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, Craft Brewers Guild, established in 2010 as a coalition of independent, small, commercial breweries dedicated to growing the craft beer industry in Virginia, will host the 3rd Annual Virginia Brewers Fest on August 23, 2014, at Devils Backbone Basecamp in Nelson County, Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the 40 breweries participating in the fest will participate in the Virginia Brewers Cup, the only statewide competition sponsored by a Guild in the country; and

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

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize August 2014 as VIRGINIA CRAFT BEER MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.