Bryan Voltaggio's sprawling 5,000 square-foot kitchen at Range already contains a wood-fired grill, raw bar, rotisserie, bakery, charcuterie station, and pasta station. Now, the Chevy Chase Pavilion restaurant is looking to add a brewing equipment as well.
"We're already utilizing a lot of local craft beer in the taps at Range, so why not brew our own?" Voltaggio says.
Jonathan Staples, husband to Voltaggio's business partner Hilda Staples, is building a hops processing facility in Loudoun County, which Range plans to source from.
Voltaggio wants to brew some staple styles but also more experimental beers. He hopes his chef's perspective and all the resources that come with having a large kitchen on-site will set the brewing operation apart. "We have a lot of other equipment in our kitchen where we're going to be able to take ingredients a little bit further than traditional brewing," he says.
The small batch brewing setup would only produce enough beer for the restaurant itself, but Voltaggio is interested in setting up a growler station so people could grab some to go. The plans are still in the early stages, and the restaurant hasn't had its brewpub permit approved yet. Stay tuned for more.
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