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”

Appalachian Distillery adds flavors

Appalachian Distillery new flavors
Appalachian Distillery keeps bringing us new flavors of its Appalachian Moonshine. Pictured are Caramel Apple, Strawberry Lemonade, and Peach.

One fun thing about good mountain moonshine is that it can serve as a base for many other flavors.

Appalachian Distillery in Ripley, West Virginia, is one moonshiner that has been busy experimenting with quite a few natural flavoring ingredients for its blends. Continue reading “Appalachian Distillery adds flavors”

B&D Gastropub supports beer community

B&D GastropubWith so much focus on craft breweries and their latest and greatest brews, it is easy to overlook the important contribution to craft beer made by our restaurants and taverns. We owe buckets of appreciation to our favorite on-premise proprietors who help keep the masses up to date with the big bad world of craft beer. Continue reading “B&D Gastropub supports beer community”

WV governor calls for regulatory relief on craft brewers

In his annual State of the State Address given to the state Legislature this evening, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin called for regulatory relief on the state’s craft brewers.

Earl Ray Tomblin, West Virginia Governor
Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor of West Virginia

“We must encourage the same innovation we ask of all of those investing in our state and allow our state’s entrepreneurs to put their skills to work without the burden of unnecessary state restrictions,” Tomblin said. “That’s why tonight I am proposing legislation to give our craft brewers increased opportunities to succeed as part of our state’s growing craft beer industry. Continue reading “WV governor calls for regulatory relief on craft brewers”

Greenbrier Valley Brewing adds cans

Mothman 6 pack
Canned six-packs of Mothman Black IPA will soon hit West Virginia retailer shelves. It marks the first time a WV-made and canned six-pack has appeared since 1971. Photo credit: GVBC.

Six-packs of West Virginia-made canned beer will soon be hitting retailers’ shelves for the first time since 1971. This is really big news for the state’s craft beer scene. Heck, it’s huge news for WV beer period. Historic!

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