Craft brewers in Virginia say they’re having some trouble finding enough of one key ingredient, so a brewery in Richmond is turning to its customers for help. Ken Rayher at Hardywood Brewery says the shortage can be traced to more small producers in the market and to older stocks of the so-called Noble hops.
“Kind of the original five varieties that mostly originate in Germany of the Czech Republic. Some of those being older varieties are disease or wilt susceptible.”
Music festivals, art shows and cooking competitions are commonplace in this country, but a Charlottesville man may have the ticket to something bigger – a week-long event that celebrates all of those things and the quality that connects them.
Virginia remains the nationwide leader in hard clam production and, on the East Coast, a top oyster growing state, according to an annual survey of shellfish aquaculture by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.
Last year, farmers sold nearly $56 million in oysters and clams. That's a 14% increase in revenue from 2013 for clam growers and a whopping 33% for oyster farmers. Captain Danny Crabbe owns Fat and Happy Oyster Company in Ophelia on the western shore of the bay. Crabbe attributes the increasing demand for Virginia oysters to troubled waters in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined U.S. Senator Tim Kaine in his hometown of Richmond Monday to discuss trade opportunities and obstacles with local business leaders. They especially focused on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, which supporters say would open up improved trade between the 12 nations that are involved in negotiations.