Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday that Loudoun County will host the 2018 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference, the preeminent gathering of influential beer industry bloggers, writers, and social media specialists involved.
Beer industry leaders from across the country will travel here during Virginia Craft Beer Month next August. It will be the second conference brought to the commonwealth and Loudoun County by Zephyr Conferences; the first was the 2015 Wine Tourism Conference.
“Zephyr’s decision to select Virginia and Loudoun County to host the 2018 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference is another clear indicator that the Commonwealth is a national beer industry leader,” McAuliffe said. “The economic impact of beer in Virginia contributes over a billion dollars and thousands of jobs throughout the production, distribution, and retail industries. This conference offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase our award-winning breweries and their world-class products they make using high-quality Virginia-grown ingredients.”
In its ninth year, the national Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference is expected to attract more than 150 attendees from throughout North America, including media and beer industry members. Previous conferences have taken place in nationally recognized beer destinations including Asheville, NC; Boulder, CO; Milwaukee; Portland; and San Diego.
“Loudoun’s craft beer industry is one of the strongest in the state and we are honored organizers recognize Loudoun and Virginia’s important and growing role in the craft beer tourism industry,” said Visit Loudoun President and CEO Beth Erickson.
Virginia now boasts more than 215 breweries. According to the governor’s office, in 2016, the industry employed more than 28,000 people in production, distribution, and retail, contributing nearly $1 billion in state and local taxes. An economic impact study showed the industry contributes more than $9.34 billion to the economy annually.