Craft Beer Store Coming to Devine Street

Plus: Hang Out in Five Points; Celebrate Your Facial Hair

By Tug Baker
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 |
A while back in this column, I mentioned a new craft beer store in the planning stages in the Rosewood area. Owner Andrew Johnson got in touch with me this week to let me know that he and his business partner Kellan Monroe have signed a lease for the beer store — with one small change. Instead of Rosewood, the new lease is at 2706 Devine St., between Salty’s Board Shop and Devine Foods (in the old Weather’s location).

Despite the change of venue, all their plans remain in place, including having a growler station and bar in the back to give customers a chance to try the beers on their station before filling up an entire growler, and to educate their beer palate.

“We also want to create a relaxed environment and allow customers to drink while they’re browsing the store,” Johnson says.

While this is a bummer for Rosewoodians, the Devine Street area is a really walkable section of town that should be a perfect spot for a craft beer store. In fact, here are future steps for an awesome Devine Street date night. (1) Taste olive oils and vinegars at Crescent Olive. (2) Walk down to the beer store to try some beers and pick up a beer that complements your olive oil selection.

(3) Make dinner with your spoils. (4) Win date night.

No word on an opening date yet, but On Tap will let you know as soon as we hear about it.

Hang Out in Five Points


Columbia is in that sweet spot right now where for the next month, we’ll have some Goldilocks-appropriate temperatures, so any excuse to enjoy the out of doors for the next few weeks is very welcome. Luckily for us, the Five After Five weekly series starts back this Thursday and runs through May 15. Each week, different bands play in front of the fountain in Five Points, and there’s lots of family-friendly stuff like hula-hoops and sidewalk chalk alongside the good music and good drinks. In fact, this year there is a little contest every week where if you buy a beer, you are entered for a chance to win $100. That’s a pretty good return on investment, if you ask me.

Celebrate Your Facial Hair


Hey, what’s that on your lip? Is it a totally awesome mustache and/or beard? Then you should check out the Midlands Whisker Society. The local group of beardos will be gathering this Friday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at the British Bulldog Pub to discuss all things hairy.

Let us know what you think: Email food@free-times.com.

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