West Virginia Beer

Today in 1863, West Virginia became the 35th state.

West Virginia

West Virginia Breweries

West Virginia Brewery Guides

Guild: No Known Guild

State Agency: West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration


  • Capital: Charleston
  • Largest Cities: Charleston, Huntington, Parkersburg, Wheeling,Morgantown
  • Population: 1,808,344; 37th
  • Area: 24231 sq.mi., 41st
  • Nickname: Mountain State
  • Statehood: 35th, June 20, 1863


  • Alcohol Legalized: December 5, 1933
  • Number of Breweries: 6
  • Rank: 43rd
  • Beer Production: 1,426,074
  • Production Rank: 37th
  • Beer Per Capita: 24.4 Gallons


Package Mix:

  • Bottles: 37.5%
  • Cans: 56.7%
  • Kegs: 5.7%

Beer Taxes:

  • Per Gallon: $0.18
  • Per Case: $0.40
  • Tax Per Barrel (24/12 Case): $5.50
  • Draught Tax Per Barrel (in Kegs): $5.50

Economic Impact (2010):

  • From Brewing: $1,666,818
  • Direct Impact: $323,295,324
  • Supplier Impact: $72,297,062
  • Induced Economic Impact: $142,426,073
  • Total Impact: $538,018,459

Legal Restrictions:

  • Control State: No
  • Sale Hours: On Premises: Beer/Wine: Mon-Sat: 7 am-2 am, Sun: 1 pm-2 am — Liquor: Mon-Sun:8 am-Midnight, Sun/Elections: Prohibited
    Off Premises: Mon-Fri: 7 am-3:30 am, Sat: 7 am-3 am, Sun: 1 pm-3 am
  • Grocery Store Sales: Yes
  • Notes: 12% ABV Cap on Beer. 75% ABV spirits Permitted. Liquor, wine and beer products that are not already in closed packaging must be bagged before exiting retail locations. State does not operate retail stores; retains monopoly over wholesaling of distilled spirits only; stores themselves are privately owned.


Data complied, in part, from the Beer Institute’s Brewer’s Almanac 2010, Beer Serves America, the Brewers Association, Wikipedia and my World Factbook. If you see I’m missing a brewery link, please be so kind as to drop me a note or simply comment on this post. Thanks.

For the remaining states, see Brewing Links: United States.


  1. says

    Thanks for recognizing us Jay!
    A little update…

    Mountaineer has ceased production but the former brewer is trying get the place open as Vandalia Brewing Company. It wasn’t a lack of sales, it appeared to be another financial issue with the owner.

    We do not currently have a brewers guild but talk of formation is underway.

  2. says

    As of November of 2010 The Lost River Brewing Company has been under new ownership. As of January 2012 the brewery is operational. Please contact us for any more information.

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