Virginia Craft Beer Month


WHEREAS, brewing homegrown, locally-sourced beer in Virginia is a tradition that began in 1587, when Virginia colonists brewed their first ale using corn; and

WHEREAS, the production of craft beer stimulates economic growth in Virginia by supporting local farmers of grains, barley, and hops; and

WHEREAS, the craft beer industry supports a growing $1 billion economic impact in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild was established in 2010 as a coalition of independent, small, commercial breweries dedicated to growing the craft beer industry in Virginia; and

WHEREAS, there are more than 150 licensed craft breweries in the Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, Virginia Craft Beer Month is an opportunity to celebrate the Commonwealth’s craft beer and the business and community leaders working to grow the industry; and

WHEREAS, Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 2016 as VIRGINIA CRAFT BEER MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.