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Mustang Sally Opening Shows that Fairfax’s Economy is Brewing Success

News Highlights

  • Mustang Sally in Chantilly is Fairfax's newest microbrewery, and county officials, who attend the grand opening, want to see this industry grow as part of the efforts to diversity the economy.
  • Craft beer is big business in Virginia, employing more than 8,900 people and producing more than $1 billion in economic impact.
  • Fairfax will celebrate craft breweries with its first ever Workhouse Brewfest on Aug. 13, 2016.


Mustang Sally, the newest brewery in Fairfax County, opened its doors in Chantilly on Wednesday.

The craft brewer joins more than six others in Fairfax, and county officials attended yesterday’s grand opening. Officials are celebrating this industry growth as the county works to diversify its economy under its strategic plan for economic success.

"Fairfax County is really interested in helping to grow the tourism community, wine industry and now the microbrew industry,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova.


Craft beer is now big business in Virginia. These breweries employ more than 8,900 people and produce more than $1 billion in economic impact in the state, according to the Brewers Association.

This expanding industry helps Fairfax achieve the goals in its economic plan, including encouraging entrepreneurs and innovation; promoting arts, hospitality and tourism; supporting events that cultivate a vibrant, energized community.



The county will celebrate the industry with its first ever Workhouse Brewfest on Aug. 13, 2016. The event will offer nearly 100 craft beers from 30 breweries, bands, arts, and food. It will take place at the Workhouse Arts Center on the historic grounds of the former Lorton Prison that is being redeveloped into a mixed use community.

Mustang Sally will be joining four other local breweries at the event:

  • Caboose from Vienna
  • Fairwinds from Lorton
  • Forge from Lorton
  • Lake Anne Brew House from Reston

Check this listing to find other craft breweries and beer pubs in our area.




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