We all know that Richmond has some fantastic craft and microbreweries. The options are many and on a recommendation, I finally got around to visiting Midnight Brewery in Rockville, VA this past weekend.

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Tucked into the back of a business park right off of the Rockville exit of I-64 is where you’ll find this family-owned gem. It’s not a huge place, but we actually loved that part. You just feel a sense of community when you walk in here, which is perfect for beer drinkers who love to chat with neighbors and friends. We took the entire family and were happy to find that there were games to keep the kids occupied and fresh brewed in-house root beer on tap just for them. The staff was the epitome of the hospitality you expect around here with smiling faces and a genuinely helpful attitude. Because we were first timers they happily answered our questions and let us sample what we were interested in before we bought an entire glass. We were off to a great start.

Their beer philosophy is “approachable enough for the novice craft beer drinker, complex enough to satisfy more advanced palates” and I have to say it’s on point. My palette for beer definitely isn’t advanced and I found many choices that I enjoyed. However, the other couple we were with are avid beer drinkers from Denver (HUGE on craft beer over there) and do what they call “Brewery Thursday” every week–so you could say they’ve tried a few, and Midnight is one of their favorite breweries in the area. 

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When it came down to choosing what to drink, it was all about the heat. It was 100 degrees and climbing on this day, so with something refreshing on my mind my brew of choice was their Blood Orange IPA called Blood Moon Bliss that they recently released on July 4. It was a great pick for the day with just the right amount of citrus flavor. Other favorites from our group were the Watermelon Lime, the Rockville Red Irish Red Ale, and the Not My Job English Brown Ale.

And just as we’ve come to expect from RVA breweries, they host food trucks and also have live music to enjoy with a variety of local trucks and musicians. During our visit, River City Wood Fire Pizza (one of my favorites!) was cranking out pizzas for hungry patrons and musician Todd Luke was entertaining the crowd. With a delicious craft beer in hand, fantastic food and live music there’s not much more we could’ve asked of a Saturday. 

Be sure to visit Midnight Brewery when you get a chance and support local business! You can find more info on operating hours and their full story on their website at midnightbrewery.com and look for upcoming events and beer releases on their Facebook page linked here.

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