Live podcast TONIGHT: A look back at local beer history & Wheeling’s Most Notorious Brewer

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Wheeling, WV (WTRF) – Some local history buffs and beer aficionados stepped in front of the mic this evening to pour over some local hops history, and to talk about a man known as Wheeling’s most notorious brewer.

Wheeling Heritage put on a live podcast this evening to take a look at the life and legacy of businessman and brewer Henry Schmulbach as a way to kick off the Mountaineer Brewfest. Schmulbach built his business during the height of the industry in Wheeling after immigrating from Germany.  

The panel was led by Hal Gorby, local history teacher Ryan Stanton and Brew Keepers owner Kevin Ayers.
Wheeling Heritage will also be re-releasing the Henry Schmulbach podcast they initially released in 2018.

“If you want to listen to the podcast you can go to We have all of the episodes as well as episode recaps that we’ve been releasing every week….we just thought it was appropriate given the topic, talking about one of the area’s largest brewers at one of the newest breweries in Wheeling seemed like an appropriate fit.”

Alex Panas, Communications Manager at Wheeling Heritage

Tonight’s podcast was called “Henry: Thirsty for More.” The Mountaineer Brewfest will take place on Saturday at Heritage Port and will benefit A Special Wish Foundation.

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