NELSON COUNTY, Va. (WHSV)-- The 2014 Virginia Craft Brew Fest was held at Devil's Backbone Brewing Company, drawing over 2,500 attendees all taking a sip of various local Virginia brews.
The brew fest was an event for all: designated drivers who sipped ginger ale and root beer, kids who played in bubbles, and even those who wanted to be fashion forward.
"Events like this allow people to understand what's made in their communities. So when they go home, there's a tourism aspect. They get to go home and say, 'I found this fantastic beer, and I had no idea it was made in my community or near my community or near a place where I like to vacation," said William Pugh, a 3-time Brew Fest attendee.
These breweries have opened up the job market too. According to a study by the Brewers Association, Virginia employs more than 8,000 people with an average wage of $33,000.
As the brew fest keeps growing in attendance, the Brewers Guild hopes to make the festival a multiday event in the future.
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