Brewing more plans for craft beer production in South Carolina

For Weekly SurgeOctober 10, 2013 

Due to the easing of South Carolina’s brewing laws and regulations, there are several more Palmetto State breweries in various stages of opening

Due to the easing of South Carolina’s brewing laws and regulations, plus the huge increase in demand for fresh local beers, there are several more South Carolina breweries in various stages of opening.

•  Brewery 85 - Named after the interstate that runs through Greenville, will be one of the next to open its doors. The husband, wife and friend team of Will McCameron and Meredith McCameron and Jeremy Caldwell have been playing a game of "Hunt for Brewery 85," building the hype for the opening of the brewery by having fans try and figure out exactly where the brewery is located, which should happen sometime this fall. Visit www.brewery85.com.

•  River Rat - Columbia is looking forward to its second production craft brewery in the form of River Rat Brewing. Homebrewer Mike Tourville hired the former Abita Brewmaster, Mark Walters, to run brewing operations at the 15-barrel brewhouse situated next to The State newspaper. River Rat has already signed a deal with a distributor and is slated to open later this year. Visit http://riverratbrewery.com.

•  Seminar Brewing - Florence will see its very first production brewery, Seminar Brewing, open in the next year in the space beside the restaurant Red Bone Alley. Started by a small group of friends, homebrewers and Francis Marion University faculty members, Seminar Brewing has already poured some of its beers at some local beer fests. Visit www.seminarbrewing.com.

•  Freehouse Brewing - Set to start brewing this fall, this will be North Charleston’s newest production brewery. Freehouse will focus primarily on "farmhouse"-style Belgian ales and lower gravity offerings. The 15-barrel brewhouse is located near COAST and Holy City and will be bottle conditioning its USDA Certified Organic brews.

•  A pair of swamp-themed breweries will be open in South Carolina in the next year or so. Swamp Cabbage, named after the local term for heart of palm (the core of the Palmetto tree), will open in Columbia, and Swamp Rabbit will open just north of Greenville, in the small town of Traveler’s Rest. Swamp Rabbit owner, Ben Pierson brings his experience from brewing at Green Man Brewing and Lexington Avenue Brewing of Asheville, N.C. Both breweries have unveiled new logos and are in the process of acquiring all the necessary equipment, licenses and permits.

•  Olde Charlestowne Brewing Co. – Charleston has yet another brewery in the works in the form of Olde Charlestowne Brewing Co. Still in its planning stages, OCBC, actually located in West Ashley, is eyeing February 2015 for its grand opening – just in time for Charleston’s premier beer festival, Brewvival.

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