It's been a couple of months since I first caught wind of Elkton Brewing Co. The feedback was all positive and I immediately became curious. What would the atmosphere be like? What would the beer be like?
Finally, the stars aligned and I visited the brewery after a later afternoon showing in Elkton. And now I am a promoter. I have been back multiples times for pints and to grab crowlers. In fact, I still have a crowler in the refrigerator I am saving for a special occasion.
So, what can you expect? Why should you visit Elkton Brewing Co? Let's start with the beer.
The first thing to know about the brewing process is that there will be a lot of rotation. So, you can be sure to expect new and exciting things regularly. In fact, there is a good chance that this menu is already changed a little.
I think their website summarizes it well: "We are a small craft brewery specializing in natural artisan beers, concentrating less on volume and more on quality craftsmanship."
But how does the beer taste? Amazing. It has quickly become one of my favorites in our area. It also provides variety with a new favorite brewery to visit but also a new location. You can end do a river float on the Shenandoah river and grab beers afterwards. You can do a hike on Skyline and come back for Bella Luna pizza and beers afterwards! Or, you can just go to enjoy the atmosphere.
Shenandoah River Proximity
Skyline Drive Hikes
The home of Elkton Brewing Co was used as a storage building for the family's paper business. The downstairs was most recently used as a church with the upstairs being office rooms. The upstairs still offers really cool office space including a conference room that houses the inspiration for the brewery logo.
The conversion from a church to a brewery did not require that much renovating. The stage is perfect for live music events. There are a good number of indoor and outdoor seating depending on your preference. In addition, Bella Luna's wood fire pizza truck has been serving up fresh pies on the weekends. What's not to love about that!
The brewery is owned and run by brothers: August, Aaron, and Tristan Napotnik. That brotherly spirit comes out in the interview below but also if you go visit with them in person. It's a fun light-hearted vibe. If you're lucky enough to grab a beer while a train comes by, then you'll get the "Chugga-Chug Discount" or 10% off.
If you want more details on Elkton, listen to my interview with Tristan below. Also, be sure to stop by for a refreshing beer!