Blackwater Brewing looks ahead

Blackwater Brewing building
Blackwater Brewing Company artisan brewhaus and eatery in Davis, West Virginia

DAVIS, WV — Blackwater Brewing Company owner/brewer Lincoln Wilkins is not content to simply operate a local brewpub in this popular West Virginia tourist area. He has firm designs on becoming a more regional player in craft beer.

“I have to expand now,” says Wilkins. “I have more accounts coming on line, and I’m maxing out my current brewing set up.” Continue reading “Blackwater Brewing looks ahead”

West Virginia celebrates Big Brew

UPDATE: Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company added the 8th event site after this article was published.

Scores of West Virginians are joining the Coast to Coast Toast on Saturday, May 2, as they take part in national Big Brew events at seven locations across the state.

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Founded by the American Homebrewers Association, Big Brew commemorates National Homebrew Day and takes place the first Saturday in May. This year marks the 19th annual event. Continue reading “West Virginia celebrates Big Brew”

New releases at Vu Ja De Vineyards

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Vu Ja De Vineyards released four new wines recently that are a further testament to the winemaking skills of vintner Bryan George. Operating from his tiny boutique winery located in the rolling hills of Roane County, WV, George masters the art of blending like few others in the region.

Two new Vu Ja De Vineyards proprietary blends

The first two of the new releases are wines for drinking now.

His 60% estate-grown blend—Remember Your Dreams II is a standout. In this red beauty, George shows just how lovely his estate French-American hybrids can show when balanced with a portion of high quality vinifera juice. Continue reading “New releases at Vu Ja De Vineyards”

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”

WV governor calls for regulatory relief on craft brewers

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.

Earl Ray Tomblin, West Virginia Governor
Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor of West Virginia

“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”

Greenbrier Valley Brewing adds cans

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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!

Continue reading “Greenbrier Valley Brewing adds cans”

Mountain Dragon Mazery masters mead

Mountain Dragon Mazery is certainly one of the most exciting new producers of meads and other honey-based wines anywhere in the Southern Appalachian region.

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Mountain Dragon Tulip Poplar Honey Mead is a varietal mead made of honey from the blooms of the tulip poplar tree.

Located in Fairmont, West Virginia, Mountain Dragon Mazery makes a wide variety of meads, melomels and methyglyns, several of which are unique to the market. Some of their products harken back to the old days of mead making in the British Isles. In fact, the name Mazery is taken from an old English word for meadery. Continue reading “Mountain Dragon Mazery masters mead”