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Thirsty Whale opening Friday as Huntington Ale House

Sep. 26, 2013 @ 07:22 AM

HUNTINGTON — A Hun­tington nightspot is gearing up for a grand relaunch this week. The bar formerly known as The Thirsty Whale is now The Huntington Ale House.

Owner Mackie Robertson hopes that the name change will highlight the pub’s new selection of craft beers as well as its ties to the Huntington C o m m u n i t y.

“We want to be the all American bar and grill,” said Mackie Robertson, owner. “Craft beer is hot right now.

So we have 17 different draft beers and 75 different beers in all. We‘re trying to make it a cozy little bar where people can enjoy sports, and on weekends we are hoping to have live DJs and bands in the future. We have a projec­tor screen, so we‘re looking into doing movie nights on Wednesdays, and karaoke
nights on Thursdays.” Robertson hopes the expand­ed drink menu and remolded bar will attract a more mature c r owd .

“We completely remodeled the front of the bar and put in a new awning outside,” he said.

“We also moved our kitchen from the upstairs to the down­stairs area near the bar. We wanted the customers to be able see and smell the food cook. I also built a 17 drink draft cooler for the beers.” The bar will feature import
beers like Guinness, local beers like Fayetteville’s Bridge Works Brewery and a wide variety of craft beers like South Tier, R.J. Rocker’s and Harpoon U.F.O.

There is also a mix of liquors, and hard cider like Wood­chuck .

In addition to the wide assort­
ment of beverages the bar will continue to include a variety of burgers, melts, fried fish, wings and steaks.

The Huntington Ale House will have its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 27. The “Blues ’n’ Brews” event will be starting at 4 p.m. There will be live music
featuring local band C&S Rail­road from 7 to 10 p.m.

“We really want to emphasize our ties to the Huntington com­munity,” Robertson said.

“We’re looking into ways we can support the local arts and festivals. In the future we’re also looking into perhaps hav­ing our own microbrew.” The Huntington Ale House is located at 1318 4th Ave. It is open from 4 p.m. until as late as 3 a.m. from Tuesday through Satur­days. They are closed on Sun­days and Mondays. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted.

For pick-up order or more infor­mation, call 304-523-7770.

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