Category Archives: Craft Beer

Articles on craft beer and breweries in and around West Virginia

Devils Backbone launching in West Virginia

The countdown is over. Devils Backbone Brewing Company (DBBC) is launching its line of award-winning  beer in West Virginia starting now, and continuing over the next few weeks. The date products hit the shelves may vary in each local market. West Virginia will be the fifth state market to receive beer from the Roseland, Virginia-based craft brewery.

Watch your local craft beer bars’ Facebook pages for announcements of launch parties and other DBBC events.

Gold Leaf Lager 6-pack
Gold Leaf Lager six-pack by Devils Backbone Brewing comes in 12-oz cans.

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Focus shifts to Peddler brewery restaurant

Word from Huntington, WV, is good news for craft beer fans. With Drew and Megan Hetzer’s Backyard Pizza and Raw Bar now open for business, the couple’s focus will turn to building out The Peddler brewery and restaurant in the space next door. Continue reading Focus shifts to Peddler brewery restaurant

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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