Microbreweries and pubs have been steadily popping up across the United States for the last several years. If you are headed east this summer for a day trip or vacation, consider stopping into one of these unique spots.
West Virginia: Mountain State Brewing Company
Founded in 2005, Mountain State Brewing Company is known as one of the largest and oldest brewing companies in Thomas, West Virginia. Founded by Stepbrothers Brian Arnett & Willie Lehmann, the brewery is a popular destination location for locals and tourists. With their recipe and a vision, the two men opened their first Brewing Company. From the beer and the bar top to building the exterior and interior of the bar, the brothers created the business from the ground up. The town of Thomas is 3000 feet elevation and is not downstream from any other town, this ensured that water that is used for the brew is the purist that comes from the top of the local watershed. As the majority of beer is water, the purity of the local source makes for an excellent product for the company. Learn more about their story and brew at mountainbrewing.com.
Delaware: Dogfish Head Pub
If you ask founder Sam Calagione he will tell you that Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach is the soul of his company. When he first opened the doors of the Pub in 1995, he brewed two or three 10-gallon batches a day using nothing more than a glorified homebrew system. At the time this made Dogfish the smallest commercial brewery in the United States. Before he knew it, Dogfish Head’s signature experimental style came to be known for its experimental flair and locally as the home for “Original beer, original food, and original music.” Nowadays, guests will find a wide selection of off-centered ales, small-batch spirits and a menu that features specialty pizzas, entrees, and unique sandwiches. To learn more, go to dogfish.com.
New Hampshire: Portsmouth Brewery
Known as New Hampshire’s original brewpub, this quaint brewery has a reputation for serving great food and amazing handcrafted beers since 1991. The Brewery is open seven days a week and offers a pub menu to accompany its brew selection. The owners pride themselves in providing an atmosphere that is welcoming for both business and pleasure. Visitors can look through the glass tanks to experience all of the bells and whistles that go into creating the perfect brew.