Nelson Co., VA - The governor has declared August craft beer month, and breweries in Nelson County already have reason to celebrate. It's hosting the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest on August 25.
It's another marketing tool brewing interest for one of the fastest-growing industries in Nelson County. All month there will be festivals, promotions and competitions at many of the 40 breweries across the state.
"Craft beer in Virginia is really growing and I guess we're celebrating that fact," said Jason Oliver, brewmaster at Devils Backbone.
The state tourism board unveiled a new interactive beer map in honor of the festivities.
A beer mug icon along with an address, website and description of the beer they serve will connect connoisseurs with breweries all over the state.
July 1 gave brewers another reason to celebrate - a new Virginia law went into effect allowing them to sell beer on-site. Before, if they didn't have a restaurant, they could only offer tastings or to-go sales.
"It provides a place for people to go -- families, friends, relatives, just to have a good time during the hard times," said Heidi Crandall, director of marketing for Devils Backbone.
Greg Kelly, the chairman of economic development, says the four breweries in Nelson County are generating tourism, agriculture and most importantly -- jobs. So, the celebrations won't end in August.
"Breweries are a continuation of a tradition in Nelson County which includes agriculture and hospitality. They are at the nexus of both of those and taking us into the futures," said Kelly.
Devils Backbone expects 2,000 people at the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest next month. You'd better get those tickets soon, they're $10 ahead of time and $20 at the door.
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