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WHEREAS, brewing homegrown, locally-sourced beer in Virginia is a tradition that began in 1587, when Virginia colonists brewed their first ale using corn; and
WHEREAS, the production of craft beer stimulates economic growth in Virginia by supporting local farmers of grains, barley, and hops; the manufacturing sector; distribution networks; community revitalization; and tourism; and
WHEREAS, the craft beer industry supports a growing $1 billion economic impact in Virginia and thousands of jobs in brewing, distribution, and retail businesses, and
WHEREAS, Virginia is home to 256 licensed craft breweries in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, the number of breweries in Virginia has grown by 482% since 2012, when the tasting room bill, SB604, passed the General Assembly; and
WHEREAS, Virginia has officially surpassed North Carolina in its number of active brewery licenses; and
WHEREAS, Virginia Craft Beer Month is an opportunity to celebrate the Commonwealth’s craft beer and the business and community leaders working to grow the industry; and
WHEREAS, Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize August 2018 as VIRGINIA CRAFT BEER MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.