Now, officially the longest-running brewery in Charleston’s history, Bad Shepherd Beer Company has a motto of “Stay Wild.” And it’s not just a slogan.
Head brewer Paul “Ross” Williams stays wild pinballing between flagship beers like The Loud IPA and our well-respected line of German-style beers, to walking on the wild side with our Sour Holler series and our barrel-aged program. Our Bad Shepherds may brew the same beers twice, but also explore parts unknown. Bad Shepherds don’t like long walks on the beach, but they do like long, strange trips wandering into seasonal trail magic as well as burying their brewed treasures in flavor-filled wine, gin, and bourbon barrels.
Our Beer Types
The Loud and Other IPAs
Our signature American IPA comes in Hazy, Hoppy and Citrusy. Dank hop aroma is followed by more hop dankness giving you a surround sound of flavor. Weighing in at 6.8% ABV, The Loud is a favorite. A gold medal winner at the first WV Craft Beer Festival in Lewisburg, our best-seller has chalked up 3,500 reviews on UnTappd, and is so good it has a live music venue named in its honor. We also circulate some fresh New England hazy IPAs like our Electric Petting Zoo, and a handful of other hop-forward, hazy seasonals.
Our brewer Ross Williams, grew up on a Romney, WV farm with fruit orchards, so seasonal fruits are treasured tastes that get put to good use in our Sour Holler series, which features a rotating fresh tap parade of Gose-style sours like our Peachberry, brewed with local J.Q. Dickinson Salt and fermented with fresh peach, red raspberry and blackberries.
Armed with bourbon barrels from the award-winning Smooth Ambler in Greenbrier County, we’ve turned out such bold, black and beautiful beers as The Bear Fight and Down With My Demons, both over 11 percent ABV Imperial Stouts. We also barrel-age in red wine barrels for such American wild ales as our Biere De Jouette, and utilized the new Bullock’s Distillery botanical gin barrels for a barrel-aged IPA called Never Mind The Bullock’s.
Prost! Our founder and owner Pat Guthrie grew up in Germany so we keep a steady stream of beers made in the traditional German styles for our sister restaurant Bahnhof WVrsthaus and Biergarten in Huntington. Just a few of the regular European-style beers we brew include the Chucktown Kolsch, the Prost Alle, a traditional Marzen (Oktoberfest), as well as seasonal taps of Weizenbocks, Helles Lagers, Dunkelweizen, Hefeweizen, and our Belgian Amber (Shot Caller). One of our most
Collabs & Specialty Brews
We love to experiment with seasonal small-batch beers like our annual hot pepper beer infused with fresh peppers from our brewer’s garden. Those have been a big hit at the Brewery as well as chilihead events such as Hops and Heat.