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West Virginia Brewing Company

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West Virginia Brewing CompanyWest Virginia Brewing Company
BA SCORE
86
very good

21 Ratings
Ratings: 21
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Active Beers: 0
Beer Ratings: 0
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Taps: 0
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1291 University Ave
Morgantown, West Virginia, 26505-5450
United States
phone: (304) 296-2739
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Notes:
This has re-opened under new ownership. Please see Morgantown Brewing Company.

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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -20.1%

I enjoyed the layout of the place and the wood, so the atmosphere was the best feature for me. I spent a couple hours out on the deck with some friends. You can't see much of the river, but the open air is a nice feature.

The quality of beer was so-so for my taste and service seemed par. I think the selection of beer is what usually gets me going vs. food but I still enjoy a plentiful and varied food menu. I didn't eat any food, so I really can't comment in that dept.

I noticed an ad for tai chi in the bathroom and dart boards so it's possible to keep yourself occupied if you want a break or a stress reliever. I like the view of the fermenters and the Monongaheela most, though.

05-14-2007 22:15:27 | More by Slatetank
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -17.6%

visited on 7.3.08 on a road trip with Tim and Tyler to a family reunion in Ohio. IT is located in downtown Morgantown. Horrible parking for this place. very average at best looking place, kind of down trodden and dirty - standard bar type look and feel. dining area, pool tables, dartboards. 3 fermenter tanks behind a glass wall. 4 beers on tap. Blackwater Stout, NEds Pale Ale, Appalachian Ale, Grist Mill What. beers were less than average, almost a home brew taste to them. food and service were great.

10-29-2008 21:01:11 | More by Hophead101
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%

A very friendly place, a small city not far off the route going to Pittsburgh, and 3.5 hours from Baltimore. Sizeable with rooms with their own taps, I finally find the active room where the people and the beer are. More people came up to me to talk without the fake smiles and inhibitions than several bars in the big city. Very decent beers, pleasant place and beer, clean and relaxing in this total college area. Not something to excitadly try their latest, but a definite slice of America. In a word, cute.

07-04-2008 03:49:55 | More by Sammy
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.94/5  rDev +5.3%

Right downtown. Parking is not good. There's some spots behind the building, but you're otherwise on your own. Popular lunch, dinner, and late night hangout.

Fairly short bar, but a lot of seating spread across 3 rooms. Live music all the time (except the night we were there) and a nice place to stop for a pint.

Brews are good, but not great. Personally, I get headaches from them almost all the time. There's only a few breweries that do this to me, must be something in their filtering?

Pool tables, darts, and otherwise normal bar activities await.

Out back is a lovely balcony/deck with seating during the nice warm monthes. Good views and fresh air were not in our plans the other night though, damn rain.

We didn't hang around for dinner, but when I used to hit up WVBC in college I remember the food being great.

05-18-2008 20:44:40 | More by SurlyDuff
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Deconstructionis

West Virginia

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%

EDIT: Learning of the change in ownership. I revisited 0n 5/9/08 and revised my 8/30/06 score. This time all the selections were available and all were fresh. The pale ale and stout are the favorites but none were stale or "off" this time. The service and the food were also improved.
***

This is a hit or miss kind of place. You just never know what to expect. On one visit you might find 2-3 decent brews and the food and service might be good on another everything-- and I mean everything--- might be lousy. It's not just the varied selection of beers because even the same beers vary widely from visit to visit.

It's worth a visit if you happen to be in Morgantown but even at its best it's mediocre and it's sometimes downright poor. Bear in mind too, this is a college town and the crowd is young and acts it. This is more a place to relive the good old days and have a few too many than to enjoy first class beer.

05-12-2008 17:19:08 | More by Deconstructionis
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Paul41200

West Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

As a relatively poor college student with good (read: expensive) tastes in beer it is always a bit difficult to find a place where I can get my hands onto affordable, yet good beer. Add to this the fact that as much as I love this state, West Virginia has a dismal craft beer culture.

Luckily enough, Morgantown has the Brew Pub. The atmosphere of the place is pleasing to me. The main entrance opens onto a large, somewhat dimly lit dining room where one can order meals during the day. Towards one side, the dining room opens into the bar area itself. The bar and dining room are never very smoky and there is often a folk band playing in the dining room. This bar also refrains from playing deafening music, which is a welcome change from other Morgantown bars. While the beer might not rank up there with larger microbreweries, it is, by my standards, quite drinkable and enjoyable. There are usually around 5-7 beers on tap, with usually 4 year round brews and 2 season beers. Ned's Pale Ale is my favorite, followed by Appalachian Ale and Blackwater Stout. While I have not eaten there often, I find that the food is quite good and reasonably priced. Service is usually good enough, never bad, never exceptional. Overall, the Brew Pub is my favorite bar in Morgantown, and I hope to see this establishment continue to florish for many years to come.

