Five Best Breweries in WV


We are very honored to be recognized by, on their list of Five Best Breweries in West Virginia.

That good in-state company includes North End Tavern and Brewery in Parkersburg, Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company in Maxwelton, Mountain State Brewing in Thomas, and Bridge Brew Works in Fayetteville.

Blackwater Brewing Company tips it hat to all the great WV Resident Brewers, who are all producing an expanding variety of quality beers.

Please take a look at the article here.

The July 4th Weekend at Blackwater Brewing Company


Don’t let a cold, rainy forecast dampen your July 4th Celebrations!

Relax in our lounge area with a Brew, play a board game, enjoy a game of Foosball, Shuffle Board, Pool or Darts — family friendly fun for the 4th!!!

Our Weekend Menu:

Bratwurst Platter
Wendling’s bratwurst sausage, made with our own Canaan Valley Kolsch bier, served on a toasted bun, with warm German potato salad and sweet kraut
Smothered Pepperoni Roll ~ A WV tradition
Liberally topped with warm marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese
Meatball Sub
Meatballs in marinara sauce on 7″ roll, with parmesan cheese topping
Ask for jalapeno and/or black olive toppings!
Chicken or Tuna Salad Croissant Sandwich
Served with fresh tortilla chips
Caesar Salad
With Lincoln’s homemade Caesar dressing and croutons
Served with or without grilled lemon pepper chicken breast
On Tap:
Canaan Valley Kolsch
3200 Altbier
Goldenrod Gold Ale
Laurel Run EPA
Wood Hick Porter
Angus Macker Hardy County Sweet Oatmeal Stout

Guest Tap:

Citra Obsession! – Charleston Brewing Company
 Weekend Hours:
July 3rd   Friday       12noon – 9pm
July 4th   Saturday   12noon – 4pm
July 5th   Sunday       1pm    – 8pm

Blackwater Brewing Looks Ahead

Source: Charles Bockway with

Source: Charles Bockway with

Thank you to Charles Bockway for the recent story, “Blackwater Brewing Looks Ahead,” featured on his blog Brilliant Stream.

We greatly appreciate your support not only for Blackwater Brewing Company, but also for the entire craft beer industry here in West Virginia.

To read more features about craft beverages and local food from West Virginia and surrounding Appalachian region, please visit

Memorial Day Weekend at Blackwater Brewing Company


Weekend Menu:

  • Chicken and Andouille Sausage Gumbo
  • Jambalaya
  • Roast Beef PoBoy
  • Pesto Fettucini
  • Bratwurst Platter
  • Fish-n-Chips
  • Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken

What’s on Tap:

Canaan Valley Kölsch
Pilsen malt-based ale-lager hybrid. A classic style originating in Köln, Germany. Use of ale yeast imparts a malty sweetness to the front end, while fermentation temperatures in the high lager range impart a clean and crisp lager-like ending. Tangy citric notes may also be detected on the palate at finish. Czech Saaz hops impart a delicate balance of floral bitterness.

3200 Altbier
Another German ale-lager hybrid, fermented in the same manner as our Kölsch (i.e. with ale yeast at lager temperatures). Munich malt lays the groundwork of solid ale sweetness, with caramel tones sourced from CaraMunich and Aromatic malt varieties emergent on respiration. Traditional Spalt hops impart an earthy interplay with the rich maltiness of the barley grains.

Goldenrod Gold Ale
A Belgian blonde style beer. Two-row brewer’s and Pilsen base malt, and just a touch of light caramel malt, provides a framework for the intermingled subtle sweetness of locally-sourced goldenrod honey (from Healthberry Farms, Dry Fork, WV). Bright as a clear mountain sky, and finished with the glacial mint / sweet fruit splash of Polaris hops.

Laurel Run English Pale Ale
Tone it down a bit, Gov’na! What was once a traditional English-style India Pale Ale, what with a load of malt, hops and alcohol, is now a fine example of British Mild-to-Moderate Bitter. Quite sessionable and refreshing, without leaving you feeling like you just gargled a grapefruit with pine garnish. Pours the color of many of West Virginia’s ubiquitous Laurel Runs (without the acidity). Fuggle hops. Right!

