The oldest local brewery offers beer lovers multiple options, from sour to IPAs
By Steve Oviatt
BadWolf Brewing Company is the oldest local brewery around. It began, much like other local breweries do, as a home project. Jeremy Meyers, owner of BadWolf Brewing Company, initially brewed beer as a hobby while still a student, and then decided to take the plunge and start his own brewery. Using their savings and a business plan developed as a class project by his wife, Sarah, at George Mason University, the Meyers opened BadWolf Brewing Company in June of 2013 in a small storefront across from Southern States in Manassas. Explosive growth from high demand allowed the Meyers to expand into a larger location near Osborne Park High School two years later.
To keep up with demand, BadWolf brews different beers at each of their locations. The original site, Little BadWolf, concentrates on sours, the first of which is their raspberry-loaded Mother Pucker, available in six packs and by the case. More sours are planned for later this year.
The new site, Big BadWolf, is the heart of the Meyer’s brewing business. Meyers says old favorites like Jesse’s Girl and Aces High will stay in production here, as will IPA’s Kaiju and Virginia Hooligan (which is aged in gin and bourbon barrels). New beers will also be brewed here too.
Plans are now underway to open a public house with an onsite brewery in Manassas, in partnership with C.J. Finz and other partners later this year. The beer menu is still being developed.
BadWolf’s two sites feature family-friendly tap rooms with rotating offerings. Customers can bring food in, or order from nearby eateries or food trucks that stop by Big BadWolf on the weekends. When weather permits, outdoor seating is also available at Big BadWolf. Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted, aside from service animals.
Little BadWolf: 9776 Center Street,Manassas 571-208-1064
Big BadWolf: 8420 Kao Circle, Manassas 703-479-2305
HOURS: 4-9 p.m. on Wednesdays & Thursdays, 3-10 p.m. on Fridays, 2-10 p.m. on Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. on Sundays