Heroic Aleworks in Woodbridge VA
Heroic Aleworks is a comic and pop culture inspired craft brewery in Woodbridge, VA. In their own words, “We aren’t just brewers, we’re NERDS!”
Co-founder and CEO Tim Hoke is an Army veteran who began his beer education while stationed in Germany. After serving in Iraq he left the service to complete his MBA at Virginia Tech, and ultimately to pursue his love of beer and to release his inner nerd.
Head brewer Leon Harris, a veteran of the US Air Force, began his love of beer while stationed in Holland. After separating from the service, he home brewed for years before starting an 18 month internship at The District Chophouse and Brewery in DC, then served as an assistant brewer at Capitol City Brewing Company for nearly 2 years.
And while it may be difficult to tell whether their first love is beer or the nerd universe, their skill and craftsmanship are undeniable in their beers.
However, to say they are doing things a little different than your typical craft brewery might be a little bit of an understatement. In addition to being a brewery offering an excellent list of craft beers with names such as DOCTOR ENIGMA AMERICAN IPA, and MISTRESS OF WAR IMPERIAL IPA, they see themselves as a geek culture epicenter, comprising of comic books, gaming, and even the creation of their own comic book universe. They also host cosplay events, gaming nights, and have an entirely free arcade!
If you haven’t been there yet, you owe it to yourself to check it out!