2014: A year of many personal changes! But no one reading this cares about that; we’re here for good beer! I returned to West Virginia with much trepidation about the craft beer scene, but I’m happy to report many positive strides, both while I was away, and during the course of this particular calendar year. And as 2014 swims to its sudsy finish, we must reflect on the many delicious additions to the WV brewery scene, as well as to WV beer store shelves!
First, although legislative change is still stuck “in progress,” I’m happy to report these brand new 2014 additions to the growing WV brewery list (and please, add comments for any that I’m sure to have missed):
- Big Timber Brewing (Elkins, WV)
- Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company (Lewisburg, WV)
- Wheeling Brewing Company (Wheeling, WV)
And lest we not forget that our beer store shelves are now more colorful, and include the following options from outside of West-by-God:
- Country Boy Brewing (Lexington, KY)
- Finch’s Beer (Chicago, IL)
- Green Flash Brewing (San Diego, CA)
- Horny Goat Brewing (Milwaukee, WI)
- What else???
Not bad, eh? But there’s still room for more breweries to be established, and space in our store/bar fridges, too! And with rumblings of more beer to come in 2015, it’d be wrong for me not to preview the “gossip” in time for yet another New Year.
Cheers, and Happy Holidays!