Front Porch Brewing becomes Abolitionist Ale Works

Reprinted from a news release today by Abolitionist Ale Works.

 Charles Town, WV — After nearly two years in the making, Charles Town’s Front Porch Brewing Company has announced its grand opening date but not before announcing that they will no longer be called Front Porch Brewing Co. 

Abolitionist Ale Works, formerly Front Porch brewing
Abolitionist Ale Works in Charles Town, WV. Formerly, Front Porch Brewing.

Opening preview party on June 17

The downtown Charles Town Brewery and Pub will now go by the name Abolitionist Ale Works and they have announced that they will have a sneak preview opening party on Saturday June 17 at 8 PM, right at the conclusion of the WV Day Festival which is happening all day in the streets of Downtown Charles Town. Don’t want to wait that long to try some of their locally crafted beers? The brewery will be hosting a live music beer garden and block party during the festival that kicks off at 10 am.

The Abolitionist Ale Works block party will feature live music from 4 live bands Higher Hands, The Primate Fiasco, This Way to the Egress, The Dirty Grass Players and DJ Myke Nyce. The block party will also feature street performers and last until the doors open for the Abolitionist Ale Works Grand Opening Party which is just around the corner. The grand opening party will feature live music from one of the festival bands, The Primate Fiasco and free to all patrons 21 and up. After the grand opening party, Abolitionist Ale Works introductory schedule of Thursday through Sunday will start on Thursday June 22.

“We wanted to choose a name that really tied into the local history of Charles Town as well as represented our brands resistance to the status quo when it comes to producing beer” said Josh Vance, owner of Abolitionist Ale Works. The beer will be brewed by Josh’s brother Michael Vance who was a former brewer at Morgantown Brewing Co and was recently touted as one of the most talented brewers in the state by craft beer media publication Brilliant Stream.

The brewery expects to have a dozen different beers on tap at any given time and will also feature artisan pizzas and local cider and wine for those who don’t dabble in the barley and hops side, although Abolitionist Ale Works would like one chance to change your mind about beer before ordering the wine.

Last fall, Brilliant Stream reported on some awesome test brews from brewer Mike Vance in this article.

Abolitionist Ale Works is located at 129 W. Washington St in historic Downtown Charles Town and can be reached at or 681-252-1548, owner Josh Vance can be reached at 304-283-3972 or

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