Brewpubs are popular and offer patrons opportunities to enjoy specialty and craft beers. Typically, brewpubs operate as restaurants with special beer licenses. Because of their alcohol and food service, brewpubs usually need licensing from state and local governments and in some cases both county and city agencies.
In the heart of America's early colonial settlement region lies Chesapeake. Although for most of its history the town was agricultural, today's Chesapeake has strong communications, retail and finance sectors. Chesapeake, like most Virginia cities, has significant local licensing. In many cases, applicants must apply in person. State licenses are also prevalent and an entrepreneur can expect several steps in the road to being properly licensed.