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Not everyone looks at the increased availability of alcoholic beverages quite the same way. Some people struggle with it. Alcohol is, after all, a socially acceptable, legal drug.

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Several breweries across the state are hosting events as part of West Virginia Craft Beer Week, which kicked off this past weekend, June 15-16. Some in the craft beer industry are celebrating new regulations that the state legislature passed earlier this spring.

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On this West Virginia Morning, we explore how some transgender families celebrate Father’s Day, we hear a story from this week’s Inside Appalachia podcast featuring craft breweries, and we listen to this week’s Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

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Peanut butter stouts, guava sours, hazy double IPAs, pomegranate ales – these are just a few experimental beers to come out of the craft beer craze in recent years.

According to the National Brewer’s Association, this expanding industry started in the 1990s but didn’t gain momentum until 2010, making it relatively new. Today there are more than 7,000 commercial breweries in the country.

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West Virginia’s craft beer laws are one step closer to being loosened after the House of Delegates cleared a bill Thursday calling for various changes.

Craft brewers in the state would be able to make beer at a higher alcohol percentage under the bill. According to Senate Bill 529, the alcohol by volume limit for craft beer would increase from 12 percent to 15 percent.

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Tickets have gone on sale for the Second Annual WV Craft Brew Festival in April intended to showcase West Virginia's growing craft beer sector at the state fairgrounds outside Lewisburg.

State Fair CEO Kelly Collins says 65 state craft brews were featured at last year's festival along with music and food.

High Hop(e)s: Craft Brewing Has Farmers Betting On Hops

Jun 26, 2017
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The acres devoted to growing hops doubled in the U.S. in just the past five years and the trade group Hop Growers of America estimates that 95 percent of that market belongs to farmers along the West Coast. But the craft beer craze is changing the direction for hop farms by generating demand for more locally sourced ingredients, and Ohio Valley farmers like Wes Cole want in on the action.

Division of Tourism Releases New Craft Beer Guide

Aug 8, 2016
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  A new guide to West Virginia’s growing craft beer industry was released Monday by the state Division of Tourism.

The West Virginia Craft Beer Guide gives travelers an inside look at brews, breweries and craft beer events across the state. It’ll soon be available at eight Welcome Centers and can be requested online.

The pocket guide is divided into regional trails and craft beer events. To be included in the guide a location must be open to the public. The guide also includes a section where travelers are able to collect Craft Beer badges through the GoToWV mobile phone app.

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Craft beer lovers in West Virginia have had plenty to get excited about as of late. From new breweries to new legislation, a lot has been happening for the industry in the state.

West Virginia also just wrapped up its first ever craft beer week. Highlighted by festivals, tastings, tap takeovers and other special events, the 8-day celebration comes just months after a new law went into effect that helps propel the industry forward.

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Craft beer lovers in West Virginia have had plenty to get excited about as of late. From new breweries to new legislation, a lot has been happening for the industry in the state.

West Virginia also just wrapped up its first ever craft beer week. Highlighted by festivals, tastings, tap takeovers and other special events, the 8-day celebration comes just months after a new law went into effect that helps propel the industry forward. 

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West Virginia’s first ever Craft Beer Week may not kick off until Saturday, but those interested in the state’s burgeoning industry already have a reason to celebrate. 

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Step into any of West Virginia’s 11 craft breweries Friday and you’re bound to feel a bit of a celebratory vibe. That’s because a new law goes into effect that brewers hope will drive more business their way and expand the state’s growing craft beer industry even further.

 

New Craft Beers Laws Take Effect

Jun 12, 2015
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On West Virginia Morning, reports about two laws taking effect today.  One of them de-regulates some aboveground storage tanks and another makes it easier for craft breweries to do business in the state.  These stories on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting – telling West Virginia’s story.


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One-stoplight Tucker County has the second-fewest residents in West Virginia, but soon will host a quarter of the state's craft breweries.

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Gov. Tomblin was joined by members of the state Legislature, Division of Tourism representatives and craft brewers from around the state for the ceremonial signing of two bills Monday.

