Drink beer from here.

Sounds like good advice, but there’s more to the story.

It’s actually part of the advertising for the West Virginia Craft Beer Week that begins tomorrow with events across the state.

The eight-day event features craft brewers, breweries, pubs and restaurants. It concludes Aug. 19.

Huntington’s 5th Annual Rails & Ales Festival will kick off the good times tomorrow at noon. There will be a selection of more than 200 beers, live music, delicious food and local art.

Organizers take their mission seriously, and offer a “top-notch selection of craft beers hand-picked for sampling pleasure, including a number of rare and specialty beers.”

Rails and Ales Festival

Rails and Ales Festival

Make no mistake, this is a growing industry.

There are now 25 breweries in the state and they make a significant economic contribution by providing jobs.

According to the Brewer’s Association, state breweries contributed $211 million to the economy in 2014 alone.

Short Story Brewing, a beer bar in Rivesville, is the state’s newest licensed brewery and already has a loyal following.

Some of their beers on tap include Ready Steady Go! (a citra ale that was made for summer), Broad Shoulders (a roasty revision of a dry stout), and Foreword (a midwestern-style IPA with just a touch of sweetness to balance a showcase of hops).

Craft beers offer different tastes because different ingredients are used to make them.

That’s especially true in West Virginia where there is an increasingly diverse and ever-increasing craft beer community.

There’s something for everyone during this celebration: Bar specials, brewery tours, craft festivals, pairing dinners, promotions and tap takeovers.

Rails and Ales Festival

Rails and Ales Festival

Now’s the time to decide where you want to go, and the beers you want to sample.

How about the Beertopia Tap Takeover which will feature 16 different rotating taps of state beers from 12 brewers?

They include Bad Shepherd Brewing Co., Berkeley Springs Brewing Co., Big Timber Brewing, Blackwater Brewing Company, Brew Keepers, Chestnut Brew Works LLC, Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company, Parkersburg Brewing Co., Pubstomper Brewing Company, Short Story Brewing, Screech Owl Brewing and Stumptown Ales.

There’s also the Big Timber Barley Soda Party on Aug. 16 in Huntington. The following day there will be a Tap Takeover at Recovery Sports Grill in Charleston.

For additional information, see the West Virginia Craft Beer Week’s Facebook page.

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