Published On: Fri, Dec 6th, 2013

Something’s brewing

Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company (GVBC) shared with Lewisburg Rotary its mission statement of “Brewing Damn Good Beer for Damn Good People.”

The owners of GVBC, William D. Laska and David J. Kucera introduced their head brewer Brian Reymiller to Rotary. After searching many months and interviewing several candidate brewers, Reymiller won the job. Bringing 17 years of experience and two international awards for brewing to the company, Reymiller and gang plan to open their microbrewery in Maxwelton in April 2014.

GVBC will be located in the 12,000 square foot Rahall Technology and Business Center building on Airport Road next to Smooth Ambler Spirits, our local distillery of national note.

Locals have been able to sample some of the work GVBC is doing at First Friday events at Hill and Holler Bicycle shop and other places in town. So far the team has introduced some of their American Pale Ale, Indian Pale Ale (IPA), Black IPA, and their Brown Ale for future customers.

Once the facility is open, GVBC plans to offer tours for visitors, merchandise and craft beers, and eventually some type of eatery within the complex.

GVBC is to be the third package brewery in West Virginia. Plans include packaging 16 ounce cans of high alcohol content beers known as Bunker beers. As Kucera says, “These beers last a long time, so the bunker series make for great apocalyptic storage.”

There will always be three rotating taps at GVBC including a malty tap, lager tap and a whimsy tap used for experimenting. They are beginning with two Flagship beers, Mothman IPA and Springhill Pils; naming these beers to pay homage to our locale. They will offer seasonal craft beers as well.

GVBC is a green company. They will be using solar energy to run the building and heat their water, cleaning water will be recycled (saving tens of thousands of gallons annually), and spent grains are already being delivered for use by local farmers in animal foods and pellet fuels.

Partnering with American Beer Company, they will package and ship first within the state, and then outside as the company grows.

The Kucera, Laska and Raymiller are the workforce for now; but say this is a very labor intensive production and GVBC will be able to offer employment opportunities shortly after opening.

If any friends of GVBC would like to become more than friends, they are entertaining a number of investors presently. The owners may be reached on Facebook via Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company; or by phone: David Kucera 304-550-8840 or Wil Laska 703-863-8590.