RICHMOND, Va. (WVEC) -- Governor Terry McAuliffe is highlighting Virginia's brewery boom, as the Commonwealth is now home to 206 licensed breweries, surpassing neighboring North Carolina.
The governor says the number of breweries in Virginia has more than doubled during his administration, including the location of three large West Coast craft breweries, major expansions to several Virginia craft breweries, and also local expansions by global breweries.
Virginia’s Department of Alcohol and Beverage Control reports 206 active brewery licenses in the Commonwealth, which would be a 468 percent growth since 2012, when the tasting room bill, SB604, passed the General Assembly.
By comparison, the North Carolina ABC reports 186 active brewery licenses.
A recent economic impact report by the Beer Institute showed that the Virginia beer industry employed over 28,000 people in production, distribution, and retail, and contributed nearly a billion dollars in state and local taxes in 2016. Excise and sales taxes on beer consumption contributed another $280 million to Virginia’s tax rolls last year.