YORK COUNTY — The Virginia Beer Company is going international.
The York County-based brewery will exhibit two of its brews at the upcoming international Craft Beer Rising 2018 festival, according to a Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services news release.
The festival will be held at the Old Truman Brewery in London, United Kingdom from Feb. 22-24.
Four other Virginia breweries will exhibit their beers at the festival.
Charlottesville based Champion Brewing Company, Goochland County based Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery, Richmond based Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, and Alexandria based Port City Brewing Company are all showcasing their Virginia brews.
Virginia Beer Company, Champion Brewing Company, and Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery are offering two beers each for the first time in the U.K. at a “Virginia is for Craft Beer Lovers” booth, according to the release.
“These Virginia breweries have demonstrated the production capacity, creativity and interest in expanding sales into foreign markets,” said VDACS Acting Commissioner Charles Green. “We applaud them in their decision to use this major trade event as an opportunity to connect with distribution partners, trade buyers and industry influencers in this growing export destination.”
Both Hardywood and Port City Brewing will serve their beers in partnership with the U.K. based alcohol importer and distributor American Craft Beer Company.
Two hundred and forty licensed craft breweries call Virginia home.
“The Virginia beer industry employed more than 28,000 people in production, distribution, and retail, and contributed nearly a billion dollars in state and local taxes in 2016,” the release states.
The U.K. is a major importer of American craft beer. More than ten percent of American craft beer exports find their way to the country, according to the release.