Originally founded in 1885 as a winery, Belmont Brewing Company converted to a brewery after the rattling trains passing by caused the wine to be shaken in its barrels and not settle correctly.
Opening in 1890, Belmont Brewing Company successfully brewed and sold beer to Ohio and West Virginia residents and steel workers. In 1924 when West Virginia became a dry state in the Prohibition, sales skyrocketed as Wheeling residents walked from Wheeling Island to Martin’s Ferry in over-sized clothes to buy bottles of beer and smuggle underneath their clothing back to Wheeling.
Meanwhile, Belmont Products company bought Belmont Brewing Co.’s stocks, opened and ran until 1923 when Eick, Haid (founders) and a few other local men were indicted for violating prohibition laws and conspiracy. Eick was believed to have purchased and transported 5,000 gallons of grain alcohol, distributing it to the surrounding area for $10 a gallon. Belmont Brewing Company eventually re-opened on May 12, 1933. Cars and people lined up for 3 blocks to buy their beer again.
Being that there were only three breweries in the surrounding area, the company was bought and sold over the years, being passed along from owner to owner until eventually closing its doors for good in 1940.
In 2019, a group of investors came together to bring back the long-closed brewery and give it a modern twist of their own but with a vintage flare. Opening in 2020, Belmont Brewerks is a new business nodding to the great Belmont Brewing Company, serving local and quality food, hand-crafted cocktails, and specialty coffee drinks.
General manager, Amanada Lynn Kuri, resident of Rayland, Ohio is familiar with Martins Ferry and the potential that the area has. She has owned her own coffee shops (The Ground Floor and Second Cup Café) with her sister and has been a successful manager at Later Alligator and Wheeling Country Club. Using her creativity in creating cocktails, Amanda has made signature drinks that will follow her wherever she goes including her earl grey martini and her own take on the whiskey sour. Along with alcohol, she also is a talented barista and will be serving coffee, lattes, and other coffee drinks. She intends to take her skills behind the bar into Belmont Brewing Company and create weekly drink specials along with her signature drinks.
Head Chef, Beth Myers, graduated from West Virginia Northern in 2016 with a culinary degree and studied for 3 years under Wheeling renowned chef, Mark Glass at Wheeling Country Club. Having studied culinary from a young age (if the Food Network counts) to taking ProStart, a food service class in high school, her passion has grown for cooking and baking over the years. From decorated cakes, desserts, breads, soups, and main dishes, Beth puts her own flavorful spin on classic and non-traditional dishes. Cooking at Belmont Brewerks will be no different with unique homemade soups, weekly specials, and dessert creations. The menu has taken old favorites, like a cheese burger, and turned them into new takes like the breakfast burger, served on a bagel with a sunny-side up egg.
The building itself has been completely renovated, inside and out, including a new outdoor patio and space that will eventually be able to be used year-round. 75-inch TV’s surround the restaurant that will hold around 50 guests.
We look forward to serving you!