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BeerVenture: Morgantown Brewing Company

Morgantown Brewing Company - a downtown corner brewpub located in the heart of Morgantown, WV

Over the past 20 years, since meeting my Morgantown, West Virginia bred husband and his family, I’ve watched the area transform from a tired and dreary university and coal mining town into a vibrant cultural and educational center that draws visitors from all over.  The local brewpub has also survived its share of transitions, having changed hands and names a number of times over the past decade.  Under new ownership and dubbed the Morgantown Brewing Company  (MBC), this downtown corner pub and restaurant has been tweaked in all the right places and is quickly making a name for itself as a reputable brewery that’s here for the long haul.

MBC guests can watch the brewing in action.

Still the same rustic, casual, local hangout situated in the heart of downtown Morgantown, MBC is a watering hole that appeases the masses.  Families, WVU students, neighborhood regulars all come here to enjoy a pint and kickback, watch the WVU game, grab some dinner with friends, or enjoy the evening’s live local music venue. The tap list, however, has changed considerably – an indication that the Morgantown craft beer scene is heading in a good direction.   Even home brew champion and beer judge extraordinaire, Gordon Strong paid  MBC a visit and summed up his experience in a tweet – “Stopped at Morgantown WV Brewing Co. Great selection. Killer IPA. Used to be WV Brewing Co. Same place. New name. Worth a stop.”

MBC's tap list offers a large selection of unique craft beers brewed on the premises.

With nine very unique beers on tap, there’s a style to suit every taste.  The Alpha Blonde is full flavored and malty – not your usual watered down beginner’s beer; and yes, the Zack Morgan IPA really is “killer” and unlike any other IPA we’ve had.  The list also includes the Old Morgantown Amber, Two Weeks Lager, an 80 Schilling Scotch Ale, Kettle Bottom Brown, and the Coal City Stout, as well as two seasonals – the Technicolor  Tripel and the FH Pierpont’s Robust Porter.  Each brew is interesting and distinctly flavored (in a good way), and the extensive list is worth exploring through a sampler.

The food is good too!  Sure they cater to casual diners looking to grab a burger or sandwich and a beer (the muffaletta rocks, and the cheesesteak is made with provolone AND cheez whiz).  The menu also includes quite a few tempting vegetarian selections and dinner entrees.

Whether you’re a long time local, a visitor in town for the big WVU game, or just passing through on I-68, squeeze in a visit to MBC.  Nothing fancy, just simple ingredients for longevity – great beer brewed on the premises, good food, and a warm and relaxed place to hang with friends and enjoy some sports or live entertainment.  Yes it has a new name, but Morgantown Brewing Company is heads and tails above the old place, and definitely worth a stop.

Cheers beers!

  1. March 13, 2011 at 10:03 pm

    Ah, my husband used to meet there with his fellow engineering buddies and exchange pitchers with his professors. 🙂 It’s such a small world that your husband went there as well!

    We really enjoy reading your blog. He’s trying his hand at blogging his brewing experiences at http://ibrew.wordpress.com

    • March 14, 2011 at 6:09 pm

      Thanks so much for the nice comments. Your husband is doing a great job w/ his blog. I’m a sucker for a good strong scotch ale, and he shops at Maryland Homebrew. It really is a small world. That’s where my husband goes for his homebrew supplies!

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