Virginia Beer

Today in 1788, Virginia became the 10th state.


Virginia Breweries

Virginia Brewery Guides

Guild: Virginia Craft Brewers Guild

State Agency: Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control


  • Capital: Richmond
  • Largest Cities: Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Richmond, Newport News
  • Population: 7,078,515; 12th
  • Area: 42769 sq.mi., 35th
  • Nickname: Old Dominion State
  • Statehood: 10th, June 25, 1788


  • Alcohol Legalized: April 12, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 37
  • Rank: 18th
  • Beer Production: 5,251,800
  • Production Rank: 11th
  • Beer Per Capita: 21 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 45.8%
  • Cans: 45.8%
  • Kegs: 8.2%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.26
  • Per Case: $0.64
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $7.95
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $7.95
  • Per barrel rate for packaged beer is based upon the actual per barrel rate as defined by state statute, rather than the Virginia 24/12 equivalent rate, which is a higher rate.

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $1,017,828,228
  • Direct Impact: $2,374,629,810
  • Supplier Impact: $1,390,245,260
  • Induced Economic Impact: $1,504,607,057
  • Total Impact: $5,269,482,127

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: 6 a.m.–2 a.m. No restrictions at any time for club licensees.
    Off Premises: 6 a.m.–11:59 p.m.
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: Licensed supermarkets, convenience stores, and gas stations may sell beer and wine. Off-premises sales no later than 12 a.m. Numerous dry counties exist.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.

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