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Film to feature 2 local breweries
Two Fredericksburg-area breweries will be featured in a new documentary about Virginia craft beer.
Alexandria-based Take A Penny Productions is filming “From Grain to Growler” and will release the 40-minute movie in August. It’s about the explosion of the craft beer industry in Virginia over the past few years and its economic impact.
The TAP film crew has visited Rusty Beaver Brewery in Caroline County and has a visit planned for Adventure Brewing Co. in Stafford County. They’ve also filmed at several breweries in Richmond and other areas of the state.
“We want to show people that craft beer is something that can be just like the wine industry in Virginia,” said Megan Troy, the film’s cinematographer.
Over the past few months, Troy and executive producer Aaron Stanley have been visiting breweries and beer festivals and talking to brewers, hop growers and craft beer fanatics.
Troy said they visited Legend Brewing Co. in Richmond, which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. It was one of the first craft breweries in Virginia.
They also visited Midnight, Lickinghole Creek, Champion, Alewerks, Triple Crossing, Port City and other breweries around the state.
Currently, there are 82 breweries in Virginia and an estimated 15 more in planning stages, according to Cassidy Rasnick, director of member services for the Virginia Manufacturers Association and the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.
That’s an increase over the 77 at the end of 2013, 56 at the end of 2012 and 44 at the end of 2011.
The rapid rise in the number of breweries was sparked in part by SB 604—the bill passed by the General Assembly in 2012 that allowed craft breweries to sell their product for onsite consumption in tap or tasting rooms.
“Since SB 604 was enacted, we’ve seen explosive growth in the industry,” Rasnick said.
The industry supports a $623 million economic impact and 8,163 full-time-equivalent jobs, according to 2013 numbers from the Brewers Association.
Troy and Stanley are homebrewers themselves and are fans of craft beer. They were talking about making a documentary and kicking around ideas about one on craft beer, and they decided to focus on their own backyard.
This week they released a trailer for the film and launched a Kickstarter campaign. They’re trying to raise $4,000 for filming expenses.
A première is planned for Aug. 9 at Capital Ale House in Richmond. The film will be shown, there will be a round table discussion about it and special beers will be released for the event.
It will also be screened around the state during August, which is Virginia Craft Beer Month, and on Aug. 23 at the Virginia Craft Brewers Festival at Devil’s Backbone Brewing Co. in Nelson County.
Robyn Sidersky 540/374-5413