Jackie O’s Brewing holds 9th anniversary event

Jackie O's brewpub
A couple hundred beer fans wait patiently in line in a chilly rain for a chance to purchase unique and rare Jackie O’s barrel-aged beers. You had to pick up a number Friday evening to secure your place in line for the Saturday morning bottle sale.

Five Jackie O’s barrel-aged specialties in 22 oz. bottles went on sale Saturday, December 6, and quickly sold out. And around these parts, it’s a big deal. The limit for each this year was one bottle. A couple of years ago you could easily expect to get two or three of each. Jackie O’s is getting very popular. Continue reading “Jackie O’s Brewing holds 9th anniversary event”

Appalachian Mountain Brewery to enter partnership with Craft Brew Alliance

Long Leaf IPA
Craft Brew Alliance announces letter of intent to enter strategic partnership with Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Inc. New canned product plays a major role in AMB’s market expansion plans. (Photo: Business Wire)

A new wrinkle has entered the Appalachian regional craft beer landscape that could boost a small local brewery to the next level. It could also be a model for further growth of a major U.S craft brewer.

This week, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Inc. (AMB) of Boone, NC, and the Oregon-based Craft Brew Alliance (CBA) announced their intent to explore potential opportunities to drive business growth and shareholder value through sharing resources in key strategic areas including, but not limited to, brewing, purchasing, distribution, and sales. Continue reading “Appalachian Mountain Brewery to enter partnership with Craft Brew Alliance”

Swover Creek Farm Brewery opens Nov. 26

Swover_Creek_Farm_brewery_logoSwover Creek Farms officially opens its new farm brewery this Wednesday (Nov. 26) from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. The farm is located about six miles west of Edinburg, Virginia in rural Shenandoah County.

On tap will be a Blueberry Wheat and a Dark Cascadian Ale. The Blueberry Wheat features blueberries raised on the farm.

Farm owner Dave St. Clair, who also handles the brewing duties, says they are only able to open with two beers; however, he has more brews in their final conditioning stages, including a Black IPA, that will be available real soon.

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Regional Round Up – November 21

News bits on craft beverage across Appalachia

A summary of relevant information on developments in Appalachian beer, wine, and spirits.


image001Hops – First Friday Tour on Saturday, December 5

This tour is for anyone interested in growing hops. The free program  will cover:

  • hop yard construction
  • establishment cost
  • bine training
  • irrigation
  • variety selection
  • fertilization
  • and more.

OSU South Center
Ohio Agricultural Research and Development
1864 Shyville Rd., Piketon, Ohio

Contact Charissa McGlothin at mcglothin.4@osu.edu or 740-289-2071 ext. 132

West Virginia

Wheeling_BrewingWheeling Brewing Company announced that the soft opening of its new brewpub will be the week of December 1st, with a big grand opening shindig scheduled around St. Patrick’s Day next March. Wheeling Brewing Company is located in Wheeling’s historic Centre Market district in downtown Wheeling, WV.



Three Brothers Brewing of Harrisonburg, VA has released its Winter Continue reading “Regional Round Up – November 21”

Appalachian Mountain Brewery growing diversification

Appalachian Mountain Brewery logo
Appalachian Mountain Brewery logo.

Based on its third quarter report released this past week, Appalachian Mountain Brewery, Inc. (AMB) is growing more and more diversified, and growing fast.

The company announced 3rd Quarter revenue increased significantly and was up 38 % to $266,283 compared to 2nd Quarter 2014 at $192,450. Year-over-year quarterly revenue increased by 77% to $266,283 for Q3 2014 versus $150,703 for Q3 2013.

AMB CEO Sean Spiegelman called the growth “particularly strong” and Continue reading “Appalachian Mountain Brewery growing diversification”

Disney gives craft beer higher visibility

It was a pleasant surprise to see the enhanced presence craft beer is getting at the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. While wine still rules here, craft beer has definitely taken a step out of the Walt Disneyworld shadows.

Odyssey building at Epcot
The Odyssey building at Epcot was the center for craft beer in 2014.

The Odyssey building at Epcot has had many uses through the years but none better than the one assigned to it this year as craft beer’s home base for the 2014 festival. It is the first time beer has had such a highly Continue reading “Disney gives craft beer higher visibility”