For 2018, we are following five projects that have a good chance of opening this year. West Virgina saw four new breweries open last year. Two projects from 2017 were dropped from the list as they have apparently gone inactive.
When it opens, this will be Roane County’s first brewery. Already operating as a popular bar and grill, the owners are adding a small brewery to their existing business. Proprietor Tim Morgan reports that the they will only sell their beer at the brewpub, with no distribution initially.
Status Update: Feb. 1 – This project is in the late stages of obtaining its state brewery license. Projected opening date is February 28, 2018.
7177 Charleston Rd.
Walton, WV 25286
Brewery Facebook Page
This project is being developed by Lawrence Walkup who operates the independent Old Spruce Tavern and Draft House at Snowshoe Mountain Resort.
The house beer for Old Spruce Draft House and Old Spruce Cafe & Tavern (Citra IPA) has been brewed as a re-badged label of Big Timber Brewing in Elkins. but it would be brewed here, once a brewery license is secured. Expect a range of additional popular beer styles too.
Status Update: As of Feb. 1, the future site of Old Spruce Brewing had been cleared and site work begun prior to the winter freeze. Building materials are on site. Concrete will be poured after the spring thaw. Walkup reports that he hopes to be brewing in Summer 2018 and have a tasting room open in time for next ski season.
Bob Milvet spent all of last year working on business and financing plans for his Morgantown-based brewery project, and in late 2017, things began moving ahead. While the project is moving a bit more slowly than they originally anticipated, 2018 should be the year this brewery gets built.
Cheat Canyon will be a large brewery for West Virginia, with a 30 barrel brewhouse and 180 barrels of fermentation space at opening. Their primary focus is on water quality, clean brewery operations, and freshest ingredients to ensure a high quality product. Estimated total invest will be in the range of $4 million.
The architectural drawings for the building’s exterior show a modern structure that looks fantastic. The brewery will include a large restaurant taproom area with food service. At opening, they expect to employ around 8 full-time and 20 part-time staff.
Head brewer Tommy Nichelson says he will have an extensive beer line-up including a Russian Imperial Stout, Milk Stout, Black IPA / Cascadian Dark, Farmhouse Ale, Citra IPA, Pale Ale, Amber Ale, NE IPA, Double IPA, plus seasonals and one-offs. They plan to put maybe four or five of these beers into distribution. The brewery will sign with a distributor to sell its beer outside the brewery. Initially, beer will only be distributed in kegs.
Status Update: Feb. 1 – Site work has been done. Steel expected to go up for the 11,000 sq. ft. building in March/April. A grand opening is anticipated for late 2018.
Lawless Road (in the new Westridge development)
Brewery Twitter: @CheatCanyonBrew
Brewery Facebook Page
This brewpub project didn’t get underway in 2017 for veteran brewer Josh Clarke, so it’s moved to a projected 2018 opening. The plan is to add a small brewery to the existing Rambling Root restaurant and bar in downtown Fairmont. Clarke is currently the beverage manager there and does a great job pushing the local beer.
The brewery will start off with a 2-barrel brewhouse and 4 barrels of stainless fermentation tank space, plus oak barrels and carboys. They will keg only and plan to self-distribute some of their beer. Joshua Clarke and D.J. Cassel will handle brewery operations.
The Rambling Root kitchen dishes out a melting pot of Southern, Appalachian, German foods and Fairmont favorites. The bar has 21 taps and, until their brewery operation opens, they serve a selection of brews from WV and other states.
Status Update: As of Feb 1, the project is in development with a projected start-up date of summer 2018. Application for federal basic permit has been submitted.
101 Fairmont Avenue
Project Facebook page
High Ground Brewing Company
Dallas J. Wolfe is High Ground’s founder, owner and brewer. He says he’s been a craft beer fanatic for at least five years, but it was a few years back, when he took up homebrewing that he really caught the bug. He’s an Army veteran currently serving in the WV National Guard.
The brewery will locate in an existing 2,400 square foot warehouse that Wolfe owns and is converting into the brewery. About 800 sq. ft. of that space will be dedicated to his taproom. Inside his brewery building, Wolfe will install a 10-barrel brewhouse, three 10-barrel fermenters and one 20-barrel fermenter. He will start out kegging his beer, but hopes to add a small-batch canning system later.
When it opens, High Ground Brewery will have a full taproom with pints, flights, growlers, and kegs for sale. He also plans to self-distribute some beer around the north central section of the state.
High Ground Brewing
102 Railroad St.
Terra Alta, WV