So this past weekend I had the opportunity to fly up to Chantilly, VA for the Ono Brewery 2nd Anniversary Luau. This was going to be a huge event as I had invited more than 200 colleagues of mine from across the country as kind of a mini reunion get together. Of course, my nephew Mark and I got in late due to plane trouble. No worries, the tap room was open.
What is unique about Ono is the self serve tap room. With more than 10 beers on tap, patrons can sample across the board, 1oz to full pint with a little RF card assigned to them that keeps track of the purchases for the evening. The other great thing about this once little brewery, is that the owners, Scott and Cyndi Hoffman are a great team from brewmaster, to marketing, and my personal favorite, their ability to give back to the community each month with 50% of the tips from patrons. That is awesome in general, but note, that they have donated back to the community more than $50, 000 in the past year.
Newsletter? Of course. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get on the distribution for monthly and upcoming events. Want to rent out the space for a private event? No worries, Cyndi is the person to talk to also.
So Friday night was a warm up for my colleagues and I , catching up on family, how have you been, etc, but getting to bed early enough, after Scott gave us a tour, so that we could help in the morning with the setups.
On the day the Luau, it was great, not hot, just right. Nick and the Odd Barbeque team was doing their thing preparing for the onslaught of hungry Luau attendees and the over 120 Hawaiian performers that would be entertaining that day.
One great addition from the first anniversary is the Ono Beach Shack. Since inception 2 years ago, the Hoffman’s have been pouring (no pun intended), back into the business and Ono Brews can be found in over 200 Bars and Restaurants in the Northern Virginia and D.C. area. A huge accomplishment for a 2 year anniversary but a testament to the work ethic and community approach that the Hoffman’s take with their business.
As my readers are aware, I rarely call out individual beers in this forum, however, I will make an exception for their Jack-O pumpkin ale.
A light bodied ale with caramel and red malts selected to give it a slightly orange hue, just like a Jack-o-lantern. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and pumpkin, this beer tastes like pumpkin pie in a glass! Enjoy with or without our cinnamon/sugar/graham cracker topping to rim the beer glass! (ABV 6% IBU 15).
One specific vendor call out is Krissee D’Aguiar from RiverSeaChocolates for their excellent chocolates to celebrate the 2nd Onoversary Luau. This is the good stuff that you just take one small bite at a time.
So, friends, don’t be afraid to invite long lost brothers, sisters, colleagues to a craft brew celebration, It is a good thing.
Till next time and always Hoptimistic
Last modified: October 1, 2019