Monday, May 9, 2011

More Buzz for Virginia Breweries

Here's a link to an article in The Virginian-Pilot on some local craft brewers. The article focused on four Virginia Beach-area breweries; O'Conner Brewing, Beach Brewing, Gordon Biersch, St. George and Williamsburg AleWerks. Beach Brewing is the newcomer in the group, and is making quite an impression on Virginia Beach craft beer fans.

I thought the last lines of the article were especially telling on why Virginia craft beer is growing :
The craft craze has fostered a spirit of camaraderie, not competition, among the local brewers. O’Connor and Young [of Gordon Biersch], for instance, have borrowed each other’s equipment.

Instead of hurting St. George’s business, O’Connor’s entry into the market increased demand for St. George on the Southside, Halfpenny said.

Likewise, O’Connor said Beach Brewing poses no threat: “It opens people’s eyes and further creates a beer culture.”
See Move over Bud - local craft brews are selling big for the complete article.

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