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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Virginia Set to Launch Beer Trail

The area around Charlottesville, Va., is pristine and beautiful. The Blue Ridge Mountains are a great vacation spot and the region has a number of fine wineries that attract savvy consumers. Now beer makers want in on the action.

The Devil’s Backbone Brewery, not far from the Wintergreen resort, will open in November. When it does, area breweries want to start a brewery trail to help draw tourists to the region.

Nearby breweries include South Street Brewery in Charlottesville, Blue Mountain Brewery in Afton and Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet. Several other breweries in the Shenandoah Valley could also join the trail. Working with Nelson County economic development agencies, the brewers hope to tap into tourists who come to the region.

Virginia Tourism Corporation estimates are that nearly 2 percent of all visitors to the state came to taste wine at least one of the 134 wineries in Virginia.

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