Where are you located?
We’re off Loudoun County Parkway in Ashburn, VA. Immediately adjacent to the W&OD bike trail between Mile Marker 25 and 25.5.
How big is your space?
We have 12,440 square feet. Of that, about 1700 sq. ft. is dedicated to the tasting room. Another 1700 sq. ft. is dedicated to office space. The remaining 9,040 is dedicated to beer production.
How long have you been open?
We took possession of our space on November 1, 2013. A lengthy construction process took place between December 2013 and June 2014. Upon completion we immediately began brewing and opened our tasting room on June 26, 2014.
Are you a brewpub? Will you be serving food?
Our primary business is the production of beautiful beer. We do, however, offer a Tasting Room that allows customers to sample our beers, purchase pints of beer for on-site consumption, and purchase growlers and kegs for off-site consumption. We do not have a kitchen in the Tasting Room but we do have guest food trucks everyday! Want to know what food truck is coming by today? Visit www.oldoxbrewery.com/food. We also offer small chips and snacks for purchase.
How large is your brewhouse?
We brew on a 30-barrel brewhouse. Just to give you some perspective, each batch we brew will produce 930 gallons of beer. That is enough for 9,920 12-oz. cans of beer or a little over 413 cases of beer per batch.
How long does it take to brew a batch of beer?
The answer to that one is, “it depends.” Although the brewing cycle can vary from one beer style to another, most ales will take about 2 to 3 weeks from the time they are brewed to the time they are ready for consumption. Lagers take longer due to the fact that a different type of yeast is used which ferments at lower temperatures for a longer period of time. Typically it will take about 6 weeks to produce a lager.
How much beer do you plan to produce?
We intend to produce about 2,500 barrels during our first year of operation. This is a pretty conservative goal but we feel it is important that our initial objective is to focus on the quality of our beer rather than the quantity produced. Our current plan calls for increasing production to about 6,100 barrels in our second year and increasing again to about 7,700 barrels in our third year. We have designed our facility in such a way that it is increase annual production to 20,000 barrels of beer in our current footprint simply by increasing the number of fermentation tanks.
What kinds of beer will you brew?
We have three core beers that we brew year-round. These include our Alpha Ox, a session IPA (full flavored but with an alcohol level of about 4.5% for those who want more than one); Golden Ox a Belgian golden ale; and Black Ox, a rye porter. Having said that, we will also produce a plethora of seasonals and one-offs.
Where can I buy your beer?
During our first full year of operation we were only distributing our beers in kegs only. However, now you can find our beer on draft and in cans in multiple locations (such as Nationals Park). Also, we distribute six packs of our core beers and our seasonal variety packs in grocery stores and retailers throughout the Northern Virginia area!