Old Bust Head Brewing Company is named for a rural crossroads in the rolling hills of Fauquier County, Virginia that was once part of the property where owners Ike and Julie Broaddus now live.  The family that lived in their c.1734 farmhouse ran a wheelwright shop and a blacksmith shop at the corner that became a popular local gathering place.  Much to the chagrin of ‘Miss Cynthia’, the matriarch of the house, the locals dubbed the corner ‘Bust Head’ after someone enjoyed the homemade libations a little too much, fell off his horse, and busted his head.  The humorous name stuck and the road on which the house sits is officially ‘Old Bust Head Road’.  

Like Old Bust Head Brewing Company, the local crossroads was a place that brought folks together in good spirits and built community. While we're serious about the art of crafting exceptional beer, and about our passion for the environment, we endeavor—like the folks who gathered at the first Bust Head—to keep things playfully in perspective and make life a bit richer for all of us.



Whether the Viking’s Valhalla, or the Bavarian’s Bock, goats have a centuries old connection to beer.  But for us, the Old Bust Head Goat represents our rural roots and our affinity to the most social, happy, and fun-loving animal the farm. Most of all, any good goat will proudly jump on top of the highest thing around only to look ridiculous.  No matter how proud we are of what we brew, the energy we save, or the community we bring together—we remember the goat and keep it all in perspective. 



Beer is just our secret way of brainwashing people to care about the planet…okay, maybe not, but an environmental mission influences all we do at Old Bust Head. We try to set a friendly example—with our solar array that provides 50% of the energy needed for our production facility, our eighteen, 500’ deep geothermal wells that allow us to efficiently heat and cool our taproom and offices, and our CO2 recapture system that keeps thousands of pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere each year.  For a relatively small company, we’re in the big leagues of sustainability—our solar array ranks us as #4 solar distributing microbrewery in the United States, and #1 in Virginia and the 5 state area, and we are the first brewery in Virginia to implement carbon recapture.  Go to our Sustainability page to read more about all the things we do to reduce our impact, and to have an impact, while brewing great beer.



Our experience brewing traditional ales & lagers has helped us win awards in styles classic and creative. Our award winning traditional styles, like our Vixen Irish Red, Bust Head English Pale Ale, Oktoberfest Marzen Lager, and Gold Cup Russian Imperial Stout are happy to share the pedestal with our newer award winning Graffiti House West Coast IPA,  juicy Sonic Charm DIPA, and decadent Caramel Macchiato Stout. Brewing, barrel aging, or souring, our goal is that no matter what we make it will be fresh, inspiring, and will taste like could have been brewing it for generations.


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