Aslin Beer Company

Aslin Beer CompanyAslin Beer Company
Aslin Beer CompanyAslin Beer Company
Brewery, Bar, Beer-to-go

257 Sunset Park Dr
Herndon, Virginia, 20170-5220
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aslinbeer.com

Notes:
BEER STATS
Average:
4.3
Beers:
305
Reviews:
1,676
Ratings:
7,479
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.32
Reviews:
30
Ratings:
111
pDev:
9.95%
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LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

4.19/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

V - Interesting. It's just a double garage with a brewery inside with a little table for ordering cans. Everyone is nice, but somewhat sketchy.
Q - If the sketchiness of the place worried you, fear not, the beer here is absolutely incredible. Quality is top notch for all styles.
S - People are friendly enough - the line moves fast
S - They sell out pretty fast and you only can choose a few styles per day, but the quality is just unbeatable that you can look past the small selection.

Jun 27, 2019
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PorterJohn from Virginia

4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4

Pretty much my favorite Brewery right now. Can't wait for their Alexandria location to open with the tasting room. I also wish some of my favorite beers were available more often, but understand enjoy that they are constantly experimenting with new recipes.

Jun 14, 2019
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VeganUndead from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Killer beer, respect the willingness to go out to left field, even on the misses. Kai and Andrew are great, the guys are worth the hype, check them out even while the tasting room isn't open

Sep 12, 2018
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MMcdon8267 from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

I have enjoyed most of Aslin’s Top rated beers. I don’t like the fact that folks don’t get a free sticker after a large purchase. Some staff are friendly while others were not. I visit to pick up beer and go.

Aug 13, 2018
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carlitos92 from Texas

4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Visited DC from out of state and had one of their beers in a bar (which is pretty rare since they claim to do zero distribution). Dreamt about the beer for a week before I had time to go visit the brewery - as far as I know the only place you can buy their beer to go.

The location is pretty far out there (near Dulles in Herndon), in an unassuming warehouse area. Personally, my vibe was intense because I was looking forward to good beer, but I have to temper that with the admittedly low-key (borderline ramshackle) merchandising approach here. Wait in a line (which would normally be sketchy if not for the awesome craft brew community in the area) and sortof do a "Soup Nazi" routine for 4-packs of beer to go, through a rolled-up overhead door. Merch is also available - some of it very cool.

The beer quality is off the charts. Aside from the initial beer I had which led to constant dreaming, everything else I've heard described sounds like an intriguing recipe. I've had 5 of their beers now, and every one of them was fantastic. All in a class of their own. A DIPA with vanilla beans? Why not.

Service was great. Aside from the pressure of having 50 people behind me in line, no complaints. They like beer, too. They get it.

Selection was great, given the quality rating. If you only drink stouts, you might be disappointed, but you'd also be wrong. If you don't like IPAs, Aslin probably makes one that will convert you. So I can't fault them for not having 30 different beers available. The ones they do have will knock your socks off - so shut up and try something new.

All in all, these guys are onto something, and I only wish they had some serious distro and/or a taproom to make it a little easier to enjoy their art.

TL;DR, if you're in the DC/MC/VA area, go check these guys out. They deserve it and frankly are worth it.

Apr 28, 2018
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Nichols33 from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

One of my favorite breweries as far as product goes. As for the brewery, wow, can't wait for the brew pub to open.

Located in a strip mall with limited parking and not much of an area to line up, we just stood there until they opened and then went to the garage door opening where a table was set up and they asked you what you want. Super friendly people working the 4 "registers" but not much of an experience.

The beer is quite the experience though.

Nov 13, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.82/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Great brewery, but they need to seriously reevaluate their allotments during can releases. No reason to sell out of beer within 90 minutes of opening. Lower allotments = more people get to try their beer.

Otherwise, great beer and good service.

