Crooked Run Brewing
Located in Loudoun County, Virginia, Crooked Run is a brewery that began as a small nanobrewery and tasting room. Started by 25-year-old Jake Endres and Lee Rogan, at that time the youngest brewery owners in the state of Virginia, with the help of crowd-sourced funds raised through Kickstarter, the 600 sq ft space located in historic downtown Leesburg’s Market Station first opened its doors in 2013, with just two beers on tap.
When Crooked Run opened in July of 2013 , the original brewing system was a 1 BBL (31.5 US gallon) electric Heat Exchanged Recirculating Mash System (HERMS) brewing system, powered by four 4500 watt electric coils to heat the water and wort to very precise temperatures quickly and efficiently. With this tiny system Crooked Run’s first two beers on tap was Hopsail their flagship beer, and Logan’s Song. Hopsail is a Belgian single with a 4.2% ABV with Pilsner malt, pleasant Saaz hops, and Belgian yeast that harmonically converge in this easy-drinking Belgian pale ale. Logan’s Song is an English pale ale with a 4.4% ABV and 27 IBU, a toasty, caramelly, and smooth, a classic English ale.
In May 2016, after three years in business, Crooked Run won a gold medal for its saison Supernatural at World Beer Cup, one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world — a major accomplishment for the tiny three-barrel nanobrewery. In May 2016 Crooked Run was mentioned as “Best Nanobrewery” in the Washington area by the Washington Post.
In February 2017, Crooked Run expanded to a second location Sterling, VA. The new location, a 6,800-square-foot a ten barrel brewery and taqueria (Senor Ramon) includes a 2,000-square-foot tasting room, that offers on-premise beers and allows for distribution to the DMV region (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia). The original Leesburg location with its 3BBL system, is currently used to produce sour beers, helmed by award-winning brewer Brad Erickson.