Beerwerks Spotlight: Pale Fire Brewing Co.

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The philosophy at Pale Fire Brewing Co. is that “there’s generally a great beer close by” when creativity gets sparked. Come stoke those creative fires, chill with friends at the bar, or relax with a book by the fire as you taste a pint or flight of Pale Fire’s award-winning beer. Read on to learn more about the brewery located in Harrisonburg’s Ice House complex.

What are your hours of operation?
We are open Sunday 1-9 .pm., Monday-Thursday 2-9 p.m., and Friday-Saturday 12-11 p.m.

Do you offer tours?

We do not offer tours, but you can see the brewery through large windows in the tap room.

What’s new or what’s coming up?
We are switching from 12oz bottles to 16oz cans! We’ve also partnered with Za Spot and are adding Detroit-style pizza in our tap room. This change includes an expanded beverage menu.

What are your go-to brews and what makes them unique?

  • Red Molly Irish Red Ale is our bestselling beer. It has a hint of sweetness from the Irish malt and appeals to beer drinkers who are looking for something refreshing and not too bitter. Available in 16oz cans.
  • Arrant IPA is our flagship India Pale Ale. Made primarily with Citra hops, it’s juicy and full of citrus flavor. Also available in 16oz cans.
  • Negative Boogie NEIPA is the newest of the three. It’s hazy and full of tropical flavors. It’s currently draft only, but will make its debut in cans in 2022!

What is something unique/quirky about the brewery that most people don’t know?
We have a (large!) Little Free Library, a giant Lite Brite, and we name all of our beers after pop culture references (literature, art, music, etc.)

Do you distribute locally or have any local collaborations?
Our beer is available throughout Virginia!

Do you have any local collaborations or other items you produce?
We just brewed a beer for Jack Brown’s that will be available on draft and in 16oz cans at all of their Virginia locations. Launch is planned for early February at each location.

Do you allow dogs? Are you kid-friendly? And do you offer food onsite?
We are dog-friendly and kid-friendly, and we are introducing food in February.

What events do you offer?

  • Mondays at 6 p.m. – B SIDE Vinyl Night: bring your favorite vinyl and play it on our record player. If the crowd likes it you can flip to the B side.
  • Wednesdays at 8 p.m. – Geeks Who Drink trivia. Teams of six or fewer can use their brainpower to battle for beer and prizes.
  • Happy hour – Sun 1-9 p.m.: $1 off draft pints, Mon-Fri 3-5 p.m.: $2 off draft pints
  • We are known for our annual Townie Summer Party in August.