VA Governor Signs Bill Enhancing Small Brewery Sales

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell recently signed S.B. 604.  Several breweries, including Devils Backbone Brewing Company, Star Hill Brewery, Williamsburg Aleworks, and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery,  lobbied to gain support for this bill which will allow breweries to sell pints at their brewery without selling food.

Mike Killelea, Chairman of the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild (VCBG), believes craft breweries should be given the same rights as wineries, who have been able to sell glasses of wine in their tasting rooms for years.  Mr. Killelea, the VCBG along with the Virginia Manufacturers Association, which oversees the VCBG, were also instrumental in the lobbying efforts. “Craft Breweries are a vehicle for economic growth and job creation in Virginia,” he explains. “S.B. 604 will help existing breweries flourish and create opportunities for new craft breweries to enter the market.”

The bill will take effect July 1st. 

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Pete serves as programs manager for the Brewers Association, with primary responsibilities in the areas of government affairs and membership programs. He joined the BA at its inception in 2005, having previously worked as programs director for the Brewers Association of America. Before coming to the small brewing industry in 2001, Pete worked for 14 years with both state and federal elected officials in Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.

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