Big Timber opens taproom

Big Timber Brewing logoBig Timber Brewing Company of Elkins, West Virginia opened a taproom at the brewery in Elkins. Featuring seven taps, you can count on a great variety of fresh Big Timber brews.

Located at 1210 S. Davis Ave., the taproom will offer light food and snacks along with Big Timber beer.

Matt Kwasniewski, owner/brewer, said he hopes the taproom will become a community meeting place like the taverns of yore. He likes the connection it allows him to have with the customer. Continue reading “Big Timber opens taproom”

Paw Paw moonshine flows at Appalachian Distillery

ApDist-04Paw Paw Moonshine? I’ll bet you’ve never heard of it, let alone tried it. Well that all changed for me with a visit to Appalachian Distillery located at Ripley, West Virginia.

Two former coal miners with deep family roots in the moonshine industry opened this rustic little distillery to continue a long-standing family tradition. A couple of years ago, while still working in the mines, co-founders Dwayne Freeman and James Hager began talking about leaving the mines and entering the whiskey business.

Hager tells a bit of their story in this video.

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September farmers market and Bramwell Oktoberfest

Sept Farmers Market
September is a great month at the local farmers market. It’s the change out between summer and fall crops. You get some of both.

I love to visit a farmers market this time of year here in Southern Appalachia, but I also know that the summer garden season is coming to an end.

Apple harvest is in full swing and cider production is well underway. Local wineries and cideries are busy places now. It will likely be a few months though before we get to taste the magic of the 2014 vintage, especially for the red wines and hearty ciders that need a good bit of time in the barrel to mature. Continue reading “September farmers market and Bramwell Oktoberfest”

Charleston Brewing does Anton Lutz tribute

Anton Lutz and Ryan HeastingsCharleston Brewing Company released a new IPA the other day that is a tribute to Bavarian hop breeder Anton Lutz. Lutz is best known for his development of the much sought after Mandarina Bavaria hop, which has a distinct honeydew melon aroma to go along with its strong tangerine and citrus. His hop varieties accentuate fruit in both taste and aroma but are softer and less piney-resiny than the popular West Coast IPA hop varieties. Continue reading “Charleston Brewing does Anton Lutz tribute”