Mountain State Brewing Co.
Active Beers: 4
Beer Ratings: 166
Beer Avg: 3.51
Taps: 4 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 7 | Show All Ratings:
2/5 rDev -45.9%
vibe: 2 | quality: 2 | service: 2 | selection: 2 | $
I went to this place to hear music and was very very dissappointed in the ability of the staff to control the one or two overly loud and generally f'd up drunks in the crowd (in fact, they didn't even try). I guess at least one of the owners were friends with a few "visitors" from Virginia and didn't really care if they screamed at the bands, shook their ass at the audience, and generally acted like apes. Might I mentioned that this was a very well respected bluegrass band and a lot of local people had paid 25 bucks a ticket to see them. It was just really a shame.
So...I guess I would say that Mountain State is like a garage full of frat boys and cheap beer - fine if that's what you want, but I wouldn't go here expecting a "nice" time. They have a lot of growing up to do before they know how to run a bar.
I know I sound a bit uptight, but I've been to a lot of bars, festivals, etc. and never saw such blatent disregard for the band or the audience. Anyhow, the next day, I ran into a big group of folks and they were also discussing how unprofessional the whole place was and what a shame it was(so maybe it wasn't just me).
So...if you want to hear music go to the Purple Fiddle or El Gran Sabor in Elkins.
But, let's get to the important part. The beer. It's okay. I think they probably have the ability to make really good beer, but cheapen it down to make it affordable. It's probably a smart move business-wise, but don't expect to drink anything and go "wow". It's kind of like good beer with too much water in it. I've tried all the styles over the years and the stout is definitely the best and worth the 3 dollars you pay for it (and not a penny more).
One other note - Everytime I drink this beer, I have a raging headache the next day (I think it has something to do with their carbonation methods). I've heard this from 4 or 5 other people - so have plenty of water after.
So...all in all, this place will do well only because it is where it is. The dc kids come here to "get wild" and the locals don't have any other place to go. But, rest assured that it would honestly never make it in an area that expects good beer and good service.
It's too bad really, because it could have real potential.
10-26-2010 23:05:45 | More by Mudpup
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $
Was 2 miles further up the road, now I'm working my way back, ignoring the nagging drive ahead of me. Pulled up front and walked in... to the brewery. Whoop, wrong door. Backed out, looked to the left, a staircase, and up, a door, curtained, reached for the handle, it turned, and I walked in... to some guy's apartment. He was lying face up on the couch at the far end and just turned his head and looked at me.
"Downstairs, around back".
"Oooh, sorry man".
"Happens all the time".
Wouldn't if you locked your door, I thought.
So I went downstairs, walked around back, and yes, there is a door there. Entered in, looking for a beer. Third time's the charm...
Copper topped straight bar with a stone base and footrest to the left seats a dozen on shared saw horses. Cement floors, wood log uprights & rafter ceilings, a wall of wide wood on the barback, and elsewhere below pale green painted walls. Some old signage & mining tools, a large WV map, ornamental license plates, framed pics & adage. An old beaten worn mirror's mounted on the end of the bar, and a mounted deer wearing a festive straw hat oversees all. Growlers here & there, hats displayed for sale, and board games on the sill if you dare! A stone fireplace sits across from the bar alongside plants and West Virginia peoples all couched up. Windows curtained above to the side room & outside.
A single flatscreen on barback center, with shirts strung below. Framed pics, and New Riders & Cracker show posters for upcoming venues here. Nic nacs, pieces of play, a Twinky the kid doll. A rack with a ½ dozen "your choice - $5.50" scotches (Glens, Macs, Laphs) & a single Tequila (Patron Silver), also for $5.50. And they make a house sangria = danger. Boards above the barback list tap selections, ABV's, descriptions. Views of the brewery behind the bar through windows down towards the end. You get a better view if you park out front and walk in the door like I did first.
8 handles extending from the barback wall over a stainless steel panel; 4 of them live just now or ever, really. Asked for a sampler and was fed small samples of each for free. Cold Trail Ale, 5.5%, a wheat based American Blonde with some oatmeal as well, light & easy drinking, tasty; Almost Heaven Amber Ale, 5.2%, Willamette hopped with a nice malt presence, and you get some caramel on the end, well balanced; Seneca IPA, 5.2%, floral nose, with a good citrusy hoppiness overall, Chinook, Cascade, Amarillo; Miner's Daughter Oatmeal Stout, 5.6%, medium bodied & smoooth, roasty and a bit bitter but pleasantly licoricey. Cold Trail Ale & Miner's Daughter were the best of the 4. These seem to be the standard beers but they claim to make some others there. Looking for a beer, we think there may be something on cask; a blend of the Stout & IPA. Nope, the cask is kicked. Opted then for a pint of the Stout and then another, served in mason jars and priced at a whopping $3. Criminal, really.
Beer in hand and now 'esplorin', I ventured into the barnlike building sideroom, and what I saw there. A small bar to the left and a strange "why is this here?" empty corner deli counter. 3 small tables, some comfy furniture, and a stage for band set up. A band there just now, you know, setting up. A pair of large roll up doors, one on each wall, opening into a small outdoor pen with tables on one side, and some cornhole boards set up on the other (it's a bean bag game, you freak).
