Mountain Moonshine & More

Mountain Moonshine & More

A great 2-day tour (as long as you don’t overdo it on the drinks before getting back on the road! Pace yourself and grab a bite to complement your beverage.)



Brew with a View in Morgantown, WV

Visit the state's oldest working brewery and drink along the river. - Read More

Morgantown Brewing Company 1291 University Ave., Morgantown, WV 26505
Visit the oldest working brewery in the state, which re-opened in 2009 with a food menu that highlights Appalachian fare, unique flavors and, of course, beer. Beer bread, fries, pretzels, gravy, chili, soup (and new menu items every two weeks)— an easy compliment to any of the 8 staple brews on tap. Depending on when you stop in, you can also taste their seasonal brews or the weekly small-batch. Grab a growler to go. Tours available every Monday at 6 p.m., or by request.

Forks of Cheat Winery 2811 Stewartstown Rd, Morgantown, WV 26508
Take time to really enjoy a fine WV wine, kicking back as you gaze out over the landscape from the deck of the Forks of Cheat Winery. Their refined, old-world tastes have earned them more than 200 awards, both locally and internationally. Sip a glass (or so) and browse the gift shop. If it’s an especially lovely day, you can also enjoy a tour. The winery opens at 9 a.m. and the brewery at 11 a.m.


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Wine & Jazz Festival
Add some sips and sounds to fall-time among the blazing West Virginia mountain forests. Enjoy selections from 10 or so wineries, while the lively rhythms ring out across the hills at the WV Wine & Jazz Festival. The tickets are affordable, and entry to either of the 2 days will keep the wine and tunes flowing all afternoon.


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A Chestnut Brew Works beer
You can’t visit this microbrewery, but you can try it in several locations around town! 3 year-round brews & a rotating seasonal. Check out their current tap list and take your pick.

Slight Indulgence 3200 Collins Ferry Road, Morgantown, WV
Stock up on your favorite craft beers and fine wines at Slight Indulgence (but we won’t judge you if the indulgence is more than slight.) In addition to a great selection of beverages, the boutique carries gourmet chocolates, cigars and local treats. If you want to know more about all the wines you’re sipping, they also offer tasting classes.

For more information about what to see & do in Morgantown, check the Greater Morgantown CVB.

 

Farm-fresh flavor in Fairmont

Enjoy fresh mead, mountain moonshine and other local spirits. - Read More

drive time: appx 25 min

Mountain Dragon Mazery 1516 Morgantown Ave, Fairmont, WV 26554
For a sweet start in Fairmont, the mead at Mountain Dragon Mazery uses real WV honey, (some even made by the Mazery) blended with unique flavors like cherry tea, coffee, rose, or wildflower. Some are crafted with special varietal honeys, a rare treat that takes a lot of work from local beekeepers. You must make an appointment, but you can tour the meadery, have a taste, and buy some to take home, too (cash only, so plan ahead).

Heston Farm Winery & Distillery 1602 Tulip Lane, Fairmont, WV, 26554
Time for a real treat from the mountains: moonshine! Heston Farm Winery & Distillery’s traditional moonshine-style spirits add to a diverse lineup of wines and whiskeys. Taste them all or sit down for dinner and drinks, discussing tales of the family’s moonshiner history, or the farm animals each wine is named for. (Are those pigs doing headstands?)

[TIP:] Enjoy some authentic mountain flavor with a Heston Farm moonshine, a distinctly Appalachian tradition.

Short Story Brewing   5904 Fairmont Road, Rivesville, WV 26588
Short Story Brewing is a family-owned craft brewery in Rivesville. Enjoy their ever growing selection of beers in many North Central WV bars & restaurants or stop by the taproom and experience their creativity in person. 

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Palatine Park Everest Drive, Fairmont, WV, 26554
From June through September, Palatine Park becomes the hub of arts and entertainment in Fairmont. Enjoy local talent, a family-friendly movie or celebrate some of our noteworthy natives such as Johnnie Johnson, the Father of Rock & Roll or the big screen's cowboy comic sidekick, Fuzzy Knight.

