Tuesday morning without an appointment, I crashed upon Corcoran Vineyards, and landed at Loudon County’s most popular brewery and vineyard garden. Jim Corcoran, Vineyard manager is a really adaptable guy.
I popped in to schedule a tour for a later time, and he dropped everything he was doing to give me a quick tour of the brewery. I really am enjoying the Southern hospitality and charm of Lovettsville. Transitioning from years in the Midwest to the twenty-four hour, overwhelming nature of most of Washington D.C. has taken its toll. D.C. is draining and heartbreaking and if the truckers do their thing, I 495 and I 95 may be shut down this weekend over the political climate here in Washington, making life miserable for everyone. Selfishness runs rampant in D.C. with impunity. But not out here…
Corcoran Vineyards is located at 14635 Corkys Farm Lane in Waterford, Virginia and it is everything its hype has creatively evoked in a vineyard. They are open for tasting and brewery tours every weekend and October is a really great time to take a tour. It is not too hot and not too cold, and the scenery is breathtaking. They grow their own hops and grapes and use all the organic ingredients for the beer and wine. Check out the website for specific tour details and pricing at www.corcoranvineyards.com
Jim took me on a tour of his facility without ever questioning my credentials or doubting my professionalism. He was helpful and answered all my moronic questions about “Strange Brew” and Max Von Sydow as the evil brew master. (Actually, we didn’t have that conversation but I wished we had).
Loudon County is majestic and scenic and quant and everything about the countryside is holy and angelic, nothing like the city climate which is anything but angelic currently. While the State and National Parks may be closed, perhaps now is the time take the opportunity to expand your horizons and partake in other activities such as visiting independently owned breweries and other independently owned businesses in Loudon County.
It pains me to say that one mile from Corcoran Vineyards a new subdivision is being built. Jim’s brewery is situated out in the middle of nowhere I was lucky to even find it, and even luckier that his two dogs led me to him. There is a dirt road that goes on for a mile and signs that lead you to the Corcoran estate, and I hope the beer drinkers and hell raisers read the website for the directions to this lovely establishment.
There is a patio off the brewery where one may sit and enjoy the peace and quiet while sipping the Corktoberfest or Wheatland beer at five dollars a glass. That is a damn good price for a micro brew these days.
Jim and his Brew master, Kevin Bills are off to Denver, Colorado for the big International Beer Fest and competing against the big league microbrews. We here in small town, Virginia wish them luck in the big competition in big bad Denver. Good Luck Jim! I am off to watch “Strange Brew “and to hopefully forget about the troubles they are having downtown right now, although frankly once the drama of this incident ends there will only be some new nightmare to take its place.