They are “the” craft beer brewery in Wheeling, West Virginia. They are not the only brewery in the state of West Virginia by a long shot. But, they were the only brewery in driving range of my trip. That doesn’t take away in any way, shape, or form from just how cool they are. In fact, I can sum up their coolness in one picture.
That’s right. They rock so hard that they have a Pachinko machine. Say what you want about West Virginia. But, everyone I met there was super friendly, and the one brewery that I made it to was just as hip (if not more hip) than most of the breweries I’ve been to anywhere else. Wheeling Brewing Company had fantastic beer, great food, and a super cool atmosphere. You just can’t ask for more than that.
But wait… there’s more! While I was talking with one of the owners, he mentioned that there had been a rash of people visiting them lately that collect beer bottles and cans. In fact, one of them left a super cool magazine called Beer Cans & Brewery Collectibles.
It seems awfully focused on cans, with a hearty mix of both antique and new cans. Cans are definitely an every growing part of my collection. It’s still about 300 cans to 1300 bottles. I’m still definitely going to have to check this magazine out. There could be a whole community of people out there that do what I do to some degree or other. I didn’t realize there were that many other crazy people out there.
I promise to investigate this further and report back on what I find. Many thanks to Wheeling Brewing for showing this to me. It took every ounce of morals I had not to steal the copy that they had (I thought about it, oh yes). But, I behaved myself. And I walked away with the most important thing. A growler of Wheeling Brewing beer.
In the next post I want to talk about collecting techniques. Specifically, when you get growler (oh, say of something like a Wheeling Brewing beer) on the road and you don’t have access to a refrigerator, what do you do? Can you guess?