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Morgantown Brewing Company

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18 Beers
239 Ratings
Place Score: 88
Ratings: 31
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: n/a
Taps: 12
Bottles: 20
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1291 University Ave
Morgantown, West Virginia, 26505-5450
United States
phone: (304) 292-6959

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Place added by: JamesS on 11-07-2009

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3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

I used to frequent the WVBC, I never visited during the change of hands when Ned became owner. This is the first vist since Anderson became the new head brewer here. There are changes since my last visit namingly in the front room dining area. What used to be pretty much an open area with flat tables has become a well divided section of booths with a newly developed front side bar that was just starting to be thrown in last time I was there. This time around it's a big U shaped bar that could pack some more folks in, if the place is actually seeing that much more biz. I got there at 10pm on a Saturday night. That new bar was empty, the old bar was doing okay but pretty much a slow Saturday night...not good. I had the Two Weeks Lager, the IPA, and the Stout. Best of the lot was the stout, the IPA lacked in hops super sweet and a touch alcoholic with some pelletized hop flavor just not matching up. Carbonation on all beers are pretty weak, minimal head when poured from the taps here. I know their serving tanks flow from the basement coolers, but they need to work on the carbonation issues. Best brew by far was the stout, and the two weeks lager was just a macro lager pretty much with maybe a touch of Euro hops in the background to make it somewhat interesting. I used to love the Ned's Pale Ale, it's a shame that brew is no longer around. I was here until closing time, I got comfortable with the Rogue bombers of Yellow Snow IPA. My cousin, Joe and I split their last 4 bottles in the cooler at 6 bucks a piece. Hell pints are 4 bucks, for the quality of that IPA it was worth the 5 oz loss per beer. Sad when I found myself getting comfortable with the guest brews, I also saw SN Bigfoot and a few other micro winners in the cooler. No food but my cuz who lives down here states him and his pals frequent their lunch hours after classes. Bartender girl was cool, hippie bouncer slash back up bartender was not. Good tunes via the internet jukebox if you like a plethora of Allman Brothers...we heard Gov't Mule, Derrick Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, and other quality bluesy jam bands. I threw darts and enjoyed my short visit at the brewpub, I saw improvements but this place has ways to go with their house ales and lagers. BTW, this is owned by the same folks who run McClafferty's next door, who knew?

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4.8/5  rDev +24.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

It’s open at noon on Sundays, but they can’t serve beer until 1PM due to the blue laws. I had a good luch while I was waiting. The menu is basically pub fare, but it is quite good. I had a killer Scotch Ale n’ Onion soup as a starter. Followed that up with a bratwurst with kraut on a great roll. Excellent fries on the side. The place itself is set in a really old building. Lots of old dark wood, with brick in some areas. It has a nice charm. And my server was very attentive. Definitely worth a visit.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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Photo of mtnst8
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.25 | food: 3.5

Been here a few times. The burgers are fantastic. Always a good selection of beers. The Saison is my favorite. I see the Big XII IPA has a high rating but I haven't tried it yet. Convenient in downtown Morgantown with a separate bar side/restaurant side. Steer clear of the peanut butter beer unless you absolutely love peanut butter flavored anything. Other than that, they usually have some clever, unique offerings.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Jackal
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

This place has a good assortment of beer brewed on premises, as well as a decent selection of bottled brews. Morgantown Brewing Company also does a "small batch" release every week, which more often than not results in something worth trying at the very least. Other times, their small batch proves to be something very much worth drinking. The prices are reasonable, and as far as food, there are options for folks who are vegetarian if that's something which may concern you. This place may not be able to compete with the best in the country or even the east coast, you would be hard pressed to find a place to find an assortment of good beer in Morgantown or northern West Virginia in general. Absolutely worth a visit if you are in the area.

Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev -8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Just got into town on Sunday night, so thought I'd stop in for a snack and a brew.

The brewpub was bigger than I expected, as there's a main dining room, an adjacent tap room, and then a dart room in the far back and auxilary bar area, right next to the brew tank kettles. There is a lot of exposed brick, and the place has a handsome look to it. The vibe is pretty informal, and back area struck me as a nice place to hang out with a beer while watching the steeler game.

As for the beer, MBC had 10 beers on tap this particular evening, in addition to a handful of bottled craft options and macro swill in a small cold box. Quality seemd to be OK, based on the two beers I tried. The pilsner was pleasant and easy drinking, while I found the otter creek ipa to be alcoholic and out of balance (good bitterness, but the malty sweetness was a bit much, especially in combination with the noticeable alcohol). Service was OK. The bartender wasn't the most talkative fellow, but he would come by whenever my glass got close to empty. As for food, I got the beer battered fries. While they tasted pretty good, I had considerable heart burn later, which I attribute to the greasy-ness of the fries.

Prices struck me as a bit high. My order of fries was $5, and the nacho plate here is $15. Most appetizers looked to be in the $8 to $9 range as well, and entrees were similarly priced (a bit high). My 12 ounce schooners of pilsner and IPA were in the $3.25 range, from what I could tell.

MBC had a number of other offerings that struck me as intriguing, so I'm sure I'll go back to give them a try at some point. Based on the pilsner I had, I'm optimistic about the other beers on the menu here.

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3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Used to frequent this location a lot as an undergrad under the previous management, but let me tell you that the new brews are a great improvement. The bar is nice with wooden booth, 2 bars, and a nice view of the brewery. The beers are pretty good for the area and there are a couple of standouts. With 10 different beers to try you should find something you like. The food is pretty good, mostly sandwich or burger style food. Expect to pay 9-11 bucks but you can have a nice red bean and rice side or try the awesome beer cheese soup for just 5 clams.

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Morgantown Brewing Company in Morgantown, WV
88 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.