Is This America’s Next Great Beer Town? (via Men’s Journal)
In 1935, the Gottfried Krueger Brewery made drinking history by selling the first-ever canned beer, choosing Richmond, Virginia, as its test market. But the innovating spirit of the city’s brew scene didn’t settle, leaving the town far behind in the race for craft dominance.
That’s largely because prohibition-era legislation forbid breweries to sell their product on-site unless they had an attached restaurant— an economic hurdle for smaller brewers. The tide shifted with the passage of State Bill 604 in 2012. The law allowed retail sales of beer and sampling on the premises of Virginia breweries. Which is how in just five years, Richmond has transformed from a relatively dry city into a micro beer mecca.
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