Some Virginia brewers employ a farm-to-beer concept by growing many of the ingredients they use to make craft beverages.
A recent report found that Virginia’s beer industry contributes more than $8.8 billion annually to the state’s economy.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is committed to using local products in its beer.
Virginia’s drink industry is overflowing with more than 175 craft breweries, 14 cideries, 47 distilleries and 282 wineries, and that’s leading to more opportunities for farmers to grow ingredients.
French Toast brown ale made with six-row Thoroughbred barley and Throatlatch Imperial Farm IPA with Cascade and Nugget hops fresh from the farm are among the products farm breweries are crafting with homegrown ingredients.