As a keen craft beer fan I'm always on the look out for new breweries that are opening up in my local area as I believe that supporting your community business has been one of the biggest accolades of the craft beer movement and we need to celebrate these entrepreneurs in giving back to the local economy. So as you can imagine I was delighted to see that a new brewery and tap room, Saints Row Brewing, was opening in my town and after heading to their opening day celebration I knew that I had to try and grab some face time with Tony Prebula to talk about the beer what drives the business and their future plans.
Saints Row Brewing is located in Rockville Maryland just off of the busy East Gude Drive and when you're driving past the big green brewery sign grabs your attention and made me want to look it up and see what they were all about. They are a family owned business run by Tony, who used to brew at Union Craft Brewery in Baltimore, and Lacy Prebula who are both Maryland natives with Tony hailing from the Rockville / Gaithersburg area. The brewery operates on a 3 barrel system to service four tap lines which are always rotating in styles with my two personal favourites being the Hopostolic Succession, a very refreshing dry hopped saison with plenty of white grape character from Nelson Sauvin and St. Drogo, a coffee stout brewed with Sumatran coffee provided by another local business Mayorga which is perfect for the cold dark nights currently rolling in. Alongside sours, IPAs, extra special bitters and wheat beers.
Talking to Tony it is obvious that one of the main drivers behind the business is to be the best community brewery they can be. He is from the area in which the brewery is located and his drive to be a place where the community can come in relax and be a meeting place for locals and visitors to discover what Rockville and Maryland has to offer is eminently obvious. The drive to do business with their community gives the brewery and tap room a very friendly and family feel to the place and Tony is there everyday pouring beer and asking what the customers think so that he can hone his craft and make the best beer that he can. So what are the future plans? Keep brewing good beer, supporting the community and do the best they can. Straightforward, honest and hardworking just like the people behind the brewery.
I really enjoyed my time speaking to Tony and his passion is infectious so if you are in the Rockville area I can only recommend Saints Row Brewing and would advise that you go and try some of their beers and enjoy their relaxed community feel.