Lone Oak is not just a brewery at a farm. Rather, it’s a farm with a brewery. It’s 28.66 acres of bucolic fields and streams, a pond and wide open spaces. It’s wildflowers and wildlife. It’s crops – barley and hops – and berries and hay. It’s bees raised to produce honey. It’s sunsets and a majestic, pre-Civil War oak tree. It’s our brewhouse – carefully built, piece by piece by world-class craftsmen, using local lumber for the porch posts, beams, and bar. It’s a tap room that feels like home. A little bit of all of this is infused in each pint of Lone Oak’s craft beer.
If only this old oak tree could talk
It would tell you about how it marked a boundary that separated families who were on opposite sides of the Civil War — union supporters on this side, confederate supporters beyond. It would tell you about the former owner of The Oaks, as it was known back then – The Griffiths, and then Samuel Riggs IV of the Riggs and Sandy Spring Bank family. Riggs enlisted during WWII and bought the farm in 1949. He built a reputation for his dedication to farming and his church, dabbled in genealogy –and served as chairman of Sandy Spring Bank for more than 30 years. It would also tell you about a former owner’s beloved dog, Mac, who died in 1918 and whose headstone still sits close to MD-108. But more than anything, The Lone Oak would tell you it’s glad for its view.