Bedford Co.'s First Micro Brewery Opens Just in Time for Super Bowl

Doug John

Bedford Co., VA - Apocalypse Ale Works is the newest and only micro-brewery in Bedford County, and its owners hosted their first ever Super Bowl party Sunday.

Doug John loves football.

"I look forward to football all year round," he said.

But his true passion lies somewhere else.

"I love beer more," he said laughing.

The Florida native is actually a Miami Dolphin fan. So why does he root for the Ravens?

"Having brewed my first professional batch in Baltimore Clipper City, I'm very partial to the black and blue," said John.

John dreamed about starting his own brewery for 23 years. Friday, he and his wife Lee John finally opened Apocalypse Ale Works. Right now they have two beers on tap, and they plan on brewing a new one every three months.

John creates the recipes.

"I have a hard job. Every day, I have to come over to the tank and I have to test it," said John walking to the tank where their newest beer is being fermented.

It's a job he takes very seriously.

"What's that? 'Oh I smell so good. 'It's saying, 'Daddy I'm ready,'" he said laughing as he put the glass of beer to his ear.

And the crowd is ready for the big game.

"What better place could you watch the Super Bowl than with a bunch of good friends having good beer?" said John Stokes , a customer and football fan.

"I look forward to a lot of hooting and hollering, and screaming and shouting and drinking good beer," said Lee John, the owner of Apocalypse Ale Works.

One fan will be taking part in that for sure.

"I'm going to sit back and enjoy a few pints," said John.

This year, the brewery had 40 people make reservations for their first Super Bowl party. But next year, John says they want to have a big projection screen outside for the game.