Category Archives: West Virginia

Craft beverage news from West Virginia

Weathered Ground to open taproom August 5 in Cool Ridge

Two years ago, it would have been impossible to predict that the state’s first true farmhouse brewery would rise from a bucolic hilltop in Cool Ridge, West Virginia. But it’s almost here. Weathered Ground Brewery will open its taproom August 5. It’s a place no craft beer fan will want to miss. Continue reading Weathered Ground to open taproom August 5 in Cool Ridge

North End Tavern Brewery turns 20 this year

It probably shouldn’t be a surprise that West Virginia’s oldest continuously-operated  tavern would also house the state’s oldest continuously-operated brewery. Parkersburg’s 1899-vintage North End Tavern (popularly known as the NET) founded its brewery in 1997, making it 20 years old this year. Continue reading North End Tavern Brewery turns 20 this year

Chestnut Brew Works approaches a crossroads

In the fast growing West Virginia craft brewery environment, Bill Rittenour is seen as a senior member of the industry, even though he has only been brewing commercially for four and a half years.

Bill Rittenour

“We started selling beer in April of 2013,” said Rittenour,  owner and head brewer at Chestnut Brew Works in Morgantown. “At that time, we were the 7th brewery in the state.”

Today, there are 26. Continue reading Chestnut Brew Works approaches a crossroads

Berkeley Springs Brewing looks for growth in Year 3

In his first two years as a commercial brewery owner Karl Wagenbrenner, of Berkeley Springs Brewing Company, learned a lot about operating a brewery and selling beer. And he feels good about that. Now, looking ahead to Year 3, he wants to move toward wider distribution and a new, larger brewery. Continue reading Berkeley Springs Brewing looks for growth in Year 3