Located at 1210 S. Davis Ave., the taproom will offer light food and snacks along with Big Timber beer.
Matt Kwasniewski, owner/brewer, said he hopes the taproom will become a community meeting place like the taverns of yore. He likes the connection it allows him to have with the customer.
“You know exactly who your customer is whenever that tap opens and they get their glass of beer,” he explained.
Matt feels the West Virginia market provides a tremendous opportunity for craft breweries today. Compared to Montana, where he started in craft brewing, he thinks the West Virginia market is still in its infancy with a big upside.
“They’ve got 40 breweries out there with a population half our size,” he said. “So with 11 breweries, I think West Virginia still has a lot of room to grow.”
Big Timber initially began by self-distributing its beers. Now they have signed on a few distributors and will soon add more. Kwasniewski is adding to his keg numbers too so he can distribute Big Timber statewide.
He is also getting into casked beer. By next spring he will have some specialty products available to craft beer bars that they can serve on cask.
With all this growth, you might think it would have an impact on pricing. But he plans to keep his pricing reasonable and be competitive with big national craft brands such as Sierra Nevada.
“We want our craft beer to be accessible to all West Virginians,” he said.
If taproom prices are any indication, Big Timber pricing will be among the most reasonable for any local craft beer. For his standard beers in the taproom, 64 oz growlers are going for $8.00, while pints are $3.50.
Canning line next up
With the taproom now underway, Matt’s next big push will be installing a canning line in the first half of next year.
“We’ve got our canning line picked out,” he said.
“We’re getting our quotes, getting our templates, and starting to work on the can design. Hopefully by next summer we’ll have Big Timber in pint cans statewide.”
In the Youtube video below, Matt Kwasniewski talks about opening and operating a small craft brewery in West Virginia.
Big Timber Brewing Company
1201 S. Davis Ave.
Wednesday – Thursday: 3:00 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 11:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.