Simply put: September is Spirits Month in Virginia and the governor is its chief cheerleader.
“Virginia is the birthplace of American spirits, and our 70 licensed distilleries are a part of the fastest growing sector of the beverage business,” Gov. Ralph Northam said.
“Distilleries brought more than $163 million into our economy in 2017, and September is the ideal time to celebrate the rich history and important economic impact of this vital industry,” he added.
The month-long event is the third annual celebration designed to educate consumers and travelers about Virginia distilled spirits, according to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.
The celebration is a partnership between the Virginia Distillers Association, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Authority and Virginia Tourism Corporation.
It is designed to educate consumers about the wide variety of spirits produced in the state, while raising awareness of the contributions of the Virginia craft spirits industry to the local economy.
In honor of the event, distillers will offer complimentary tastings at Virginia ABC stores, there will be more than 30 “How To” cocktail videos that will be featured on the Virginia Spirits Facebook page and other social media channels throughout September and participating distilleries around the state will be offering special events, tours, tastings and featured cocktails.
To learn more Spirits Month click here.
To find a distillery near you participating in the month’s activities click here.