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”

Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine available online

Drink of the Devil

This little distillery hidden deep in the Appalachian Mountains makes only one product: Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine. It’s made from the original Hatfield family moonshine recipe passed down to Nancy Hatfield, who is a great-great-granddaughter the of notorious Devil Anse Hatfield. Hence the distillery’s catchy slogan, “The Drink of the Devil.” Continue reading “Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine available online”

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”

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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Bramwell Oktoberfest winners announced

Bramwell Oktoberfest 2014 was a showcase for West Virginia’s craft brewers and a true treat for those who attended. Nine of the state’s 11 breweries poured samples at this year’s festival, and all took home at least one medal in the commercial brewery competition. The festival took place on October 11. Continue reading “Bramwell Oktoberfest winners announced”

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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