Workhouse Brewfest’s Bottom Line: A Success to Be Repeated


September 21, 2016

News Highlights

  • More than 2,500 people attended the first-ever Workhouse Brewfest, and becasue of the success of this year's event, officials say they plan to hold it again in August 2017.
  • There are seven craft breweries in Fairfax County, and statewide, craft breweries employ 9,000 people and produce more than $1 billion in economic impact.

Workhouse Brewfest 2016 logo

Following the first ever Workhouse Brewfest in August 2016, Fairfax County officials released data demonstrating the event’s success.

More than 2,500 people attended the inaugural event that showcased the benefits local craft breweries, food trucks and other businesses bring to Fairfax County and the adaptive reuse opportunities at the historic Workhouse Arts Center, a former prison.

The event featured:

  • 7 Fairfax County craft breweries, along with 21 other regional craft breweries
  • 3 cideries
  • 4 wineries
  • 6 distilleries
  • 17 food trucks.

Brewfest garnered attention for local entrepreneurs and artisans; promoted arts, hospitality and tourism; and created interest in a place that people want to be – three important goals of the Fairfax County Economic Success Plan. 

Craft beer is becoming big business in Virginia. Craft breweries employ 9,000 people and produce more than $1 billion in economic impact in the state, according to the Brewers Association. There are more than 130 licensed craft breweries in the state, including seven in Fairfax County.

Because of this year’s success, Fairfax officials say they plan to hold another Brewfest again on August 12, 2017.

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