montgomery’s first operating distillery that aims to revive the fine art of handcrafted spirit-making in Maryland. It prides itself on using only local grains and products sourced within a 50-mile radius of its Rockville location. Plan a visit to get a taste of handcrafted, small-batch bourbons, whiskeys and other fine spirits.
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard: Dickerson
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard’s trained staff specializes in wine education. Whether on a weekend winery tour or enjoying a sample flight in the tasting room, the team at Sugarloaf guides you through every step of their award-winning wines. Afterwards, order a glass of your favorite to accompany a snack from their a-la-carte menu and cozy up next to a firepit.
Rocklands Farm Winery & Market: Poolesville
By utilizing low-impact, biological processes within their 9.5-acre vineyard, Rocklands Farm Winery & Market cultivates healthy vines and soil, resulting in high-quality fruit for their handcrafted, small-batch wines. Schedule a guided weekday tour to see their practices in action and be sure to try a tasting flight featuring a selection of six wines.
Urban Winery: Silver Spring
Looking for unique nightlife plans? Urban Winery was the first winery in the region to be located in an urban environment. Winemaking is a family tradition for the owner of Greek-descent, so it’s no wonder that an array of flavorful Mezze is offered to accompany their five different tasting flights.
Great Shoals Winery: Takoma Park
Great Shoals Winery focuses on using local fruits from Maryland farms to craft high-quality wines and ciders. Their Spencerville Red Hard Apple earned Gold and Best in Class Hard Cider at the 2011 Maryland Governor’s Cup wine competition. Since then, the winery has produced more than 30 award-winning unique hard ciders and wines.
Olney Winery: Olney
Sourcing high-quality grapes from California, Chile, South Africa, Germany, and Italy, Olney Winery gives you a taste of the world in every glass. With more than 34 different award-winning wines, the tasting room offers a sampling selection of any five wines for $8 and is open seven days a week.
Mayorga Organics: Rockville
When you step into Mayorga Organics, the fresh coffee you order is roasted and packaged right before your eyes in the shop’s roasting facility. You can also feel good about where your quality caffeine is coming from since the team behind the café are advocates of equal partnership with their farming partners in Latin America.