Craft beer, wine and art venues getting started
HUNTINGTON -— Two new businesses are opening this week in downtown Huntington. The Tap House is now open at Heritage Station, and Wine and Design is hosting a grand opening from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at 948 4th Ave.
Owned by Jeff McKay, The Tap House offers hard-to-find, quality craft beer on tap and plans to offer it by the bottle in the future. Its 16 taps will rotate, and it sells beer from a cask and plans to eventually sell 30 different bottles. It also plans to sell flights of beers for sampling in 5- or 6- ounce glasses.
McKay is a sociology professor at Marshall who said he's "obsessed" with quality beer and wanted Huntington to have an establishment that knows the art well.
He has Pint Nights planned in conjunction with breweries throughout the region. The events will feature four or five beers from each brewery. The first starts at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, featuring Blue Mountain Brewery out of Afton, Va. The next will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, featuring beers from Charleston Brewing.
Belgian Pint Night is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 30.
Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday; noon to 1 a.m. Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.
Learn more by visiting "The Tap House" on Facebook. ou
Wine and Design is part of a Raleigh, N.C.-based chain that gives guests a chance to unwind and create art. The studio provides canvas, apron, paints, paintbrushes, and corkscrew and guests are invited to bring a beverage of their choice. A trained instructor leads guests through the creation of their own piece of art.
Owned by Huntington native Jaime Napier-Vartanian, the studio is planning to mirror the format of its parent studio by offering date nights, paint your house and paint your pet nights, and booking private parties. Napier-Vartanian said that she will be adding several regional paintings that celebrate the area including paintings of Gaski Memorial Bridge, Ritter Park, New River Gorge Bridge, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as several sports-themed paintings celebrating Marshall University and West Virginia University.
The studio also hopes to get involved in the community by hosting fundraisers and hosting painting parties off-site with its “Wine and Design on Wheels” program.
Children will also receive a creative outlet through its ART Buzz program.
The studio’s Grand Opening is free and open to the public. Attendees will be able to meet the company’s local artists, watch demonstrations and tour the studio. Food, drinks and raffle drawings will be part of the event as well. Learn more at www.wineanddesignus.com/huntington or call 304- 908-9206.
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