Greenbrier Valley Brewing pours one out for short-lived Charleston brewery
By Jennifer Gardner; Charleston Gazette Feb 20, 2018
Cardinal Red 93 Shilling, a Scottish Ale, made its debut in January at The Wine Shop at Capitol Market. The brew is a toast to Cardinal Brewing Company’s 25th anniversary. The brewery operated in Charleston in the 1990s.
“Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company is known for beers around legends like Mothman,” said Samuel R. Walker-Matthews, Greenbrier Brewing Company’s brewing operations consultant. “We thought that we would kind of move away from the mythological to a legend that was more visceral, more approachable — and that legend is Cardinal.”
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The Giving Tap at Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company Gives Back
Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company takes great pride in supporting the West Virginia craft brewing industry as well as good works in and around the Greenbrier Valley and the state. In an effort to promote and support works provided by non-profits in the region, we proudly announce our 2018 Giving Tap, beginning January 1, 2018.
For the Giving Tap initiative we have chosen 12 non-profits in the region to benefit 20% of all sales from a designated tap every month at the GVBC Tap Room. Each month we will highlight a different non-profit and craft beer. Visitors to the Tap Room can learn about our area non – profits on our Giving Tap board and join us in giving back by having a pint from the Giving Tap.
January’s recipient, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, has long been a provider of education and entertainment for the Valley, including a stint many decades ago in a barn near our location by the Greenbrier Airport. The Giving Tap for January will be Devil Anse IPA.
The following non-profits have been chosen for 2018:
January – Greenbrier Valley Theatre
February – Carnegie Hall
March – Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation
April – Greenbrier River Trail Association
May – American Lung Association Greenbrier River Trail Bike Trek
June – Almost Heaven Habitat for Humanity
July – Greenbrier Humane Society
August – United Way of Greenbrier Valley
September – National Apprentice Day
October – Trillium Performing Arts
November – American Legion Greenbrier
December – The Family Refuge Center
Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company is open Friday 4:00 – 9:00 pm, Saturday 2:00 – 9:00 pm and Winter hours for Sunday 2:00 – 5:00 pm. For more information on the Giving Tap, First Saturday Free Concerts or other events, please visit our Facebook page.
The legend is back!
Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company offers new seasonal craft beer in January, 2018
Making legendary craft beer named after unique West Virginia legends is what Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company does best. Their latest seasonal, the Cardinal Red 93 Shilling, due to be released early January 2018, continues that tradition in a collaboration with one of West Virginia’s pioneers in craft brewing, Cardinal Brewing Company.
A Scottish Ale, the 93 Shilling honors the history of Cardinal Brewing Company who helped the state of West Virginia trail blaze a path into an exponentially accelerating craft brewing industry by becoming the first brewery in the city of Charleston to open since State Prohibition force
d the Kanawha Brewing Company to close in 1914. Formed in 1993, which Greenbrier Valley Brewing brings to the naming of this beer, Cardinal began selling their beer in 1994. They also bring Sam Walker-Matthews, one of the original brewers from Cardinal, together with their own brewer Will Guðmundsson to create and brew the recipe for the 93 Shilling.
The Seneca Red Scottish Ale, an early Cardinal flagship, was a huge success; selling out 3-4 kegs a night throughout Charleston’s pubs and bars. Greenbrier Valley Brewing chose the Scottish Ale style of beer both as a nod to the Seneca Red as well as to stand out as an unusual craft beer full of flavor. A strong Scottish Ale is a rich malty beer, slightly higher alcohol content than others, with a beautiful mahogany red color. The Shilling name is related to the Scottish tradition of naming beer on a system reflecting the price of a barrel of beer based on its alcohol content.
The future of craft beer is uncertain, but the history of craft beer is far from over, most especially in the state of West Virginia where craft breweries remain Independent and free from the confines of big box suppliers. Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company is on its way to becoming much more than a footnote in that history.
Look for the Cardinal Red in restaurants and pubs at the end of January 2018.
“With Summer 2017 officially in the books, it’s time to announce the top-rated beer brewed in each state! These beers had the highest average ratings based on:
- Untappd check-ins between June 21st and September 21st
- A minimum of 2,000 check-ins during the period
Congratulations to all the breweries that made the list, and cheers to all of our users for checking in all summer! Be sure to check-in and rate your favorite beers between now and December 21st to help them earn recognition on the Autumn 2017 list.”
