Protect land. Protect water. Protect beer.
The West Virginia Land Trust is teaming up with local breweries to raise awareness about the important role clean water has in brewing delicious West Virginia beer. Protecting land that borders water helps keep West Virginia’s rivers clean and pristine for drinking water, businesses, recreation, and for brewing the finest of craft beers.
In the news: Check out our interview on WAJR News Network! Jessica Spatafore of the Land Trust was joined by Nathan Herrold from Bridge Brew Works as they discussed how Clean Water Makes Great Beer! (Our segment begins at 14:35 and runs about 13 minutes.)
Gauley Pale Ale (ON TAP NOW!)
In honor of our Gauley River Canyon Nature Preserve, Bridge Brew Works brewed a Belgian Pale Ale in time for “Gauley Season!” The Gauley River in West Virginia is recognized by paddlers as one of the top ranked rivers in the world. Gauley Season is Sept 8 through Oct 22, when the release of Summersville Lake begins and brings Gauley River to its peak rafting flows. While riding the river this Gauley Season, be sure to check out the 6 mile stretch protected by the West Virginia Land Trust!
Beer description: This one off specialty Belgian-style Pale Ale has a slightly hazy copper color, with a fruity aroma, and toasty smooth light caramel flavor of fruity black pepper with a balanced hop bitterness. (5% ABV)
Water Wise-N Bock: Round 2(winter 2018)
Since the beer was such a hit, we are adding a little twist to the next batch. The Water Wise-N Bock was brewed in June 2017 and it currently being aged in local whiskey barrels from Smooth Ambler Distillery, which is located in Greenbrier County. (Hey, clean water also makes great whiskey!)
Water Wise-N Bock(winter 2017)
Beer description: This mahogany hued wheat beer, of the Weizenbock style, has the aroma of spicy clove, banana, and dark stone fruit. It has a complex malt barley and wheat flavor with hints of chocolate, fruit, and spice. (8% ABV / 16 IBU)
Last winter, this beer received statewide attention and was on tap at over 20 locations!
Seldom Seen Saison (summer 2016)
This collaboration was named for a whitewater rapid in the New River, which only appears when the water depth is at a particular level.
Beer description: Brewed with clean water from the New River and French Saison yeast, Seldom Seen is named for a whitewater rapid on the New River. Our small summer batch is spicy and juicy with a mild malt flavor, and peppery from the saison yeast with a hint of lemon. (6.7% abv)
Elk River Revival IPA (spring 2016)
Beer description: Brewed with clean water from the Elk River, our West Coast-style IPA shows aromas and flavors of pine, citrus, and ripe tropical fruit. (7.7% abv; OG-1.065; IBU-65)