I thought the last lines of the article were especially telling on why Virginia craft beer is growing :
The craft craze has fostered a spirit of camaraderie, not competition, among the local brewers. O’Connor and Young [of Gordon Biersch], for instance, have borrowed each other’s equipment.See Move over Bud - local craft brews are selling big for the complete article.
Instead of hurting St. George’s business, O’Connor’s entry into the market increased demand for St. George on the Southside, Halfpenny said.
Likewise, O’Connor said Beach Brewing poses no threat: “It opens people’s eyes and further creates a beer culture.”