A Sneak Peek Inside the Gorgeous and Eagerly Awaited Lake Anne Brew House

If you are among the thousands of Northern Virginians who have been waiting for Reston’s new waterfront nanobrewery, then you will be excited to hear that the Lake Anne Brew House will have its grand opening this Saturday, April 16, 2016.

The Lake Anne Brew House is located in Lake Anne Plaza, and owned by long-time Reston residents Jason and Melissa Romano. Jason is a brewer who is creating his signature craft beers in preparation for their opening. Melissa is an architect who has applied her impeccable design skills to the stylish interiors of the Brew House. And wow, it’s gorgeous inside.

Melissa and Jason invited us to tour the Brew House and see this beautiful space. It is easily one of the most stylish spots in town.


The Lake Anne Brew House (LABH) is located at 11424 Washington Plaza, at Lake Anne Plaza in Reston, which is the former location of Singh Thai. When you enter the Brew House, you see a bar with a white quartz top and lots of warm touches of walnut.


A custom shelving unit holds LABH merchandise for sale, including shirts, hats, growlers, glasses, and more.


Modern Reston’s own Michelle Schoening is the graphic designer who created the fantastic logos and other graphics for the Brew House. Her fresh and fun style can be found in many spots throughout the Brew House.


Both of us at Modern Reston are excited to have contributed to the aesthetics of the Brew House — in addition to Michelle’s graphic design, two of my photos (Charlotte Geary Photography) are on display, including this mural of the Lake Anne Plaza fountain.


On the other wall in the bar room is a table that looks out on the water. I can’t think of any other breweries in this area with waterfront locations. The LABH is arranged for people to enjoy the views in all seasons.


Behind the bar are taps that have been named by donors to the Lake Anne Brew House Kickstarter campaign.


Hanging above the bar and in the next room are vintage George Nelson bubble lamps. Replica Panton chairs and a tulip table add to the Brew House’s mid-century modern interior design. Melissa and Jason wanted the Brew House to reflect the original design style of Lake Anne Plaza, which was constructed in the mid-1960s. This mid-century style is carried throughout the interior, along with bright pops of orange among the walnut brown, black, and white color scheme.


The Brew House has three interior rooms and a patio. In the center room is a glassed-off area where the brewing fermenters are on display.


Next to the brewing space is a custom-made walnut table shaped like a surfboard. It is a beautiful piece that is one of Melissa’s favorite elements in the interior design of the Brew House.


The third room is a lounge, with a large sofa and small mid-century tables. Two replicas of Hans Wegner lounge chairs sit on the corner by the window. I’m excited to have another one of my photos of Lake Anne Plaza on display above the sofa.

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A patio overlooks the lake and plaza, and will be a fun spot in the summer to listen to Plaza concerts or watch paddleboarders drift by.


Along the edge of the patio are several benches with bar tops that face the lake.

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When you go to the Brew House, don’t miss the hilarious details inside the restrooms. Michelle designed them, and they crack me up.

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Stay tuned to Modern Reston for an upcoming article about the beer at the Brew House. We can’t wait to try what they’re brewing, and tell you all about it.


In the meanwhile, we wish Jason and Melissa Romano great success with their grand opening this coming weekend. We love to support local businesses, especially ones as stylish and fun as the Lake Anne Brew House.

The Lake Anne Brew House is located at 11424 Washington Plaza W, Reston VA 20190, in Lake Anne Plaza. It is scheduled to open to the public on Saturday, April 16, 2016.  

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Photo credit: Charlotte Geary and Michelle Schoening