New brewpub adds English dishes
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Patrons at Charleston's new brewpub will be able to sit down at the bar and order some English fare with their stout beer, owner Ann Saville said.
Saville plans to serve not only beer brewed on site, but English-style dishes as well, she said.
"We'll have bangers and mash, and I think the fish and chips will be popular," Saville said.
Saville plans to hold a grand opening for Charleston Brewing Company on April 8. The brewing company will be in the city-owned building near the corner of Quarrier and Summers streets.
Five beers will initially be made in house, Brewer Ryan Heastings said. There will also be room for expansion, he said.
The brewpub will feature a variety of styles, ranging from a classic English ale to the India Pale Ale that is very popular on the West Coast of the United States, Heastings said.
Heastings is hoping to expose people in the area to styles of beer they may not have had the opportunity to taste in the past.
He is also hoping to attract beer drinkers who may have consumed large corporate products made by Anheuser-Busch or Miller, he said.
However, the pub won't be just about the beer, Saville said.
She has also hired Gary Needham as the executive chef. Needham worked at the Bluegrass Kitchen, a restaurant on Charleston's eclectic East End.
"He's a very experienced chef and people just love his food," Saville said.
Needham should join the crew on March 1, and the rest of the staff likely will begin working at the brewpub about a week of so before opening, Saville said.
Saville will be offering a varied menu including English staples like fish and chips, bangers and mash and shepherd's pie, she said. Bangers and mash is made with mashed potatoes and sausage.
"We'll be making our own sausage meats," Saville said.
Scotch eggs, which are hardboiled eggs surrounded by sausage and breadcrumbs and fried, will also be making an appearance on the menu, she said.
"We'll have a lot of nice, different flavored dishes," Saville said.
The food and ale won't be the only things that are in the style of England. The establishment itself will be run in a similar fashion to the English-style pubs that serve more as social gathering spots than nightclubs.
Saville plans to open the pub around 11 a.m. for the lunch crowd. It will close around 10 p.m. on weekdays.
"I'm not looking to get into the late-night bar business," she said.
The brewpub may stay open as late as midnight on Friday and Saturday, she said.
"But we won't ever be open later than that."