Late last year, New Belgium began a pilot program that would inadvertently become a business model thanks to the spread of COVID-19. The brewery announced they would begin shipping large format bottles considered “too niche” for distribution direct to consumers in Washington, DC, and a few other states. As none of us can drink on-premise or in bars and restaurants, shipping beer has become a viable option for more and more breweries, including many in Virginia.
As of now, Adroit Theory, Ardent, Aslin, Crooked Run, Hardywood, Lickinghole Creek, Pen Druid, Triple Crossing, The Veil, and Wheatland Spring all have a Shipper’s License from the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Commission, and in doing so may have stretched the definition of “local,” changing it from Loudon and Prince William counties to the state capital of Richmond and Henrico County. No doubt there will be more on the way. Breweries from further afield have also begun shipping programs to both the District and Virg
Source: DC Beer
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