The State of Virginia has been taking some big steps to support the local craft beer movement in recent years, making it easier to dispense brews-and leading to more manufacturing, agriculture and tourism jobs.
There are regulations that can still make it a challenge for breweries to get off the ground-but today, in part two of our continuing series, a look at the lobbying efforts of the state’s craft brewers:
August is Craft Beer Month in Virginia, and this week we’re going to be looking at the commonwealth’s growing industry.
Nationwide, the number of craft breweries now tops 3,000 - with more opening up every day - and a new Gallup poll analyzing alcohol consumption finds that 11 million more Americans chose beer as their beverage of choice this year than last.
Beer is a booming industry - and Virginia is no exception to the national trend.
This week, the Richmond Times-Dispatch said the state’s largest electric utility, Dominion Power, was exploring solar energy in Virginia and environmentalists cheered. But the utility isn’t making any promises, and the state lags far behind its neighbors when it comes to green energy.
An Internet video series, aimed at Mayors across Appalachia debuts this week. Virginia Tech is producing the series called “Save Our Towns.” Its mission is to share ideas for dealing with the challenges facing communities in southwestern Virginia --- and to highlight successful projects.
Each episode includes a segment called, "Examples of Awesome". The first one focuses on the town of Big Stone Gap, where a new movie by author and director Adriana Trigiani recently wrapped up filming and helped boost the local economy.
If you buy flowers at the grocery store, chances are they’ve come from Holland or California. That’s a long way, and the blooms rarely last more than a week, but a Virginia company called Bloomaker has come up with a way to make flowers last longer, and their success could turn this area into a national hub for flower production.
Joep Paternostre hails from Holland. He’s a big man - over six feet tall and at least 200 pounds, and since childhood he’s seen the United States as the place to dream big.