Jun 24, 2017
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.5

Not exactly sure what is going on with this place (I understand there is some sort of dispute/clarification needed between the brewery/neighboring businesses and Fire Marshall/Alcohol Licensing) but when I visited they were only selling beer for off-site consumption - each week they are doing releases of cans, crowlers, and growlers with an announcement in the morning of what is available that day and how much quantity (and they are closed when they sell out for the day/weekend). I visited on a Saturday morning and they were only filling growlers that day. There was a small line (maybe 9 people) that I had to wait in to get my growlers filled... The place was friendly with all us beer geeks chatting and while there was music playing, it was not loud or memorable (good or bad).

They were well staffed with about 6-7 different employees filling growlers and cashing customers out so I would describe it as attentive and efficient. I spoke with one of the brewers that came out and chatted with customers between cleaning equipment - very friendly.

Growlers were filled quickly and well (not a lot of room for oxygen at the top and rinsed before pouring so minimal foam) - they allowed outside growlers of the standard size (no long neck growlers) and filled both 32/64 oz sizes with a max of 128 oz per person.

There were only two beers available for growler fills on my visit - an APA and a Gose. Earlier in the weekend they had released a couple of IPAs in cans as well. Not a huge selection but at least a few different styles.

Feb 04, 2017
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.58/5  rDev -17.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Kind of an incomplete rating, but I can really only go by what I experience. At the time of my visit, for whatever reason, the taproom was non-operational, so there was only growler/take-out/merch sales. And there were only 2 beers available, so...I dunno, I mean I realize supply and demand and all that, but apparently the business model is not completely thought out here. Hopefully they fix it, because there's obviously a lot of potential. The beers themselves were...okay. Macarooned was decent as a sipper, but really really over the top with cloying sweetness; Cocoa Mapalm was a basic homebrew. Service was fine: a line of about 8 people on a Friday afternoon, and everyone was in and out quickly. I picked up a few crowlers and was on my way. Not much more to say sadly, and sorry if the review/rating is weak, but again, I just gotta call it like I see it.

Jan 21, 2017
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Zonian1 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

These guys are just getting started, so not a lot in terms of selection on the day I visited in Sep 2016, but the quality is great. Hoping for great things in the future from Aslin. Worth a visit if you are in the area.

Oct 28, 2016
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Aslin is a space built into a strip with a garage door that opens for almost a patio like experience. Dog friendly, kid friendly, which is pretty nice. Played old school hip hop too. Again pretty nice. Quality of the beer was fantastic! Beers were delicious. The service was very good. Quite a few people behind the bar to grab you a beer. Also was there on a Crowler release day, and they blew right through it. Friendly people to talk with. The selection- there are usually only 4 beers on tap. Not a wide selection. They are however going to be 4 very good beers. Overall, this is a very quality taproom with easy going people, good service, good beer. If I lived near by I would be here all the time! (Might even bump off one of the Mug Club members and take their place)

Sep 08, 2016
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IvoryFoxhole from Virginia

4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.25

Very small brewery and taproom in Herndon, VA. Exactly one year old as of this review. Does on-site pours and 32 oz. crowlers. Crowlers are limited to 250 per beer release and a personal limit of 2 per beer. They release about 4 different beers per week at this time. They are not doing 64 oz. growler fills at the present. There are plans to do 16.9 oz. bottles at some point in the near future. There is talk of expansion.

Strongly suggest arriving 90 minutes prior to opening to get crowlers during major releases (Master of Karate, Double Orange Starfish, etc.) and 30 minutes prior on other releases.

Multiple visits over the past 6 months. Great to have a quality local brewery.

V: Very strong. Often there are long lines for crowlers and it has attracted a very friendly, beer-wise clientele not only local to the brewery, but from all over the region. Families with kids and dogs, which for me is kind of...odd...for a brewery, but I see it more and more, so welcome to the new normal.

Q: Just top-notch. I've had exactly two beers here I've rated below a 4. They are strong across styles, as their Goses and Saisons are some of the best I've had, to go along with the incredible IPAs.

S: Very good service; they struggle a little bit during peak periods, but they get better at it as time goes along.

Sel: The only real knock I can give them, and it's a result of being tiny. At most they'll have four selections at one time, but often it's 2 and sometimes they completely run out.

