Meet Greg Moore – Flying Ace Farm – Chief Distiller

Meet Greg Moore – Flying Ace Farm – Chief Distiller

About Greg Moore – Chief Distiller

The team at Flying Ace Farm has wide and diverse professional backgrounds.  Greg Moore, a local of Loudoun County, brings a wealth of experience to the distillery operations here at Flying Ace Farm – and we know you would benefit from learning a bit about him.  So, check out the following bio on Greg, and be sure to say hello at your next visit.

 

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Bio and Professional Background

  • Born and raised in Loudoun County
  • Worked on several local farms as a teen, including a few in Lovettsville
  • Attended Pennsylvania College of Technology 1999 – 2005
  • Graduated with Bachelor’s degree in Automotive Management Technology and a minor In Race Car Construction
  • 2005, Moved back home and married my high school sweetheart, Jennifer Worcester in 2006 and eventually added 2 boys to the mix.
  • 2005- Started as Shop Manager at Fastlane Emergency Vehicles, where we upfit specialty vehicles for local and Federal Gov’t agencies.

The Shift to Distillery Operations

– 2011- Started working at Catoctin Creek Distillery, sweeping floors and giving tours for free at first. Eventually, after a couple of months, earned a full-time paying position as a Production Assistant. After a few short years, I earned the title of Distiller, under the direction of Chief Distiller, Rebecca Harris.

– While working for Catoctin Creek our business and products received numerous awards, here https://catoctincreekdistilling.com/about/awards, including two Double Gold awards. One for our 80 proof Rye Whisky at the 2018 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition and one for our Cask Proof Rye Whisky at the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

 

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Enter Flying Ace Farm

– 2020- Hadi Akkad, Pete Thomas, and Brian Jenkins offered me the position of Chief Distiller at Flying Ace Farm, where I oversee all distillery operations and have been given the opportunity to make a delicious Bourbon from Bloody Butcher corn grown right here on our farm. It was like leaving the nest and coming home at the same time. I love these people and I love this place. Coming to work here is like coming to work at the Willy Wonka Whisky Factory.

 

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Freedom to Craft and Create

I fell in love with the craft distilling/spirits industry for so many reasons, it’s a fun mix of art meets biology, meets mechanical engineering, meets flying by the seat of your pants. One of my favorite quotes about this industry is “This is where we f#@k around and find out” ~author unknown. In other words, we have the freedom to try different things that don’t necessarily conform to the industry standards of the big guys. We get to play more but we also have to make a product that can compete on the shelves with the likes of Bulliet, Buffalo Trace, and so on.

Another aspect of this industry that I can not overlook is the people. The people that own and operate these small distilleries come from all walks of life but the thing that all of them seem to have in common is the comradery and mutual respect for one another. We are all willing to help one another out and give each other advice when it’s requested even if it happens to be coming from a competing distillery.

I have had the good fortune of working for and with many of these people over the past 10 years and have forged numerous life-long friendships as a result.

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Pumpkin Pie Brown Porter

Pumpkin Pie Brown Porter

Introducing Pumpkin Pie Brown Porter – 5% ABV – 20 IBUs

It’s the season of Pumpkin Spice and we’re in full swing here at the farm. We’ve crafted our Pumpkin Pie Brown Porter to tantalize your taste buds and get you your Fall favorite fix.

Over 100 pounds of Pie Pumpkins, locally sourced from Loudounberry Farms, were roasted on our farm and tossed into the mash. In addition, we spiced our beer with a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, and allspice to complete the Pumpkin Spice flavor and compliment the sweetness of the roasted gourd.

This beer is spooky good at 5% ABV and is a suitable replacement for your morning Pumpkin Spice latte. Cheers!

 

 

 

 

 

Locals Supporting Locals

We are excited to partner with the family at the Loudoun Berry Farms to create another seasonal favorite – come on out and taste the difference freshness makes. #localsupportinglocal

 

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A New Tradition – Oktoberfest at Flying Ace Farm

A New Tradition – Oktoberfest at Flying Ace Farm

We wanted to say THANK YOU…

To all of our 5,000 guests, partners, musicians, and volunteers who made up our 1st Annual Oktoberfest on the Farm, we would like to say danke schön!  We are excited to share images of this kick-off tradition here at our farm in Lovettsville.



Photo Gallery (for downloading):

 https://photos.k-m.com/oktoberfestatflyingacefarm/


In addition, the Town of Lovettsville provided the Weiner dog race track, with Vice Mayor Chris Hornbaker refereeing, Wes Boucher emceeing, and Ryan Hornbaker and Lydia Sturrock assisting in the races.  Including the support from 1836 Kitchen & Taproom who hosted the Weiner dog weigh-in on Friday.

