West Virginia Beer Advocate's

Discussion in 'South-Atlantic' started by Treyliff, Jan 2, 2013.

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  1. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,086) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    How many of us are out there?

    I know WV isn't known for its craft beer selection or popularity but I'm just curious to know who else we have on here.

    I'm in Lewisburg and would love to organize some tastings or other get togethers if there are more of us in the area. I know a few craft beer fans in the area but they don't post on here.
  2. SmellsLikePoor

    SmellsLikePoor Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2011 West Virginia

    Huntington here! I usually hold tastings here once a month with friends and colleagues from Marshall.
  3. grizzlyninja

    grizzlyninja Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2011 West Virginia

    Im right down the road from you in White sulphur. we are finally starting to get a little selection around here. Usually i have to do my beer shopping while in Virginia or somewhere when traveling. All my buddies think my beer is crap. I would be down for a beer.
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  4. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    Randolph/Tucker Co here. We have a tasting group that usually does big beers only (8%+) several times a year, and we have a homebrew club (Appalachian Brew Club on facebook).
    There are many WV BAs that have not responded to this post yet. They're out there.
  5. sauvy10

    sauvy10 Initiate (127) Apr 14, 2012 West Virginia

    St albans area but BM me if u have a tasting in Lewisburg my inlaws have a farm in rennick we go to a lot
  6. jschonert

    jschonert Aspirant (202) Apr 4, 2011 Missouri
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    Mo-town here. My buddy and I get together and drink sours about once a week it seems or try to brew something good on our porch. If anyone's in the area and wants to joint, PM me.
  7. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,532) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Just moved to Morgantown myself (job transfer, and not a permanent move, supposedly). Don't know too many folks in the area, and at present I find myself driving up to Pittsburgh or back out to SEPA for a good beer selection and BA events. I also have a condo in Portland, Oregon, so I have access to a lot of better NW stuff (Abyss, HOTD stuff, etc.). I'm always happy to share (brought a bottle of Speedway by Apothecary Alehouse the other night - was happily surprised to see that the bartender was completely cool about cracking it open and sharing), and would like to meet some local BA's in the area, if there's any interest. Cheers!
  8. Dragothor

    Dragothor Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2013

    Living in Fairmont currently. A person i met recently mentioned a hole-in-the-wall kinda of place in morgantown with an amazing selection and kegs of non-BMC beers. He said they had imperial stouts in the basement to age for 2 years. Just wondering if anyone has heard tell of this place.
  9. jschonert

    jschonert Aspirant (202) Apr 4, 2011 Missouri
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    If you hear whats it called, please let me know.
    I have come to realize that West Virginia = piss poor selection, at least compared to PA or MD. The only bars I know of in Morgantown basically only have the Kroger selection of beer so definitely nothing special..

    FYI, I will let you in on this since Im leaving the area in 5 months..

    The best places to get beer (at least around Morgantown) is:

    McHenry Beverage Shoppe - in McHenry, MD
    Giant Eagle near Pittsburgh Airport
    Korintus - Point Marion, PA - though only does cases
  10. genuinedisciple

    genuinedisciple Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2010 Michigan

    Advocate's What?

    Seriously...what is it that you people from West Virginia want ownership of?
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  11. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,086) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    Beer. What is so hard to follow?
  12. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,086) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    BTW, Southern Tier has officially landed in WV, Studio B in Fatetteville got three different cases this week.
  13. SwillBilly

    SwillBilly Zealot (536) Feb 4, 2004 Virginia

    My guess the place people are talking about in Morgantown is the Apothecary Ale House and Cafe.
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  14. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,532) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    So I noticed, but at least for now, it appears the selection is somewhat limited. I saw the 2X IPA, but no unearthly, gemini, chokolat, etc. Still, it's a start (I saw that Goose Island recently became available as well).
  15. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,532) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    My thought as well. They do have a nice selection there (especially for Morgantown), but I'm not sure I'd call the selection amazing. Very nice folks working there as well.

    The reality is that any place in Morgantown (and WV for that matter) is going to be limited by what the owner can obtain from the local distributor (and unfortunately, at least for now, what's available isn't all that hot).
  16. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    All a matter of perspective though. Compared to what we had about 5 years ago, we have entered into an age of prosperity and opulence.

