What a way to start off this article… announcing a winner. But, if you are not from the Tri-State area (further defined as West Virginia, Ohio and Pennslyvania), then you may not be familiar with Parkersburg Brewing. But… now you will want to get there as soon as possible. I first was introduced to Parkersburg Brewing at a Cabin Fever Beer event in Morgantown, WV. Their beers were not only good, but their Citrus Tsunami changed my whole outlook on IPAs. Really, I couldn’t believe it was an IPA and it was that good. As for the winner part?? Parkersburg Brewing won the 2018 World Beer Cup for their American style Brown Ale.
This award is considered “The Olympics of Beer Competitions”. Over 8,000 entries from 66 countries compete for awards in various categories. The winner for 2018 was Parkersburg Brewing’s Cell Block 304. It’s an American Style Brown Ale and has deep, rich color taste and aroma. This is a beer that you need to add to your bucket list of beers. The coolest part of the award? It goes to a West Virginia Brewery that began just a few years ago.
In the Beginning
Parkersburg Brewing began in 2012. Justin Logue’s love of beer began at West Virginia University, which led him on a journey of homebrewing. After moving back home to Parkersburg, he, and a few other folks began to put together the dream of opening the brewery. It is a labor of love, but that love produces some really, really great beer.
The Tap Room
That first taste, back in Morgantown, led me to take a road trip to their tap room. Their mission is to provide the best tap room experience in the Tri-State region and I think they have accomplished just that. It’s centrally located at 707 Market Street in Parkersburg, WV. If you want to make it a weekend event, plan to stay at the Historic Blennerhassett Hotel. The hotel is within walking distance of the tap room and offers a quiet and not overly priced place to say.
One of my criteria for a great tap room is the overall feeling when you walk in. This taproom checks all of my boxes. It’s well done, but not overdone. It is bright clean and a comfortable place to raise a few pints and enjoy a great meal.
Speaking of food, the menu is diverse. It offers salads, sandwiches, and burgers. One of my very favorites is The Fairmont. It’s pepperoni rolls served their way with kettle chips. Haven’t heard of a pepperoni roll? Well, if you are not from West Virginia, it’s probably a new concept. Think of a bread roll with pepperoni tucked inside. Yep… it’s as good as it sounds. My husband loves things on the spicy side, so he orders The Hayburner. It’s a spicy burger with pepper jack cheese, pepper relish, and jalapeno ranch sauce. If you love heat… this is the burger you must try.
- From Ash & Ember – An Ale with dark malts but with citrus and floral hops
- Citrus Tsunami – A grapefruit IPA. The one that started my love affair with this brewery.
- Paloooka Pale Ale – An American Pale Ale. If you love hops, this is the one for you.
- Cell Block 304 – American Brown Ale. The award-winning beer.
- Hip Hef Hefeweizen – Hints of banana, cloves, and wheat. A great tasting beer.
- On the Lam Oatmeal Stout – Smooth, dark and yet light.
- Bushwa Berliner – A sour
- Fibonacci Dossier IPA – An easy drinking IPA
They also offer seasonal beers.
You need, must, seek out Parkersburg Brewing. They offer a great selection of beers and their hard work has been rewarded with a World Beer Cup. Their tap room is open Wednesday through Saturday. Be sure to check out their FaceBook page to ensure they will be open. They do a lot with the community and sometimes the tap room is closed for special and private events.