The Paul Bunyan Ax Throw in the 53rd Annual Loggers Jamboree in North Fork, California. (Photo: John Walker/Fresno Bee/MCT via Getty Images)

Indoor ax-throwing venues appear to be one of the odder crazes about: tossing darts and pool aside for a more savage, lumberjack-style form of entertainment. In these rapidly growing establishments, you can throw an ax at a target to compete against your friends and other ax-throwers (what’s wrong with good old-fashioned laser tag?). You would think it would be a good idea for indoor ax establishments to stay away from alcohol, and many do. But now a West Virginia such event space announces that it will offer craft beer amid all the ax-ery.

Food & Wine reports that the Lucky Dill Deli in Charleston, West Virginia has expanded into “Axes And Ales.” Set to open today:

the new area within the sandwich shop promises locally made craft beers and wine as well as five ax-throwing courts. “Anytime you have something different, people’s gonna want to try it,” said owner Chadrick Harper.


Well, there are limits. And a precedent: The Urban Ax chain sells beer and wine at some locations, and offers a BYOB setup at some others (although its website states that “no hard liquor is permitted”). Axes And Ales will feature safety precautions like a training session and unbreakable Plexiglas between the ax-throwing courts. And most likely, an extremely long, iron-clad injury waiver.

Gwen Ihnat is the Editorial Coordinator for The A.V. Club.

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