STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced that Virginia is now home to 206 licensed breweries, moving ahead of neighboring state North Carolina.
A newly-released economic impact study shows that Virginia’s booming beer industry contributes more than $9.34 billion annually to Virginia’s economy.
Virginia's Department of Alcohol and Beverage control reports 206 active breweries across the Commonwealth which is about a 468 percent growth since 2012.
Mike Chapple, the owner of Shenandoah Valley Brewing Company in Staunton, has seen the business grow over the years including his own.
"In February, we've doubled our capacity in every way. With a new tap house and a new brew system. It's continuing to grow and it's continuing to provide a lot of jobs too," Chapple said.
He said he's noticed more owners moving into Virginia from other states.
Chapple also said they're getting the chance to distribute in coming months, as well.
Reports also show that Virginia beer industry employed more 28,000 people in production, retail and distribution in 2016.