September is Virginia Spirits Month

Governor Ralph Northam declared September as Virginia Spirits Month, marking the third annual celebration designed to educate consumers and travelers about Virginia distilled spirits.

“Virginia is the birthplace of American spirits, and our 70 licensed distilleries are a part of the fastest growing sector of the beverage business,” said Governor Ralph Northam. “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.”

This annual, month-long celebration is a partnership between the Virginia Distillers Association, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Authority and Virginia Tourism Corporation designed to educate consumers about the wide variety of spirits produced in the commonwealth, while raising awareness of the contributions of the Virginia craft spirits industry to our local economy.

Additional Spirited Facts:

  • Virginia has over 70 licensed distilleries; more than Kentucky or Tennessee.
  • Virginia distillers produce every category of spirit, from whiskey, gin and brandy, to vodka, absinthe

    and rum.

  • Virginia’s craft spirits industry employs approximately 1,500 Virginians.
  • More than 70 percent of the grains and fruits used to produce Virginia distilled spirits are grown in


“Virginia ABC’s shelves are full of Virginia-made spirits from distillers who bring a local and, always outstanding, historic flavor to our customers,” said Virginia ABC Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill. “Our distillers are vibrant contributors to the commonwealth’s economy and our partnership with Virginia distillers during the year, and particularly during this September campaign, gives us many opportunities to show what Virginia has to offer.”

“The spirit of cooperation with our partners at Virginia ABC extends beyond the 30 days of September,” said Gareth Moore, President VDA. “Virginia ABC’s leadership recognizes the challenges that we face as spirited entrepreneurs, and we look forward to working together to benefit Virginia distilleries, Virginia ABC and Virginia tax payers.”



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