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State tourism supporting craft breweries

By Chelyen Davis

Want to plan a tour of craft breweries in Virginia?

The state’s tourism department just made it easier, with a new website featuring an interactive map of breweries around the state.

It was launched this week in conjunction with naming August the state’s first Virginia Craft Beer Month.

The month ends with an inaugural Virginia Craft Brew Festival on Aug. 25 at the Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County.

As craft brewing gains popularity, Virginia has tried to help the industry. Two bills in the General Assembly this year became law on July 1—one lets manufacturers lease space in their brew houses to smaller brewers, and another lets breweries sell beers and hold samplings on their properties.

“Critically acclaimed craft breweries are thriving all over the commonwealth, from Arlington to Abingdon,” said Gov. Bob McDonnell in a press release announcing the beer month. “A growing craft beer community in Virginia generates tourism, manufacturing, agricultural production and much-needed jobs. Earlier this month, the Travel Channel included Virginia in its ‘top seven beer destinations.’ August Virginia Craft Beer Month will introduce more people in Virginia and around the country to our award winning Virginia Craft Breweries.”

The website, virginia.org/craftbeer, includes Battlefield Brewing Company, in the Chancellor Center on State Route 3 in Spotsylvania.

By clicking on a beer mug icon, you can see details about a brewery: the beers it offers, whether it also offers food, nearby tourist attractions and other nearby breweries and wineries.

Chelyen Davis: 540/368-5028

cdavis@freelancestar.com

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