Greenville & upstate South Carolina area breweries.

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Greenville area & upstate SC breweries.

Upstate South Carolina is home to Lakes Hartwell and Oconee and Lake Jocasee which is nestled in an forever wild area.  This is the upcountry of South Carolina from which all things eventually head down to the ocean.  Home to Clemson and Furman Universities, the area has a rich tradition that has evolved from fabric mills to automotive engineering.  Greenville, right in the heart of the upstate, has become recognized as one of the countries best small towns and with its rich foodie culture has fostered a flourishing craft brewing presence, an eclectic nightlife and eateries offering a taste for everyone.

Upstate SC & the Greenville area are building their craft beer presence.  

Map of South Carolina on a blackboard.Craft beer has taken off in the upstate of South Carolina and Greenville is right in the epicenter of the movement.  Greenville, where the state's first microbrewery, Blue Ridge Brewing Co. first opened its doors right on Main Street (it has now relocated to Greer), is following their northern neighbor Asheville and becoming a craft beer destination in their own right.  With new breweries like Quest Brewing Co. and Brewery 85, both getting raves about their craft beers, and Swamp Rabbit Brewery in Travelers Rest which offers some of the best beer is the upstate, residents and visitors alike are deciding on Greenville and the upstate as a beer destination of choice.  And that's not all.  Downtown Greenville has moved its rising culinary presence with restaurants serving locally crafted beer creations to their lively epicurean downtown audience.  With a move towards urban living, this town above all, is proceeding to capture the movement towards an active engaged lifestyle with the desire to enjoy outside activities, music and the arts, good cuisine and of coarse, excellent locally crafted beers.

Walking Main StreetGreenville Pub Crawl, a mosey downtown looking for the best Carolina craft beers, good food and good times.

Starting at either end of Main Street there are pubs, taverns and brew-houses worth the stop, each distinct, each a destination on its own.  Put a few together and add some food and your off to a culinary treat with a craft beer focus.  There is the West End, Greenville's historic South Main Street area that is going through a revitalization.  It's home to the Greenville Drive baseball team's Fluor Field and Liberty Taproom which is where our Pub Crawl starts.   

                     Downtown Greenville Pub Crawl - West End

Craft brews in South Carolina- pursuing the perfect beer.

Check Awesome for SC craft beers.Selecting excellence in a glass is about style, nuance, color, taste and above all felicity.  That perfect ale is about being in the right place relaxing with the right friends and being in the requisite setting; perhaps sitting at a warm wooden bar on a quaint vibrant downtown street looking out the window as a White Belgian with shiny blackened hoofs and perked ears ambers by pulling a carriage piloted by a coachman with a black top hat.  Or it could be....well, you'll just have to figure out you're own perfect setting, but we can say you'll definitely have a chance for it in Greenville.  So, take a stroll downtown and mosey on into Falls Park where the river cascades under a cantilevered bridge and benches welcome sitters who can watch both children and dogs play, and ducks quacking mindlessly to make a indignant point.  Then just as the yard arm sets, decide on a local establishment, meander up through town past musicians, sculpture, and throngs of visitors and  have a beer.

Craft Beer Breweries Greenville, SCA visit to the local Greenville area breweries.                                Greenville Ale Trail        

Upstate SC Breweries & Brewpubs

Blue Ridge Brewing Company, Greenville, SCBlue Ridge Brewing CompanyWalk down Trade Street, in downtown Greer and you're sure to spot Blue Ridge Brewing, because it had been a go to spot in Greenville for 20 years. Known for their warm and friendly staff who can recommend the right ale for your tastes, this downtown brewpub serves great food and the freshest beer.

Carolina Baurenhaus, Anderson, SCCarolina Bauernhaus, a farmhouse brewery in Anderson, SC, crafts their unique artisan ales featuring fresh local ingredients, fruits and yeasts. From their deep ruby colored 18 Mile Red to a wheat White India Pale Ale, Baurenhaus brews with inspiration.  They offer ales made in the style of "approachable saisons" all the way to challenging barrel aged sour beers

Swamp Rabbit Brewey and TaproomSwamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom- Located on Main Street, Travelers Rest, SC, next to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, this new brewpub is already getting accolades from Upstate beer lovers.  Ben Pierson, owner/brewer spent time honing his craft in Germany, and no doubt, will be offering some excellent German styled beers.  Having worked for both Green Man Brewery and LAB, in Asheville, NC, he is bringing a vast amount of brewing knowledge and of coarse his excellent beers to the Upstate.

