RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — From industrial outskirts of Richmond to the pastoral landscapes of the Blue Ridge Mountains and beyond, an army of artisans are turning their love of beer into business.

Craft brewers are looking to cash in on a growing interest in all things local. And recent changes to state law are helping brewers grow their business.

With about 40 craft breweries in the state, Virginia pales in comparison to states like California. But craft brewers in Virginia hope to build on the success of the state's wine industry.

For the first time, the state, which was named as a top beer destination in North America, has designated August as Virginia Craft Beer month. A statewide festival and competition is set for Saturday at the Devils Backbone Brewing Company in Nelson County.