Appalachian chefs and restaurateurs are well represented among the list of James Beard Award semifinalists announced yesterday. Fifteen different Appalachian region chefs and restaurateurs made the cut.
The James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in the United States. Eight Appalachian chefs and restaurants became semifinalists in 7 of the 11 national categories. Seven more made the cut for Best Chef in their respective geographic regions.
The release of Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA shows the brewery could be on to something big. It’s great to see a brewery in the Appalachian region participating in a potentially groundbreaking development.
At the recent Winter Warmer Beer Festival in Asheville, NC, a bunch of the newer small breweries from the southern Appalachian region were quite impressive.
A good gauge of the craft beer industry’s viability is the number of new breweries that you find popping up in the hinterlands, small towns and villages across the region. Local beer festivals such as this allow tiny breweries to have a stage equal to the Sierra Nevadas and New Belgiums of the region.Continue reading “Small breweries shine at NC winter festival”
With so much focus on craft breweries and their latest and greatest brews, it is easy to overlook the important contribution to craft beer made by our restaurants and taverns. We owe buckets of appreciation to our favorite on-premise proprietors who help keep the masses up to date with the big bad world of craft beer. Continue reading “B&D Gastropub supports beer community”
In his annual State of the State Address given to the state Legislature this evening, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin called for regulatory relief on the state’s craft brewers.
“We must encourage the same innovation we ask of all of those investing in our state and allow our state’s entrepreneurs to put their skills to work without the burden of unnecessary state restrictions,” Tomblin said. “That’s why tonight I am proposing legislation to give our craft brewers increased opportunities to succeed as part of our state’s growing craft beer industry. Continue reading “WV governor calls for regulatory relief on craft brewers”
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!