A summary of relevant information on developments in Appalachian beer, wine, and spirits.
Hops – First Friday Tour on Saturday, December 5
This tour is for anyone interested in growing hops. The free program will cover:
hop yard construction
OSU South Center
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development
1864 Shyville Rd., Piketon, Ohio
Contact Charissa McGlothin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-289-2071 ext. 132
Wheeling Brewing Company announced that the soft opening of its new brewpub will be the week of December 1st, with a big grand opening shindig scheduled around St. Patrick’s Day next March. Wheeling Brewing Company is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market district in downtown Wheeling, WV.
Based on its third quarter report released this past week, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Inc. (AMB) is growing more and more diversified, and growing fast.
The company announced 3rd Quarter revenue increased significantly and was up 38 % to $266,283 compared to 2nd Quarter 2014 at $192,450. Year-over-year quarterly revenue increased by 77% to $266,283 for Q3 2014 versus $150,703 for Q3 2013.
Today at 4:00 pm, Wicked Weed Brewing will open the doors to their second location, the Funkatorium.
This is another positive step in firmly establishing the Southern Appalachian region as the go to place for craft beer in the eastern United States.
Despite its close proximity of just three blocks from their original brewpub, this wild and sour tasting room boasts an entirely different feel. Designed to pay homage to the Belgian influence in sour and wild beer, the Funkatorium’s ambiance more closely resembles a Belgian bar than an American brewpub.
“We wanted to create a place that not only showcased our love of Belgian and sour beer, but also created a full experience,” commented Walt Dickinson, Keeper of the Funk and Head of Brewing Operations. “We wanted them to feel like they had just stepped off the streets of Brussels and into our bar.”
The Funkatorium will pour predominately sour and farmhouse style ales from their 16 taps and 2 traditional hand pumps.
“There is an enormous movement towards drinking and enjoying sour beers in the US,” said Dickinson. “We are honored to be a part of the shift that is happening and believe that educating and exposing people to sour beer is our responsibility.
“We want drinkers to come to the Funkatorium to see and touch the barrels, learn the smell of a wood cellar and really become intimate with this amazing style of beer. I can’t think of anywhere else on the East Coast where people can enjoy 16 different brett or sour beers while gazing at the 500 barrels from which those beers came.”
The food at the Funkatorium will also reflect a very different vision than Wicked Weed’s brewpub. Head Chef Cardiff Creasey developed a menu designed for tasting with a focus on each item’s ingredients rather than their place in the meal. He designed the menu to allow individuals to build their meal around the beer and not the other way around.
Grand Opening tap list
Following is the planned tap list for the grand opening as announced on the brewery Facebook page.
Amorous sour IPA
Black Angel cherry sour
Genesis blond sour
Oblivion red sour
Perzik Morte peach sour
Medora blackberry + raspberry sour
Pompeon Pumpkin sour
Framboise Morte raspberry sour
Malice date and blackberry farmhouse ale
Serenity 100% brett farmhouse ale
One keg of THE gold medal winning batch of Serenity
Taketake New Zealand Brettanomyces saison
Lusus Naturae Brettanomyces IPA
Sir Ryan the Pounder
The Funkatorium is located on 147 Coxe Avenue in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. The doors will open to the public at 4pm on Friday the 10th. To find out more information about specific items on the Funkatorium menu or to find hours of operation, please check the Wicked Weed Brewing website at www.wickedweedbrewing.com.
Appalachian regional breweries took home eight medals in addition to a top brewery honor from the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) last Saturday in Denver.
Devils Backbone Brewing Company’s Outpost brewery in Lexington, Virginia, won the prestigious title of Mid-Size Brewing Company and Mid-Size Brewing Company Brewer of the Year for 2014. This was not the brewery’s first success at the festival. Devils Backbone’s Basecamp brewery in Roseland, VA, had won small brewery of the year in 2012 and 2013, but this was the first win for its Outpost brewery. The Outpost is located in Appalachia, while Basecamp is not.
Other Appalachian region brewery winners included:
Definitely one of my favorite beer events of the past year was the State of Origin Craft Brew Festival in Morganton, North Carolina. I’m all in when it comes to local ingredients in local beer, and that is where this festival excelled.
Put together by Todd Boera and others at local Fonta Flora Brewery, this festival was unique in that it brought together over 20 breweries, each bringing beers with North Carolina ingredients. The following video gives you an 8-minute look at the 2014 festival held on June 14.