IT STARTED ON THE FARM
Family Owned and Operated Farm Brewery
We are comfortably nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains 1 mile outside of the village of Bluemont. From plow to pint, our focus is small batch hand crafted beer from fresh ingredients grown on our family farm, Great Country Farms.
The Brewery is a natural ” fermentation” extension to our 400-acre farm. The Zurschmeide family has been farming in Loudoun County for over 40 years. Our name, “Dirt Farm” pays homage to our farming heritage that spans three generations. We are grateful to work and play surrounded by our own family and many friends. We welcome you to bring yours & slow down a bit in the country.
MISSION STATEMENT: To provide a space that is close to nature and creates a sense of place, an authentic attachment and belonging to our guests, staff, and our family; as we continue to cultivate the land and our community culture around the celebration independent craft beer.
Plow to Pint
Farming runs deep in the Zurschmeide family, instilled in us by our patriarch, Bob Zurschmeide who grew up farming in Indiana and still says the money he saved to put himself through college was covered in peach fuzz.
The family moved to Loudoun County in the early 1970s and started a small homestead farm in Lincoln, VA and leased up to 400 acres across the county to grow sweet corn, mums, pumpkins, and vegetables for the original family Farm Market, Fruit of the Vine, in Leesburg, VA.
As the family and Loudoun County grew, moving equipment in traffic created a huge challenge so we purchased the fallow farm in Bluemont, VA in 1993 that has become Great Country Farms. As we nurtured the soil back into production the business expanded to open Bluemont Vineyard in 2007. The wine industry has flourished throughout Loudoun and in recent years we saw the rise in demand for locally sourced fruit, hops, etc for breweries as the craft beer scene exploded in Virginia. In 2012 the opportunity arose for the purchase 100 surrounding acres of hillside with handsome stone buildings and that is now home to Dirt Farm.
We are committed to bringing fresh and local ingredients to craft beer. Our 3-acre hop yard of Cascade, Chinook, Centennial, and Nugget is established and about 10 acres of 6 row thoroughbred barley. We continue to plant in an effort to produce the best Loudoun VA malt. This past fall we harvested Dirt Farm’s own yeast strain. Beers like Tart 31, Som Peach and our Pumpkin Ale utilize traditional fruit and veggies from our very own, Great Country Farms.
Janell Zurschmeide has a lifetime attachment to western Loudoun and a strong adoration for and a good IPA. She helped bring the farm brewery bill, SB430 across the finish line for the Commonwealth as well as Loudoun County’s zoning ordinance to expand farm breweries as a rural use. She Co-Chairs the Farm Brewery Committee for the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG) and manages the business. You will find her there unless she is off enjoying life with her husband Bruce and their three children.
Bruce Zurschmeide carries his years of farming and winemaking expertise down the road to Dirt Farm. His love of terroir and fermentation flows deep here in Bluemont as his creativity continues to get us closer to our plow to pint mission. Bruce oversees the next generation of Zurschmeides putting their stamp on the family farm.
Brewers, Wes Schoeb, and Nick Zurschmeide have both passed their Brewer’s certification and help drive our newest venture. They embody our motto of “Dirt Don’t Hurt” as they roll up their sleeves and turn farm fresh grains, hops, fruits and our mountain water into handcrafted brews with true flavor and a sense of place.Their goal is to bring you closer to what our farm family is growing and to this great land where they grew up and still call home. They are using their hands and rapidly growing brewing know-how to create an environment and flavor experience you will want to come back for again and again.
We drove out from Alexandria for a beer with a view. What a great find! The week’s stress dissolved as soon as we sat down and gazed out from the patio. Thank you, Bruce & Janell.
—Barbara B., via Facebook