Nanobrewery Coming to Herndon’s Sunset Park

by Karen Goff May 7, 2015 at 9:05 am 1,499 7 Comments

aslin2A pair of brothers-in-law who have been home brewing beer for years plans to open a nanobrewery in Herndon’s Sunset Park complex later this year.

Andrew Kelley and Kai Leszkowicz have signed a lease for 257 Sunset Park (that’s the retail and industrial park where Amphora Bakery, Taste of the World restaurant and Rhythm Street dance studio are located).

They plan to brew five kinds of beer and serve it in a 28-seat brew house called Aslin Beer Company, said Kelley. 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 around 31 gallons or two kegs.

“Kai and I have been brewing together since 2011,” he said. “We found a common interest and we want to share it with the community.”

This announcement comes at almost the same time as that of Lake Anne Brew House, another local start-up that will open on Washington Plaza this summer, if all goes Aslin Beer Co. founders Andrew Kelley (left), Kai Leszkowicz and Richard  Thompson/Courtesy Andrew Kelleyaccording to plan.

Kelley, a 27-year-old management consultant who lives in Clarendon, and Leszkowicz, a 29-year-old Fairfax County employee who lives in Herndon, have named the business after their wives’ family name, Aslin.

The two brewers will keep their day jobs for now, says Kelley. A third owner, Richard Thompson, will run the operation full time.

Kelley said they are in the process of building out the space and will soon install brewing equipment. They plan to make five flagship beers: an American IPA; a Double Rye Pale Ale; a West Coast IPA; an Imperial Stout; and a Czech Pilsner.

He says the 2.250-square-foot location would be a great spot for private parties. They also hope to partner with Sunset Park NextStop Theatre for special events in the space.

Start-ups costs are expected to top $150,000, Kelley said. The owners have a group of investors but are also crowdfunding on a Go Fund Me page.

 Photo: Aslin Beer Co. founders Andrew Kelley (left), Kai Leszkowicz and Richard Thompson/Courtesy Andrew Kelley

  • Melissa Berkemeier Romano

    Lake Anne Brew House is excited to see this announcement and wishes Aslin all the best! We can’t wait to join forces with Aslin to be the first two stops on the “Reston-Herndon Beer Trail”.

  • Chuck Morningwood

    More fresh beer choices, and a short bicycle ride from home. Life is good.

  • Great news! This area just keeps getting cooler.

  • Mike M

    Roll out the barrel!

  • Cory F

    This is great. Love that we are getting some more nano-breweries to go with the larger places. My wife just started over a Beltway Brew Co. NOVA is starting to get to be a very cool place for breweries

  • Wings!!

    Now if only we could get a Hooters.

  • Michael Schuster

    Seriously? A gofundme page for a business. If you can’t make it work without begging move on…you are not cut out for this.


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