Craft Beer: Wheeling Gets a Taste of the West Coast

Carenbauers is proud to announce several new craft beers coming to the Friendly City and beyond (all of Ohio and Marshall counties, to be exact). These beers offer unique takes on the West Coast IPA style, which dominates the microbrew market these days. This hop-heavy recipe happens to have a fascinating history dating back to the purchase of San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing in 1965 by Fritz Maytag (of the Maytag appliance family). In the decades that followed, the uniquely American style developed along with customer’s taste buds, which at first didn’t appreciate the bitter flavors of the new hop varieties being used. has an excellent article about it, How the West Coast-Style IPA Conquered the World.

The first brews on the list of local newcomers are Space Dust IPA and Immortal IPA out of Washington State’s Elysian Brewing Company. Elysian opened in 1995 and operates 4 restaurants and pubs, all located in Seattle.
Space Dust IPA – The hopping is pure starglow energy, with Chinook to bitter and late and dry additions of Citra and Amarillo. ABV: 8.2% IBU: 73 AVAILABILITY: Year-Round.

Immortal IPA – A Northwest interpretation of a classic English style, golden copper in color and loaded with New World hop flavor and aroma. Extremely drinkable. ABV: 6.3% IBU: 62 AVAILABILITY: Year-Round.

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The next beer comes from 10 Barrel Brewing Company out of Bend, Oregon. 10 Barrel started back in 2006 with three guys and one idea: Brew Beer. Drink Beer. Have Fun Doing It.

Joe IPA – Bright citrusy flavor, intense hoppy aroma. Simcoe, Amarillo, and Mosaic hops. ABV: 6.9% IBU: 70 AVAILABILITY: Year-Round.

Rounding out the third west coast brewery is Golden Road Brewing right out of Downtown LA. The youngest of the three mentioned, Golden Road opened in 2011.

Wolf Pup Session IPA – Hoppy and refreshing, Wolf Pup is a riff on a Session IPA. Highly drinkable with a wildly aromatic tropical and citrus character, it’s the perfect companion to keep on sippin’ for these long winter days. ABV: 4.5% IBU: 50 AVAILABILITY: Year-Round.


As great as all this sounds, there’s more! We are also bringing back Green Flash. We will have both West Coast IPA and Soul Style IPA. Another great brewery we recently landed is Blue Point Brewing Company. Keep an eye out for Toasted Lager, Blueberry Ale, and Hoptical Illusion IPA.

We also added Evolution Brewing out of Salisbury, Maryland to our portfolio. Look for them in late February. After that, the spring seasonals will be rolling out: Blue Point Honey Robber Cream Ale, Goose Island Preseason Lager, and Shock Top Ruby Fresh.