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.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
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Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
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Real Estate Spotlight
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