Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Good News for West Virginia

Our neighbors in West Virginia should soon be seeing an expanded craft beer selection on their retailers' shelves. The Charleston Gazette reports that in just three weeks since a new state law allowing higher alcohol craft beers to be sold in West Virginia went into effect, steps are being taken to bring the newly permitted beers into the state.
Since then, the state Alcohol Beverage Control Administration has approved for sale 54 beers with higher alcohol levels, from eight different breweries or distributors, according to ABCA beer administrator Cindy Clark.

Approved labels include such items as Harpoon Leviathan Imperial IPA, at 10.05 percent alcohol; Samuel Smith's Yorkshire Stingo Ale (8 percent); Trappistes Rochefort 10 Belgian Ale (11.3 percent); Rogue Double Dead Guy Ale (8.43 percent); Samuel Adams Imperial White (10.3 percent); Great Lakes Brewing Blackout Stout (9 percent); and Nosferatu Stock Ale (8 percent).

The new law, which the West Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association had tried to block, raises the allowable ABV level for beers sold in West Virginia from 6 percent to 12 percent. Of course, approval doesn't mean these beers will instantly show up on store shelves. It's up to distributors to carry the beers, and retailers to stock them. But that's good progress in three weeks, and hopefully the beers will start showing up this Fall.

So, to all you craft beer fans in West Virginia I say: Cheers!

I was alerted to the Charleston Gazette story by a Twitter post from our friends over at


  1. What???? The West Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association tried to block the law????? They must strictly be a proxy for the domestic adjunct lager industry... That can be the only explanation, since craft beers command a premium price, and therefore (one would assume) a greater profit for wholesalers.

  2. Good to see Great Lakes is coming that much closer to us. One more state please!

  3. Dan, that was my thought exactly when I read the list!


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