    Southern Tier showed up here also just after Xmas. Limited selection so far (2XIPA, Phin & Matt's, currently Old Man) but they do have Pumpking, which hints that others in the large format series may be shortly behind.
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  17. evilc

    evilc Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 California

    I love that new show Buckwild. I wonder what craft beer those people drink....
  18. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,532) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I understand and I agree. It really feels as if progress is being made, and a place like the Apothecary alehouse is an absolute godsend (the young owner is passionate, knowledgeable, and loves good beer). Nothing like a visit to some of the other old establishments in town to realize just how good Apothecary alehouse is (at least by comparison).
  19. SwillBilly

    SwillBilly Zealot (536) Feb 4, 2004 Virginia

    Amazing for Morgantown, John ! Definitely not a Max's or Churchkey but when your options are limited...........
  20. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,532) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Exactly. The owner indicated that she's planning to start offering cask beer as well (firkin on the bar counter), which is absolutely unheard of and unimagineable in Morgantown. I nearly dropped my glass when she told me that. Best of all, the place seems to be doing well, and so far seems to be well received by the locals. There's almost always a good size crowd when I stop in (and normally I stop by during "off" hours, so as to avoid the crowd). I'm thinking of stopping by this evening with a bottle of Black Tuesday to share, assuming she's still cool about allowing me to crack it open and share it around (I'll bet she'll allow it).

    So yes, I do think progress is being made here.

    Also, it's only an hour drive up to E. Carson St. (Pittsburgh), and I go up there whenever I feel the need for some sculpin, two hearted, or head hunter IPA. It's all good.... :slight_smile:
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  21. Kuch

    Kuch Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2013

    Hey Guys. My name is David Kucera and i am one of the owners of Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company. I know this isn't the perfect place to put this but we will be doing growler fills so maybe you'll stop by in a year or so. The beer scene is improving in the state, it takes time for the industry to react to a new state. And our state does not make it easy for them either. I was a co owner of big swiss but we decided to go in with Wil Laska who was going to open Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company. Big Swiss was going to be a nano but GVBC will be 15 or 20 barrel. We are going to locate ourselves across from smooth ambler, in a warehouse space. We plan on using 8000 square feet. We hope to have a tap room and provide growler fills. We hope to host festivals alongside smooth ambler in a 6 acre space adjacent to the warehouse. We will grow some of our own hops on site and have an outside space as well. Look for our opening in December this year. We will be hiring a brewer, cellar help, a brewing assistant, some front staff and sales eventually. I'd love to meet with any prospective employees. If there are any homebrewers out there i'd like to officially open a homebrew club. Currently you may contact me on my cell phone at 304-550-8840. If you have any questions about the brewery feel free to shoot me an email.

    As for other breweries, i know Rodger is still planning on opening, cant wait. He has the most beautiful bar area i have ever seen. Swift level is also interested in opening a brewery and Roger knows of someone else i believe. He wouldn't tell me who so i'm not sure how serious they are. Here's to our little town soon becoming a center for the state's beer culture. Of course morgantown has quite a few as well but we will knock it out of the park in per capita eh.

    i appologize if you are on one of the other feeds, i just copied and pasted into those feeds. We will be giving away beer at the bootleggers ball this year. Not official recepies but some good beer none the less. I'm making an ipa using chinook hops and running it through a hopback filled with whole leaf chinook. should be a hop explosion.
  22. SmellsLikePoor

    SmellsLikePoor Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2011 West Virginia

    Good luck with convincing the state to allow growler sales... There's some really shitty law about the beer having to exist in the original container (whatever that means). Essentially, beers can only be poured into drinking glasses and consumed on-premise. The only reason I know this is that I'm looking to open a craft beer bar in Huntington and ABCA pretty much shot down every I idea I had with have a growler program. Additionally, the guys at Bridge Brew Works have been trying to get the ability to sell growlers, but the state won't let them. You know it's pretty bad when the most popular brewery in the state can't sell growlers...
  23. SwillBilly

    SwillBilly Zealot (536) Feb 4, 2004 Virginia

    Morgantown Brewing Co. does growlers...
  24. John_M

    John_M Moderator (5,532) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Also, I could swear that when I asked about filling a growler at the Apothecary Ale House, I was told that they'd be happy to fill a growler. That doesn't mean SmellsLikePoor is incorrect though (they may just be unaware of the local laws), and frankly I've never seen anyone get a growler of anything. However, this being Morgantown, I'm not really sure what to make of that.
  25. SmellsLikePoor

    SmellsLikePoor Initiate (0) Mar 15, 2011 West Virginia

    MBC may very well have the ability to sell growlers. However, it would be nearly impossible for the Apothecary to have the ability due to the ABCA's reach. I've personally contacted ABCA and they clearly stated to me that bars cannot legally sell growlers, but brewpubs must have prior approval and jump through all of the hoops and red tape.
  26. dtx00

    dtx00 Devotee (416) Oct 21, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Ive had growlers from mountain state brewing numerous times
  27. jdense

    jdense Initiate (0) Sep 5, 2007 Oregon
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    John, have you found any Blue Dot in Morgantown :-) ?
    I will personally vouch for Mr. Michaelsen, WV BAs should make the effort to get together with this generous spirit. Hope to see you in PDX soon!
  28. crafty702

