THE FREEFOLK MISSION

OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION

Free-spirited beer for free-spirited people. 
We at The Freefolk Brewery believe in the power of crafting things.
Wild things.
Free things.
Folk things. 
We believe that by crafting these things we can craft a culture. 
We believe in bringing folk together to share experiences, adventure, and friendship.
 
Craft Beer.
Craft Culture.
Craft Life.

OUR STORY

Head brewer/founder Jeff Edwards and artist/co-founder Jamie Lester have been doing business together for over 15 years. Together they formed Vandalia Bronze, a sculpture firm that has produced iconic public artworks such as The Jerry West Statue, The Don Knotts Statue, and The Brooklyn Wall of Remembrance. Jamie also designed the WV State Quarter featuring the New River Gorge Bridge. Turns out large scale public art was not the only creative business they would explore.
In the meantime, Jeff Edwards began brewing beer in his Morgantown WV back yard in 2014, on a 15-gallon system that he cobbled together from a few different garage sales. What started as a hobby soon turned into an obsession, as he fell in love with the process of creating beer. Soon he was making some pretty good homebrew and wanted to take his craft to a higher level.
After Jeff and his wife moved to Fayetteville, WV in 2016 (home of the New River Gorge) Jeff and Jamie found a run-down little building near downtown that spoke to them. They had a vision for it that was hard for even them to see at first, but after a few years of handcrafting nearly every object in the building, it finally became the place they wanted to share with folk.

Jeff, Jamie and the Freefolk team filled the space with handcrafted steel features, wood, blacksmithing, concrete, and covered every inch of the walls with painted murals. The brewpub model is a key element at Freefolk, centering on the ability to brew and serve beer in an environment designed to be comfortable, inspiring, and fun.

The craft of Jeff’s brewing has grown, blending his love for traditional English and German style ales, stouts and saisons with newer craft traditions of IPA’s, hoppy and juicy East coast style Pale Ales.

The Freefolk Brewery is dedicated to the balance of success while also serving our community. We are focused on being a steward for the environment, and a cultural ambassador for visitors from all over the country. We are excited to show everyone what we have to offer, and how we can help to make our world a cleaner, more beautiful and tasty place.

THE FREEFOLK

JEFF EDWARDS

Co-Owner/Brew Master

Jeff’s personal passion for brewing has evolved into a community centered craft in the heart of the New River Gorge. Jeff’s get it done attitude inspired him to share his craft with the people.

SARAH EDWARDS

Co-owner/FIRST Lady

Sarah is our behind the scenes guru! She keeps the wheels turning and the spirits high with her endless positivity and hands-on approach. She’s the best brewery mom there is!

JIM WAY

Head BREWER

Jim has been with the team since the beginning, and his role has evolved. He’s basically done every job in the brewery, and is now our Head Brewer. His creativity, tenacity, and dedication truly elevate our team.

Summer Lee

Marketing and Sales Director

Summer initially joined us in the taproom and as we’ve grown as a brewery, so has her role.  These days she travels around the state to share our beer with y’all, coordinates events and manages all things digital!

Kyle Spradling

Operations Director

Kyle is a jack of all trades at Freefolk. He’s our head delivery man, in charge of packaging and logistics, and fills in anywhere needed. Tell him ‘hi’ if you see him on the road!

Rachel Kostoff

Taproom Manager

Rachel keeps the taproom flowing with her hard work ethic and infectious smile! Her enthusiasm for customer service and love of craft beer has led her to us at Freefolk and we’re so lucky to have her!

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304-574-6094