Morgantown Brewing Company


Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1291 University Ave
Morgantown, West Virginia, 26505-5450
United States

(304) 292-6959 | map

No notes at this time.

Added by JamesS on 11-07-2009

View: Beers | Place Reviews | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 40
Photo of Boto
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

 523 characters

Photo of mtnst8
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

 418 characters

Photo of Jackal
3.3/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

 746 characters

Photo of John_M
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

 1,697 characters

Photo of williamjbauer
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

 554 characters

Photo of dixieboy74
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place has a cool vibe, and two bars, conveniently. The staff were attentive, and friendly. There are lots of different styles of beer to choose from. The beers arent bad, but aren't great either. Its too bad this place doesn't spend more time improving its quality of beer. Still, I would choose to drink here over most places as its original, and better than the stereotypical selection of beers you get at other establishments. I grade breweries against places like dogfish head, pisgah, cigar city, etc. so I have high standards. If you're in Morgantown, check this place out, especially if you're unfamiliar with the aforementioned places, and make your own opinion of it.

 681 characters

Photo of sofraj
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

It used to be when this was the West Virginia Brewing Company that the beer was great and the food was sketchy. Especially in the latter phases. Since the rebirth as Morgantown Brewing Co the atmosphere is dramatically improved, the food is much better and there is more variety. However, the beer is very inconsistent. In fact, I rarely go there now due to the inconsistency. I stopped in a few weeks ago and the Zack Morgan and Old Morgantown were quite good. I was relieved. However, yesterday I had to return the Old Morgantown as undrinkable. Quite astringent on the palate. Had it replaced with a Brown Ale which was pretty good. A few months ago we also batted around 50% with 2 returned and 2 drinkable.

I would suggest a little more attention to detail. Keep those lines flushed, double down on sanitation and watch out for contamination points. It would benefit all of us beer lovers if this place would succeed.

 924 characters

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.29/5  rDev -13%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3

I stopped by this place on the way to Louisville, KY for the Derby years ago. I remember this place looking like a rustic warehouse - large with several rooms. Bunch of pool tables and dart boards to pass the time. There was a small indie band playing in the other room. It was surprisngly empty in May when we went (school out of session I guess). This was the only cool bar we came across in Morgantown. Their beers are good yet quaffable - usual suspects on tap - ipa, stout, lager, blonde, and light. Just average at best.

 526 characters

Photo of slander
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Mo'town, throwing around (Evil) Davo's name like it's gonna land me some festive gourds. And it may, I just prefer not to be chased out of town by angry local folk hurling them at me, is all. I'm all distracted having had a burrito on the brain all day, but I want to check in for a sampler first. Deja brew all over again, as this was the West Virginia Brewing Co when I was here 4 years back, so I guess this is a revisit, maybe kind of sort of; same house, different players...

If I had to guess, I'd say they redid the front of the house first; it looks all shiny and new here. The reception area has some customer en waiting cushy couch and armchair action that I don't recall being here and there definitely wasn't a second bar up front, either; seating for about 10 and shaped like a Tav (that's a Hebrew letter, looks something like an igloo). A few hightops hug the bar area and a sectioned off corner seating area, some dozen and a half tables and some booths there. The walls are done yellow in parts, nicely decorated with Morgantown prints. Big windows up front, wide plank floorings, and drop glass lampage throughout.

But I'm about the through and to the back bar. Oh, I see West Virginia still allows smoking in bars, lovely (the every other seat ashtrays along the bar do not hold pretzels, it would seem). I guess that's why the back bar is kept in the back (that's right, I said it). "L" shaped and copper sheet topped with a foot rail seating upwards of a dozen, and a single tower with 9 taps on down the bar a bit. Barback is wood cupboard & counter space, with stacked glassware on both ends. It sits below a brick wall with arched cut throughs lined with strung white lighting holding shelved booze on mirrored backing to both sides of a center flatscreen and they've got growlers shelved as well. Another TV perched above the stand up cooler in the corner, a ½ dozen Rogue bombers, plus Magic Hat, Red Hook ESB, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada Celebration & Bigfoot, Lindemans Framboise, Michelob Amber Bock, Yuengling, Killians, Blue Moon, macro imports & domestics, cider & N/A's. A blackboard mounted at the end of the bar listing tap selections with ABV's.

