RICHMOND, Va (WRIC) - Saturday was the first craft beer festival of the season in Richmond, and about 1,000 people came out to support local breweries.
The event was hosted by RVA ROCK$ and Fetch A Cure.
“It's exciting because it's a great time for craft beer in Richmond,” said Stephen Tuzeneu, who works for Brown Distributing. He manages all of the craft beer brands in the Richmond area.
He says RVA went from having one local brewery to 10 in just a couple of years. They were all out at Saturday’s festival handing out samples.
“Not only are we celebrating the things made in and around Richmond, but we're creating jobs and putting money back into the economy," said Tuzeneu.
Part of the reason is the passing of SB 604 in 2012, which now allows breweries to sample and sell beer without having to serve food.
"Governor McDonnell had a great quote--'You see kegs, I see jobs.’ That's really what's going on here,” said Tuzenue.
It's also making craft beer lovers very happy.
"I love it. To be able to do this in Richmond and have this much variety, which we never had before,” said a Richmond resident at the festival.
"When I first moved here, there was only Legend and that was pretty much it. I live on the Northside so I've seen Isley come in, Hardywood come in. It's amazing, and just the quality of the product,” said Brandon Nevels at the festival.
"There's people who come out to drink these beers, it's not just a flash in the pan. And we have 10 breweries making really good beer that can stand up to the national guys coming into town. It's great to see,” said Tuzeneu.
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