Drink local! That’s the cry of these breweries as a new industry—craft brewing—starts to take off in our great state. This isn’t an exhaustive list and it’s just one guy’s opinion… but here are our five favorite breweries in the state (in no particular order).
North End Tavern and Brewery – Parkersburg
Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company – Maxwelton
Unlike North End, you’re can’t just plop down and have a beer at this brewery—though they do hold some special events. That’s ok though, because their motto is “Get Out, Explore, Bring Beer!” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Blackwater Brewing Co. – Davis
Located in West Virginia’s own little Portland, Blackwater is the perfect place to get a great brew, sit back, relax, and enjoy the simpler things in life. (We originally put this in Thomas instead of Davis.)
Mountain State Brewing – Thomas and Morgantown
A Morgantown and Thomas institution, MSB can be purchased at several locations throughout the state (that is if you’re too lazy to drive to either restaurant). It’s the largest microbrewer in the state.
Bridge Brew Works – Fayetteville
There’s no tasting rooms or tours at this small southern brewery—but that’s the way they like it. They say being small allow them “to keep our eye on all the little details.”
BONUS: Heston Farm and Pinchgut Hollow Distillery – Fairmont
Ok so the last one on our list isn’t a brewery but a distillery. Because what Mountaineer stops with beer and doesn’t graduate to whiskey eventually? Heston is apparently the only maker of buckwheat whiskey in the country, so it’s a must for any lover of distilled spirits.