The walls hold some brick play and some wood panelings, concrete floorings, and a black ceiling with blended ductworks & spinny fans curiously not all spinning in the same direction. Drop spots & wall mounted lamps. A single bar counter table next to the Foosball table and juke behind me (it's a good juke; "Tell all the people" from The Soft Parade was just what I needed then), and a trio of hightops & wrapping bar counter space along the large wall of glass fronting the brewroom, and a dart area across from that. Also, a rear deck off the bar area holding upwards of a dozen wood tables below awningness, and some push about bar counter tables.

Surprisingly, 8 house beers on the sampler. Two Weeks Lager, a nice crisp, clean German Pils; Alpha Blonde Ale, easy sweety, honey & Belgian candy sugar; Cherry Bombshell, okay, not overly fruitiffensive; Zack Morgan's IPA, sharp & bitter, quite good coming in at 6.7%, I don't get ,much in the way of the Cascade & citrus; 80 Schilling Scotch Ale, very lightly bandaidy, but enough that, no; Old Morgantown Amber Ale, a nicely balanced amber with a good hoppy finish; Anderson's Kettle Bottom Brown Ale, light on something, needs more everything; Coal City Stout, a little licorice, as it should be. The Two Weeks Lager, Zack Morgan's IPA & Coal City Stout were the best of the lot. The 9th tap, oh by the way, holds PBR.

And did I mention I had a ½ dozen Cajun dry rub wings just because? Well, I did. They did not suck. I woulda had a clean dozen, but I've got a hot plate with an aforementioned burrito a block or two away and soon.

Service served, I asked for things and they were given to me, I'm a pretty big fan of that. The front of the house, back bar & rear deck are different enough that there's something for everyone I suppose; where do you fit? What I had for food was good, and I'd say the better part of the beer selection was on, too. Nothing crazy in range, but well made beers all in all. Definitely better than what I recall the previous player doing. Not too shabby when you consider you can count the number of brewpubs in West Virginia on a single hand.

 4,317 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.34/5  rDev -11.6%
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?

 2,320 characters

Photo of JamesS
4.9/5  rDev +29.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I've been holding off on reviewing the MBC until they got the opening kinks worked out, and after my last couple of visits, I would say they have.

They've completely changed the dining area of the old WVBC, by adding some booths and updating everything, giving it a nice dark wood English pub feel (as far as I know!). There's also a new oval bar in the dining area for when it's busy, making it easie to get a drink.

The bar side is much the same, except the bar has been lowered (still has the nice copper top) and new chairs are around. From what I've been told by their management, this area and the back deck are still going to be fixed up even more.

Service started slow when they opened, but has gotten a lot better. Tonight's service was excellent, with Jessica taking exceptional care of me, and the time before Shelly did a great job at the bar of getting my food and drinks. If they can keep that up, I'll be quite happy.

The food menu has also improved since they opened, with many options, including several vegetarian. Burgers, sandwiches, entrees, appetizers, and even deserts. The blackened blue burger is great, still like the buffalo chicken sandwich, the spicy sausage sandwich is awesome, and I love the fries. Good IPA cheese soup and good beer bread, too.

They now have four on-premise brews: IPA, brown, red, and stout. All of them are very good, Brian's doing a great job. My favorite is the stout, and at 4% it's very sessionable. They also have a blonde ale almost ready and I think they'll have a winter lager for their first seasonal. They also have some craft and macro brews on tap and in the bottle.

Prices are moderate, not worse and not better than other local pubs/taverns/bars.

EDIT: The longer MBC is open, the better it becomes. The menu has improved, as well as the food itself (and it was good to start with). The beers have gotten better and there are more styles as well. Service is excellent and all of the opening kinks are worked out. It's one of the few brewpubs I've been to where I can trust the both the beer and food to be great.

 2,085 characters

Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Hey the old Brewpub is under new ownership and wow have they improved the inside of this place!

The bar in the dining room has been redone and seems to be the focal point of the place. New booths, tables, chairs, barstools, floor refinished. What used to be a huge boring room has been subdivided expertly and this place has real atmosphere.

Good sausage sandwich and many other items on the menu that I will be trying in the future. The place was packed on a Thursday night, used to go on weekends and there was never anyone eating there.

Recommended to check it out. The beers are average, but expect them to only get better from there.

 641 characters

Morgantown Brewing Company in Morgantown, WV
3.6 out of 5 based on 349 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.