Northern Neck brewers and growers began meeting at the Northern Neck Planning District Commission in 2016. The meetings have brought together key representatives from what is becoming a fast-growing industry in the region and the State of Virginia—the craft beverage industry.
Grain and hops growers, extension agents, micro-brewers, agricultural researchers, representatives from local governments, from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture continue to discuss resources and funding opportunities available for value-added products such as craft beers produced from locally-grown grain.
Resource: “From Barley to Beer: A Guide for On Farm Brewing,” prepared by Matson Consulting, November 2011.
Also, a good introductory article about craft beers (by Burkhard Bilger) appeared in the New Yorker Magazine in 2008.