Local Brewer Found Dead; Son Charged with Murder

A longtime and well-known Loudoun brewer was found dead at his home Saturday morning, and his son has been charged with murder.

Dean Lake was the co-founder and head brewer of the former Dog Money Restaurant & Brewery, which operated on Catoctin Circle from 2016 to 2020. Most recently, Lake was the director of operations at Black Hoof Brewing in downtown Leesburg. But he is also known as one of Loudoun’s original craft brewers, with more than two decades of local brewing including seven years at Old Dominion Brewing. That brewery, which was founded in 1989 in Ashburn, was one of the first breweries in the region. In 2009, AB InBev bought Old Dominion Brewing and later relocated their operation to Delaware. But some of Loudoun’s most experienced craft brewers, including Lake, cut their teeth there.

Lake, 57, was found dead at around 7:30 a.m. Saturday with apparent blunt force trauma to his upper body. 

Lake’s death sent shockwaves through the brewing community, many of whom gathered at Black Hoof Brewing on Saturday afternoon during the brewery’s SpringFest to pay their respects.

“It goes without saying that we are shocked and saddened by his death,” said Nikki Haase, who owns the brewery with her husband Bill Haase, on Saturday. “We are going ahead with our Springfest today and will raise a glass or two to his memory. He was a positive presence and dear friend to Bill & me, and we will miss him terribly.”

Leesburg Police arrested have charged Lake’s son Schuyler Lake, 21, with second degree murder, credit card theft, and credit card fraud in connection with Dean Lake’s death. He was arrested in the area of Russell Branch Parkway SE and Battlefield Parkway SE after an hours-long manhunt.

This article was updated May 3 at 11:08 p.m.

One thought on “Local Brewer Found Dead; Son Charged with Murder

  • 2022-04-30 at 6:45 pm

    It’s so sad to read about the passing of Dean Lake, a well-known Loudouner. My thoughts & prayers go out to his family & loved ones. If Mr. Lake’s death was a homicide, I fervently hope justice will be served. RIP

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