We welcome Ken Linch and Nathan Herrold to the show, founders of and brewers at Bridge Brew Works in Fayettville, WV. Topics include: opening and operating a production brewery in a state with extremely restrictive alcohol laws, capitalizing on visitors that come seeking whitewater rafting and other outdoor activities with fresh, local craft beer, and plans to expand without losing their hands-on approach.
Alehead Pat Strader sent me the following email describing the impact Bridge Brew Works has made on the West Virginian beer scene and the dedication these guys have for their craft; I couldn’t have said it better myself:
“They are trying to introduce new styles to an area otherwise devoid of craft beer, or understanding craft. The little town where we are, is an anomaly. There are several world-class restaurants here, and Bridge Brew is helping by providing them with fresh, local beers that range the spectrum. A simple cross-over lager? They have that… to very high gravity, and legit Belgian-style beers (Triple, Dubbel, Trubell).
It’s also interesting to me, that they are just two guys….doing 99.9% of the work with some sporadic volunteer help. After the call I actually had a talk with Nathan, and he was telling me about cleaning kegs all day..and the extra care he put into them and he didn’t want to pass the job off because of the impact it would have on the end product. Bottom line, these guys take great care with their stuff…”
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