It’s a phenomenon that is relatively new to Virginia. Craft beers are quickly shooting to the top of beer consumption charts, according to an article published by online business publication Quartz last week.
The Brewers Association classifies a craft brewer as one that is “small, independent and traditional.” Nationwide the number of craft breweries has shot from one in 1976 to almost 2,000, according to the same Quartz article.
But Virginia wasn’t as quick to catch on to the trend.
“Virginia wasn’t really a craft brew state until two or three years ago,” Devils Backbone owner Steve Crandall said. “It’s a wave that started on the west coast.”