Virginia takes lead in neighboring craft beer rivalry with NC

On tap or in a bottle, the craft beer industry is drawing more consumers to the bar or to a store shelf in Virginia.

A new study touted by Governor Terry McAuliffe on Thursday shows the Commonwealth lists 206 licensed breweries- inching ahead of neighboring North Carolina and the result of a 468 percent growth in the number of licenses issued by Virginia's Alcohol Beverage Control since 2012.

"The beer industry is a significant economic driver that spans several sectors including manufacturing, agriculture and tourism," the governor said in a statement.

Other facts revealed in the study conducted by the Beer Institute:

  • Virginia's craft beer industry employs 28,000 workers in production, distribution and retail
  • The breweries helped deposit nearly $1 billion in state and local taxes in 2016
  • Beer consumption led to $280 million in excise and sales taxes in the state coffers


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