Around the country, the continued acceleration of craft beer sales and brewery start-ups raises a good question: Is West Virginia keeping up?
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.
As it began selling growlers of beer last weekend, Charleston’s premier fine wine retailer also added a secondary brand name: On Tap @ The Wine Shop. This change illustrates that craft beer sales are today having a big impact even in the deepest strata of wine retailers.
Ted Armbrecht, owner of The Wine Shop, says craft beer sales had simply become far too important not to embrace it more fully.
“Our beer sales have been up double digits,” he said. “I’m talking about up 40% plus each month this year over the same month last year. Just tremendous growth.”
He developed a new logo that appears on all his growlers.
UPDATE: Berkeley Springs Brewing Company added its brewpub license as of 8/8/15. The Bath Water Brewpub serves pints of all house brews, initially including the flagship beers: caCapon Kolsch, American Amber, and Berkeley Brown. The brewery will continues to sell 32-oz howlers and 64-oz growlers for off-premise consumption. At the pub, food can be ordered in from local restaurants.
It’s been a long road for Karl Wagenbrenner in his quest to open a small brewery in a small town. Like so many others who long to have their own craft breweries, he had a couple false starts, struggled to understand regulatory compliance, and had to constantly scrape to find enough money.
But his day of reckoning has arrived. No longer a brewery-in-planning, Berkeley Springs Brewing Company is now fully licensed and operational.
Mountain State Brewing Company is no longer contracting for the production of its beer in Baltimore. All production has now been moved in-house to its Thomas, WV, brewery.
Since 2013, Mountain State had contracted out the production of its 12 oz. bottles to Peabody Heights Brewery in Baltimore, MD. Mountain State did this because it had no bottling equipment at its own brewery. Since its inception in 2005, the Thomas brewery had only brewed and packaged beer for kegs.
With its contract brewer producing 12-oz bottles of Mountain State’s four flagship beers, Mountain State was able to gain wide distribution for its six packs across WV, both in on- and off-premise accounts. The six-packs helped boost the brewery to a more dominant leadership position among breweries in the state. Mountain State is West Virginia’s largest brewery, selling approximately 3,500 barrels of beer in 2014. Continue reading “Mountain State Brewing brings its beer home”