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Coming Soon: Lake Anne Brew House

by Karen Goff April 20, 2015 at 9:00 am 2,511 33 Comments

Lake Anne Brew House(Corrected 11 a.m. Monday to reflect the Romanos bought the space rather than leased it)

Lake Anne Plaza will soon be getting a new tenant. Restonians Melissa and Jason Romano have purchased retail space at 11424 Washington Plaza, where they will open Lake Anne Brew House, a nanobrewery.

Brewing has been a passion of Jason Romano’s for years, says Melissa Romano, an architect whose current full time job is raising three young sons.

Jason, a government contractor by day, has been a home brewer for years, and earned certification from the American Homebrewers Association to judge brewing contests.

“We’ve always had a desire to own a piece of Lake Anne,” says Melissa Romano. “We’re going to follow Bob Simon’s dream of ‘live-work-play.’ We already live and play here. Now we will work.”

The space was formerly occupied by Singh Thai restaurant, which recently moved across the plaza to 1633 Washington Plaza, the former Jasmine Cafe space. Romano said renovations will begin right away, but the brewery will not open until at least late summer.

A nanobrewery  — a growing segment of the craft beer market — is a small microbrewery operation, typically producing fewer than three barrels at a time. A barrel is typically 31 gallons or two kegs.

The beer will be made on site in the former kitchen space. There will be bar and inside seating, as well as seating on the deck overlooking Lake Anne.

Under Virginia law, breweries can sell pints of beer on site without the need for food service. Food service is required at bars. There won’t be a kitchen at Lake Anne Brew House, but Romano said they will sell simple snacks (similar to food operations at a winery) to go with the beer.

There are several nanobreweries in Loudoun County, but this is believed to be the first one in Fairfax County. Romano said they had to work with the county to get non-manufacturing status.

“Most nanobreweries pop up in industrial parks,” she said. “That’s not what we wanted.  We don’t want a big brewery. We wanted a community space, and to make our business community focused and community supported. We’re not hoping to get bottles on the shelf at Harris Teeter. We’re going to make beer for our neighbors, make what people want and get a good rotation on tap.”

  • Noelle

    This will be a great addition for Lake Anne. Looking forward to it!

  • highlander5

    Not the first…Forge Breworks and Fair Winds Brewing in Lorton..Caboose Brewing in Vienna… Sweetwaters in Merrifield…nice try though

    • Melissa Berkemeier Romano

      Yes, you are absolutely right… we are not the first brewery in Fairfax, but we are the first of our kind, and absolutely the first in Reston! We look forward to seeing you at Lake Anne Brew House!

    • Karen Goff

      Those are microbreweries. This is a nanobrewery.

      • highlander5

        Meh fair. Not sure if virginia law really pegs those terms differently, but first in reston at leat. I look.forward to this concept. Also coming soon.is Loudmouth brewing in clifton and City View Brewhouse in alexandria srction of fairfax off route 1. Cheers. See yal soon

      • Mike M

        Nano from the Greek for dwarf. Soooo, . . . if I have a Sweetwater growler in my fridge would that be a pico brewery? (Certainly not the first in FFX.)

      • Brian

        You should rewrite this sentence then: “There are several microbreweries in Loudoun County, but this is believed to be the first one in Fairfax County.” Makes the claim sound like first micro.

        • Karen Goff

          Fixed. Yes, made a mistake. Meant to say nanobreweries. Now i understand the confusion. 🙂

      • Guest

        I believe highlander is confused by this paragraph:

        “There are several microbreweries in Loudoun County, but this is believed to be the first one in Fairfax County. Romano said they had to work with the county to get non-manufacturing status.”

        Likely a simple typo and fix.

        • Karen Goff

          Ah. Now i understand the confusion. Yes, I meant to say NANOBREWERY. It’s been corrected. Thanks.

  • Melissa Berkemeier Romano

    Also, just to clarify, we are purchasing, not leasing, the space! We will be owner-occupied and here to stay! Thanks for the support!

  • Chuck Morningwood

    Waddyaknow. An idea that might actually come to something. I look forward to becoming a health hazard in that place.

  • Eve Thompson

    The Lake Anne Merchants are thrilled to have this new addition- Welcome Melissa & Jason!

    • Ken Knueven

      Wholeheartedly agree! This is a great addition for Lake Anne. Welcome Melissa and Jason.

  • JCSuperstar

    Melissa and Jason, welcome. This is wonderful news for Reston to have its own brewery. You’re following the Reston tradition of the Bowman Distillery, the only legal whiskey distillery in Virginia for quite some time. I wish you two the very best and can’t wait to visit (a lot).

    Also, don’t mind some of the trolls here in “commenter land.”

  • LakeNewportGuy

    You’ve got one of the best views in Reston on that outdoor patio. I was suprised to see Singh Thai give that up. Looking forward to having beer looking at the lake.

  • Erin

    Can’t wait!!

  • Nate_VA

    Can’t wait!

  • Steve

    Jason, Melissa, will you have a big screen TV for games or is it not that kind of place? Thanks

    • Ming the Merciless

      The TV will only show “football” (i.e., soccer), darts, squash, fencing, formula one, and other hipster-approved sports. Nothing that the revolting proles enjoy.

      • Rodney Dangerfield

        How about Bocce competitions?

    • Melissa Berkemeier Romano

      Our neighbors at Kalypso Sports Tavern have that market covered Steve! You should check them out! http://m.mainstreethub.com/kalypsossportstavern

  • Sean

    Congratulations and looking forward to having a pint or three on the patio soon!

  • Chuck Morningwood

    So how many different beers will you have on tap at one time?

  • Rick Dotsalt

    Cigar friendly?

  • Mike M

    Mmmmn. Beer!

  • Wings!!

    Not quite what I was hoping for, but I’ll take it!
    #HootersForReston

  • Leslie David

    Woo-hoo! Can’t wait!

  • thebratwurstking

    We’ve been pairing with a number a these new, small breweries lately. Beers & brats is such a nice fit. We not only enjoy the variety of brews, we just love the atmosphere in these places. They usually draw a more sophisticated clientele and most are both family and dog friendly. Great to see one at our home turf in Reston now. Best of luck!

  • Margo Schlossberg

    Awesome. Big congrats to you! Margo Schlossberg, Marketing and Social Media Manager

  • Michael P. McHugh

    Nano from the Greek for dwarf. Soooo, . . . if I have a Sweetwater growler in my fridge would that be a pico brewery? (Certainly not the first in FFX.)

  • Michael P. McHugh

    Mmmmn. Beer!

    • Mike M

      Michael, my stalker fan. Is that your real name or someone else’s I mean with the middle initial and all. Where do you get the time and vapidity?

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