Category Archives: Craft Beer

Articles on craft beer and breweries in and around West Virginia

Bramwell Oktoberfest prepares for 20th anniversary

Bridge Brew Works pouring beer.
Bramwell turns into “Beerwell” one Saturday each October for Bramwell Oktoberfest. The brewers from Bridge Brew Works return to pour their beer again this year

Preparations are almost complete for the 20th anniversary of Bramwell Oktoberfest.  When the gates open at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 10, the longest-running craft beer festival in West Virginia will hit a milestone. Continue reading Bramwell Oktoberfest prepares for 20th anniversary

OktoberWest 2015 features local beer

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The article below is reprinted from a news release by the OktoberWest event in Charleston, West Virginia. It’s indicative of the rapidly growing interest in local beer and regional craft beer all across the Appalachian region. Twelve of their 19 featured craft breweries are from West Virginia or surrounding states, with seven having breweries located in Appalachia. In past years, OktoberWest focused mostly on light macro-brews. 

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Rails & Ales Festival hits new high

Happy attendees at Rails and Ales beer festival
The 2015 Rails & Ales Craft Beer Festival received an overwhelmingly positive response.

I can’t imagine a better way to kick off West Virginia Craft Beer Week than what we experienced at the Rails & Ales Festival in Huntington on Saturday. In its third year, this festival has hit a serious good stride. Continue reading Rails & Ales Festival hits new high

Is West Virginia brewery growth keeping up with the nation

Around the country, the continued acceleration of craft beer sales and brewery start-ups raises a good question: Is West Virginia keeping up?

Source: Brewers Association
Source: Brewers Association

The craft brewing industry continued a strong pace of growth in the first half of 2015, according to new mid-year data released by the Brewers Association (BA)—the trade association dedicated to small and independent American craft brewers. American craft beer production volume increased 16 percent during the first half of the year. 

Here’s why WV grew faster than 16%

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Stumptown Ales hopkicks WV beer scene

Jonathan Robeson, Stumptown Ales brewery
Jonathan Robeson brings a hoppy spirit to his new Stumptown Ales brewery.

To call him a hop-head is putting it mildly. The owner of this upcoming brewery likes his hops big, up-front, and juicy.

“We’re hop-centric,” said Jonathan Robeson when concisely defining the DNA of his Stumptown Ales brewery project in Davis, West Virginia. Continue reading Stumptown Ales hopkicks WV beer scene

Sold-out FestivAll event features craft beer

Craft beer at Festivall
The first craft beer event ever at FestivALL was hosted by On Tap @ The Wine Shop.

Craft beer had its own themed event in Charleston, West Virginia, during FestivALL, which is something new for the all-everything-arts hoopla week that takes place in the city each June. Continue reading Sold-out FestivAll event features craft beer