Greenville & upstate South Carolina area breweries.
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.
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.
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.
Craft brews in South Carolina- pursuing the perfect beer.
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.
Upstate SC Breweries & Brewpubs
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
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-
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:
Greenville Ale Trail. - Visit these local Breweries:
Greenville Area Breweries
Ridge Brewing Company-
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Visit downtown and Falls Park with a walk over Liberty Bridge.
- Go to the Greenville Zoo.
- Enjoy a ball game under the lights at Fluor Field.
Top Ten Things To Do in Greenville:
Featured Local Brews
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
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