A few partners, that made the weekend great:

Guests enjoyed German fare by The Polished Foxx, delicious beers brewed on-site, and Lovettsville’s annual wiener dog races!  Guests had the opportunity to participate in stein hauling and stein hoisting contests while listening to Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden Band (a 9 piece polka band) as well as the community sing-a-long of Bohemian Rhapsody by Ghost Pepper Band introduced by Lovettsville Mayor Nate Fontaine.

 

 

A special thank you to The Hive Bakeshop in Brunswick for making our cookie necklaces for the Weiner dog races, stein hauling, and stein hoisting races as well as providing us with our very own spent grain dog treats.

 

 

We would be remiss not to mention Valerie Hoke and the team at Valerie Hoke Pony Rides, and the Face Painting at Deevinchey!

 

Great New Brews:

We added a few new brews just in time for Oktoberfest weekend including Marzen Bier (4%ABV), NEIPA (Military Hop, 6%ABV), and Virginia Farmhouse Saison: A Virginia Brewers Guild Collaboration Beer (5.15%ABV).

 

 

Our Musicians for the Oktoberfest Celebration:

What can we say, the venue and atmosphere come alive with the talented bands who joined us over the three-day celebration, including:

  • Ghost Pepper Band
  • Jake Philips and Pete Thomas
  • Gary Smallwood
  • Blaskapelle Alte Kameraden
  • Chris Timbers Band

 

 

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Welcome: Virginia Farmhouse Saison

Welcome: Virginia Farmhouse Saison

New Beer Releasing Friday, September 24th

Virginia Farmhouse Saison: A Virginia Brewers Guild Collaboration Beer (5.15%ABV):

We’ve participated in the collaboration beer in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and have made our Virginia Farmhouse Saison. This beer has a subtle funkiness and bone dry finish perfect for the approaching Autumn season.

A Collaborative Effort

We acquired Cherokee Purple Tomatoes from Hamilton Hop Farms and roasted yellow squash grown here at Flying Ace Farm and incorporated them into the mash. This brings a slight sweetness from the roasted squash flesh and a very subtle fresh earthy tomato flavor. We also used a Virginia local yeast supplier, Jasper Yeast Labs, and used their American Saison yeast strain that was propagated from a wooden barrel found at an archaeological dig site in Alexandria.

We are proud members of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and hope you enjoy our collaborative efforts. Cheers.

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Flying Ace Farm Welcomes New Head Brewer – Tom Bova

Flying Ace Farm Welcomes New Head Brewer – Tom Bova

Introducing our New Brewer, Tom Bova

I started homebrewing when I was 19 and ended up really enjoying it. I decided I wanted to pursue brewing as a potential career, so in 2016, I secured an internship/apprenticeship with Coelacanth Brewery in Norfolk, Va. I stayed there long enough to build a resume, about 7 months, and then snagged a job as a cellarman for Strangeways Brewing in Richmond, Va. I stayed there for almost 5 years, working my way all the way up to Head Brewer. Strangeways gave me the opportunity to expand my brewing knowledge and experiment with unique practices.

Enter Flying Ace Farm

I heard about Flying Ace through a friend and their vision of a true farm-to-table concept intrigued me so I decided to apply for the position of Head Brewer. Flying Ace Farm is appealing for several reasons, the first being the location. After being in Richmond and Norfolk for most of my life, it was time to go somewhere less crowded and Lovettsville is a beautiful place with a lot of charm. This Brewery also has a great management team that is very receptive and knowledgeable and has provided a top-notch facility that’ll allow me to make some gnarly brews. To me, the decision to relocate was a no-brainer.

Farm Fresh Brewery

There’s also something to be said about farm breweries, which in my opinion, is the next big beer trend. Having the capability to incorporate ingredients grown right in our own backyard excites me and for consumers, the idea of how close they can get to the source of the product all while supporting local farmers and businesses became the perfect catalyst in my decision to join the Flying Ace team. With that said, the opportunities to indulge my passion are endless.

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A Beer Brewers Dream

As far as my favorite beers to make, I’m a big sour and lager fan. I enjoy making beers that can be enjoyed in the sun with moderate abv so you can enjoy more than just one in a sitting. My favorite drinking beer is Anderson Valley’s “The Kimmie, The Yink, and the Holy Gose” but my all-time absolute favorite beer is Boulevard Brewing’s “Love Child No. 4.” The absolute perfect beer in my opinion.

Since coming on board, Tom has released several new recipes that are now on tap. They are:

  • Pilot’s Pilsner
  • Belly Check Pale Ale
  • Not (Just Peachy) Sour
  • Bloody Butcher Tangerine Cream Ale
  • Märzen Bier
  • Virginia Farmhouse Saison (Virginia Brewer’s Guild Collaboration Beer)
  • Military Hop (New England IPA)

Please join us in welcoming Tom to the Flying Ace Team!

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