WAYNESBORO, VA – (April 5, 2023) – The Virginia Green Travel Alliance presented Central Virginia’s Stable Craft Brewing at Hermitage Hill, with its 2023 Virginia Green Travel Leader Award. The awards are presented annually to Virginia’s greenest tourism operators and partners for their outstanding commitments to sustainability and contributions to green tourism in Virginia. The awards were presented by Virginia Tourism Corporation’s Rita McClenney in conjunction with the Virginia Green Travel Conference & Awards that was held on March 21 & 22, 2023 at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
“Our Virginia Green Travel Partners are conserving natural resources, engaging customers, and working to increase sustainable tourism business in Virginia. “The Virginia Green Travel Star Awards recognizes the ‘greenest’ businesses and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding commitments to the environment in the past year. We are proud to recognize these businesses as they are true partners in our efforts to promote sustainable tourism in Virginia,” says Tom Griffin, the Executive Director of the Virginia Green Travel Alliance.
Stable Craft Brewing is receiving its lion share of national and international recognition, having recently won the 2022 Green Brewery of the Year award as well as Best Beer and Cider at international competitions. According to Craig Nargi, owner of Stable Craft Brewing, “We pride ourselves on making craft beers that make visiting our brewery repeatedly worth the trip. Great beer that you can’t get anywhere else is the focal point of the Stable Craft experience. But our staff is also committed and takes tremendous pride in all of our sustainable initiatives and receiving this kind of recognition from the Virginia Green Travel Alliance motivates them to want to do even more.”
Stable Craft Brewing, recently named the 2022 Green Brewery of the Year, is the first brewery on the East Coast to launch a zero food waste initiative for its award-winning brewery, restaurant and wedding and banquet facility. The sustainable brewery also grows its own hops, utilizes the brewing wastewater to water their hops, co-ops with a local farmer to use the spent grain for food for the cattle and has planted 1,100 trees on the farm to help with erosion and air quality. Stable Craft offers a sustainable tour by reservation only for guests to get a first-hand look at all of its sustainable initiatives.