Downtown Brevard will have a new business later this fall as Wolfbrew Bottle Shop is slated to open in the alley at 36 Main Street in late 2018. A retail shop to purchase bottled and canned craft beer, the store will also serve beer to be enjoyed on site.
Wolfbrew Bottle Shop is the creation of Keavy McAbee and Lee Marchbanks, owners of Magpie Meat & Three restaurant, which is located on King Street in Brevard’s Lumberyard Arts District. Opened in 2016, Magpie has become a local favorite that is also known for its thoughtfully curated and approachable beer offerings.
“With Wolfbrew, we want to showcase the best beers from our region but also from across the country and around the world,” says McAbee. “Craft beer is such a big part of what we do and we are excited to expand into a business that focuses solely on one of our passions. This area has a great craft beer community and we feel there is a real opportunity to showcase that, bring in amazing beers, and establish a space that can host beer-related and community-focused events.”
Events such as beer & pie pairings and local art & community events have been held in the past at Magpie Meat & Three, but McAbee sees that shifting to Wolfbrew as they create a community gathering place for the beer-centric.
With roots in the area, and with a successful restaurant and loyal following that has helped them establish a home for their family in Brevard, McAbee and Marchbanks are a duo that complement each other perfectly. Having sampled beer at countless breweries and sought out unique beers from all over the world, McAbee is an avid craft beer enthusiast and the manager of the craft beer program at Magpie. Marchbanks is a twelve-year veteran in the restaurant industry who heads up Magpie’s kitchen. His expertise in southern cuisine and BBQ are a product of his dedication to preserving southern food traditions through recipes, local farms, and cooking techniques. To the two of them, craft beer is much like Southern cuisine, approachable yet complex, rich in tradition, and meant to be shared with friends.
“It’s an exciting time to be in Brevard as it continues to grow but in a thoughtful way,” says Marchbanks. “To us, it is the perfect mix of small town and exciting opportunity, an incredible community nestled beside the most beautiful wilderness.”
For updates on an opening date, find them at @wolfbrewbrevard on Instagram and online at wolfbrewbottleshop.com.