Audacious Aleworks to host a beer garden

The Taste of Annandale will feature craft beers from Audacious Aleworks, a brewery and taproom that opened in May in Falls Church.

The festival will for the first time have an enclosed beer garden. Audacious Aleworks plans to offer four types of brews, probably including an IPA, an Oktoberfest beer, and “whatever looks good at the time,” says co-owner and head brewer Mike Frizzell.

Audacious Aleworks, located at 110 E. Fairfax St., offers nearly 20 types of beer, ales, stouts, and porters, with new varieties continually introduced.

Currently popular brews include a mango-infused IPA called “There’s Something about Mango”; “7 Evil Exes,” a “sour fruit explosion” with cherry and apricot puree; “Thirsty Work,” a New England-style IPA with citrus notes; and “Lucid Dream Cream Ale,” an amber beer with hints of caramel and vanilla.

Co-owner Brian Reinoehl got the idea for opening a craft brewery after walking into Bad Wolf Brewery in Manassas five years ago and thinking, “I want to do this.”

He and Frizzell learned all about beer making, experimented in Reinoehl’s house, and sold their IT company so they could concentrate on establishing their own brewery.

Beginning in September, Audacious Aleworks will start serving food, such as pizza, sandwiches, wings, and salads. Future plans call for live music, outdoor seating, and selling brews in cans. It already sells growlers, 64 ounces of beer in bottles.

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