Excitement is building downtown for the imminent opening of the Wolfe Street Brewing, which will be located on West Wolfe Street directly adjacent to the Rock ’n’ Wolfe food truck park. The business, started by Virginia Beach-based Back Bay Brewing Co. owner Josh Canada, was rumored for some time to be a satellite location for Back Bay, but Canada has since confirmed the two ventures are separate entities.
The Wolfe Street project will be unique, if its location is any indication. Taking advantage of the proximity of the food truck park, Canada and crew purchased the building that borders the park: an old three-bay mechanic’s’ garage and car wash. Converting the site to the desired small craft beer manufacturing facility and tasting room required a complete overhaul of the property, but the uniqueness of the building merely served to add inspiration. “This is a really cool spot,” Canada said in an interview with the Daily News Record. “We’re just really freakin’ excited.”
To judge by photos of the renovation posted on the brewery’s Facebook page, they have reason to be. The garage bay doors have been left in place and will be opened when the weather permits, giving the space a patio atmosphere. High ceilings and wood textures dominate the interior, which features a raised platform for seating at the back, in addition to long wooden tables and narrow standing railings for easy mingling. A dapper-dressed wolf adorns the gray-brick exterior of the building, a hint of of the classy danger awaiting patrons within.
Wolfe Street Brewing is the fourth brewery to open its doors in Harrisonburg in the past two years, along with Brothers Brewing Co., Three Notch’d, and Pale Fire Brewing, and some have speculated whether the city is large enough to support such a rapid influx of microbreweries. Only time will tell, but for the moment Wolfe Street Brewing can rest assured Harrisonburg will welcome its arrival with open arms.