BrilliantStream.com covers craft beer and other beverages from a West Virginia perspective. You will also find info on some of the best road trips for beer around Appalachia and even a few other places.

What I’m thinking about WV craft beer

I write primarily about craft beer from a West Virginia perspective.

Charles Bockway of BrilliantStream.com

I love helping our small beverage businesses make stronger connections that build markets and sales. I like working with artisans who create new products and break new ground. I get excited as I see small breweries employ more people and help their local economies grow.

BrilliantStream.com is an independent web publication and is not affiliated with any brewery, other alcohol licensee, or other publication. Brilliant Stream is my attempt to bring information and insights to folks interested in craft beverages produced in West Virginia and the surrounding regions of Appalachia. I am happy to receive your ideas or suggestions of topics I should look into.

Charles Bockway

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My Brilliant Stream Missions


Oktoberfest Pipestem. Pipestem, WV. October
WV Economic Development Conference, WV beer keynote. Sept.
Bell’s Brewing visit. Kalamazoo, MI. August
Rails & Ales Beer Festival, Huntington, WV. August
Grand Rapids, Michigan brewery tours. August
Beer Blogger & Writers Conference, Milwaukee, WS. August
Ohio Brew Week, Athens. July
Funk Collective festival, Greenville SC. July
New Story Conference exhibit,  Morgantown. June
Rivesville-Morgantown WV brewery visits. June
Beer Snobs Jackie O’s Meet Up, Athens, OH. June
WV Eastern Panhandle brewery visits. June
SAVOR, Washington DC. June
Hagerstown MD brewery visit. June
Tucker County WV beer tour. May
Jackie O’s Appervation Release Party, Athens OH. May
Foam at the Dome Beer Festival, Charleston. May
BrewFest CharleyWest, Charleston. April
Beer sessions, WV Urban Agriculture Conf. April
Hangover Day at 7venth Sun, Dunedin FL. March
Hunahpu’s Day Festival, Tampa. March
Tampa Bay Beer Week. March
Cabin Fever Beer Festival, Morgantown. WV. February
CharleyWest Barleywine Fest, Charleston WV. January
Winter Warmer Beer Festival, Asheville. January
Greensboro SC area breweries. January
Athens, Georgia breweries, January
Tampa Bay Area breweries, January
7venth Sun Brewery 5th Anniversary Party, Dunedin FL. Jan.


Parkersburg WV Breweries. December 2016
Elkins & Tucker County, WV Brewery Tours. December 2016
Orlando Region New Breweries Tour. Orlando, FL. Nov.  2016
Pinellas and Hillsborough FL Counties Brewery Tours. Oct. 2016
Sip the Sunshine FL Beer Festival volunteer staff. Sarasota, FL. Oct. 2016
Hops & Heat Beer Festival, Charleston, WV. Oct. 2016
Great American Beer Festival. Denver CO. Oct. 2016
WV Economic Development Conference. Charles Town. Sept. 2016
University of Kentucky Craft Writing Seminar, Lexington. Sept. 2016
Deschutes Brewery Street Pub & Preview. Roanoke, VA. Aug. 2016
New Belgium Brewing Media Day. Asheville, NC. Aug. 2016
Johnson City, Tennessee Breweries tour. Aug. 2016
Rails & Ales Craft Beer Fest. Huntington, WV. Aug. 2016
Ohio Brew Week. Athens, OH. July 2016
Firkin Fest. Ashland, KY. June 2016
State of Origin Craft Beer Fest. Morgantown, NC. June 2016
SAVOR Craft Beer Event. Washington, DC. June 2016
Foam at the Dome Craft Beer Festival. Charleston, WV. May 2016
CharlieWest Craft Beer Fest. Charleston, WV. April 2016
Tampa Bay Beer Week. Hunahpu Day; Hunuhpu’s Hangover event volunteer. March 2016
WV Small Farm Conference, Charleston. Feb. 2016
Greenville Breweries Tour, Greenville, SC. Jan. 2016
Atlanta Cask Ale Festival. Dunwoody, GA. Jan 2016
Athens, GA Breweries tour. Jan. 2016


Hawk Knob Cidery Grand Opening, Lewisburg, WV. December 2015
Jackie O’s 10th Anniversary Event, Athens, OH. December 2015
Farmhouse Ales Tasting, Asheville, NC. November 2015
Smoky Mountains Moonshine Tour, Tennessee. November 2015
Epcot Food & Wine Festival, Lake Buena Vista, FL. November 2015
Cajun Cafe Beer Fest, Pinellas Park, FL. Nov. 2015
OktoberWest Beer Fest, Chas., WV. October 2015
Bramwell WV Oktoberfest 20th Anniversary. October 2015
WV Econ. Dev. Council Annual Conf., Bridgeport, WV. Sept. 2015
WVABCA Liquor Trade Show, Chas., WV. September 2015
Rails & Ales Craft Beer Festival, Huntington, WV. August 2015
WV Hot Dog Festival, Huntington, WV. July 2015
American Beer Bloggers Conference, Asheville, NC. July 2015
Ohio Brew Week, Athens, OH. July 2015
Wine & Jazz (WV wineries festival), Charleston, WV. June 2015
Firkin Fest, Ashland, Kentucky. June 2015
State of Origin Festival, Morgantown, NC. June 2015
Western North Carolina beer & food tour. June 2015
SAVOR, Washington, DC. June 2015
Eastern WV, Western MD, DC breweries. June 2015
Charlie West Craft Beer Fest, Charleston, WV. May Cardinal Directions (NC Saison Fest), Carrboro, NC. April 2015
Raleigh NC regional breweries. March/April 2015
Hunahpu’s Day volunteer staff. Tampa. March 2015
Best Florida Beer Championships, volunteer staff. Tampa. March 2015
Tampa Bay Beer Week. March 2015
Small Farm Conference, Charleston WV. February 2015
Cincinnati craft breweries.  Feb. 2015
Winter Warmer Beer Festival, Asheville. Jan. 2015
Pinellas County, Florida breweries tour. Jan. 2015


EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. Nov. 2014
Bramwell WV Oktoberfest. Homebrew judge. Oct. 2014
Beer Bloggers Conference and San Diego, LA, & Orange County, CA breweries, Aug. 2014
Rails & Ales Festival, WV breweries, Huntington, WV, Aug. 2014
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp, Asheville, NC, Aug. 2014
Ohio Brew Week, Athens OH, July 2014
State of Origin Festival, NC breweries, Morganton, NC, June 2014
Craft Brewers Conference, Denver. April 2014.
Tampa Bay Beer Week. March 2014
WV Small Farm Conference, Morgantown. Feb. 2014
Cincinnati breweries tours. Jan. 2014
Raleigh-Durham brewery tours, NC. January 2014


Gatlinburg, TN. Distilleries, breweries. Nov. 2013
Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. Nov. 2013
Greenbrier Valley Pasture Network Farm Tour. Oct. 2013
Ann Arbor, Michigan Breweries, Sept. 2013
Virginia Craft Brewers Fest, Aug. 2013
Western Maryland Breweries. July 2013
Ohio Brew Week. June 2013
Northwest Germany, Köln, Dusseldorf & Osnabrück. May 2013
Bruges, Brussels, Belgium & environs, May 2013
Northern Italy. Slow Food, wine. May 2013
Asheville NC. food and beverage. Apr. 2013
Craft Brewers Conference, Washington DC. Mar. 2013
Tampa Bay Beer Week. Mar. 2013
WV Small Farm Conference, Morgantown. Feb. 2013
North Carolina Breweries, Raleigh/Durham, Winston-Salem. Feb. 2013
Appalachian Culinary Tourism Conf., White Sulphur Sprs., WV. Feb. 2013
Cincinnati Craft Breweries, Jan. 2013


EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, Nov. 2012
CreateWV Conference, Oct. 2012
TriState (WV, KY, OH) Farm & Food Conference, Huntington, WV, Oct. 2012
Beer Judge, Bramwell, WV Oktoberfest Homebrew Comp., Oct. 2012
Craft Beer, Wine, and Spirits Manufacturing Presentation, WV Economic Development Council Conference, Morgantown, Sept. 2012
Virginia Breweries Tour, July 2012
Indianapolis Breweries and US Beer Bloggers Conference, July 2012
Pittsburgh Area Beer and Breweries,  Apr. 2012
Growing the Appalachian Food Economy Conf., Asheville, NC, Mar. 2012
Tampa Bay Beer Week, Mar. 2012
WV Small Farm Conference, Mar. 2012
AgriTourism Conference, Morgantown, WV, Mar. 2012
Culinary Heritage Tourism Conf., White Sulphur Springs, WV, Jan. 2012


EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, Nov. 2011
Beer Judge, Ohio Brew Week, July 2011
SAVOR & Metro DC, June 2011
National Restaurant Show and Chicago Beer Week, May 2011
Beijing & Shanghai beer & food. China, April 2011
WV Small Farm Conference, Feb. 2011


EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, Nov. 2010
Philadelphia area food and beer tour, Oct. 2010
Northwest Germany food and beer, Sept. 2010
The Artisan Beers of Bavaria, Sept. 2010
Ohio Brew Week, July 2010
California Wine Country, May 2010
Tampa Bay Breweries, March 2010
National Craft Brewers Conference, Chicagoland beer. March 2010
WV Small Farm Conference, Jan. 2010


EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, Nov. 2009
Denver region breweries (Fort Collins & Boulder), Oct. 2009
Great American Beer Festival, Denver, Oct. 2009
Bavarian Breweries: Bamberg, Regensburg, and Munich, Sept. 2009
Ohio Brew Week, July 2009
California Wine Country (Sonoma & Napa). June 2009
SAVOR & Metro DC beer, May 2009

Earlier Highlights

EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival, Oct.-Nov. 2008
Belgian Breweries and Food, Mar. 2008
German Beer Tours: Cologne & Dusseldorf, Feb. 2008
San Francisco & Sonoma County, beer & wine tours. CA, Aug. 2007
Great American Beer Festival, Denver, Sept. 2006
Belgian Beer & Food, Brussels, Bruges,  and Wallonia, Sept. 2005
Spirit of Belgium Beer Conference, Arlington, VA, Jan. 2005