Craft brew news: The latest drafts in town

March 26, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Spring is here and soon folks will be hoisting pints on beer gardens and patios around the region.

While we savor those nights when we can get them this time of year, there is some good brew news to share from around the region.

Here’s a look at a few things going on here in the city and beyond.

Heritage Whiskey Tasting

SIP Wine and Whiskey Bar has tickets on sale now for a Heritage Whiskey Tasting that is set for 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at the cozy bar at Heritage Station. Tickets are $75 for the tasting, which will include 20 fine bourbons and whiskeys (including scotch, Irish and Japanese whiskey and bourbon). There will be complimentary appetizers and a complimentary Rocks Glass as well as a Blind Bourbon Tasting.

Tickets are limited, so get them early.

Allison White, owner of SIP, said the event is a little bit of a super-sized version of her regular bourbon and whiskey tastings.

“I have been doing some smaller tastings but wanted to do a larger one and wanted to showcase more of them,” White said.

One of the fun things they will be doing is a Blind Bourbon Tasting of three different bourbons all in different price ranges to see if people can taste the difference.

White, who just toured Smooth Ambler, and who is doing a Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour in April, said that there are a lot of exciting things happening now with whiskeys and bourbons. Currently, SIP has six different whiskey flights as well as cocktails.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/sipwineandwhiskeybar/for more info about tasting and to get tickets.

Scents and ciders

Taps at Heritage Station is hosting a

night of Scents and Ciders on Wednesday, March 27.

Begin the night creating your own signature scent poured as an 8 oz. custom scented soy candle at The Haute Wick Social. Immediately following will be a private cider tasting with Taps at Heritage to experience a flight of delicious ciders.

All participants must be 21 years of age or older. To purchase tickets, hit up the Taps Facebook page for that Eventbrite link at https://www.facebook.com/TapsatHeritage/.

Ramp it up with some wild brews

Head over to The Wild Ramp, 555 14th St. West, where they are hosting a Fermented Beverage Workshop at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30.

Join local brewer Zack Kouns as he outlines a brief history of wild fermented drinks and provides a hands-on demonstration of how to prepare forest beer, yarrow soda and smreka, a fermented juniper berry juice, a sour and refreshing drink from Bosnia. This workshop is free and will be followed by a Q&A session.

This event is part of a continuing educational series hosted by the Wild Ramp.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/TheWildRampHuntingtonWV/for more information.

Pints and pages

Hoist a pint and turn some pages over at Summit Beer Station, 321 9th St. in Huntington as the Cabell County Public Library hosts its monthly Craft Beer Book Club. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, the group will be discussing “Beartown” by Frederick Backman. The book for May will be “I’ll Be Gone in the Dark,” By Michelle McNamara. The location will be at Taps at Heritage Station on May 7.

Adult Easter Egg hunt

Tickets are on sale for the second Adults Easter Egg Hunt set to run 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Gritt’s Farm, 864 Gritt Road in Buffalo, West Virginia.

For the oldies who still know how to have fun, Gritt’s Farm is excited to announce the return of its adult egg hunt.

Games and food will take place at the farm and there will be chances to win prizes from local businesses. There will be some local brews and wines available TBA.

There are two hunts, set for 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Cost is $40 gives you entry into the egg hunt, a meal, one drink ticket, a door prize ticket for the big prizes, and treats to bring home. A portion of the entry fee, $5, will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House.

Go online at https://www.facebook.com/GrittsFarm/for more info.

Pints for a purpose

Charleston’s Black Sheep Burrito and Brews at the Brewery and the business’s in-house Bad Shepherd Beer Co., have started a new community give-back program called Pints with a Purpose.

They are donating $1 of each pint of the Noble Cause (a new pilsener beer brewed with Noble hops) to a select nonprofit each month. They started the program in February and just recently donated $1,000 to West Virginia Breast Health Initiative.

The March nonprofit is Children’s Therapy Clinic. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/CRWBrews/for more info about Bad Shepherd Beer Company, which has a dozen or more brews on tap at Black Sheep Huntington and Bahnhof. Bad Shepherd can also be found on tap in Huntington at Honey Bones, The V Club, and St. Mark’s.

Brew Dog debut: tap takeover

Taps at Heritage will be welcoming one of the fastest-moving craft beer industry brands, Brew Dog, as it comes into the state of West Virginia. There will be a tap takeover at 4 p.m. Friday, March 29.

Come enjoy four different drafts (Hazy Jane, Lost Lager, Clockwork Tangerine and Elvis Juice) under a beautiful Friday evening sky out on the deck.

Go online at https://www.brewdog.com/usa/to find out more about Brew Dog.