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Lake Anne Brew House Opening Stalled by County Regulations

by Karen Goff October 28, 2015 at 4:30 pm 12 Comments

Lake Anne Brew House/Courtesy Lake Anne Brew HouseIt will at least November until Reston’s first nanobrewery opens its doors.

Lake Anne Brew House owners Jason and Melissa Romano purchased the former Singh Thai space at 11424 Washington Plaza last spring. They said they hoped to be open by October.

In a post on the business’s Facebook Page earlier this week, the owners said everything is “just WAITING to be hooked up and brewed on and start brewing some beer,” however Fairfax County Health Department regulations have stalled the process. And the regulations are taking extra time because this will be Fairfax County’s first nanobrewery.

“To make a long story short, there are some legislative changes happening in the Commonwealth, and at a local county level here in Fairfax,” Lake Anne Brew House said on Facebook. ” We are working hand-in-hand with the Fairfax County Health Department currently to get our plans reviewed and approved, a very time- consuming and untimely step that we never anticipated having to take.”

“Once their review is complete, we can finish our build-out, install our equipment and start brewing some beer. Our ABC and TTB [Alcohol, Tobacco and Trade] licenses are approved, and we are ready to roll as soon as the county gives us the green light.”

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.

When the brew house opens, 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 Melissa Romano said previously they will sell simple snacks (similar to food operations at a winery) to go with the beer.

Photo courtesy Lake Anne Brew House

  • Alas

    Yet more evidence of their amateurism.

    • GB

      Easy tiger.

  • cRAzy

    Just picking up on Wings here: Why not put a Hooters in instead? I’m sure it could be done quickly because they have no quality standards.

    • Chuck Morningwood

      Considering the small size of the space, I just can’t imagine the concept of a “pocket Hooters”.

      • Ming the Merciless

        If you have one table and one waitress, then you can have a Hooters!

        • Chuck Morningwood

          Yeah, I don’t know. I agree that table service should be personal but, for some reason, in my mind Hooters should be big, not small.

          • Wings!!

            Chuck, my man, you are EXACTLY right. Hooters SHOULD be big, not small. And Reston needs a Hooters.

  • Holy hops

    Drinking gourmet beer could take you to heaven especially those approaching 15%, and without food you will surely miss the sobriety test after the third sip

    • RoadApples

      First and foremost; I support the opportunity afforded to you to display this graphic.
      Curious question: Why did you choose a depiction of Jesus; as opposed to another beloved figure of a different religious group. Possibly only for the sake of humor or is it indeed a bias or even possibly cowardice due to anticipated minimal repercussions?

  • thebratwurstking

    So quick to jump to conclusions. This has nothing to do with amateurism, but everything with completely new regulations. See another post from the brew house below, explaining exactly what’s happening here:

    Lake Anne Brew House
    Also, just to clarify… NO county health departments have been dealing with breweries to date. The governing/inspecting body has always been the VA Dept of Agriculture. The switch to Health Departments overseeing small breweries is brand new–and not actually even a real thing yet, but is legislation that is currently brewing. Fairfax County has just decided to step up and begin in advance of the actual legislation being passed down from VDACS. It’s a complicated matter

    • Karen Goff

      Thanks. We tried to make the point in the story that this is uncharted territory and out of their control just like you pointed out. Meanwhile, Health D signed off on the inspection today (according to an even more updated Facebook post) so opening should be getting closer.

      • thebratwurstking

        That is partially correct. The Heath Department however, is only one of five different departments that now need to OK the deal and issue the required permits for their opening. Keeping my fingers crossed for them. The additional and unanticipated permit process and associated fees, plus the delay on the opening day caused by all this doesn’t help with their business plan and expected revenue. But better late than never I guess.


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