Chocolate Beer

It seems a new brewery opens nearly every week in Northern Virginia, and yet there is still space on the market for more, as they each have a distinct character that appeals to a broad array of beer drinkers. People clamor for breweries, and it’s really no surprise, as they offer a laid-back atmosphere to wile away an afternoon or evening, a unique approach to brewing beer, delicious food, and usually a fun twist of some sort! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we are going to highlight some local craft breweries that offer chocolate-inspired beers.

Heroic Aleworks - Woodbridge, VA
Max Nix English Port 
This port beer features “caramel, chocolate and coffee notes,” which sounds like a combination of the choicest chocolates from a Valentine’s gift box. The owners have styled the brewery to be a “geek culture epicenter,” with games on hand (or bring your own!), a free arcade and ‘geek trivia’ nights. Each beer is represented by a hero or villain, and there will be a continuing plot and line of comic books.   

Caboose Brewing - Vienna, VA
Chocolate Milk Stout 
Caboose Brewing’s Chocolate Milk Stout has a “velvety feel” with a  “dry roasted cocoa finish.” Caboose aims to provide a community atmosphere for its patrons, the local go-to for good beer, good food, good company. Its artfully rustic and spacious interior feels fresh and inviting. Make sure to try something off their locally-sourced, seasonal menu.

Crooked Run Brewing - Leesburg, VA
Biscotti Stout 
The Biscotti Stout has a subtle almond and hazelnut flavor that will feel like a liquid dessert. Crooked Run was started by two beer-loving brothers who envisioned serving beer in a relaxed, low-key setting. Their vision and beer have been wildly popular and award-winning, leading to a second location in Sterling and the distribution of their beer throughout Northern Virginia this year.

Port City Brewing - Alexandria, VA
Port City Porter 
Port City Porter offers bittersweet chocolate and roasted coffee notes that promise to be robust yet smooth and refreshing to the palate. Port City has long been a favorite in the Northern Virginia area for its delicious beers, industrial-feel brewery and the many events it hosts - everything from weekly trivia to food truck nights to BeerYoga to pub crawls. If you haven’t been yet, see what all the fuss is about!

Old Bust Head Brewing Company - Warrenton, VA
Gold Cup Russian Imperial Stout 
This stout has a “dark-berry sweetness underlying roasted tones of bittersweet chocolate and espresso.” Yum. Old Bust Head is all about creating the best beers, being a mainstay of the local community, and having a lot of fun while doing so. There are nightly events, such as game night, and a really interesting history - visit to learn more!

Forge Brew Works - Lorton, VA
Oatmeal Stout 
Featuring plenty of oatmeal, as well as chocolate and caramel malts, this stout is sure to be a favorite. Forge Brew Works pays homage to the artisans and craftsmen, the blacksmiths, the carpenters, the plumbers, whose meticulous attention detail keeps our world running. They approach brewing with the same mentality, crafting great beers.