Find Out What’s On Tap This Weekend at the Mountaineer Brewfest

Wheeling has long been home to breweries large and small, which makes the return of the Mountaineer Brewfest this weekend even more exciting. This annual celebration brings the finest craft beer from across the state to one location right here in Wheeling! Jeff Hayes, the man behind the scenes making this event happen, is hoping for another great turnout this Saturday. We spoke with Jeff just days before the kick-off to the festivities to see what attendees can expect this Saturday at Heritage Port.

What’s New at the Mountaineer Brewfest

While there will definitely be some new attractions to this year’s event, Jeff wanted to keep those details under wraps so that attendees can be surprised this Saturday. But what is certain is that guests can expect a day filled with impeccable beer, upbeat live music, and great local food.

The headline performer this Saturday is Zack Attack, an Ohio-based throwback party band that is sure to keep the crowd going once the sun goes down! Also on the lineup is IMY2, a 3-piece pop group based in Nashville, TN; Rock and roll band, Ledfoot Lover; and Buddy and Doug.

  • Live music fills Heritage Port all day and night at Mountaineer Brewfest. Photo courtesy of Mountaineer Brewfest.

For the foodies, there will be plenty of great food to pair with your libations. This year’s food vendors will include Rusty Bull Taco Company, The Wood Fired Pizza Company, Mmm Popcorn, Mason Dixon BBQ, Ideal Provisions, R&G Smokeshack, and So Nuts 4 Donuts.

Jeff is excited to see returning attendees, as well as welcome newcomers to the event. “We are really proud of what we’ve accomplished over the past seven years,” said Jeff. “We appreciate all of our patrons who choose our event as one that they come to experience.”

  • Photo courtesy of Mountaineer Brewfest.

Beers to Look For This Weekend

So you’re probably wondering, “what about the beer?!” Without further ado, here’s a sneak peek at some of the beers that will be available this Saturday!

Brewery Location Beer to Look For
Abolitionist Ale Works Charles Town, WV Shenandoah Saison
Saison brewed with Mandarina Bavaria and Czech Saaz hops
Big Timber Brewing Elkins, WV Double Bit IPA
Big, juicy Double IPA with notes of tropical fruit and citrus
Brew Keepers Wheeling, WV Solas Meala
Cacapon Mountain Brewing Berkeley Springs, WV Misrlou
Brewed to honor the classic IPAs of the Southern California coast; dry, bitter, lean malt body
Chestnut Brew Works Morgantown, WV Your Best Hoption
Classic west-coast style IPA brewed with Simcoe,  Mosaic, Citra, and Centennial
Greenbrier Valley Brewing Co. Maxwelton, WV Devil Anse IPA
Medium bodied American style India Pale Ale with note citrus and tropical fruit. While the hops provide complexity they are balanced by a strong malt backbone.
High Ground Brewing Terra Alta, WV You Rang
For our friends in Philippi, WV in celebration of Lurchfest 2022! Brewed using Nelson Sauvin and Sabro. Can art by Adam Mathews.
Mountain State Brewing Co. Morgantown, WV John Brown Chestnut Ale
American brown ale brewed with locally harvested West Virginia chestnuts, vanilla bean and molasses for a nut brown color and sweet malt finish.
Parkersburg Brewing Parkersburg, WV Citrus Tsunami
A blend of light American pale malts for a subtle sweetness, plus a malt background with a tidal wave of citrusy hop bitterness, flavors, and aroma. So get your toes on the nose and grab a pint to catch the Tsunami.
Screech Owl Brewing Bruceton Mills, WV Bold Blonde Ale
This is Screech Owl’s signature beer. Light, full-bodied and well-balanced. Good for any occasion or no occasion at all. A good choice for the most discriminating and definitely easy drinking. 
Short Story Brewing Rivesville, WV Chasing Daylight
Stumptown Ales Davis, WV That Alt Time Feeling
Swilled Dog Upper Tract, WV Walk the Dog
Walk the Dog is a flagship semi-dry cider meant to be enjoyed all year long. After selecting the perfect combination of apples and fermenting to the right balance of flavor and acidity, this cider offers a refreshing finish that will keep you wanting more, or as we like to say, this cider will surely Walk the Dog!
The Freefolk Brewery Fayetteville, WV Trucker Speed
Bold, hop-forward Imperial IPA. It’s bittered with hop oils used during the boil, consisting of a combo of Chinook, El Dorado, and Warrior hop oils, and then additionally dry-hopped with Mosaic hops. It’s balanced with citrus and juicy flavors on the back end.
The Peddler Huntington, WV Brawndo Orange
Orange Gatorade Sour
Weathered Ground Ghent, WV WG Anniversary IPA

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Raising a Glass for Charity

Circus Saints and Sinners volunteers collect tips are added to the total funds donated to the festival’s selected charity. Photo courtesy of Mountaineer Brewfest.

While sampling dozens of West Virginia craft beers is fun, the mission behind this event is much greater. Mountaineer Brewfest was established as a nonprofit entity with proceeds from the event benefiting a different local charity each year. In 2021, the Mountaineer Brewfest board and committee proudly announced that they had awarded $125,000 to local charities over the past seven years. Jeff is optimistic that this year’s event will garner more than $25,000 in proceeds.

In addition to proceeds from ticket sales, help from the Circus Saints and Sinners – a local organization dedicated to fellowship and charitable giving – raises tip money during the event. Members of Circus Saints and Sinners volunteer their time by helping pour samples at each of the beer tents. Any tips collected during the event are added to the charitable contribution total. So, be sure to bring some cash with you this weekend and tip your bartender for a good cause!

This year’s charitable recipient is the Seeing Hand Association, a nonprofit organization committed to helping all ages of blind and visually impaired individuals lead fulfilling and independent lives through our many programs and services. They were selected through an application process organized by Jeff and the Mountaineer Brewfest committee. 

A Special Wish Foundation was the 2021 recipient of the proceeds from Mountaineer Brewfest. Photo courtesy of Mountaineer Brewfest.

“We open applications up each year for local charities to register,” Jeff explains. “They apply online and explain who they are, what their mission is, and how we can help them. We collect applications for about two months, and then our committee reviews and votes on the applications they want to see receive our funding.”

Those who attend Mountaineer Brewfest this weekend can stop by the Seeing Hand experience tent. Representatives from the Seeing Hand Association will be providing information, as well as an interactive experience that allows people to better understand how it feels to taste, smell, and more without relying on sight. You can learn more about the Seeing Hand Association by visiting their website

Get Your Tickets

The Mountaineer Brewfest kicks off this Saturday, Aug. 20 for VIP ticketholders at 3 p.m. General Admission ticketholders can arrive starting at 4 p.m. General admission tickets are $40 (plus taxes and fees) and include admission into the event, 10 drink sample tickets, and a commemorative mug. VIP tickets are $80 and include the same items as general admission tickets, plus one-hour early admission into the festival and 10 additional drink sample tickets. Additional drink tickets are available to purchase. Designated drivers or non-drinkers who want to attend the event can purchase either a VIP or General Admission ticket at a discounted rate. Tickets are available online and at the gate. Learn more by visiting

• Alex Panas is the Program Manager for Wheeling Heritage, where she works with artists, small business owners, and community stakeholders to provide technical assistance and create meaningful programs that enhance Wheeling. She also serves as the managing editor for Weelunk. Alex lives in St. Clairsville with her husband where they raise four cats and four spunky backyard chickens.