CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Just in time for both the official start of summer and FestivALL, the newly opened Charleston Brewing Company has added a variety of salad entrees to its menu and has lowered its prices.
After two months in operation at the corner of Quarrier and Summers streets, owner Ann Saville said the brew pub and restaurant has responded to its diners' comments.
"At first, it was too expensive," she acknowledged.
She said her son, David Saville, and chef Sarah Kight combed through the menu, looking at the ingredients in each item and working with their vendors to make price adjustments.
They dropped some offerings, such as the shrimp cocktail, that aren't a good fit with a beer-driven menu, and changed others such as the topping for its wings. Customers didn't like the earlier topping and neither did Saville.
For the soup and salad crowd, they kept the rich beer cheese soup and expanded to six salad offerings: Stilton Blue Steak, Caesar, Spinach, Cobb, Jamaican Chicken and Nicoise -- all ranging from $8 to $14.
The Brewing Company menu reflects staples in pubs in Saville's native England: Scotch Eggs, Shepherd's Pie, Bangers and its best seller, Fish and Chips.
The interior, though, where Capitol Roasters used to be, has more of the industrial, warehouse look. The large stainless steel tanks for brewing beer can be seen through glass windows behind the bar. The floor is concrete and the open ceiling exposes duct work. Sound panels were recently put in the bar area, and Saville hopes to add them to the adjacent dining room.
The furniture ranges from cozy booths to farm-style tables and high tops. Paintings from Saville's collection of paintings by Charley Hamilton, David Rifle, Paula Clendenin and other local artists decorate the walls.
"I want it to be comfortable," said Saville of the atmosphere.
Although brew pubs are a rapidly growing trend in the country, the Charleston Brewing is the first brew pub in the city.
"We have not done quite the business I thought we would do," she said, adding that a brew pub is still a novelty in Charleston.