I want to start this by stating that I know to throw a beaming spotlight on Virginia’s open-armed approach to nurturing and cultivating a welcoming environment for craft brewers to grow their businesses helps Virginia by providing them with positive press. However, to forge a clear, strong path forward for Maryland’s craft beer industry, we need to take a long, hard look in the mirror at what we’re doing wrong.
If you didn't come to the LoCo Ale Trail FeBREWary Finale at Vanish over the weekend...shame on you. But, really. You missed out on a lot of great fun! Not only did guests get to meet the brewers of some of their favorite Loudoun breweries and hang out with Roche from DC101, but they also got to taste all of the LoCollaboration Milk Stouts! All 16 breweries came together to create a delicious milk stout base and were then tasked with taking the stout back to the brewers and creating their own unique brew.
When the festival goers checked in, they were given a beer ballot to vote for their favorite LoCollaboration beer. The votes have officially been tallied and I am here to announce the winner of the LoCollaboration Milk Stouts!
The Newport News Economic Development Authority received $5,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corp.’s Marketing Leverage Program grant fund.
In Hampton Roads, the funds will support producing a Newport News-dedicated episode of "Untapped VA," a national television show that showcases the craft beer movement in Virginia, as well as a digital advertising campaign aimed to increase craft beer tourism to Newport News from neighboring states.