BREW NEWS: Bad Shepherd rolls the barrels over to Summit, Hot Corner turns 10, and Taps sharing a taste of ciders
Rails and Ales may be over but the region is filled to the brim with craft beer events.Here’s a look at a few craft brew events this week and beyond.Bad Shepherd Tap Takeover Head over to Summit Beer Station, 321 9th St., Huntington, where they are rolling in the barrels for a tap takeover with the Charleston-based Bad Shepherd Beer Company, at 4 p.m. Wednesday featuring some very limited barrel aged beers.Bad Shepherd beers on tap will be a first release of the Sosotra Golden Sour, and a Golden Sour on Peaches as well as the Plum Fight (Bear Fight, a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout also aged on plums. 10.5 ABV), Biere De Jouette (the Biere de Garde with tart cherries and barrel aged in a red wine barrel, 9.8 ABV), and the Shot Caller Belgian Amber (4.8 ABV). Buy a full pour of any featured beer and take home some Bad Shepherd freebies. Summit will also have some of the brand new Cloud Machine (6.8 ABV) and Loud (6.8 ABV) cans which were designed by Huntington-based artist Jimbo Valentine.
Go online at https://www.facebook.com/events/1730536877059069/?ti=icl and go online at https://www.facebook.com/CRWBrews/ to check out more about Bad Shepherd. Ciders On Tap Get an early taste of fall as Taps at Heritage, 210 11th St, Huntington, is hosting a cider tasting from 4 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22.You can try four different four ounce pours of those ciders. Reserve a spot by pre-purchasing at Taps, buying online, or just show up.While you’re there, check out Taps new party deck at Heritage Station (behind the two black train cars). Taps will be hosting a special grand opening party for the deck (which is already open) set for 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31 with a tap takeover by Country Boy Brewing. Go online at https://www.facebook.com/TapsatHeritage/ to find out about more events at Taps including their evening Brunch and Beer pairing event set for 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20.Happy Anniversary Hot CornerOne of the first Huntington bars to carry craft beer, The Hot Corner, 335 14th St., Huntington, is celebrating is 10th anniversary on Wednesday, Aug. 22.Enjoy a “Stock Market” Happy Hour from 4 to 10 p.m. when there will be nine food and drink items with prices dropping every 20 minutes. There will also be prize giveaways from 9 p.m. to close.All Aboard The Summer Wine Express Looking for a cool road-trip? Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio (about an hour and 30 minutes from Huntington) presents the Summer Wine Express on the Hocking Valley Scenic Railway at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24. This is a fundraiser for Stuart’s Opera House.Enjoy some wine and cheese and other treats while taking a ride through the Hocking Valley. The coach car is a renovated historic train car with cushioned bench seats. First Class features a more modern experience with airline-style seats, and a complimentary Stuart’s Opera House wine glass is included for first class ticket buyers. The train leaves promptly at 7 p.m. from the Nelsonville Depot at 33 Canal Street. Tickets and more information are available at 740-753-1924 or, on the web, at www.stuartsoperahouse.org. All proceeds benefit Stuart’s Opera House. New Cans From Bad Shepherd Charleston’s Bad Shepherd unveiled the first craft canned beers to ever come out of the Capitol city. The release is timed to be unveiled on the day of Rails and Ales, West Virginia’s largest craft beer fest on Aug. 11.This limited edition can release include Bad Shepherd’s award-winning flagship brew, The Loud IPA (6.8 ABV, 50 IBUs) as well as Cloud Machine, the juicy New England hazy IPA (6.9 ABV, 49 IBUs). The beers are packaged in pint-sized four packs of aluminum cans. The labels were designed by Huntington-based graphic artist Jimbo Valentine (Amalgam Unlimited).A few of the limited release cans are available at both Black Sheep Burritos and Brew locations at Charleston, 702 Quarrier St., Charleston, and at Huntington, 279 9th St., at Pullman Square. Customers are limited to the purchase of four, four-packs of each style. Cost is $15 plus tax for a four-pack.Both IPAs are the recipes of head brewer Ross Williams, who brews with the help of brewing assistant Jake Dempsey. The Loud includes Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe, Azacca, and Cascade hops. The Cloud Machine includes Galaxy, Citra, El Dorado hops, and a relatively new German hybrid hop, Mandarina Bavaria.Patrick Guthrie, owner of Bad Shepherd Brewing, said in-house canned brews will be available about once a month for special, limited edition four-pack releases.Upcoming Fall Festivals ... Here’s a peek at some of the fall craft beer events happening around the region.Oktoberfest Bahnhof The Tri-State destination German-Appalachian gastropub, Bahnhof WVrsthaus & Biergarten, 745 7th Ave., will be once again hosting live music, events and special Oktoberfest-only menu items at the Biergarten during traditional Oktoberfest season in late September including live polka on Saturday, Sept. 22 and Sept. 29. Find Bahnhof on Facebook or Twitter @BAHNHOFWV.OktoberWest 2018 Set for 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, in Charleston’s West Side, it’s the 11th annual OktoberWest with more than 100 craft brews, and several limited Octoberfest and German varieties, bands at this year’s festival include Lucky Chops, and Rev Peyton’s Big Damn Band. There’s also Stein holding and best traditional dress contests and new this year is the keg rolling contest.Admission is $35 GA, $20 for non-drinkers and $10 for kids 12 and under. Tickets increase by $5 at the gate.Go online at cwvmainstreets.orgHoptoberFestHoptoberfest is set to run 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville, Ky. Enjoy more than 80 craft beers from all over the globe paired with local music and food vendors.GA tickets are $30 and include 15 sample tickets and a free sampling glass. VIP is $50 for early entry, free wings for one hour, t-shirt and a sampling glass. Designated driver tickets are $10 and includes entry and free soft drinks.Hops and Heat The East End Bazaar in Charleston will host Hop & Heat from 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 as a FestivALL Fall event. Hops & Heat, an Appalachian Craft Beer and Chili Cookoff celebrating the close to the Open-Air Bazaar season, will encompass more than 80 craft beers from more than 20 Appalachian breweries and crown the Bazaar’s best chili in a chili cookoff competition between 10+ Bazaar cooks. The Hops & Heat Chili Cookoff winner will receive an award created by an East End Bazaar artisan.Featured again this year is the “Best Chili Beer Competition.” Won last year by Pubstomper and in 2016 by Big Timber, the competition was a big hit. It will see returning competitors such as Big Timber, Country Boy, and Foothills. Several new breweries will enter the competition in 2018.Only 500 tickets will be sold. Drinker tickets cost $35 and include 5 oz. samples of beer, unlimited chili samples, three 12 oz. beer tickets, and one branded tasting cup. Nondrinker tickets are $20 and include unlimited chili samples and access to East End Bazaar food and artisan vendors and the Hops & Heat concert featuring Suga Grits from Washington D.C.Go online at https://www.cwvmainstreets.org/hops--heat.html for more info.