Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Parkersburg Brewing Company

Parkersburg Brewing CoOne of my absolute favorite new breweries in West Virginia is Parkersburg Brewing Company. This brewery is churning out some of the tastiest brews in the Mountain State.

Parkersburg Brewing CoI've had the pleasure of trying them at a few different festivals and recently stopped in at their location along Market Street.

Parkersburg Brewing Co
Born in true West Virginia tradition with the highest dedication to quality and craftsmanship, Parkersburg Brewing Co. develops, promotes, and delivers full flavored and unique specialty beers to suit every occasion. We are committed to promoting small business and giving back to our communities. By providing the best taproom experience in the tri-state region, we aim to bring business minded people and decision makers alike together to make a positive impact within this great states borders and beyond. Cheers to all of our loyal friends and customers! Enjoy Parkersburg handcrafted beer brewed in the mountains of West Virginia (MISSION).
Parkersburg Brewing Co

While I've yet to try their grub, I've had quite a few of their beers - including From Ash & Ember, Citrus Tsunami, Palooka Pale Ale Cell Block 304 - and my favorite - Hip Hef Hefeweizen. I loved each one of these, but the last one could possibly be my new favorite beer in West Virginia. It's a close call.
Parkersburg Brewing Company started out as the Hebrank & Rapp Brewery in 1864, which was opened by German immigrants John Hebrank and Marcus Rapp. Hebrank and Rapp incorporated as Parkersburg Brewing Company 1889 when they outgrew their original facility on Marrtown Road. The initial beer offering consisted of Genuine Pilsner, Extra Old Lager and Club Export. At its peak, Parkersburg Brewing Company produced 60,000 barrels per year and employed 30 men year round. The beer was brewed, bottled and stored on-site. The barrels in which the beer was distributed were also manufactured on-site. 
The brewery officially closed in 1912 due to the growing temperance movement and state side prohibition. Over the years the brewery building was re-purposed by a variety of businesses, such as a car dealership, cola bottling plant and a candy wholesaler just to name a few. Eventually the building was purchased by a real estate developer and subsequently demolished in June of 2004. The original site of the brewery is located next to Lou Thomas Subaru on 7th street (HISTORY).
This is a really, really cool spot to grab a beer, some food and hang out. The interior is lovely, with art on the walls and cool exposed brick. Dim lighting provides an intimate atmosphere, and everyone was super friendly when I got my growler to go. I could definitely see myself spending an evening here.

What's your favorite beer? And what should I get to eat next time?