    crafty702 Initiate (0) Apr 9, 2013 West Virginia

    Tobacco Town in Beaver WV has a large selection of craft beers. Breckenridge 471 IPA, oatmeal stout and vanilla porter. Seadog IPA, Southern Tier 2XIPA, Napa Smith Lost Dog and Pale Ale, Sneaky Pete 4pks, Shipyard IPA and Export Ale, several of the local Bridge Brews, rogue juniper, dead guy, mocha porter and American amber ale, 3 different great lakes, several Sierra Nevadas, flaying dog and magic hat. This place really surprised me. And it all cold! Thy also have a huge walk-in humidor filled with cigars. Awesome little shop and I highly recommend going if your in WV.
  29. sfisher323

    sfisher323 Initiate (132) Mar 15, 2011 West Virginia

    Saying hello. Just moved to Morgantown, WV from CNY. Feeling a bit . . . well, like this might be a difficult transition for this craft beer drinker. I learned to love craft beer in Seattle, where I lived for 8 years. Felt deprived in Syracuse, NY. And now I'm here. Hi everyone!
  30. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    That is a tough one, but at least you had Syracuse as a step-down between Seattle and here.
    Don't give up hope, things are getting better here. They may never be on par with Pacific NW but they are manageable.
    And hey, UPS delivers throughout the state! Bet you never knew you wanted to be a trader huh?
    Seriously though, Pittsburgh is not a very long drive from there, and there is a good shop down I-68 in McHenry MD also.

    Cheers and welcome.
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  31. sfisher323

    sfisher323 Initiate (132) Mar 15, 2011 West Virginia

    Thanks for the welcome, jmw!

    And at least I can get deliveries! May be time to get into trading, like you said, and discover the world of online beer shopping. I know shipping can be a bit insane on those sites, but desperate times. :slight_smile:
  32. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    Look around a bit before you go postal (snicker). It may not be as bad as you think. Southern Tier should be familiar to you, and I've heard that Green Flash (or was it Lagunitas?) will be here shortly. Sadly, no Founders or Bell's or many other well-loved mainstream standards in the greater beer world, but you should have seen this place a few years ago before the 6% cap was lifted.
    Check the Apothecary downtown.
    There's also a homegrown called Morgantown Brewing.
    Mountain State has an outlet in town, but I'm not a large fan.
    You also have access to a couple homebrew clubs either in town or nearby if that's a passion
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  33. Treyliff

    Treyliff Poo-Bah (3,086) Aug 10, 2010 West Virginia
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    You'll quickly learn every beer store that borders WV :wink: I buy all of mine in VA, but I'm in the southern WV.
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  34. rgordon

    rgordon Crusader (702) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    Smart Alecky good editor you are! Good luck West Virginia!
  35. mckay9

    mckay9 Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2013 West Virginia

    Green Flash should be here in a couple months. Lagunitas will be here after the new brewery is built, which will probably be around 2015. I also know of a couple distributors that are pushing really hard for Bell's, but I doubt anything will ever come of it.
  36. sfisher323

    sfisher323 Initiate (132) Mar 15, 2011 West Virginia

    I checked out the Giant Eagle Market Place near the Pitt airport the other day. Nice selection, though their make-your-own 6 selection was super picked over. And of course it's a bit of a hike. Grabbed Founders Rubeaus and Bell's Two Hearted, but could have done more damage if the bank account allowed. Anyplace closer to Morgantown that does the mix-6 stuff?

    I've checked out Morgantown Brewing a few times and Mountain State once. The former has some good beers, the latter was a bit meh. (Though I highly recommend the stout float with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and a dash of blackberry brandy. Yum.) The Apothecary has been closed, but I think they open again today, so I may head downtown later. And I've been meaning to give homebrewing a try for a few years. This may be the final push I need! :slight_smile:
  37. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    Mix-6 shops are kind of hard to come by in that direction. I'm sure they are out there (there are a couple shops in Washington for example), but can't speak to how good they may be.
    You might want to put a query out in the Mid-Atlantic subforum specifying your interest in learning about SW Pen. There are some fine folks on there between here and Pitt, and I'm sure if it's around they will know about it.

    When you head back to Pitt you may want to check out the Giant Eagle in Glenshaw, just north of town. They have a better single bottle/bomber selection than GE/Robinson near the airport.

    Going the opposite, if you know of a beer that you wouldn't mind having a case of, there are numerous PA distributorships within stabbing distance, including one right outside of Mo'town in Point Marion.
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  38. SwillBilly

    SwillBilly Zealot (536) Feb 4, 2004 Virginia

    Fairmont and Morgantown both have homebrew clubs, check them out. They are an active bunch. MASH and Fairmont Homebrewer's Club.
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  39. sfisher323

    sfisher323 Initiate (132) Mar 15, 2011 West Virginia

    Along with the depressing distribution here . . . do you all really just throw out your glass? I've been saving my bottles since I moved and they're starting to pile up. I just can't . . . eight years in Seattle and living in NY . . . I am way too trained.
  40. jmw

    jmw Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2009 North Carolina

    This is a good observation. The place that I work has a recycling agreement, but that's a state agency.
    Check with the university.
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