Craft breweries are popping up all over our area. Hooray! These independent breweries offer up some of the best beers and ciders around, making the region a new hot spot for pubs and eateries. Get a taste for the craftsmanship and unique flavors of small-batch beers with these must-visit West Virginia craft breweries. Take a look:
Must-visit West Virginia Craft Breweries: The List
Old 690 Brewing Company – located in Purcellville on Ashbury Church Road, Old 690 is one of the first limited breweries in the region. (Limited means small-batch.) Located on a ten acre family-owned farm near Hillsboro, it’s about a 20 minute drive from Charles Town. The brewery has a tasting room, fresh beer on tap ranging from IPA’s to sours with ingredients sourced locally, and growlers to go. For food, enjoy unique dishes from on of their featured food trucks, Old 690 lite fare, or you can even bring your own food. The casual, friendly atmosphere and beautiful scenery makes this worth the drive. (Ok, so this is *technically* in Virginia. Still worth it!)
Town Run Brewing Company – This Shepherdstown hot spot boasts a community center, rotating taps, Fried Chicken Fridays…how could you possibly go wrong here? (They had me at fried chicken.) What’s really cool about Town Run is the events they have here. Trivia nights, Crafts & Drafts, music – their aim is to be a gathering place for the community, with really good food and beer. Insider tip: Their Sunday Brunch includes free-refill mimosas! They are planning to begin in-house brewing very soon. A true “public house.” Don’t miss it! Located on E Washington Street.
Escutcheon Brewing – Another one not *technically* in West Virginia, but we all know it’s not far. Escutcheon Brewing is a partnership between John Hovermale, Winchester native and head brewer, and Art Major, owner. Great beers, cool backstory (read about the meaning of their logo) and a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere make this a great place to stop and hang out for awhile, listen to music, grab a bite from a local food truck they partner with, and relax in a family-friendly environment.
Front Porch Brewing Co. – While it’s not quite open yet, Front Porch Brewing Co. looks really promising. They are in the midst of remodeling the blue building on W. Washington street, and it’s beginning to look pretty cool. Their beer will be fermented in neutralized oak wine barrels for it’s West Funkin’ Virginia series of beers. Totally unique! Brothers Mike and Josh Vance are barreling ahead (see what I did there?) so look for the cozy pub with unique flavors to head your way soon. Can’t wait? Read more about this up-and-coming pub in this November 2016 story from beer industry magazine, Brilliant Stream.
Plan ahead for your weekend, grab a brew and some food, local flavors and community. These are must-visit West Virginia craft breweries, and be on the lookout – more are on the way in our region.