May declared 'Virginia Beer Month'

'Beer Lover' contest, open house, festival to highlight month

Apr 17, 2000 - Governor James S. Gilmore, III has proclaimed May as "Virginia Beer Month". In an official Certificate of Recognition, the Governor cited Virginia's rich brewing heritage, number of award-winning microbreweries, the positive economic impact of local breweries, and the strong commitment of Virginia's breweries to promote responsible beer enjoyment. The observance is designed to recognize the social and economic roles that beer has played in Virginia's history.


Local craft breweries and beer lovers will celebrate Virginia Beer Month throughout the month of May. Activities include a Virginia Beer Lover of the Year contest; a Virginia Brewery Open House on May 6 from noon to 4 p.m. at participating breweries; and the return of the sixth annual River City Real Beer Festival to be held May 20-21 at Brown's Island in Richmond.

"The Virginia Beer Month designation is an important part of our efforts to raise awareness of the quality and diversity of Virginia beers, especially with local beer lovers. The Proclamation will assist us in gaining the same wide-spread recognition and respect for Virginia breweries as Virginia wineries enjoy," said Jerry Bailey, president of Old Dominion Brewing Co. in Ashburn and chairman of the MACB.

Any adult Virginia beer lover (age 21 and over) is eligible to participate in the inaugural Virginia Beer Lover of the Year contest. Entry forms are available at participating Virginia breweries or at on the Web. Questions include "What is your favorite Virginia beer and why?" and "Why should we pick you for the title of Virginia Beer Lover of the Year?" The winner will be announced May 21 at the sixth annual River City Real Beer Festival. An industry panel will determine the winner.

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