December 18

Caboose Brewing Company-Vienna

My first introduction to the Caboose Brewing Company came as I was riding my Old-Man-Comfy-Seat-Bike (OMCSB) down the Washington and Old Dominion Trail*(W&OD). This was my first venture up the trail toward Vienna, a cozy Virginia burb nestled about 10 miles’ straight line from Washington DC. As I made my way through Vienna I noticed a long line of bicycles lined up against the wall of a warehouse looking building. When I came to the end of the line of bicycle I saw a mix of families, hipsters, 40’ somethings, etc. drinking what appeared to be craft beer. Sccreeeeech. I hammered the brakes and parked my OMCSB along the wall. How can I possibly pass up a craft brewery adjacent to a bike trail?!

I went inside the side door and walked up the steps to the bar area. The Caboose Brewing Company is located at the end of a warehouse on a dead-end road virtually on top of the W&OD. The inside is crisp and minimalist with the feel of a shined up warehouse; open ceiling with venting; polished concrete and wood floors; natural wood shellacked and made into furniture; bare walls minus one large framed rustic picture, a sign showing the farms used (for the eats) and the beers on tap.

I was biking so I asked for anything that was light and hoppy; with a side glass of water. I sipped my beer (yep, I forgot what I got, real pro eh?). Knowing I had a trek back to the ranch I decided to just have one beer and be on my way. I knew I would be back.
Fast forward a couple months. Dinner with my good friends and their daughter. We came back at night via car. It was a different view on the way in. Passing warehouses and storefronts on the dimly lit dead end road to where Caboose was located.

Caboose is a bit different at night. The warehouse atmosphere is a great set up for a restaurant; it makes for an uncrowded feel. The tables are set far enough apart that you don’t feel on top of each other. We made reservations (I recommend that!) and were seated right away.

The menu was different than typical brew fair [sic]. Caboose served small plates (i.e. small eats). The staff was real friendly and seemed used to lots of questions from novice “small eaters” like us. I decided on the Oven Baked Mac N Cheese (Vegan). The ingredient caught my eye… Cow’s Milk Asiago, Pecorino Romano, Parmesan Regiano, Toasted Sourdough Crumble all for $10. It was a flavor explosion of cheese and do I ever love cheese! Farm to Table…sign on wall shows where the food actually came from; all local to VA and the area

Beer…. they were sold out of their own brewed IPA that night but I settled on a local IPA, so I won’t review the beer this time. I will be back though.

I highly recommend Caboose. A beer review of what they have to offer will be coming soon.