Category Archives: Craft Beer

Articles on craft beer and breweries in and around West Virginia

Chestnut Brew Works approaches a crossroads

In the fast growing West Virginia craft brewery environment, Bill Rittenour is seen as a senior member of the industry, even though he has only been brewing commercially for four and a half years.

Bill Rittenour

“We started selling beer in April of 2013,” said Rittenour,  owner and head brewer at Chestnut Brew Works in Morgantown. “At that time, we were the 7th brewery in the state.”

Today, there are 26. Continue reading Chestnut Brew Works approaches a crossroads

Berkeley Springs Brewing looks for growth in Year 3

In his first two years as a commercial brewery owner Karl Wagenbrenner, of Berkeley Springs Brewing Company, learned a lot about operating a brewery and selling beer. And he feels good about that. Now, looking ahead to Year 3, he wants to move toward wider distribution and a new, larger brewery. Continue reading Berkeley Springs Brewing looks for growth in Year 3

Hops on the Mon beer festival to charm Morgantown

The inaugural Hops on the Mon beer and food festival will take place September 23 at the indoor Event Center in the Morgantown Marriott at Waterfront Place, announced organizer Top Tier Beer Group. Here are the details we learned. Continue reading Hops on the Mon beer festival to charm Morgantown

Louisville’s Goodwood Brewing adds West Virginia markets

Goodwood Brewing Company of Louisville has opened several markets in West Virginia over the past month and a half. Brilliant Stream caught up with Scott Lykins, sales representative for Goodwood Brewing in Kentucky and West Virginia, and he filled us in on the details.  Continue reading Louisville’s Goodwood Brewing adds West Virginia markets

Firkin Fest turns out big crowd for craft beer

On a hot day in mid June, Firkin Fest brought a big crowd to downtown Ashland, KY. Beers fans from the Tri-State region downed plenty of cold golden, amber, and brown liquids in an attempt to beat the heat  The over 100 draft beer selections and five Firkins appeared to satisfy the thirsty throng.
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