Mad Fox Brewing Company was launched in July 2010 by CEO and executive brewer Bill Madden, a former brewer who spent a decade at Capitol City Brewing, and who designed the glass-enclosed brewery at Capitol City’s Shirlington location. Mad Fox brews all its British, Belgian and German style beers in-house on a 15-barrel Premier Stainless brewing system with 180-barrels of fermentation space under the direct supervision of CEO and Executive Brewer Madden. Two Mad Fox beers won international industry acclaim at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival® (GABF) in Denver, CO. The Kölsch Kellerbier earned a gold medal while the English Summer Ale captured a bronze.
In addition to the Falls Church location, Mad Fox’s award-winning brews have been on tap at bars and restaurants throughout the D.C. area including, for the last six years, at Nationals Park. And in August 2015, Madden and co. opened a Washington, D.C. outpost, dubbed Mad Fox Taproom, which had a short run in the neighborhood of Glover Park before closing less than three years later.
All the craft beers were brewed on-site in Falls Church, using the finest ingredients sourced from across the country and internationally as well. Before the DC Glover Park Taproom opened they were brewing about 1,600 barrels [50,000 gallons] a year, and increased production in order to brew more for the additional locations, as their brewery had the capacity to brew about 3,200 barrels.
Since its opening, the craft brew industry has exploded in Virginia, with microbreweries popping up throughout the area including Audacious Aleworks, a nanobrewery less than a mile from Mad Fox, and Settle Down Easy Brewing Company just 2.5 miles away. These factors along with the high rents, led to the decision to close in July 2019, just days after celebrating its ninth anniversary.
The seriousness of this operation came through once you entered the brewpub. Looking at the size of the serving tanks, you realized that this is only a portion of their equipment; the brewhouse itself was in another room.
You had the choice to pick your space, since there were three great options to choose from. You could cozy up by the fireplace indulging in old English traditions in the Saloon Room, which modeled itself after the pub experience historically enjoyed by the English upper class. Or maybe the Pub was more to your liking, where you could come together with friends along the 63-foot custom bar and enjoy your beer surrounded with the beautiful cherry-stained rock maple decor details. If neither of those quite fitted, you could wine and dine with over a hundred other customers in the Dining Room. This space was separated from the rest of the brewery, but looks on over it from one side, and looks out over the Market Square from the other. You could enjoy watching speciality beer being aged in barrels, sparkling in the sunlight that poured in from its full length windows.
Over the years, Mad Fox has been known for its beer events, including its annual barleywine and Oktoberfest festivals, as well as its collaborations with local businesses like Falls Church Distillers, The Neighborhood Barbershop, Rock Star Real Estate and Rare Bird Coffee Roasters. They even brewed a beer honoring former Falls Church teacher and vice mayor Lindy Hockenberry, called Lindy’s Weiss, a Bavarian-style Hefeweizen.
As a note Solace Brewing co. moved in to this space opening the Solace Outpost.
Mad Fox Brewing Company’s (“Mad Fox”) mission is to brew and serve the best craftbrew in Northern Virginia. Through it’s brewpub operations, Mad Fox will meet the demand of a well-educated and thirsty clientele hungry for great craftbrew and a comfortable place to enjoy it.