04-21-2008 04:46:31 | More by Paul41200
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wvukb

West Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -7%

If you are looking for a locally brewed beer in WV, there are few options. Arguably the oldest and best of those few is the WV Brewing Co (Brew Pub). The staples on tap are Cheat Mountain Gold, Appalachian Ale, Blackwater Stout and Ned's Pale Ale (named after the brewmaster and owner). NPA is definately the best with Blackwater and Appalachian following close behind. At any given time, the Brew Pub also has two to three seasonals on tap. Some examples have included - Pillowrock Pilsner, Old Man Winter Ale, Raspberry Wheat, GrisMill Wheat, Hippy Hoppy and an Oatmeal Stout. This is definately a hit and miss place being that they often have a dry tap or two. But, if you visit on the right day you can have a nice local beer experience. I would suggest stopping in on a Friday to take advantage of their $7 pitcher special.

02-07-2008 18:55:48 | More by wvukb
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

WVBC is located on University Ave not too far from campus. They have a private lot behind the building that is kind of harrowing depending on the weather and how busy they are due to how little room there is to maneuver.

The interior is pretty open and there is restaurant seating in the front. In the rear there is a bar with brewing equipment viewable behind glass. There was a string band playing in the front on the evening I visited.

The current beer list is on a chalkboard and there were 4 available on my visit. According to the bartender they usually have closer to 6 with a seasonal or two. The beers run from Wheat to Stout and all are average to above average. There is a sampler available and the bar offers $1.50 10oz drafts on certain nights.

Service here is good, the bartender was very attentive and was apologetic that they did not have more beers available for their sampler.

Food at WVBC is good pub grub. My burger was very tasty.

Overall this is a nice little brewpub in Morgantown. While the beers aren't world class it's still a worthwhile stop.

02-01-2008 18:22:17 | More by Dogbrick
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JamesS

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

I love this place! It has to be my favorite hang-out/restaurant/brew-pub in town. The service is almost always excellent (occasionally you'll get a new server, but they pick it up pretty quickly. I think I've only ever had one bad server, who's no longer there). The beer is great (see my reviews on their brews); their standards are excellent and I always look forward to their seasonals.

They have a nice menu. Enough to choose from, but not big enough to make you have a rough choice of it.

Very affordable. I took my parents here when they came to visit and our bill, for four adults and one child, including a couple of pitchers, was probably half what it would be at a chain restaurant.

09-28-2007 21:35:42 | More by JamesS
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slander

New York

3.74/5  rDev 0%

"Yes, I'm a friend of Davo".
"Who?"
"Davo".
"Never heard of him".
"Day-Voh", this is Morgantown right? Well he went to school here, you must know him".
"Nope".
"Surely you're mistaken. Davo. He's a small, strange man about yay. He put the 'EEE!!' in Evil. Before him, it was just mild unpleasantness".
"Don't know no Davo".
You know, I'm not sure that any of us really do...

These last 3 hours on the road were not as fun and daylightish as the first 3. Found the hotel after stupid MapQuest had me ride some goat trail en route from the highway for a stretch. The people at the front desk laughed when I told them how I'd gotten there. Perhaps I'll punch them in the neck tomorrow morning during checkout. Got my local map, going to find local beer. It was easy locating University Ave, it's just that it winds up and around and down and around again, whoop, just passed it, I'll just cut a U'ie in the middle of the road here, I'm sure no one'll mind.

They've got a spacious corner location here. A pair of pool tables and a foosball table in the main room amidst 2 dozen tables of various size and shape. You need to pass through here to get at the bar in the next room. There's a corner brew room behind glass with about a half dozen tables running adjacent. An "L" shaped bar with a dinged copper top runs the far corner and seats 7 or so. Brick wall bar back with a center blackboard listing taps, and arches to both sides with shelves of booze over mirrored backing. A dozen plus bottles displayed on a shelf above. A single micro (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale), a few standard imports (Guinness, Bass, Harp, Newcastle), and macros. A corner fridge with a TV on top of it houses the bottled selections, ceiling fans and spots above, 3 dart boards towards the front of the room, Phil's golf game and a pair of pinball machines to the rear.

2 towers of 4 a piece on the bar, some empty. Of the 6 taps listed on the board (Appalacian Ale, Ned's Pale Ale, Cheat Mt Gold, Raspberry Wheat, Apricot Wheat, Blackwater Stout), only 5 were on, the Stout had kicked (Phooey!! Why is it always the Stout that's kicked?). The sampler of 5 ran me a big $3. The Appalacian Ale, medium bodied, dark amber/brown, decent maltiness; Ned's Pale Ale, a light copper color, nice hop flavor; the Mt Cheat Gold, a wah light Lager; the Raspberry Wheat, lightly Raspberried up, okay; the Apricot Wheat, sweet and fruit fresh, non cloying, quite good. The best of the lot of them were the Appalacian Ale and the Apricot Wheat, and the Ned's Pale Ale wasn't so shabby either. Handpump in the corner but I'm told nothing's been on it for well over a year.

And so I sat at the bar, drinking my Apricot Wheat, watching the bartender pour Jager & Red Bulls, and talking to the kids next to me thinking that you shouldn't have an accent like this being only an hour out of Pittsburgh (I'm sorry, but there's just no reason for it). I had some fun apparently or I wouldn't have drank Tequila (Ok, maybe I would have, but still). Sometime perhaps, I'll tell you about the girl who stuffs cocks for a living and her boyfriend who had his car towed from here to there for a mere $155. And the bartender laughed on.
Interesting local flavor.

01-05-2007 18:08:47 | More by slander
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West Virginia Brewing Company in Morgantown, WV
86 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.