The Virginia Tourism Corporation has it right when they say "Virginia is for Craft Beer lovers". Over the last decade, the beer business in Virginia has rapidly grown but did you know August is Virginia Craft Beer Month? After a transformative legislation passed, the month long celebration was established to honor these masterminds and their impact on Virginia's economy.
Back in 2012 former Governor Bob McDonnell observed the influx in Virginia's craft beer industry and signed Senate Bill 604. This bill allowed the retail sales of beer on brewery premises and in public tasting rooms, ultimately transforming the state's industry. With the new legislation in motion, breweries were able to double their business by becoming the unique places where people craved to grab a notable craft beer and hang with friends.. As this month comes to a close, be sure to get out this weekend and celebrate the Virginia Breweries and Brewers that diversify our state and beer industry. Can't make it out? Stop by Wine Gourmet and browse our vast selection of craft beers, including our Virginia Beers section, to find something extraodinary!
For more information on the business of beer, click here to check out this in depth article from Virginia Business!