I didn't see a kitchen and can't imagine where they've got one tucked unless they're cooking in that guy's apartment upstairs, but they do make food here. Your options are a burger or fries or both or neither, although they do some sort of a big dinner on Saturdays that changes up. Interesting.
Beers were good, not great, but good. Naturally, I'd like to see them increase their range some. Evan tends bar; nice kid, listened to my blather without fail, and his dad brews there. Decent crowd, a mix of grownups with families in the side room and out back, and well inside, I smell patchouli here, I see the hippies, I'm invisible. Tuned to some Sirius type radio playing the goods; old Floyd, Stones, Who, Clapton, and looking around, taking in the Appalachia, I chuckle to myself at Lou Reed's Walk on the Wild Side. This place is kind of fun, considerably more so than that place up the road.
08-28-2009 14:06:24 | More by slander
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 2.5 | $
This place is definitely the late-night weekend (Saturday night) hang out in Thomas, WV. We went to The Purple Fiddle first, and finished here. The ambiance was very rustic. The small bar area was nice and cozy, like a den. There was an open "dance" area in a barn-type building and an outside sitting area. The environment was very relaxed and welcoming. Service was decent, the bartender was newer but good. Selection is their brews, sangria, and Car bombs. My favorite was the Seneca IPA. The others were good as well. Growlers and kegs were available for purchase on-premises. The had advertisements for helvetia cheese but I cannot remember if they actually had it at the bar for consumption. Overall it was a very nice place, a must visit if in the area. Also, their posted hours for (at least Saturday) the weekends are very 'flexible.'
12-03-2008 15:22:33 | More by mtstatebeer
4.29/5 rDev +15.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | $
I love my home state. It's hard to go somewhere in the hills of West Virginia and not find yourself in the company of good people. It's even better when you can share a few pints with them.
The girlfriend and I stopped by MSBC on a sunday afternoon while vising family in Elkins, WV. The only server was friendly and let us tour the brewery area. Good conversations with nearly everyone who stopped by the bar (all a younger crowd, except for some late-30's people). The bar is adorned with some rustic WV decor: Deer mounts, state map, mining equipment, etc...
The selection could be a bit better...I would have rated it higher, but they were out of both the Seneca IPA and their home-made Sangria. Pints were served in a Mason Jar and, at only $3.00 a pop, we hung around for quite a few brews. Ended up with a growler of Almost Heaven Amber Ale, which is now chilling in my fridge. Bottom line: If you've ever within an hour of this place (Seneca Rocks, Elkins, Blackwater Falls, Cranberry Glades, Hell...even Morgantown!), definately stop in, say "Hi", and order a pint. You won't be disappointed.
06-02-2008 18:12:58 | More by wagenvolks
4.16/5 rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $
I was in the area for a week and enjoyed a few of their beers at the local restaurants. One afternoon, I stopped by the brewery but they weren't open until the evening. As I was about to pull away, one of the owners came jogging out and invited us in for a drink. He was a nice guy and very enjoyable to talk with. Ended up meeting the other owner (step-brother) later that afternoon and he was extremely friendly as well.
I sampled their four brews: blonde, amber, IPA, and oatmeal stout. The IPA and stout were especially good and I ended up getting a growler of the IPA for the road. The beer here was great and the service even better. They also make a house sangria that is tasty and quite potent.
11-29-2007 05:22:36 | More by HurricaneMo
4/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $
Stopped by Mountain State before they were open for the day, but they guys told us to come on in and they'd let us look around and try a few beers.
The atmosphere is rustic, but pretty cool. I wish I could've stayed for the band (which I guess is just a whoever wants to show up with their instrument).
They don't serve food, but don't mind if you bring yours in.
The beer was great! Excellent stout, nice amber, and I even liked the pale ale, my least favorite of general beer types. Got a growler of the stout to take home and was happy to hear that the Black Bear in Morgantown carries it.
If you happen to be in the area, drop by, either from visiting the great local state parks or during ski season, it's worth it.
09-28-2007 21:44:27 | More by JamesS
4/5 rDev +8.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3 | $$
This place is way out of the way, deep in the mountains of WV. Thomas is about 30 miles north of Elkins on a secondary road (Rt. 32). it's an old RR town now pretty much dependent on tourism from nearby Canaan Valley and the Mon Forest.
The place is easy to find once you get there though as it's right on the main drag (which is actually the only drag) The pub is small and quaint as would be expected. With wood and stone finishings, it has a rustic feel in character with the surroundings. It has sawhorses for barstools-- clever but not super-comfortable-- a few tables and some easy chairs. Live music is featured and there was a quite decent folkie guitarist playing when we visited. The rest of the building is the brewery.
I think the beer is the best I have had in WV of the past and present brewpubs. The amber ale is excellent and we tried an Oatmeal Stout that was also quite good. The pale ale was just average. The service was excellent and very friendly. All in all, the best brewpub in WV in terms of beer. (Blackwater up in Davis is the choice if you want a meal with your beer.) It's a long drive from anywhere and most parts of nowhere but if you are anywhere near, skiing, biking, hiking, camping, canoeing or kayaking, or just sightseeing it is definitely worth a sidetrip.
09-07-2006 14:51:59 | More by Deconstructionis
Mountain State Brewing Co. in Thomas, WV
- out of 100 based on 8 ratings.