Ale House Columbia Likely to Open in November

Expect a large outdoor patio, 30 draft beers and a main bar with a high ceiling.


An owner of The Ale House Columbia said the 9,000-square-foot beer pub is likely to open before Thanksgiving of this year.

The Ale House will serve up higher end pub food, original beers from Oliver Breweries, and a rotating tap list of 30 draft beers, according to owner Justin Dvorkin.

"We're really excited about it," said Dvorkin on Wednesday. "It's been a great project so far; we just want to be open for business and rolling."

The business will be located at the former location of the Rocky Run Tap and Grill at 6480 Dobbin Center Way.

As part of construction for the Ale House, Dvorkin said they have completely redone the outside, added a new roof and fixed parts of the building's plumbing and framing.

He said the exterior construction is almost complete, with some facade work left to be done.

Next, they'll work on the interior, where Dvorkin says they'll create an industrial modern look, replete with televisions to watch sporting events and a high- ceilinged bar.

Dvorkin, who also co-owns the Pratt Street Ale House in Baltimore, said the Columbia sister location will be more modern-looking than the Baltimore brew pub.

Dvorkin said a large outdoor patio is being constructed that will have its own bar, including a full selection of 30 draft beers. He described it as an island bar with a wooden roof over it.

Originally, the owners had a plan to put a small brewery into the restaurant, like they have at the Pratt Street location, where they brew Oliver beer. However, Dvorkin said that idea has been scrapped.

"If we're going to make a move into brewery equipment," said Dvorkin, "we're going to do a full brewery, rather than another brew pub."

He said if the Columbia market responds well to their line of Oliver Ales and craft beers, the owners may consider building a full brewery to satisfy their already growing distribution demand in the Washington D.C. and eastern Maryland markets.

, which is just down the road from The Ale House, recently started . Dvorkin said he's not worried about competition from Frisco's or , another Columbia beer pub in the area.

"I think we'll fit in fine," said Dvorkin. "We definitely have a niche in the customers that already know our Baltimore location."

Dvorkin said he saw Columbia as a business opportunity after realizing many already established restaurants had waits even on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

"[Columbia] seems like a great market for restaurants," said Dvorkin. "People are pretty social in the area."

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Johnny Bravo September 09, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Now riddle me this Batman! How can you get a liquor license for this location and Wegmans could not!!! I thought there was already too many establishments providing alchohol. Do not tell me it's about a restaurant, we all know the money comes from alchohol sales!! Politics!!! lining politicians pockets???
Matthew Kircher October 04, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Will they allow walk-out growler sales like the Baltimore location? Is that permitted without an on-site brewing operation under current MD and HoCo laws? I know there were some changes during the 2012 session...
LoveColumbia December 09, 2012 at 06:05 PM
Johnny Bravo- I'm pretty sure it IS about the fact that this place is a restaurant and Wegmans is a GROCERY STORE. I don't know too many restaurants that *don't* have a liquor license! I'm not sure that I or any other readers understand what you're whining about.


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