Loudoun County will be well represented on the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild over the next year. Beltway Brewing’s Sten Sellier and Dirt Farm Brewing’s Janell Zurschmeide were elected to serve on the guild’s leadership council.
Sellier will be the organization’s vice president. Zurschmeide will co-chair the Farm Brewery Committee. They were among 11 brewery operators elected to the guild’s council for the 2017-18 term. Eric McKay, of Hardywood Park Craft Brewery in Richmond, will serve a second term as chairman.
The guild was created to help independent craft breweries improve quality, develop markets, and attract more craft beer consumers. The next major program of the VCBG will be the Virginia Craft Brewers Fest, to be held in Charlottesville on Aug. 19 during Virginia Craft Beer Month. The event is intended to be the largest ever celebration of independent Virginia craft beer ever.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced June 15 that Virginia had surpassed North Carolina as home to 206 licensed breweries. North Carolina has 186 breweries. A newly released economic impact study shows that Virginia’s beer industry contributes more than $9.34 billion annually to Virginia’s economy. Also, the Beer Institute reports that the Virginia beer industry employed more than 28,000 people in production, distribution, and retail, and contributed nearly a billion dollars in state and local taxes in 2016. Excise and sales taxes on beer consumption contributed another $280 million to Virginia’s tax rolls last year.