Valley Craft Breweries See More Business at Start of Craft Beer Month

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG -- Thursday marks day one of Craft Beer Month in Virginia.

Breweries like Three Brothers Brewing said they've already seen more business. It's just one of many craft breweries in the Valley.

It's been eight months since it opened it's doors and the word is getting out.

"Obviously we're very pleased with the success we've had this far, we're just trying to stay busy," said Co-Owner Jason Shifflett.

Shifflett said Harrisonburg and the Valley is becoming more of an area for craft beers.

"There's been a huge rise in craft beer as a whole anyways so, when you have a month dedicated to that. Obviously we are a brewery so we're tied into that. I think it will help with exposure," said Shifflett.

Shifflett said the Craft Beer Month will help with tourism.

"I think Harrisonburg is making name for themselves as far as a being a place where they know they can find fun craft beers," said brewery customer Kevin Gibson.

According to the National Beer Wholesalers Association, the beer industry in Virginia generates 52,000 jobs and about $2.2 billion in wages and benefits.

"There are a ton of great breweries in Virginia. So for Virginia, as a whole, is very strong with craft breweries. As craft brew communities and craft brew it selves so, I think it very positive," said Shifflett.

Harrisonburg is in the running for the Best Beer Town in Blue Ridge Outdoor magazine. You can vote by clicking on the link below.

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