Rails & Ales sells out fast

Rails & Ales logoHuntington, WV — The third annual Rails & Ales Festival sold out in record time today, even with nearly 1,000 more tickets added this year.

Better Beer Coalition L.L.C., the festival organizer, reported that all tickets sold in the first 26 minutes. The 350 VIP tickets were gone in one minute. In 2014 festival tickets lasted nearly 3 hours. Eventbrite handled the ticket sale. Continue reading “Rails & Ales sells out fast”

New IPA, tasting room at Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company

Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company now has a very functional  tasting room at its brewery outside Lewisburg, WV, where you can sample its growing line up of brews.

New tasting room at Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company
New tasting room at Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company

Located within the brewery complex right next to the brewing equipment, it is a good vantage point to watch the brewers in action or to join in a brewery tour.

Samples, pints and growlers are available.
Samples, pints and growlers are available.

You can try small samples or purchase a pint to drink right there. Half-gallon growler fills are available so customers can enjoy fresh GVBC draught at home.

Devil Anse IPA
Devil Anse. What we’ve all been waiting for—a signature IPA from GVBC.

No feud here: Devil Anse IPA hits the bullseye

Over the past couple of weeks GVBC released four new beers to the market. Quite impressive among them is the brewery’s signature IPA: Devil Anse. After enjoying their Wild Trail Pale Ale over the past half year, GVBC fans anxiously awaited the promised IPA. They won’t be disappointed.

Devil Anse draught is now available and six-packs of cans will hit the market a bit later. Keeping with the West Virginia legends theme for their full-time beers, Devil Anse celebrates the larger than life leader of the famous Hatfield clan of southern WV. The Hatfield patriarch is best known for leading his family against the Kentucky-based McCoys in a real-life clash of clans. Continue reading “New IPA, tasting room at Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company”

Film screening, beer at Wheeling Brewing

Blood, Sweat & Beer, a craft beer documentary, will have a special screening at Wheeling Brewing Company this summer.

Blood Sweat & BeerThe ticketed event takes place on July 17 at 2:00 PM. At the event, the brewery will hold a tasting of a special small-batch beer, which will only be available at the screening. The filmmakers will attend and hold a Q&A.

The film tells the story of three young entrepreneurs as they struggle to start a brewery in Braddock, PA. The city of Braddock, a down-on-its-luck former steel mill town, has some parallels to Wheeling, WV. Also featured in the film is the story of a small, Ocean City, Maryland brewer, whose operation is threatened by a trademark infringement lawsuit.

Tickets are $20 and includes one pint or sampler flight and light snacks. Attendance is limited to 40. Tickets are on sale through Eventbrite at the link.

3 festivals join for WV Craft Beer Week

Three premier craft beer festivals have now been pulled together under the umbrella of West Virginia Craft Beer Week (WVCBW).


Huntington’s Rails & Ales Festival, Wheeling’s Mountaineer Brewfest, and Canaan Valley’s Brew Skies Festival now anchor both ends of West Virginia’s first statewide craft beer week. The beer week was announced by the Huntington-based Better Beer Coalition.

Set for August 15-22, WVCBW should allow the state’s craft beer fans plenty of opportunities to celebrate. The Better Beer Coalition hopes to encourage breweries, pubs, and restaurants to offer special features, activities, and events throughout the week. Continue reading “3 festivals join for WV Craft Beer Week”

Crowd enjoys BrewFest CharlieWest

Appalachian Power baseball park
Appalachian Power Park, Charleston, WV. Home of the West Virginia Power baseball team.

A large crowd turned out for the inaugural BrewFest CharlieWest held in Charleston, WV, Saturday, April 11, during and after the WV Power baseball game. The festival was a promotion of the baseball team as part of its season-opening home stand.

Morgantown Brewing Company beers were poured by reps from its local distributor.

Great weather and great beer, it was a very happy crowd. With beers from seven West Virginia craft breweries beefing up the ballpark’s normal AB-InBev-centric beer offerings, it was a special treat for local baseball and beer fans. Continue reading “Crowd enjoys BrewFest CharlieWest”

Tamarack to add craft beer sales

Tamarack, Beckley, WV

Tamarack, the premier outlet for West Virginia artisans, will add craft beer to its already impressive line up of arts, crafts, food, and wine, Brilliant Stream has learned.

A new beer and wine sales area reportedly will be established in prime space next to the facility’s popular restaurant. The Tamarack restaurant has consistently been a big draw for travelers. Being located next door to it should prove a boon for both beer and wine sales. Continue reading “Tamarack to add craft beer sales”

Wheeling Brewing builds on tradition


Wheeling Brewing building
The blue building at 2247 Market St. is the home of Wheeling Brewing Company in Wheeling, WV’s historic Centre Market area. It is part of keeping this section of the city vibrant and attractive. Wheeling Brewing Company is the latest effort to revive that city’s rich brewing tradition, which has roots back to the early 1800s. The new brewery’s namesake, Smith’s Wheeling Brewery, was a popular ale brewery that operated for roughly 50 years during the mid to late 19th century. 

From a basement to a marketplace

The new Wheeling Brewing Company is actually an outgrowth of the tiny Basement Brewery that was really started in a basement in 2012 by local homebrewers Chad Hill, Jimmy Schute, and Dave Cornett. It was both the success and difficulties of that start-up that led the owners to plan an expanded operation that would be a full-fledged brewpub and restaurant located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market. As a result of those plans, Wheeling Brewing was born. Continue reading “Wheeling Brewing builds on tradition”