Made our way to the winery- note the gravel road- after a drive through the country in Loudon County. Hard to believe that we are so close to the developed suburbs of DC. The setting is very serene and well kept. We made our way to the brewery, which is the first stop on the way in from the main road. The place was very busy and it was apparent that the staff was just barely keeping up with the pace of the clients coming and going. Despite the fairly large crowd, we managed to snag a table outside and ordered a plate of BBQ. We shared a plate of two meats- pork and brisket. Both were flavorful, even if they were a bit dry. I took a few of the sauces- the angry sauce, the blackberry infused, the vinegar, and the chipotle. I passed on the raspberry which I thought was very sweet after taking a taste. Our verdict on the sauces: the angry sauce, advertised as very spicy, had the most flavor, the chipotle was mild heat with a good sweetness. I was pleasantly surprised with the vinegar, which had a great tang and was a great compliment to the dry meat. Our side was the Monks beans, a very tasty addition. Plenty to eat for two in the meal, and at a reasonable price. We washed down our meal with a pint of the kolsch and a pint of the Berlin lager- both nice, served cold in a real glass (maybe foolishly we were thinking that the beer would be served in plastic cups!). The beers were easy to drink on a hot day, refreshing and crisp. The staff were great- the girls at the BBQ table were a little flustered but kept a good attitude throughout the event. We did make our way to the winery, but elected to move on down the road after a quick look around the old house that serves as a tasting room. It was fairly crowded with a bus full of people who had just arrived. So no review of the winery although the house was interesting with low ceilings, wood floors, open beams in the walls and a nice setting. Maybe next time. Well worth a stop for good BBQ and a peaceful setting.
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