Whether it’s shifting markets, increased competition or a pandemic, farmers are constantly faced with circumstances that cause them to change or diversify their operations.
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.