An abandoned coal mine bar in the North Carolina town of Ewell is turning into a brewery with a beer named after it.
Owner Josh O’Brien said he and his wife decided to call it Coal Mine Beer after the brewery had gone out of business.
The business was shuttered in 2016 and O’Briens daughter is working at the brewery.
O’Boens daughter was the head brewer at the defunct brewery when it was closed in 2016.
“I had never heard of it, I didn’t think about it,” O’Keefe said.
The family went through a number of options and ultimately decided to turn Coal Mine into a brewpub.
The name was a result of O’Mara working as a bartender in the nearby brewery.
The pub is named for the mine where O’Oates father once worked as a miner.
The brewery has been in operation for nearly two years and the O’Ashes say it’s been a long road to getting the name.
“We’ve been a small business for four years, we’ve had to find a name, it just didn’t feel right, so we started thinking about what else we could call it,” Josh Olesford said.
“The idea of Coal Mine was just one of the names that came to mind.
It was a pretty simple name to come up with.”