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Dirt Farm Brewing combines two favorite things—excellent craft beer and a stunning view of the Virginia countryside. The brewery has an expansive outdoor patio and lawn to relax with a beer and soak up the views from the hills of Bluemont Virginia. A stop at Dirt Farm Brewing, combined with local nature and small town fun, makes a perfect day trip from Washington DC.
About Dirt Farm Brewing in Bluemont Virginia
Dirt Farm Brewing is a farm brewery in western Loudoun County. The brewery occupies part of the land that the Zurschmeide family has been farming for over 40 years. The name is a nod to three generations of farming heritage. The family also owns Great Country Farms, the first business on the property, and Bluemont Vineyard, and all three businesses reflect the family dedication to farming in Loudoun County.
Our 3 acre hop yard of Cascade, Chinook, Centenninal, and Nugget is established and about 10 acres of 6 row thoroughbred barley. We continue to plant in effort to produce the best Loudoun VA malt. This past fall we harvested Dirt Farm’s own yeast strain. Beers like Tart 31, Som Peach and our Pumpkin Ale utilize traditional fruit and veggies from our very own, Great Country Farms. — Dirt Farm Brewing
The farm feel hits as soon as you turn down the happily named Foggy Bottom Road, a narrow country drive that leads to the brewery, winery, and farm store. Turn right at the big Dirt Farm Brewing sign. The paved and dirt road passes hop fields (the ones with the big, tall poles) and fruit orchards before climbing steeply uphill.
Parking begins on the right at the top of the hill, and extends down into the woods. It’s a little haphazard but we’ve always been able to find a spot.
If you enter Dirt Farm Brewing from the back you’ll pass a cozy seating area with a big outdoor fireplace. This is a nice spot to relax if you don’t mind being away from the view. There’s also a front entrance from the patio.
A beautiful stone building anchors Dirt Farm Brewing. Inside, there is a front area with seating, a central area where you order drinks and beer, and a back section with a few tables and access to the rest rooms. The lines can get long on a busy weekend, but there are four tellers so the line moves fast.
The front side of the building is dominated by a beautiful, large stone patio. This is our favorite area to hang out with a beer, especially on a gorgeous day in Northern Virginia. There is plenty of seating—a mix of picnic tables and cafe chairs—and lots of room to spread out.
Next to and below the patio is a large, sloping lawn, dotted with more picnic tables and Adirondack chairs. These are great options when the patio is crowded.
No matter where you sit, you can enjoy the incredible view. On a clear day you can easily see Sugarloaf Mountain in Maryland, the buildings of Tysons Corner, distant mountains, and the Virginia Piedmont stretching to the horizon. In summer, the view is filled with green, bright foliage dots the panorama in fall, and a quieter palette takes over in winter.
Beer and Food at Dirt Farm Brewing
Dirt Farm Brewing offers a mix of staple and seasonal beers in a wide range of flavors. Our favorites include the Straw Golden Ale, the Scott Brown Ale, and the Peter Peter Pumpkin Ale. The Tart 31 Cherry Ale is both tasty and highly photogenic, and there are plenty of other IPAs and Ales to choose from.
There is a limited menu of bar food on offer at Dirt Farm, and they do not allow outside food, picnics, or coolers on the property,. On our last visit there were three flatbreads—cheese, cheese with pepperoni, and a special with pepperoni and veggies—all served on naan. We had the pepperoni and it was very tasty and filling. We also saw orders of nachos and pretzel bites going out.
If you’re heading to Dirt Farm Brewing on a weekend, check their calendar for special events which may include new beer releases, live entertainment, and food specials.
Things to Do Near Dirt Farm Brewing and Tips for Your Visit
Some of our favorite things to do in Loudoun County are close to Dirt Farm Brewing. Combine one of these stops with your brewery visit and you’ll have the makings of a perfect day trip.
- Hike to nearby Bear’s Den Overlook on Raven Rocks.
- Take a scenic drive on the historic Snickersville Turnpike.
- Visit Purcellville for biking, dining, more brews, and small town fun.
- Explore history and hiking at Sky Meadows State Park.
Here are a few tips to help you plan your visit to Dirt Farm Brewing.
- The driveway to the brewery is very steep. Use caution and keep an eye out for approaching traffic and the occasional pothole when you enter and leave the brewery.
- Dirt Farm Brewing is very kid friendly, with lots of outdoor space on and near the patio, on the hill in front of the big patio wall, and on a side hill filled with picnic tables. The hillside location can be steep for little ones to navigate on foot, but that’s part of the fun.
- The brewery is also dog friendly as long as dogs are kept outside and on a leash.
- Check the calendar for special weekend events throughout the year including pig roasts, music, and other fun celebrations. Follow them on social media for the latest info (links below).
- The Tap Room is open daily, noon to 6:00 (until 8:00 on Friday).
- Dirt Farm Brewing is about 60 miles west of Washington DC at 18701 Foggy Bottom Road,
Please let us know if you go and share your feedback and tips in the comments below. Thanks!