Chamber Insider Blog

The Breweries are Coming!

Here at the Chamber, we are excited to see so many breweries (distilleries and cideries) popping up all over Northern Virginia (especially here in Loudoun) to accompany the many gorgeous wineries we know and love!  Craft beer isn’t just delicious; it also means local jobs, economic development, tourism activity and new commercial opportunities for Loudoun’s farmers.    But the truth is, we almost missed out on this industry.  Until recently, it has been difficult to start a brewery, especially a farm brewery, in Loudoun County.  From the halls of the General Assembly Building in Richmond, to the Board room in Leesburg, we fought to create a business friendly environment in Loudoun County, for this growing industry.  And we succeed.

How does the Loudoun Chamber advocate for local business?

The Loudoun Chamber employs a full-time Government Affairs Manager, Brian Fauls, who attends county meetings and represents the interests of Loudoun Wineries and Craft Breweries on important issues such as tax reform, zoning, hiring mandates, property rights, minimum wage, workman’s comp, parking & road regulations, noise & lighting ordinances. We attend the Planning Commission meetings, Board of Supervisor meetings, Zoning Ordinance Action Group (ZOAG) meetings and report back directly to you with a monthly newsletter delivered to your inbox.

What are our members saying about us?

“One of the first business decisions we made as a new brewery was to join the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce. We expected the Chamber to provide an excellent opportunity for us to network with other Loudoun County businesses, which it has. We did not expect the Chamber to respond as quickly and effectively as it did when it learned that one of its members was being threatened. The Chamber hosted a rally at the brewery inviting residents and other local business owners to show their support. It was an amazing night and we are grateful for the ongoing support of the Chamber.”

– Graham Burns, CFO, Old Ox brewery

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