Chill with your dog this summer at these locations, each brews up a fun and unique experience from funky to friendly to fresh air.  

By Angela Meyers

It’s Summer.  You want to go out, enjoy the gorgeous weather and you certainly don’t want to leave your furry friend cooped up at home.  Thankfully, the craft brewery boom has provided many options around the area where the friendly pooch is welcomed with open arms.  We searched far and wide to research options to fit every personality and activity.  So let this serve as your guide to your summer outings.  This list delivers a collection of unique and different breweries that also welcome your pups.  We focused heavily on ones that can be enjoyed any weeknight for a fun night out, but included a few more that are more well-suited for a day trip.  This list delivers a wide range of brews and cidars as well as the ability to relax and explore some very unique spaces.  

Party Central

2 Silos Brewing Company:

Overview: This sprawling 8 acre historic farm has been transformed into an amazing venue. The space flows indoor to out, seamlessly. The outdoor space has is comprised of many areas to be explored from the firepits, to the music stages and the BBQ pit. There is a place for everyone. You can easily spend a full day here. Check out the line-up of various performances that change throughout the day. 

Food: Enjoy options from that various kitchens and food trucks on the property from flatbreads to BBQ.

Dogs: Welcomed in the outdoor spaces until 8PM, dogs are able to enjoy a large, though in areas very steep expanse. Water bowls provided. 

Entertainment: Many performances on the music stages.

Hours: M, Closed; T – Sat, 11am – 11pm; Sun, 11am – 9pm

9925 Discovery Blvd, Manassas, VA 20109 

License to Chill

Caboose Brewing:

Overview: With two locations in NOVA: you can chose from the laid back, hiker/biker watering hole in Vienna with the casual vibe, or enjoy the peppy and upbeat Merrifield location that boasts a full kitchen with creative concoctions. A wide selection of brews provides options for everyone in the group. Both locations have a great outdoor space, Vienna’s is small, but lovely; Merrifield’s is large with dozens of picnic tables.

Food: Differing options at each location; but both have a full kitchen.

Dogs: Welcomed in the outdoor spaces, dogs are able to enjoy a large, though in areas very steep expanse. Water bowls provided. 

Entertainment: Stop in on any Tuesday through September for Ruff Tuesdays and check their website for other fun events.

Hours: Vienna: M-Th, 4 – 10 pm; F, 12 – 11 pm; Sat, 11am – 10 pm; Sun, 11am – 9pm; Merrifield: Sun-Th, 7am – 11 pm; F- Sat, 7am – 12:30am; 2918 Eskridge Rd., Fairfax, VA 22031; 520 Mill St. NE, Vienna, VA 22180; 

 

Room to Roam

Dirt Farm Brewing:

Overview: Perched atop a rural hilltop, this location’s views can’t be bested. It’s the perfect way to end the day after enjoying a day picking your own fruit at Great Country Farms. Stop in afterwards for dinner and pint. There is a secluded outdoor back patio with games as well as an expansive front patio with those amazing views. 

Food: A small but interesting menu ranging from flatbreads and wing to Chicharrones and burgers 

Dogs: Welcomed in the outdoor spaces, dogs are able to enjoy a large, though in areas very steep expanse. Water bowls provided. 

Entertainment: There are a host of outdoor games on the grounds and occasional musicians.

Hours: Daily 12-7PM; Fridays til 9PM

18701 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA 20135

 

Conversation Location

Fair Winds:

Overview: Like many other breweries profiled, you’d not likely stumble upon this location on your own. It’s also tucked into an industrial park, however, you won’t be working in this place! In the summer the roll up doors get tossed open and the music croons, not too loud, but creating a perfect vibe. Dogs are free to roam indoors and out in the summer and winter. 

Food: There is no regular food available at the brewery, but there is a regular food truck schedule. 

Dogs: Welcomed inside and out, dogs are able to saddle up to the bar alongside their human friends, as well as enjoy the outdoor area. 

Entertainment: This is a mostly a great place to chill with friends and good conversation, but you will find a wall of board games if the mood strikes you.

Hours: M & T: 3-9PM; W & Th: 3-10PM; F & Sat; Noon -10PM; Sun: Noon-7PM

7000 Newington Road, Suites K&L, Lorton, VA 22079

Gametime

Mustang Sally Brewing Company:

Overview: This bustling brewery has a fun, energetic environment; full of games including indoor cornhole, pinball, a giant jenga set and checkers as well as a wall of board games, and trivia nights. The staff is knowledgeable and welcoming. It would be easy to have your own barstool in this place.

Food: There is a small kitchen featuring Arepas, Tequeños and Chamos at the brewery.

Dogs: Welcomed outside (previously inside as well and they are hoping to have them back in soon pending landlord approval). Water bowls and treats available.

Entertainment: Games, pinball, trivia nights and musicians provide a constantly changing schedule of fun.

Hours: M: Closed; T, W, Th: 3-9PM; F-Sat: 12-10PM; Sun: 12-6PM

14140 Parke Long Court, A-C, Chantilly, VA 20151

Funkytown

Ocelot Brewing Company:

Overview: In an unassuming industrial park, this hidden gem of a brewery delivers an unexpected psychedelic vibe. Just inside the front door, you’re greeted by large murals of colorful dancing bears and mushrooms amid the artistic beer signs and barrel supported tables. This cozy, funky vibe is comfortable and friendly, as is the conversation with the others at the bar stools.

Food: There is no regular food available at the brewery, but there is often on site food available for purchase onsite. 

Dogs: Welcomed inside and out, dogs are able to saddle up to the bar alongside their human friends, as well as enjoy the outdoor deck. Water bowls abound.

Entertainment: There is a fun game room behind the bar with pinball machines, vintage video games, foosball and more.

Hours: M-F: 1-10PM; Sat 11AM-10PM; Sun 12-7PM

23600 Overland Drive #180, Dulles, VA 20166

 

Tried and True

Water’s End Brewery:

Overview: Located at the edge of a shopping area, the location is tucked away and near a grassy nook, convenient for the dogs. There is a great outdoor gaming space with tables, corn hole and other yard games. There is a wide variety of great beers, that provide a wide range of options.

Food: There is no regular food available at the brewery, other than snacks, but there are often on site food events such as special food vendors, food trucks. You are welcome to bring outside food, picnics, order delivery as well. 

Dogs: The outdoor area, open in the summer, is dog-friendly. Indoors, there are dog-friendly Sundays when our pups are also allowed in the tasting room.

Entertainment: There are occasional bands, member nights, hosted events or theme nights.

Hours: M-T :Closed; W-Th: 2-10PM; F-Sat: 12-11PM; Sun: 12-9PM

12425 Dillingham Sq, Lake Ridge, VA 22192

 

DC: Check out the Spring 2018 Issue of NOVADOG for a great review of Bardo Brewing. Steps away from the entrance to Nationals Stadium, this waterfront gem needs to be on your short list of summer excursions.