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Flavor the focus with first-ever Virginia Craft Beer Month

Virginia’s reputation as a destination full of local flavor has a new experience to tout with the first-ever August Virginia Craft Beer Month.  The month’s theme, Love on Tap, is a nod to the state’s famous Virginia is for Lovers slogan and local craft beer on tap at more than 40 breweries and hundreds of restaurants across Virginia. The month-long celebration culminates with the first-ever Virginia Craft Brew Festival August 25 at Devils Backbone Brewery in Nelson County.

The Virginia tourism office has created a new, interactive map on to help visitors find craft breweries open for tastings and tours and plan a visit.  The site also features special events and Virginia craft beer travel packages throughout August.

“Critically acclaimed craft breweries are thriving all over the Commonwealth, from Arlington to Abingdon.” said Governor McDonnell. “A growing craft beer community in Virginia generates tourism, manufacturing, agricultural production and much needed jobs. Earlier this month, the Travel Channel included Virginia in its ‘top seven beer destinations.’ August Virginia Craft Beer Month will introduce more people in Virginia and around the country to our award winning Virginia Craft Breweries.”

“Virginia is for Lovers is about love – pure and simple,” said Rita McClenny, interim president and CEO of the Virginia Tourism Corporation.  “Our craft breweries are found throughout the state and are ideal places for people who love local beers, outdoor adventure and exploring small towns and cool cities. The Virginia craft beer scene, combined with our 220 wineries, makes Virginia a top destination for culinary travelers looking for true local flavor.”

“August Craft Beer Month is a huge opportunity for us to show what Virginia craft beer is all about,” said Michael Killelea, Chairman of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild and brewer at Legend Brewing Company. “We’re really excited about the future.  And with help from the state tourism office, I think we can continue to grow and encourage those of age to tap into what’s being brewed here in the Commonwealth.”

Below is a sample of special events and travel packages which beer lovers can experience in Virginia, with many more listed on

Virginia Craft Beer Month Sunday Brunch at Blue Mountain Brewery
Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month with a delicious brunch menu featuring local sausage gravy over toasted buttermilk biscuits, veggie and sausage breakfast burritos, quiche of the day, waffles and more. Live music at 2:30 p.m.  Enjoy the brewery’s craft beers and stunning views of Blue Ridge Mountain views from an indoor seating area or the outside terrace. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. August 5, 12, 19, 26, 2012.

Virginia Craft Brewers Fest at Devils Backbone Brewing Company
Taste Virginia’s award-winning craft beers in an amazing outdoor setting with music, food and more at Devils Backbone Brewing Company, located in Roseland at the base of Wintergreen Mountain.  Craft brewers from around the state will be on hand to pour local beer and compete in the Virginia Beer Cup competition. August 25, 2012. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Craft Beer Dinner at Wild Wolf Brewing Company
Celebrate Virginia Craft Beer Month with the chef’s presentation of fresh seasonal dishes paired with Wild Wolf craft beers. August 28, 2012. 6:00 p.m.

Linden Row Inn Virginia Craft Beer Month Package – Richmond
Celebrate August Virginia Craft Beer Month at Richmond’s historic Linden Row Inn where guests will enjoy a one night getaway coupled with a selection of Virginia’s authentic craft beers. This package includes accommodations in one of the Linden Row Inn’s Main House rooms, a “mix pack” consisting of Legend Brown Ale (brewed in Richmond) and Star Hill JOMO Lager (brewed in Crozet), a souvenir Virginia is for Lovers bottle opener and free overnight valet parking as well as continental breakfast, in-town shuttle and more.  Rates start at $159, based upon double occupancy, exclusive of taxes and subject to availability.  Must be at least 21 years of age to purchase this package.  Available August 1-31, 2012. Reservations are available by visiting or calling 800-348-7424.

Craddock Terry Hotel Brews and Shoes Package – Lynchburg
Beer and shoe lovers unite with Craddock Terry Hotel’s Brews and Shoes package.  The package includes a night in the historic boutique hotel, a renovated shoe factory, as well as a five flight sampler on-site at the Jefferson Street Brewery where guests leave with a 64 oz. growler filled to the brim of their favorite beer.  To top it off, the package includes a $50 gift certificate redeemable at either one of the hotel’s on-site award-winning restaurants where a selection of local beers is just waiting to be tasted.  Prices start at $209 for deluxe accommodations.  Available August 1-31, 2012. Guests must be 21 or older to book this package.  To book, visit or call 434-55-1500.

Hampton Inn & Suites Virginia Craft Beer Month Package – Richmond
Travelers who book this package will have no problem filling up with food while enjoying the best of August Virginia Craft Beer Month.  Package includes one night accommodations for two in a studio suite, one $25 gift card to Quaker Steak and Lube, in room “bar snacks” amenity featuring pretzels popcorn and peanuts as well as a hot breakfast buffet.  Take in visits to local breweries including Legend and Hardywood in Richmond. Rates start at $149 exclusive of tax and based upon availability.  Available August 1-31, 2012. For reservations, visit or call 804-576-1777.

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