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.
Beer is 98% water!
Bickle Knob Brown Ale (summer 2018)
Beer description: Brewed with spring water from the base of Bickle Knob, this light bodied brown ale has a hint of brown sugar and roasted malts bringing out some toffee flavors. Easy drinking at 4.7% ABV and a low 23 IBU.
Muddy Creek Ale (winter / summer 2018)
Screech Owl Brewing is located in the mountains of Preston County, on the northern watershed of Muddy Creek, a tributary of the Cheat River. In effort to raise the awareness of the necessity of clean water, the Muddy Creek Ale collaboration was brewed. The waters of this creek have experienced and continue to experience many different water quality changes. These changes come from woodlands, road crossings, farm drainage to mining activity with each and every change having an effect on the water quality of the creek. The upper section of the creek is still high quality water with a large portion being cared for and managed by the Muddy Creek Hunting and Fishing Club. This is a wonderful trout stream with the club stocking trout every spring but access to this section is limited to club members. The lower portion of Muddy Creek has been adversely affected over the years by mining discharges.
The waters of Muddy Creek are just one example of how important water is to our cycle of life.
Gauley Pale Ale (fall 2017)
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 begins in September (lasting 6 weeks), 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 (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)
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)