Adroit Theory Brewing Company

Adroit Theory Brewing CompanyAdroit Theory Brewing Company

Type: Brewery, Bar

404 Browning Ct
Unit C
Purcellville, Virginia, 20132-6171
United States

(866) 255-6622 | map

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Added by IrishColonial on 05-10-2013

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 53
Photo of VeganUndead
4.23/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Got to brew with these guys, so spent the day there. Very eccentric spot, got to try all their stuff and look forward to the expansion of the tasting room and new and improved 10 barrel system

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Photo of Rifugium
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I finally made it to Purcellville! Seriously, there is a lot going on in this little town as far as beer goes, and I'd have to say Adroit Theory was my favorite place that I visited on the LoCo Trail. It's a lot bigger than I expected, in a well-refurbished warehouse. There's a good-sized bar with plenty of table space, including an ample outside seating area. The crowd was a bit of a turn-off, with some major broseph action going on, but oh well, it's not the brewery's fault. The taplist was out of this world, which for me was a good and bad thing, bad in that I was driving and with many of the brews being high octane, I had to seriously limit my intake. I sipped on a few mini snifters, making my selections as wisely as I could. These guys are definitely not strangers to experimentation. I sampled a maple bourbon IPA (okay, maybe not "wisest" as possible there, but I had to know, and it was in fact pretty good), a white chocolate macadamia stout, and a caramel macchiato stout. Yes. Only scratched the surface. Tons of bottles for sale to take home, so I grabbed something evil looking, which I will pop open on a rainy day. Service was fine, mainly I think because there were so many people behind the bar.

This place is a three hour drive from me. I went on a whim, rerouting my road trip to NC/TN, but I actually think I might just do a day trip soon to check them out again and sample more of their brews.

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Photo of HattedClassic
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

The location is pretty nice despite being located in the far reaches of Loudon County. The location has a bar in the inside with an outside patio that's open during warmer weather. Parking is a bit of a pain because they share their parking lot with a construction company but since their major days are during the weekend, parking near the structure shouldn't be too bad.

The brewery doesn't sell food but you can order take-out and they seem to have an assortment of cheesecakes for sale that they've paired with their beers. When food is available, it's usually part of some event they're hosting.

The beer selection is nothing short of phenomenal. There's always something new each weekend and a few regulars that manage to stay on tap. In addition, Adroit Theory also has some of their stuff in pint bottles you can purchase.

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Photo of MDHopster
4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Place was incredibly crowded when I arrived and was a mix of poseurs and younger white class workers. Staff was extremely attentive and helping customers through the selections explaining the beers which did add to the wait but at least they didn't just blow off the clients. Although some of the poseurs puffed up and played it out longer in an cloying and annoying manner. No fault of Adroit Theory though. Had four tasters, including Blvck Celebration Imperial Porter rum barrel aged, Death of Chuthlu BBA Russian Imperial Stout, Lux Wheatwine BBA, and Brooks Current Obsession Imperial Porter. All were good but Lux was outstanding, brought home two bottles.

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Photo of cbbjr
3.49/5  rDev -16.9%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Went on a Saturday and they had somewhere between 20-30 beers on tap. My group sampled 10 of them. A couple misses, but overall the beer was pretty solid. My only complaints were that growler fills were all $25, which I suppose could be reasonable for some barrel aged or specialty beers, but the one I liked the most was a fairly low ABV milk stout - no way I'm paying $25 for a growler of it. And the price of empty growlers was ridiculous. Also, the anti-establishment, industrial vibe is a little strange when there are a bunch of middle aged white guys sitting around drinking and pouring the beer (myself included). Would definitely go back, but not a place where you are going to want to take a lot of stuff back home.

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Photo of archerdc
4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

Great atmosphere in the back of a warehouse. Fantastic selection - seems like they concoct something new every week. Major bonus points for the creative names and brews that deserve them. Only complaint is Purcellville is too far out of the way!

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Photo of Dave_Treat
4.68/5  rDev +11.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Excellent brewery in Northern Virginia. Not afraid to step out of the box a little. Always something new on tap. Excellent service. Great place to get great beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75

For an industrial park setup in a small town in Northern VA, its actually a pretty fun place to visit. Really nice inside and outside setup. Visited on a Friday afternoon around 2pm and the place was very crowded. Great options of small samplers (in nice little mini-tulip glasses, draft, bombers to go and growler fills. Didn't order any food (not sure they have any). Worth a visit for the experience. Beers seemed so/so. Like the labels and pagan/cult theme to their beers. Like going to a Alice Cooper or Iron Maiden show for entertainment value.

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Photo of kissmybunniebutt
3.26/5  rDev -22.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 2.25 | selection: 3.5

Weird place. Interesting and fun experimental small batch beers. Fruit Loops beers and pinot noir porters. Pretty cool stuff.

The atmosphere was a little lacking though - the service was...okay. No one was rude but no one was attentive either. I'll definitely go back, but I've also been to better breweries.

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Photo of MontesIgnis
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

An amazingly funky location, with a staff that are so knowledgeable and friendly that I feel like I have walked into a beer university. A philosophy that pushes beer to the extreme, this is the place to challenge your palate.

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Photo of Griffin2
4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4

I attended the Strangeways Tap Takeover at Adriot Theory on 10/10/15. They had about 30 of their beers on tap, as well as 25 beers from Strangeways.

The brewpub seemed decent enough, but I really enjoyed their beers. Lately they have around 24 beers on tap every weekend.

Many of their beers are higher ABV, so you have to watch how much you drink.

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Photo of Phisheva
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4

The staff is snarky and some type of goth hipster vibe is alive and well here. The horrible service is only overlooked by the outstanding beers that they brew. They truly are adept at their craft.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

The place is a basic taproom at the brewery site. You can see the production facilities, as they are, from the bar. The food offerings come from (presumably local) food trucks, but I did not try any. It is also a little hard to find, although they have added some campaign-style signs since our first visit.

The cinder block walls and gray steel rafters work for me. The back loading dock doors are opened as an entranceway. The sound system plays heavy metal music from the back. There are no TVs or other forms of distraction from the beer.

The team of servers are friendly and helpful and seem to be enjoying themselves. They appear to still be producing smaller batches. The beer itself is all high-gravity stuff (ala DFH early on?), and poured into 12 oz snifters (that look pretty cool). There is a bit of experimenting going on as well with spices and infusions. They have under 10 taps, and given their apparent production capacity, it's not surprising they've been out of a beer in each of our trips.

I will be returning from time to time, even though it is a bit of a drive (summertime will help). I think they are producing some good beer and want to see how they grow.

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Adroit Theory Brewing Company in Purcellville, VA
3.8 out of 5 based on 602 ratings.
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