The latest addition to the retail beer scene is Craft & Draft on Devine Street in Shandon, where you can buy bottles, cans or fill up from one of 12 taps. And if you’re in the mood to watch TV, play board games or sit and chat about the glorious craft beer boom our state is experiencing, Craft & Draft also has a license for on-site consumption and a fine lineup of crafts on draft.
Co-owner Andrew Johnson is ready to grow the craft beer scene in the city.
“I think Columbia has long needed this kind of shop, and Kellan and I are excited to be the ones to do it,” he says.
For those following the opening of this shop, you might remember that original plans were for a location in Rosewood. Co-owner Kellan Monroe thinks that the change of plans worked out perfectly, however.
“We couldn’t be happier with the great foot traffic, restaurants and shopping nearby,” Monroe says. “We fit the neighborhood — upscale, but not unapproachable.”
As Free Times went to press, Johnson and Monroe had already conducted a soft opening and were planning their official opening for Wednesday, July 9. Craft & Draft is located at 2706 Devine St., between Devine Foods and Salty’s Board Shop.
Brewpub to Begin Distribution
Chalk this up to a direct and positive effect of the Stone Bill on beer business in the state: Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse announced on June 30 via its chalkboard that a second brewery is being planned for 2015. This additional brewing space will enable that ESB that we love so much, as well as Hunter-Gatherer’s whole lineup, to be available throughout the state in kegs and in bottles.
Owner Kevin Varner says H-G has “everything but a location.”
River Rat Jazzes Up the Weekend
Been missing a place to enjoy some smooth jazz tunes while sipping finely crafted beer? River Rat Brewery is classing up the joint on Friday, July 11 with the Jazzman. He’ll be on hand at 5:30 p.m. to serenade you with some fine tunes on the deck at the Rat Cave; the brewery opens at 4 p.m. No doubt a few of River Rat’s newly released beers — made specifically for summer sipping — will keep the heat at bay. Slightly.
Soda With Your Suds
Charleston’s Cannonborough Beverage Company is slowly bubbling up into the Midlands, taking over taps around town with its all-natural non-alcoholic sodas. Looking to get a whole growler full? They can be found Saturday mornings at the Soda City Market, and Conquest Brewing and Morganelli’s Party Store have taps. If you’re looking for a specific flavor, call ahead or check each outlet’s social media channels to see what’s flowing.
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