SB604 would allow would allow craft breweries to sell pints to customers so you could tour a Virginia brewery and enjoy a pint afterwards, in the same way you can enjoy a glass of wine at a Virginia winery. Please contact your Virginia legislators* TODAY, as the bill is going before the committee tomorrow morning. I've put together a sample letter you can use since the Guild did not:
As a constituent who believes in maintaining a level playing field for similar types of businesses, I am writing to express my strong support for Virginia SB604. I urge you to please support SB604 as well and to reveal your decision publicly as soon as possible. SB604 would greatly benefit many of the smaller craft breweries in Virginia because it allows a brewery licensee to sell beer at retail at premises described in the brewery license for on-premises consumption and in closed containers for off-premises consumption. This would allow production breweries sell pints to customers so you could tour a Virginia brewery and enjoy a pint afterwards, much like how you can enjoy a glass of wine at a Virginia winery. More importantly, this would put Virginia on even footing with many of our neighboring states and help bring more commerce to the Commonwealth in a similar vein as our wineries do.
Thank you very much for your attention. I look forward to your reply.
Sincerely [your name, street address & phone number].
*You can use this link from the Guild's page to find yours.