Sep 04, 2016
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mynie from Maryland

3.24/5  rDev -25%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.25

Stopped by on a warm Saturday afternoon.

The facade is nondescript--a combination of a warehouse *and* a strip mall, just to make sure that every brewery cliche is taken care of. The decor inside is sparse. Theres some long wooden tables, a couple TVs, and some very cool posters for different hop varieties.

The beer is solid, but not great. The IPAs left a little something to be desired but the sours were quite good.

Overall, a decent joint but that vibe really wasn't my thing. They were playing Kid Rock really loud, for example. And the pours were very expensive: 7 bucks for 12 ounces of a mid-ABV IPA.

A fine enough place to stop by if you're in the area, but not worth traveling for.

Aug 20, 2016
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Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Great IPAs, bar area was nice as was the communal tables. It was really hot in there with no AC, but the double orange starfish made it worth the sweat.

Only 3 of 5 available for pours by 130 and no crowlers or growlers. Hope they expand operations so they can support the beer nerd crush that is coming

Aug 07, 2016
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4thelvofbeer from Virginia

4.41/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 3.5

Awesome beers! Need to add a couple picnic tables outside and try to expand beer list a bit, but I know that will surely come. This place is a diamond in the rough.....can't wait to try some of their other beers!

Aug 05, 2016
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Sage954 from Maryland

4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Very laid back vibe when they aren't having a dipa release. Lots of nice people and really good beer. Only bad thing I could say is the draft list can be short some days, but I have always found something I like.

Jul 31, 2016
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dalizzie from Virginia

4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

I'm consider myself lucky. I'm just an short car/uber ride away from Aslin. That being said, I'd drive hours to come here! The location is nothing special. It's just a small warehouse in a warehouse district. A few restaurants are walkable though. Now that they're getting popular, the place is typically packed on weekends. They're doing their best though. They upped their staff from one person behind the bar to four people when I went this past weekend. It was elbow to elbow. Selfishly, I miss the days when I had the place to myself. But I'm super proud and happy for them. They're killing it. If you like juicy, New England style IPAs...Aslin are without question making the best around. They usually have at least one other style of beer on tap aaaand they're killing it with those too. Pro tip: pay attention to their facebook updates. They often sell out quick, but it's for a damn good reason.

Jun 05, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Dropped by on Sunday after flying into Dulles since I have been hearing good things about this place on BA. It is on the back end of a non-pedestrian strip mall (dance studios, commercial installation places, etc). Inside is a few long tables, the taps, and the back brewing area. Small and not much there really. The vibe itself was pretty lame, but I'm not knocking it because it was a Sunday after all. There were 2 beers on tap. That's right, 2 beers to choose from. That's it. Nothing wrong with that, but I can't really rate the "selection" high, can I? I should give it an even lower score, but I'll give them the benefit of the doubt (again) that it the might have a couple more beers on other days. The beer itself I rated a 4, so I'll give them that for quality. No issues with service either...the gave me the beer. Honestly, between the beer I had and the place I went to, I'm trying to figure out why other BAs have rated this so high.
EDIT - They consistently have a good selection of beer now...although they no longer have a tap room...so I'm increasing the "selection" score. Also, the quality is excellent compared to the two beers I had on my first visit.
However, vibe and service scores are really NA now since you can only buy cans to go.

May 23, 2016
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Diglitt from Virginia

5/5  rDev +15.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Terrific atmosphere. I love that I can bring my dogs or kids in and enjoy a nice open feel. The selection is very nice from what I've seen. They change up the menu a few times a week so there is always something new to try. The quality of beer is top notch as well.

May 23, 2016
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ZluvDbeer from Virginia

4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75

Love our new local up and coming Brewery. They are doing great things at Aslin. I highly recommend their Juicy delicious IPAs and the stout variants are wonderful. The owners are wonderful and open to have discussions about their beers and beer in general. I wish nothing but the best and hope for continued success and recommend anyone who likes good beer to give them a try!

