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”
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”
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!
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 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? 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.