He signed Senate Bill 581, transferring oversight of the state Courtesy Patrol from the Division of Tourism to the Division of Highways.

Some of the funding for the program though, about $4.2 million, will stay with the Division of Tourism to be used for a national and regional advertising campaign.

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West Virginia lawmakers have cleared a bill to help the state's craft beer industry.

On Friday, the House of Delegates voted 86-11 to approve a bill letting brewers give out samples at their breweries. Many more businesses could sell up to four growlers of beer a day, including brewers, brewpubs, retailers and bars.

The bill also lowers licensing fees for brewpubs, and sets up a tiered fee system for brewers, instead of the current $1,500 flat fee.

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On this episode, we’re learning more about Appalachian roots. Some industries are growing in Appalachia that aren’t really new at all, but new practices are building on traditional crafts. While these  changes develop across Appalachia, we inevitably want to hang onto our identity. Strong roots, after all, are one of the characteristics many of us take pride in.

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Craft beer lovers could score samples on brewery tours or fill growlers to take home for later under a push by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

On Wednesday, lawmakers filed the craft beer bill Tomblin touted in his State of the State address last week.

The proposal would let craft breweries give free samples during tours. Breweries could sell up to four growlers per day, per customer.

In West Virginia, Executive Director of Main Street Fairmont, Kate Greene, sees a city on the move.

The Clinch River region of Southwestern Virginia is looking for new economic opportunity.

And Tennessee State Park Ranger, Bobby Fulcher, has spent the last three decades traveling the Tennessee hills to record folk-music. These stories and more on this week's Inside Appalachia.

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On West Virginia Morning, two reports from the legislature’s interim meetings.  Ashton Marra on the new rule about certification and inspections of above ground storage tanks.  And Dave Mistich on what the state’s craft brewers are seeking from lawmakers.

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As West Virginia’s craft beer industry continues to grow, brewers are turning to the state legislature for help in expanding further. Members of the West Virginia Craft Brewers Guild presented some ideas at the state Capitol Tuesday.

Blackwater Brewing Co. owner and brewer Lincoln Wilkins told the Joint Committee on Economic Development that his industry is growing, but current state law is keeping it from becoming a bigger economic force.

Craft brewers have made their wish list and hope to help draft a bill that would bring about some of these changes. Lawmakers could consider the issue when they return full time in January.

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An environmental watchdog group is claiming some companies in West Virginia are using diesel fuel in their fracking fluids without the proper permits. Craft Brewers are celebrating their industry at two festivals in West Virginia this weekend, but they're hoping the events bring attention to the legal needs of the industry not just their businesses. Antiques Roadshow's executive producer Marsha Bemko discusses the show's first time in West Virginia and Brett Dennen has this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week.

Mike Vance of Morgantown Brewing Company
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IPAs, Stouts, Hefewiezens, and Ales.

If you’re in Huntington or Wheeling this weekend, you’re bound to get a taste of some locally-brewed varieties at the Rails and Ales Festival or the Mountaineer Brewfest.

But, brewers from around the state aren’t just hoping to raise awareness about their products with these events, they’re also looking to influence the way they do business by getting the attention of state lawmakers.

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For the first time, an inventory of how much greenhouse gas is entering the air in Morgantown has been compiled. Recently, the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission approved tuition increases for several colleges and universities but they come at a time when enrollment is down.  As the craft beer industry has taken off, West Virginia State University- through a grant with the state agriculture department- is studying whether local farmers can benefit from the burgeoning beer industry by growing hops for the brewers to use.

I crawled out of bed this morning at 4:30. 

I'm not bragging, I had to come in to host the morning newscasts and West Virginia Morning.

But I woke up feeling good. 'It's West Virginia Day, after all' I thought to myself as I was getting ready, doing my best not to crawl back into bed and wind up late for work. 

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Growers are being sought to participate in a three-year research project to determine the viability of hop production in West Virginia.
 
The project will be conducted by the West Virginia State University Extension Service.