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 lead 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.

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

Map of South Carolina on a blackboard.Craft beer is gaining momentum in the upstate of South Carolina and Greenville is right in the epicenter of this movement.  Greenville, where the state's first microbrewery, Blue Ridge Brewing Co., opened its doors right on Main Street, is following their northern neighbor, Asheville, and becoming a craft beer destination all in their own right.  With a new brewery, Quest Brewing Co., having just opened and getting raves about their brand new selections, two other breweries are slated to open within the next year.  And that's not all.  Downtown Greenville has moved its rising culinary presence into restaurants serving locally crafted creations to their lively evening 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 craft 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 Main Street, overlooking a copper Czechoslovakian mash tun filled with ale, while a White Belgian with shiny blackened hoofs and perked ears ambers by.  Or it could be....well, you'll just have to figure yours out, 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 children and dogs play.  Then as the yard arm sets, pick out one of many excellent establishments to have a beer.

Upstate SC Breweries & Brewpubs

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 Area Breweries

Blue Ridge Brewing Comapnt, Greenville, SC

Blue Ridge Brewing Company- Walk down Main Street, Greenville and you're sure to spot Blue Ridge Brewing, because they make their own beers right in the window. Warm and friendly with bartenders who know the right ale to recommend, this downtown brewpub serves great food and the freshest beer.

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.

Things to do: Greenville

List of things to do.Greenville has become a small pedestrian friendly city with a little something for everyone.  Form 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 59,000 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.