Best of NoVA 2018
Looking to find a good place to buy a drink in NoVA? From breweries and wineries to coffeehouses and teashops, here are your fellow Northern Virginians’ favorites.
Caboose Brewing Co.
Led by Head Brewer Justin Weems, Caboose crafts its beers in its 15-barrel brewhouse on-premises. Caboose has its beer selection covered, from a variety of ales to Belgian-style witbier to stouts and double IPAs. A selection of ciders, wines and cocktails are also on the menu. –MB // 520 Mill St. NE, Vienna; caboosebrewing.com
Stone Tower Winery
When Stone Tower Winery opened its doors, its Harvest Barn served as its only tasting room. Today, in addition to the Barn there is the Tower View Tasting Room. Growth was necessary as Stone Tower continues to be one of Loudoun’s most popular places to spend an afternoon. –MB // 19925 Hogback Mountain Road, Leesburg; stonetowerwinery.com
Catoctin Creek Distillery
Until Becky and Scott Harris founded Catoctin Creek Distillery, there hadn’t been a legal distillery in Loudoun since before Prohibition. Home of Virginia’s most awarded whiskey, the Roundstone Rye, visitors to Catoctin can get a tour of the distilling process and taste what all the buzz is about. –MB // 120 W. Main St., Purcellville; catoctincreekdistilling.com
This Vienna shop offers a wide variety of coffee from Costa Rica, Jamaica, Peru, Brazil and Papua New Gineau, to name only a few, all of which are roasted in their own small-batch facility. You’ll find a list of options for tea as well, two best-sellers being their Irish Breakfast and Long Island Strawberry. Both tea and coffee can be purchased online if you just can’t get enough. –RK // 107 Church St. NE, Vienna; caffeamouri.com
House of Steep
This isn’t your traditional teahouse as House of Steep takes things up a step further by also offering herbal footbaths. Teas, honey, preserves, steepers and other products related to the hot beverage are available for purchase, and there’s also an option to get reflexology, hand and arm, lower leg and foot massages. –RK // 3800 Lee Highway, Arlington; houseofsteep.com
Kung Fu Tea
Founded by a group of friends who loved Taiwan bubble tea but could not find any high-quality versions in New York, this popular, expanding chain offers a long list of tapioca ball beverages starting with the classics, plus a list of concoctions in the form of milk tea, slush and punch drinks, snow cream, espresso beverages and more. –RK // Multiple locations; kungfutea.com