Wood Hick Porter
A Baltic porter, on the surface as rustic and swarthy as the area’s lumbermen of yore! Underneath the raw veneer, a reminiscence of Old World refinements…a cacophony of dark currant and raisin, upfront; engrained within, a distant trace of Madagascar bourbon vanilla and local-source maple syrup.

Angus Macker Hardy County Sweet Oatmeal Stout
Lincoln’s great-grandfather, whose family came from the Moorefield area, lends his name to this dark, yet approachable and easy-drinking libation. Not too rich, not cloying; standard, humble and reliable. Traits that he saw in his father’s family, and would like to imagine were passed down from Angus Macker. He brewed them into this beverage. There’s a hint of chocolate and coffee on the finish. No tannic bitterness to the end. Traditional Fuggle hops.

A Boost for WV Craft Brewers with the Signing of SB 273 by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin


On May 11, 2015, Gov. Tomlin was joined by members of the West Virginia Legislature, Craft Brewers, and Tourism Industry Partners for the signing of two bills SB 273 and SB 581.

For WV Craft Brewers, the signing of SB 273 allows craft brewers to sell and refill growlers (64 oz), it reduces licensing fees by basing them on production and eliminates bonding requirements. Craft beer enthusiasts will now be able to purchase WV craft beer in growlers at a variety of retail venues throughout the state.

05-11-15-SB-273-SB-581-Three craft brewers witnessed the signing at the State Capitol – Blackwater Brewing Company’s Lincoln Wilkins (Davis, WV), Bridge Brew Works’ Ken Linch (Fayetteville, WV), and Mountain State Brewing Company’s Brian Arnett (Thomas, WV).  Photo from the Governor’s Office

In addition, Gov. Tomblin signed SB581 bolstering the West Virginia Tourism Promotion Fund, which will support marketing and advertising efforts for a robust regional and national campaign.

For more information on West Virginia ABCA requirements and application to sell draft beer in growlers, please click here.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!


WV Craft Beer & Cheese Pairing at the Iron Horse Tavern May 13th

Cheese Meet Beer

In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, be sure to visit Morgantown’s Iron Horse Tavern on May 13th for a special West Virginia Craft Beer and international cheese pairing event, brought to you by Chef Marion Ohlinger formerly of the Richwood Grill. The event starts at 7pm and the cost is $40 per person.

Iron Horse will be highlighting brews from five WV Breweries, including our own Blackwater Brewing Company, Big Timber Brewing, Morgantown Brewing Company, Chestnut Brew Works and Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company.


WV Craft Beer & Cheese Menu:

Gjetost: Pasteurized Goat’s and Cow’s Milk, Norway.
Paired with Gardner Farms Sorghum Tamari Pork Loin and Wood Hick Vanilla Maple Baltic Porter from Blackwater Brewing Company

Beehive Farmstead: Pasteurized Cow’s Milk, United States.
Paired with Fossil Farms Venison Sliders and
Dry Stout from Big Timber Brewing

Blue Cheshire: Unpasteurized Cow’s Milk, England.
Paired with housemade Bangers & Grilled Apples and
80 Schilling Scotch Ale from Morgantown Brewing Company

Vacherin Mont d’or Alpage: Unpasteurized Cow’s Milk, Switzerland.
Paired with Caramelized Fondue and Chestnut Brew Works, LLC Special Cask Ale

Ardi-Gasna: Unpasteurized Sheep’s Milk, Basque French.
Paired with Pate’ au Poulet and Goldenrod Golden Ale from Blackwater Brewing Company

Pata Cabra: Pasteurized Goat’s Milk, Spain.
Paired with Orange Brioche and Lilly Dipper Wit from Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company

*Beer pairings subject to change*



Blackwater Brewing Company on-tap at The Smokehouse!

Blackwater Brewing Company is proud to be one of three local West Virginia breweries on-tap at The Smokehouse at Blackwater Falls State Park lodge!

Our Kolsch bier pairs well with the Kolsch bier bratwurst (a Wendling’s Food Service collaboration) and other smoked meats on the menu.

Blackwater Falls Food Service's photo.

Join us for dinner tonight, Tuesday, April 28th! Doors open at 4:00pm. Come view the newly renovated dining room at The Smokehouse.