Come for the beverages, stay for the views
Summer is still underway, and I have a few more things on my summer bucket list. One of the things that I have tried to do during the pandemic and still try to do even as restrictions are lifting is to support locally owned businesses.
Today my husband and I are celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. It is no small feat to make it 20 years, especially when one of those included a cancer diagnosis in a pandemic. But here we are, still going strong. One of the things we wanted to do to celebrate was to go somewhere we have not been yet. Interestingly enough, while it seems that we have visited just about every restaurant in Montgomery County, we have not tried any of the breweries.
When I hopped onto social media and asked about a favorite local brewery recommendation, there were a lot of favorable responses to Lone Oak Brewery in Olney. It is 28.66 acres of “bucolic fields and streams, a pond and wide-open space” with a brewery.
The brewery is owned by the Miller brothers and the Mollets, a father and son duo. All four share the same values of “hard work, an entrepreneurial drive, and loyalty,” and “prioritized family, friends, and faith” with an appreciation for a good beer on the side.
The picnic tables spread out over the farm are perfect for a family-friendly outdoor picnic with great beer. Picnic tables are a first-come, first-serve basis. Bring a meal from home, extra chairs, your dog (just remember to keep him on a leash and baggies to pick up after him), and let the kids play on the handmade playground set. There is even room for yard games.
The front patio is also a lovely space to enjoy your beverage. The post and beams were milled on-site. Enjoy the music and the view from the porch. During the warmer months, their fire pits areas turn into rentable conversation areas.
When the days get colder, groups can rent out the on-site tents or the fire pit areas. The ambiance is beautiful.
They have a wide variety of beers, and you can order a flight. I love that one of the beers is in collaboration with a local orchard. The Butler’s Blues is their classic Lager fermented on 600 pounds of blueberries from Butler's Orchard.
They do not offer meals, but you can get food from their “Bites” menu. We ordered the cut veggies with hummus, the flatbread dippers, and the charcuterie bag. The spicy feta that accompanied the flatbread was my favorite dipper and was perfect for the flatbread. The charcuterie bag included Italian sopresatta, cheese, a sleeve of crackers, fig spread, and whole grain mustard.
If you are around on August 7, join them for the Farmers and Friends Festival from 11am to 7pm. Tickets are available online on the Lone Oak Brewing website. In addition, Lone Oak Farm Brewing Company invites you to sample what other breweries have to offer. There will also be food trucks, live music, a farmer’s market, and vendors.
There is an entrance fee of $20 fee which includes 5 tasting tickets witht the opportunity to purchase more tasting tickets. Parking is $10.
Put Lone Oak Farm Brewing Company on your summer bucket list and enjoy some “Loakal” brew.
You can find them at: 5000 Olney Laytonsville Rd, Olney, MD
Have you been to Lone Oak Farms? What's your favorite beverage?
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