“For many years, West Virginians who wanted to enjoy a cold beer only had the offerings of nationally distributed brands from which to choose.
Now, thanks to the rise in popularity of locally made, regionally distributed beer from craft breweries, the state’s beer lovers have a seemingly limitless array of styles, flavors and strengths to consider.
Here is a list of the 10 best craft beers made in West Virginia, according to staff writer Charles Young.”
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“A day filled with food, music and the craft beer. We have a couple of food trucks that aren’t found at the fairs, so you can only get them here at the craft brew festival and then we have music all day.”
The 101 Best Beers in America (04.20.17)
“It’s taken us a while to get here, but no matter where in these Unites States of America you may find yourself, there is now simply no set of circumstances under which you should be forced to drink bad beer. From minor league baseball stadiums to world-famous sporting arenas; from backyard BBQs to high-end restaurants; from dive bars to state-of-the-art breweries; convenience stores, gas stations, supermarkets, car washes… craft beer is all around us, and not just in the fancy coastal regions. There’s not a state in the union where you’d have to resort to drinking the swill that was shoved down our throat for the better part of the 20th century. Here, find our picks for the best beers in each of those states.”
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Mountain Trails, Tunes & Ales (02.26.17)
“Partnering with the Tunes & Ales Music Festival is a way to feature an entire day of some of the incredible musicians the MMT promotes while helping to raise funds for musicians and area non-profits. Part of our mission at GVBC is to promote the region and it is an honor to be involved and engaged in this community. We love and have a sense of pride for West Virginia, and pay homage by naming our beers after local legends, mythical figures, and locales. Tunes & Ales Music Festival is a natural extension of our mission.”
Warm up w/ Craft Brew & Chili (01.07.17)
“This January, warm up with craft brews, live music, and chili at Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company’s 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off slated for Saturday, January 7th from 6-9pm! You’ll have your taste buds rocked with a variety of 16+ chili offerings from area residents and chefs. Then wash down that hot chili with a cold craft brew.”
48 Hours in Lewisburg, WV (10.27.2016)
“Tucked away in the mountains of West Virginia, just off of US-64 lies Lewisburg, West Virginia, a town of charm and adventure that boasts an affinity for music and the outdoors.”
OktoberForest: Following the flow (10.01.2016)
“The Conservancy in West Virginia is taking part in The Nature Conservancy’s national OktoberForest campaign, a collaboration with local breweries across America to raise awareness about the essential connection between healthy forests and clean water.”
Superlatives & brewery flow at Rails & Ales (08.16.2016)
“Another Rails & Ales Craft Beer Festival is in the record books and with it came lots of news from West Virginia and regional breweries. In this Summer Olympic Games season, Rails & Ales surely took the gold.”
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A Year in Beer (01.01.2016)
“In May, I ventured over to Lewisburg to check out the new in-brewery taproom at Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company. I found a lot to my liking, including a tank sample of Devil Anse IPA and their new Wild & Wonderful series.”
West Virginia Beer Year: 2015 Was Most Superb (12.29.2015)
“The past 12 months have been an excellent West Virginia beer year. Craft beer finally picked up the steam it needed to make a big move forward. Would you believe we’ve passed the tipping point?”
Cold Weather Beer From West Virginia Breweries (12.07.2015)
“West Virginia winter calls for cold weather beer. You know, the kind of beer that matches the intensity of heavier winter foods — the kind that contains the calories needed to trek across that snow-covered mountain. West Virginia breweries have you covered.”
Brewing up something good (12.01.2015)
“Something delicious is brewing in an unassuming tan warehouse right outside the town of Lewisburg, West Virginia. Beer! Collectively, people really like beer. I adore beer and drink it on a regular basis, responsibly of course. One of my new favorite beers is the Mothman Black IPA, made by Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company.”
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Best Of Blue Ridge Awards Oct. 20th 2015
Moving Forward & Farm Feast Oct. 12 2015
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Mountaineer Brewfest Aug. 21 2015
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“Craft beer’s boom is being driven by small-scale entrepreneurs who love West Virginia and crafting unique artisan beers. It’s hard to define or describe craft beer, because each craft brewery has a unique and individual approach. Each brewer can add any number of ingredients to the basic styles to make a truly one-of-a-kind beer.”
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