“If you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.” What a powerful statement! Like many people out there, I have always admired those who have stepped out on faith and started their own business. Add sustained passion and drive to that formula and you have a winning combination.


At Tin Cannon Brewing we are internally driven and extremely passionate about creating new and unique beers. Any style is open to interpretation. Historically, Aaron Ludwig has brewed to traditional styles, and John Hilkert liked to veer slightly off of the classic path and push style guidelines.

As brewers, we believe that it’s up to us to brew as great a beer as we possibly can so we can introduce our customers to both classic and new tastes. We’re continually experimenting with new ideas. Of course, it takes great consideration to design a style that pushes the limits, and we don’t make changes just for the sake of being different. When it comes to Tin Cannon’s beers, just as in culinary arts, we look for ingredients that complement and contrast certain flavors. We immerse ourselves into the selection of the finest raw ingredients, artfully adding a pinch of this and a pound of that, to create a product that reflects both our skill and imagination. Tin Cannon’s craft beers are passionately and artfully created, crafted, kegged and served onsite in our Gainesville, Virginia brewery / taproom.


Ever said anything “tongue in cheek”?….

An ode to our area’s past: We are located in an area of tremendous Civil War heritage. Just drive down Route 29 through the Manassas Battlefield and you will see memorials, 1800s era structures and of course, cannons.

A nod to humor: Ever fired a weapon? What was it made of? Guaranteed it wasn’t made from tin or you wouldn’t be reading this. Moreover, before calling beverage cans “aluminum cans”, they were known as “tin cans”. And for irony’s sake, we are only serving draft in our taproom, so no cans are on the horizon – tin or otherwise for the first year of operations.