Coming soon: Mustang Sally Brewing in bottles

WASHINGTON — Mustang Sally Brewing Company, which opened its Chantilly, Virginia, brewery last May, says it will start selling its beers in bottles, and has lined up some A-list retailers, including Harris Teeter and Wegmans, to carry it.

Mustang Sally recently brought online a new bottling line at its 14,000-square-foot brewing facility, and says retail distribution will begin in early April.

Among the first bottled beers will be Mustang Sally’s Article One Amber Lager, a medium-bodied Vienna-style lager. It will also bottle a rotating lineup from its Enlightened Series.

Why bottles and not cans, the default choice of many craft brewers?

“We view our product to be a very high-end product and, as much as we love the idea of cans, we still think the market is looking for bottles,” owner Sean Hunt told WTOP.  “In the long term, we’d like to provide both.”

Mustang Sally’s beers are already on tap at several Northern Virginia locations.

Retailers that will carry Mustang Sally’s bottled beers include Safeway, Harris Teeter, Wegmans, Total Wine and Mom’s Organic Market. It will be also carried at some Northern Virginia 7-Eleven and Sheetz locations.

Hunt, a former corporate lawyer, named his brewery after a boat he was sailing when just out of college.

Hunt had been home brewing for more than two decades before deciding in 2014 to hang up corporate life to pursue his passion for beer full-time.

The brewery, at 14140 Parke Long Court in Chantilly, includes a 4,000-square-foot tasting room.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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