[REST:] Now would be a great time to stop & sleep! Cozy up in Fairmont. Then grab breakfast at a local restaurant before heading out.

For more information about what to see & do in Fairmont, check the CVB of Marion County.

Wine in Weston, WV

Celebrate WV's best winemakers and enjoy an old-fashioned atmosphere. - Read More

drive time: appx 50 min

[Along the Way:] Stop off in Clarksburg, WV, where after 40 years of winemaking enthusiasm, the owners of Batton Hollow Winery finally followed their dream and opened the region's newest fine winery in June of 2014. Their 7 Italian and French-inspired flavors are crafted to complement food, and are less sweet than typical WV wines along the tour. Ask to sample some of the recipes in progress, too!

Lambert’s Vintage Wines 190 Vineyard Drive Weston, WV 26452
The first pleasure of this stop begins before you even get inside.The hand-cut stone, gothic-style building sets the stage for the finely crafted wines at Lambert’s Vintage Wines. Their tasting room opens fairly early, so start the day with a strong appeal to your senses, from the bold scents to the sweet and earthy flavors. During the summer season, enjoy brick-oven pizzas and salads on-site every Wednesday.

[TIP] If you have time, grab a bite at Thyme Bistro. They’re open for lunch and dinner, serving up elegant modern American cuisine, including freshly made kettle soups and breads.


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Mountain Heritage & Wine Festival
In the summertime, travel to the renowned Stonewall Resort for a celebration of West Virginia's winemakers, music and art. Explore artisan wares from across the state, to the tune of Mountain State musicians. The wine garden features the most-loved flavors from around the area.

For more information about what to see & do in Weston, check the Lewis County CVB.

 

Small town brews in Thomas, WV

One of West Virginia's quirkiest small towns is a hub for great beer, wine and spirits. - Read More

drive time: appx 1 hr & 30 min

[ALONG THE WAY:] Stop in Elkins, WV, to see the sustainable hostel and microbrewery-in-the-making, Brewstel. (The microbrewery itself isn’t open yet.). Have dinner or a drink at The Vintage Restaurant and Wine Bar.

Mountain State Brewing Co. 1 Nelson Boulevard, Thomas, WV 26292
Stop in for an appetizer to share & some drinks in this rustic brew pub. If it happens to be Saturday, tours are $10 and begin at 1 p.m. (Keep in mind they’re not open Sundays.) Sample their 4 house styles (or a seasonal) while you chow down on traditional pub fare and some specialty beer dishes, like cider BBQ or beer-braised brats.


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Brew Skies Festival
Taste beers from across the state all in one place! Set in the sweeping scenic hills of Canaan Valley, you can watch roots music bands against a stunning backdrop. It may be beer-themed, but it’s also family-friendly, with local crafters and live entertainment for all. Held every year in July.

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TipTop East Ave, Thomas, WV 26292
Sample a set of gourmet flavors with a mid-afternoon snack & coffee or cocktail. This single-origin gourmet coffee shop also serves handcrafted cocktails & fine wines. Also, fresh-baked sweets and artisan chocolates! A must-stop for taste lovers of all sorts.

[Tip:] Thomas, WV, also has a historic walking tour. Pick up a tour brochure in any of the local restaurants or shops (or print out a copy here), and begin your walk. Interpretive signage will help guide you along the way. You can learn more about WV’s historic structures on the architecture itinerary.

Purple Fiddle  21 East Avenue,Thomas, WV 26292
End the evening with a drink on the patio and healthy snack. This quirky little restaurant & venue is known for its large beer selection, but it also has a family-friendly atmosphere. They even scoop up homemade ice cream! And there’s almost always a live acoustic show on stage.

Riverfront Antiques  Front St, Thomas, WV 26292
Sip and shop! Sift through a trove of old treasures, then stop at the front table for a wine tasting. The antique shop sells dozens of varieties, including West Virginia wines. Sample to find your favorite, and take a bottle or two home.

For more information about what to see & do in Thomas, check the Tucker County CVB.

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