You may not know this, but Stumptown Ales was named West Virginia Brewery of the Year and it is a well deserved award. If you find yourself in Davis, West Virginia, plan to stop and spend a little time, not only exploring the town, but trying the great beers at Stumptown Ales.
When Stumptown Ales first launched they identified themselves as being Hop Centric. When a brewery states they are all focused on the hops… well you know that means only one thing… IPAs. But, they want you to know they offer “easy drinking session to life-changing triples. For us, life starts at the hop.” I would totally agree, they offer great tasting beer.
Before we talk about the beer, let’s being with the Tap Room. Stumptown Ales tap room is … awesome. It’s rustic modern design is inviting and comfortable. There is a really, really large flat screen so you won’t miss a bit of any game you might have an interest in watching… of course, during WVU Football season, expect to see a room full of Mountaineer fans cheering on their team and drinking great beer.
The tap room sometimes has food offerings. If they do, it is a very, very limited menu. Some weekends you may see a food truck parked outside. Other times, feel free to order food from any of the surrounding restaurants and bring it on in. I highly recommend Sirianni’s Cafe or Hellbender Burritos.
So, where in the word is Davis, WV? It’s located in Tucker County and at an elevation of 3100 feet, it is the highest elevation of any town in West Virginia. The 2010 Census states the town boasts a population of 660 … yep… 660 folks. But great folks who love living on the mountain and everyday enjoy views that are spectacular.
Ok, now onto the really important stuff… Stumptown Ales’ beer. They make really, really good beer. Remember, they were named WV Brerwery of the year? Their initial popularity when they launched caused a constant beer shortage. According to Charles Bockway at brilliantstream.com, this brewery put West Virginia on the map for IPAs. So, I must admit I was a little skeptical that their beer would be something I would enjoy (remember I am a true light lager girl) But, I was very surprised and have found a few favorites.
They offer everything from a Blonde (light ale), IPAs, Double IPAs, a Porter and a Stout.
- Carriage House Pale Ale – this has citrus and tropical notes and is light.
- Easy Blonde – this is their lightest ale that’s easy drinking and very smooth.
- Over the Tip Top Breakfast Stout – brewed with cocoa nibs, Baker’s chocolate, fine coffee from a Thomas, WV local company, Tip Top Coffee shop, it’s a rich, easy sipping stout.
Davis, West Virginia is definitely a place you should check out. In the summer, you can enjoy great hiking and mountain biking. In the Fall, the leaf colors spark the Leaf Peepers Festival and in the winter, head over to nearby Canaan Valley and take a few runs down the ski slope. But, while in Davis, enjoy some of its great food and check out, not only Stumptown Ales, but the other two breweries in town, Blackwater Brewing Company and Mountain State Brewing located in nearby Thomas.