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Loudoun County to host 2018 beer bloggers conference

Loudoun County will host the 2018 Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference, the governor's office announced today.

The August event, hosted by Zephyr Conferences, will bring together an estimated 150 attendees, including influential beer industry bloggers, writers and social media specialists.

The conference is slated to be held at the DoubleTree Hotel in Sterling with conference activities taking place at other locations across the county, according to Visit Loudoun, the county's tourism agency.

Zephyr hosted a similar conference for wine bloggers and writers at Lansdowne Resort in Loudoun County in 2015.

“Zephyr’s decision to select Virginia and Loudoun County to host the 2018 Beer Bloggers and Writers Conference is another clear indicator that the commonwealth is a national beer industry leader,” said Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said in a prepared statement. “The economic impact of beer in Virginia contributes over $1 billion dollars and thousands of jobs throughout the production, distribution, and retail industries.”

Previous beer bloggers conferences have taken place in destinations like Asheville, North Carolina; Boulder, Colorado, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Portland, Oregon; and San Diego, California.

“With more than 215 breweries across the state, Virginia is a premier destination for beer lovers, and the diversity of product and experiences in Loudoun County make it the perfect destination for the Beer Bloggers Conference,” said Todd Haymore, Virginia's secretary of commerce and trade.

The Virginia beer industry is booming, with more than 215 breweries currently open in the commonwealth. Four prominent West Coast breweries have recently established East Coast brewery and distribution centers in the commonwealth, according to the governor's office, while several Virginia craft breweries are undergoing major expansions and global breweries are finding homes in local communities.

Loudoun County alone is home to roughly 20 breweries.

"Loudoun's craft beer industry is one of the strongest in the state and we are honored organizers recognize Loudoun and Virginia’s important and growing role in the craft beer tourism industry,” Visit Loudoun President and CEO Beth Erickson said in a statement.

In 2016, the commonwealth's beer industry employed more than 28,000 people in production, distribution, and retail, contributing nearly $1 billion in state and local taxes., according to the governor's office.


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