breweries to 48 ounces, old brewers have been expanding and new brewers have
been popping up around the Greenville area. You can go straight to the source
of local craft beer with a tour and a taste at these fine locations:
Located south of downtown Greenville, Thomas Creek is the city’s best known
brewery. This award-winning facility opened in 1998 and offers everything from
the classic River Falls Red Ale and Class Five IPA to specialty options like
the Banana Split Chocolate Stout. The brewery is currently expanding to include
a new courtyard seating area and an official tasting room, but the original
facility is still open for tours and offering a few beers on tap.
Quest began brewing in 2012 and wasted no time making an impact on local beer
lovers. The adventurous spirit of the city inspired its name and beers: try the
Smoking Mirror Porter or the Kaldi Coffee Stout, made with West End Coffee’s
freshly roasted beans. The taproom frequently hosts food trucks, live music,
outdoor games and even yoga nights.
Brewery 85 begins hard hours in March with a small, but enthusiastic line-up of
beers available in half- and full-pint pours (flights are in the works). Start
with the 864 Weizen for a literal taste of the Upstate—all ingredients are
locally sourced—and bring your drinking pants for the 8.5% Quittin’ Time Helles
Bock. The large, outdoor patio is the perfect place to sip before a sunset, and
rumor has it that live music, food trucks and games are soon to come.
brewing a different sort thanks to Swamp Rabbit Brewery, the latest beer
adventure of lauded brewer Ben Pierson. This family-run operation near the
popular Swamp Rabbit Trail will welcome enthusiasts to sip classic beers at the
steel bar in late March.
importance in local brew history and its thirst-quenching beers. Bob Hiller was
only able to open Blue Ridge in 1995 after lobbying to make brewpubs legal in
South Carolina. Take a seat inside amidst the large tanks or out on a sidewalk
table, and sip one of the big four: Colonel Paris Pale Ale, Kurli Blonde Ale,
Rainbow Trout ESB and XXX Total Eclipse Stout.