Roger and Christine Knoell started this brewery as the first step toward an ultimate goal of creating a farm brewery. So in 2011 they began planning this adventure, to begin on a small scale, to learn as they go, with minimal risk, and very little infrastructure. In 2012, Barnhouse Brewery opened to the public with a 16-seat tasting room underneath the back of the Knoell’s private residence in Lucketts, Virginia. The response to the quality of the beers was overwhelming. So planning began in 2014 to open a farm brewery under the newly passed Virginia farm brewery laws in order to expand the brewery and tasting room capacities. In late 2014, the Knoell’s purchased an 18-acre farmette, also in Lucketts, Virginia, and temporarily suspending business operations as the new facility was being built. Rob Larrick joined the Knoell’s as a member of Barnhouse Brewery in 2016 and our focus was placed solely on completing the new facility and opening to the public. Barnhouse Brewery re-opened on May 7, 2016.
Our goals are simple ones: Brew great beer that people like, meet and get to know the people that drink your beer, use local ingredients when possible, and provide a setting that people will enjoy and want to come back to again. To meet these goals, we brew small, handcrafted batches supporting the craft beer enthusiast and regional community. We invite you to our farm brewery and tasting room to enjoy these great beers. We will be open on a varying weekend schedule, so please check the website Home page for hours.
Owner / Brewer
Roger started homebrewing over 20 years ago like most brewers do... from a homebrewing kit. He quickly moved into all grain brewing and worked hard to master the art and science of brewing. He eventually realized that he could learn a great deal more by getting involved with other local homebrewers which led to his involvement with the Frederick Original Ale Makers (FOAM) in Frederick, Maryland which is supported by a great homebrew shop, The Flying Barrel. Along the way, he developed a local "following" of friends and neighbors who eventually convinced him to give this a try (don't get him wrong it was a dream of his for a long time). His focus is on brewing good, easy drinking beers with less emphasis on using odd ingredients. Roger continually strives to foster "local" in all aspects of his brewing. He spear-headed the effort to establish our 140-plant hop yard which we plan to continually expand. Roger is also a BJCP-certified beer judge.
Owner / Tasting Room Manager
Roger's wife and soul mate, Christine handles the tasting room operations ensuring that all of our patrons are served our great beers in a fast and friendly manner and they have a clean and comfortable tasting room and outdoor environment to enjoy them in. Christine also supports Rob with the business management operations by maintaining many vendor and community relationships.
Owner / Business Manager
Rob handles the day-to-day business management and operations of the brewery.Rob has been actively involved with the Brewery since its opening in 2012.Rob also supports Roger as the assistant brewer by milling grains, cleaning and sanitizing instruments and equipment, and is really good at washing things and squeegee-ing the brewery floor. Rob also supports Christine with the tasting room operations working the register, pouring pints, and filling growlers.