The much-anticipated grand opening of Abolitionist Ale Works began last Saturday, June 17, and continues this weekend, Thursday, June 22 through Sunday, June 25 in Charles Town, WV.
Hours of operation are:
- THURSDAY 3 pm – 10 pm
- FRIDAY 3PM – MIDNIGHT
- SATURDAY 11AM – MIDNIGHT
- SUNDAY 11AM – 10 PM
The brewery will continue opening every Thursday-Sunday from now forward.
Beginning this Thursday, their full food menu is available. Featured is a variety of Artisan Personal Pizzas served on naan flatbread. Kids pizza, soft drinks, and wine are available in addition to the house-brewed beer. You should definitely take a look at the opening beer tap list.
“The public has been waiting so patiently for us to renovate this historic building that we wanted to start off with a huge event so that as many people as possible could participate and try one of our many on-site crafted beers” said Josh Vance, owner of Abolitionist Ale Works.
Premier Party brings out crowd
The first place Abolitionist beer was for sale last Saturday was at a public street party and beer garden hosted by the brewery as part of their city’s West Virginia Day Celebration. From 10:00 A.M. until 7:30 P.M. on the 100 block of S. Charles St., the block party offered beer and live music by four bands. Higher Hands, The Primate Fiasco, This Way to the Egress, The Dirty Grass Player and DJ Myke Nyce performed.
Following the block party, Abolitionist Ale Works opened its brewpub to the public at 8:00 P.M. with a premier party featuring live music from The Primate Fiasco and food from C&G Jerk Chicken. Admission to the premier party was free.
The brewpub looks great
Abolitionist owner Joshua Vance and brewer Mike Vance have done a great job preparing for the opening. The interior is tastefully done with a very attractive wooden bar built in the main taproom. Table and chair seating complete the barroom. A second adjacent room contains more tables and chairs. Out back, you’ll find a spacious beer garden area.
Beer flights served on West Virginia
One super feature at Abolitionist is their beer flight trays. The trays are the shape of the West Virginia state outline.
Something beer fans will really appreciate is the glassware itself. Instead of using the common tiny tasting glasses for their beer flights, they will instead use their regular tulip-shaped pint glassware.
When a flight is ordered, each glass will be filled with 4-oz of beer, leaving plenty of room in the bowl of the glass for vapors to collect and enhance the beer’s aroma and drinking enjoyment. Customers ordering a full pint will receive their beer in the same type glass. It’s a premium glass for what promises to be a very premium beer experience.
Some highly anticipated beer
Ever since tasting some beer samples made by brewer Mike Vance — especially those he was branding under the West Funkin’ Virginia name — state wild ale fans have been salivating to try more. While the grand opening will feature a variety of standard pub ales, such as an IPA and Stout, there will be a few funky taste-bud tantalizers offered too. Abolitionist brews its standard ale-styles in stainless steel tanks like everyone else, however. it’s the wild ale program takes a different path.
Back in the brewery section of the building, wild ales are bubbling, wild yeasts are working, Brett is feeding, and funk is emanating. A rare process here is fermenting beer in wooden barrels, typically used wine barrels. It takes lots of experience, talent, and charm to be successful with this technique. Most won’t try it because of the uncertainty and the expense. But Abolitionist is giving it a whirl. While small initially, Abolitionist’s barrel program is highly anticipated, and the brewery taproom will be the best place to experience these creative brews, since few will likely be sold elsewhere.
Link to the opening tap list.
Abolitionist Ale Works is county’s first brewpub
Abolitionist is Jefferson County’s first brewpub licensee, serving both beer and food for on-premise consumption in its taproom. The county’s first brewery, Mash Brewing Company, is located only about a block and a half away and currently offers free samples and growlers to-go. Mash plans to add an on-premise brewpub license later this summer.
Abolitionist Ale Works
129 W. Washington St.
Charles Town, WV