RJ Rockers Brewing Company, Spartanburg, SC.RJ Rockers Brewing Company- With a slogan of " Handcrafted, Every Beer, Every Drop, Every Time" you know that RJ Rockers Brewery takes beer seriously.  Located in Spartanburg, SC, this upstate brewery makes a great lineup of ales that will satisfy even the most persnickety beer palate.  Each week on Thursdays RJ Rockers hosts "Tour & Appreciation Thursdays" where you can relax, sip a brew, and get the inside view of the brewery.  Stop by, you'll be impressed with the dedication of their brewers and good ales that they produce.

Complete List of South Carolina Breweries:

Breweries of South Carolina


Greenville Ale Trail. - Visit these local Breweries:

Greenville Ale Trail


Greenville Area Breweries

Thomas Creek Brewery.Thomas Creek Brewery- Having just celebrated their 15th year anniversary, Thomas Creek consistently brews tremendous beers.  With a footprint that is expanding around the southeast, you're sure to run into one of their crafted beers.  Tours of the brewery can be made easily now that Greenville Brew Tours started operating. 

Quest Brewing Comany, Greenville, SC.Quest Brewing Co.-  Having recently arrived on the Greenville Beer scene, Quest is getting accolades from a growing fan base.  Free tours of the brewery are conducted each Saturday, so make sure you reserve a spot.  With events planned in advance, you're sure to be able to get in on your own quest for one of Greenville's best craft beer producers. 

Brewery 85Brewery 85 - This brand new brewery is out to craft some serious beers.  Having just opened its doors, its just getting started, however we expect great beers to come from a brewer who has a World Brewing Academy International Diploma in Brewing Technology from Doemen’s Academy in Bavaria, Germany.  So stop by and get Growler fills, tours, pints and half pints.

Upstate Craft Beer Co., Augusta Street, Greenville, SCUpstate Craft Beer Co. - A mixed use strategy of brewery, brewpub and a u-brew-it facility, Upstate Craft Beer Co. is a to-go location for the craft beer enthusiast.  With 20 taps offering all styles of beer and deli-style food, patrons can visit and enjoy a beer and chat or move to the next step and brew their own craft beer.  With selections of hops, grain and even recipes they will get you on the path to becoming a brewer. 

Shoeless Brewing Co., Greenville, SCShoeless Brewing Company- Grapes & Grains, Greenville is the smallest brewery in the Upstate, SC area and prides itself in making beer with the input of their patrons. Located on Mauldin Road it offers a taproom, a store offering brewing supplies , and a Brew Your Own Beer on site facility. The taproom sits right next to the brewing facility, so it's the perfect place to drink a pint, discuss beer, and wait as your own batch ferments.

Want to learn how to brew beer? Look at U-Brew it facilities:

Beer Brewing Essentials- U-Brew on Premise


Things to do: Greenville

List of things to do.Greenville has become a small pedestrian friendly city with a little something for everyone.  From Main Street with friendly parks to first class art exhibits, you'll find it here.  On your next Greenville visit, consider some of these things to do.  
  1. Visit downtown and Falls Park with a walk over Liberty Bridge.
  2. Go to the Greenville Zoo.
  3. Enjoy a ball game under the lights at Fluor Field.
Top Ten Things To Do in Greenville:

Top Ten Things- Greenville

Featured Local Brews

Quest Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout, Greenville, SCQuest's Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout- A dark, rich brew made with freshly-roasted beans from a local Greenville West End Coffee Company.  Add in some cacao nibs and the result is a complex, smooth beer to enjoy while the Carolina heat is still months away.  Perfect on a brisk winter evening this stout delivers just enough coffee to stimulate your craft beer quest.

Did you know?

Greenville, along with other towns in the Upstate of SC, like Spartanburg and Anderson are home to more than 250 international firms, including BMW, Michelin, Kyocera and GlaxoSmithKline.  This makes the Upstate the highest international investment per capita in the nation.
Greenville has a population of just over 62,250 (2014) people and has had steady growth for the last decade.  Shortlisted by several publications as a good place to retire with numerous venues for the arts, it also has a vibrant foodie scene for its size.