Originally opening its doors at Heritage Station in 2013, Summit Beer Station offers one of the best selections of ales and lagers in town. Traditionally, New Year's Eve is one of the busiest nights of the year in the bar industry and owner Jeff McKay is hoping this year will be no exception.
"I started out at Heritage Station about four or five years ago. I was frustrated with not having a place to drink in Huntington. I don't have a business background. I spent a couple of years teaching at Marshall, and I saved up enough money to get the idea rolling. It was a put-up or shut up moment for me. I asked myself, 'Am I going to complain about the things we don't have, or am I going to do something about it?'" McKay said. "We outgrew our space at Heritage Station very quickly. In 2016 we were approached by Pullman Square but it just never worked out. Shortly after that Beckett Ward approached me about moving into this building. We both had the same vision.
"We focus entirely on craft beers. We do not sell anything that is completely owned by Anheuser-Busch, MillerCoors, or any of the large breweries. We like to focus on breweries that try to stay independent. We tend to have a focus on European-style beers and European import beers," McKay said.
"Once we moved here we expanded to having a selection of bourbon and rye whiskeys. I always wanted to get that going we just never had the space to do that at the old location. We also have a small selection of wine and champagnes. We have different flights of bourbon available. I like to try to offer something for everybody."
Summit also offers a variety of small plates for those looking for a snack to go along with their beer. There's a Charcuerie Plate ($10), which features Pate de Grandmere, High West Whiskey Soaked Salmon and Saucrisson Sec Aux Herbes De Provence (cured sausage with herbs) served with whole grain mustard plus hot cornichons (pickles). There are two types of cheese plates ($8-$9) served with apricot jam, fried fava beans and golden raisins.
"We regularly are doing tap takeover and tasting events on Wednesdays. We also do specials. For New Year's Eve, we are going to have drink specials. Being it's a Monday, we will run a special where you can have a can of Bell's Two Hearted IPA and a shot of Rittenhouse Rye Whiskey," McKay said. "Like last year, we are going to have a special on champagne. We have about 20 different wines. We also have cider.
"We like to keep some West Virginia craft beers around. It's finally where I thought it should have been five years ago. Breweries are reaching out and experimenting with less safe styles. New breweries like Weathered Ground and Short Story are keeping up with trends. I'm glad to see the adventurous nature of West Virginia finally coming to fruition here," McKay said.
Summit Beer Station is located at 321 A 9th St. in Huntington. It is open from 4 p.m. until midnight Monday through Thursday, noon until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and from noon until 10 p.m. Sunday. Cash and all major credit cards are accepted. For more information, call 681-378-0468. Follow them on Facebook for specials and upcoming events at https://www.facebook.com/summitbeerstation/.
If you go
NAME: Summit Beer Station
TYPE OF FOOD: Bar, tapas
ADDRESS: 321 A 9th St., Huntington, WV
HOURS: Monday through Thursday 4 p.m. until midnight; Friday and Saturday, noon until 2 a.m. and Sunday noon until 10 p.m.
PAYMENTS ACCEPTED: Cash and all major credit cards