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Brews from the Garden

A pint of beer at Powers Brewery originates in the hopyard and gardens just outside this newly established Virginia taproom.
  • A wall of hops

    A lush green curtain of hops greets you as you drive up to Powers Farm & Brewery near Midland, Virginia, in midsummer. Loaded with cones, the hops vines ramble 18 feet or more into the air and bear a key ingredient for the beer produced at the on-site brewery. These lofty plants are the beginning of a story that spurred Melody and Kevin Powers to leave their accounting and psychology professions in Washington, D.C., and embrace the bountiful soil of Virginia. 

    Date Published: April 5, 2019
    Date Updated: April 15, 2019
    Tags: beer, brews, garden
  • Getting their toes wet

    A little more than a decade ago the Powerses were living in a tiny apartment in D.C., dabbling in home brewing and tending a community garden plot. A move to a rental house, complete with a bit of land, gave Melody, who grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania, the chance to plant some hops. 

    Date Published: April 5, 2019
    Date Updated: April 15, 2019
    Tags: beer, brews, garden
  • 10 years of bad beer

    The hops rambled across the rental property, and the couple began experimenting with the art and craft of brewing with their own produce. “We made a lot of bad beer and we drank a lot of bad beer for 10 years,” Melody says with a laugh. “But that helped us learn how to make great beer.” They went on to take classes at local breweries, immersing themselves in both the science and culture of small-batch beer production. 

    Date Published: April 5, 2019
    Date Updated: April 15, 2019
    Tags: beer, brews, garden
  • Community-supported agriculture

    Armed with a strong working knowledge of crafting beer and a desire to have space to grow their own ingredients, Kevin and Melody began to search for land to plant their hops rhizomes, as well as space to begin a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) produce garden and cutting flower CSA. “It’s all about the soil,” Melody says. “We spent a full year reading USDA soil maps and searching for a place that was for sale.”

    Date Published: April 5, 2019
    Date Updated: April 15, 2019
    Tags: beer, brews, garden
  • Making moves

    In 2016, they found what they were looking for in a 21-acre piece of land in Fauquier County, Virginia. There was much to be done, including erecting hops trellises and converting the property’s existing pole building into a taproom and brewing space. “We did as much of the work as we could ourselves,” Melody says.

    Date Published: April 5, 2019
    Date Updated: April 15, 2019
    Tags: beer, brews, garden
  • Building a community

    Today, Powers Farm & Brewery includes a 2-acre CSA produce garden along with a cutting flower CSA and a hopyard. Melody works with an assistant to care for the produce and flower gardens, providing weekly vegetable and bouquet shares to 75 families who subscribe to the CSAs.

    Date Published: April 5, 2019
    Date Updated: April 15, 2019
    Tags: beer, brews, garden
  • Small-batch brewing

    Only available in the taproom, at a few local restaurants, and through a CSA share for a growler of chosen brew per week, Powers Brewery beers are truly small batch, and Kevin and Melody don’t plan to change that. The seven or eight taproom ales, stouts, and unusual brews are made with ingredients—such as lemongrass and melon in the summer and root vegetables in the fall—grown just outside the brewery.

    Date Published: April 5, 2019
    Date Updated: April 15, 2019
    Tags: beer, brews, garden
  • Garden brews

    “We aim to brew a different beer every week or so,” Kevin says. “The inspiration comes from what Melody is harvesting in the garden. I think people really appreciate how intertwined the garden and the brewery are.”

    Date Published: April 5, 2019
    Date Updated: April 15, 2019
    Tags: beer, brews, garden

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