Fair Winds Brewing Company gains more awards — and floor space


Fair Winds Brewing Company and one of its regular food trucks

Lorton-based Fair Winds Brewing Company racked up another national award recently at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) in Denver, Colorado. The event is the largest professional beer competition in the nation, and the 2022 festival was the most competitive to date according to event organizers.

Fair Winds earned a silver medal in the Bohemian-style Pilsener category for its aptly named Pohick Bay Pilsener, which is available in six-packs at the brewery. CEO and brewmaster Charlie Buettner said the win provides validation that his brewing team makes exceptional beers.

Credit: Fair Winds Brewing Company

“It’s a great feeling to win in such a crowded category,” he said. “Being one of the 300 winning beers out of 9,900 entries is truly something special.”

This was Fair Winds’ third medal from GABF. The brewery took home gold for its Siren’s Lure in the Saison category in 2015 and bronze for the same beer in the American-Belgo category in 2021. Other recent awards include 2021 Best in Show at the Virginia Beer Cup for Fair Winds’ Quayside Kolsch and a bronze medal in 2022 for Siren’s Lure in the American-Belgo category at the U.S. Open Beer Competition.

The brewery has plenty of space to store its bling. Fair Winds recently expanded into an adjacent unit vacated by a home remodeling company in the Gunston Industrial Park. Besides using part of it for storage and production, the staff plans to make it available for private events by the end of the year, said Buettner.

Fair Winds' new space at Gunston Industrial Park (Credit: Fair Winds Brewing Company)

In the nearer term, the brewery will be releasing its new Blackened Seas (Black Cherry Porter) beer at its Halloween party on Oct. 29 and is holding its “Buy a Vet a Beer” program through Nov. 11. Other events are posted on its website.

Fair Winds Brewing Company is located at 7000 Newington Road, Suites J, K and L, in Lorton.

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