Apr 22, 2016
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yourefragile from District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3

Bottom line: < 1 year old brewery in an industrial like commerical park with a small tasting room and limited selection finding their way keeping up with strong demand.

Vibe: Nothing special, space is located in the back of a commercial park in a warehouse like building with a L shaped 12ish person bar, a few high tops, and a few larger group tables. Board games, tv, take out menus, and beer list on a chalk board and a large roll of deli paper.

Quality: If you've heard of Aslin, it is likely for the IPAs. They are trafficing in chalky, cloudy, milky NE style IPAs which are as good as you'll find for in the DC area if that style is your thing. The rest of the less hop forward beers are adequate and comparable to other breweries in the area. The hoppy beers aren't yet at say Tree House quality, but are clearly evolving as the brewery has been open less than a year and is learning how to balance supply with demand.

Service: For the area the IPAs are sought after and you can expect a crowd on days that they are "releasing" a new IPA and are filling crowlers. When they run out of crowlers they will still fill other breweries growlers (32 and 64 oz ones with a wider mouth, not flip top ones) but the crowd is a little lighter and beers will stay on tap a little longer. Beers are offered in 5, 8 and 12 oz pours with flights available. Owners and employees are friendly and knowledgable and do the best they can when it gets busy.

Selection: Supply v. Demand. Currently they are going through some growing pains as demand grows and they are expanding their system to be able to brew larger batches. They are pretty good about updating Facebook and their webpage with tap lists but if the IPAs kick you might run into a rather short (2 or 3 beer) tap list of their less sought after beers.

Aslin is an exciting brewery for the area and are continuing to improve in execution as you would hope for their age. Some of the beers are a little overhyped by locals given what else is available in the area. I wouldn't go out of my way to trade for their stuff yet, but if you're in the DC/NoVa area (and reading this review) they're a must visit as of Spring 2016.

Apr 21, 2016
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illeagle05 from Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25

Vibe: Nice, laid back, the regulars are nice people, and the owners & family are friendly. A couple TV's tuned to sports which is always a good thing.

Quality: Excellent stuff. IPA's and DIPA's are their calling card, but nothing had disappointed so far that I've had.

Service.: Pretty good... always asking if I want another pour and Drew asks what I like or don't like about their offerings. Crowler fills have been fizzing quite a bit...not sure if this is a mechanical issue or user error.

Selection: A bit lacking here so far...often only 4 beers on tap, but I'm sort of OK with that as they seem to be concentrating on IPA's (by choice or not) and they do so great with IPA's that I'm hard-pressed to hold this against them. They do enough variants (Deceiver most notably) and interesting things (rosemary & vanilla IPA) to make their selection about quality over quantity.

Mar 26, 2016
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.25

This is a brewery with a bar and some tables for drinking, not a brewpub. That said, it's got a great, friendly vibe, a place for kids to play, and a big garage door they open when it's nice out. The brewer/owners are also the bartenders, and they're super nice. Dog friendly. Crowler machine. I give it a high rating because you come here for the great beer, esp the IPAs, and they are delicious!

Mar 25, 2016
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jrubenst12 from Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75

Hands down, the best beer in DC. I'm so happy to have Aslin in my neck of the woods. The place is small, but great beer makes everything better. Despite being a bit small, they seem to manage it well. I've been three times and only once had to stand up due to being overly crowded. Service has been solid each time as well! I know they just recently got a crowler machine, which will put another cool aspect to their brewery. I cannot wait to continue going.

Mar 22, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.91/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3.25

Been here a few times now. A nice small place with a friendly staff. They struggled a tad when busy, but at slower times, the experience is very good.

They are doing something different for this area, so unsure how to rate quality. I like their beers, but feel they could tighten them up a little. In very brief discussions, I understand they are balancing what brings in customers and how their beers taste (perhaps even to the personally).

As of this review, they are having growing pains, IMO. Selection is light at times - heavy on IPAs in a relative sense. They make others and have some interesting ideas in the works, but I think demand is high and causing selection issues right now.

Mar 13, 2016
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