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Restaurant Road Trip: Apothecary Ale House & Café

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When trying any new restaurant, an extensive menu can be overwhelming. But staff members at the Apothecary Ale House and Café say they've tasted nearly all of the 150 craft beer selections and can help you find the perfect brew. 

"A big part of our selection and what we have is what's available in the state to us. Right now, we have Chestnut Brew Works on tap, and we have the Charleston Brewing Company. We bring on Morgantown Brewing, Bridge Brew Works, Big Timber..." said owner Grace Hutchens.

For Hutchens, selecting the craft beers for her menu has become an art.

"I've had every single beer in here, I've tried them all. I've slowly learned what breweries I like, what I don't like, what are good representations of each style," said Hutchens.

Hutchens said it's the rich history of her product that inspired her to go into the business.

"The apothecaries, which were these old-style pharmacies that would prescribe alcohols to their customers, and so basically, prohibition put an end to that. We love the idea of these old vintage kind of shots in prohibition, and it was a really good driving theme for beer," said Hutchens.

It's an environment that appeals to regulars and visitors alike.

"We've kind of suggested to the owner that she put the sign up that says 'VIP Lounge.' It's really an environment without distractions like pool tables and televisions," said customer Gerald McVicker.

"Actually, I just came into town for the day, just to see Morgantown, so I obviously had to stop by and get a beer," said customer Allie Vaughan.

If you're not a beer drinker, the Apothecary Ale House has plenty of other food and drink options.

"We have a nice dry cider from Samuel Smith. It's an English one, and organic as well, to sweeter ones like the Angry Orchard Ice Man. We offer about five paninis, sometimes we have a special one going in and out. We also do have soft pretzels that are very good, we serve with the housemade beer cheese," said Hutchens.

For more information on the Apothecary Ale House & Café, visit its Facebook page.

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