Old Bust Head Brewing Company is named for a rural crossroads in the rolling hills of Fauquier County, Virginia. The locals who dubbed the corner ‘Bust Head’ enjoyed not only the potent libations brewed there, but also a little good humor. Bust Head was a place that brought folks together in good spirits and built community—and that’s what we hope to do at Old Bust Head Brewing Company. While we’re serious about the art of crafting exceptional beer, and about our passion for the environment, we endeavor—like the folks who raised the glass at the first Bust Head—to keep things playfully in perspective and make life a bit more enjoyable 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 try to keep it all playfully 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 40% of the energy needed for our production facility, and our eighteen, 500’ deep geothermal wells that allow us to efficiently heat and cool our taproom and offices. For a relatively small company, we’re in the big leagues of sustainability—as of August 2019 the size of our new solar array ranks us as #4 solar distributing microbrewery in the United States, and #26 solar brewery of any kind in the nation—and #1 in Virginia and the 5 state area. 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.
Old Bust Head is an independent craft brewery, with day to day operations being run by its owners—long time community members, Ike and Julie Broaddus, Brewmaster, Jay Bergantim, and a talented team of familiar faces that make up the Old Bust Head family.
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.