Bath County’s first and only craft brewery opened its doors just three years ago. It quickly became a favorite meeting place for visitors and residents alike. Located on Main Street in Hot Springs, the taproom is open every day, except Tuesday. During the busy summer and fall seasons it’s usually bustling with activity. Some weekends include live music. Occasionally, the festival atmosphere extends outdoors into the parking lot.
The craft beer industry has grown steadily over the past decade, yet is still seen by some as trendy. Owners Seth and Emily Ellis set out to create a place that brews great beers and serve them in a friendly environment that reflects Bath County itself. On any given day, the taproom is shared by resort guests from the nearby Omni Homestead, folks enjoying a pre- or post-dinner drink, hikers and bikers refueling after a day on the trails, or local residents having a cold one after work. The vibe is anything but trendy. It’s entirely about community.
Recently, the small pizza joint next door closed it doors. Bacova Beer decided to knock down a wall and expand into the space and offer pub food to its customers. It fills void in Bath County’s growing food scene. Their menu items, including sandwiches, wings and flatbread pizza, offers a tasty option in between down-home style places and the awesome upscale restaurants Bath County is famous for. Variety is good, and so are the Loaded Tater Tots when paired with a signature So Fresh So Clean IPA.