Craft Beer Options Continue to Expand in the Upstate

Craft brewery aficionados have a lot to look forward to in 2016 as the Upstate continues to gain new, locally made, quality-crafted beer joints.

Several new breweries have either recently opened, or have announced plans to open, across the Upstate. They’ll join veterans such as Thomas Creek Brewery, Brewery 85 and Quest Brewing Company in Greenville, RJ Rockers in Spartanburg, the Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom in Travelers Rest, and Blue Ridge Brewing Company set to open soon in its new digs in Greer.

Here’s a look at a few mouth-watering options for Upstate beer fans.


BREWS on the Alley, Seneca—open

While BREWS on the Alley doesn’t make its own beer, it does provide twenty draft choices and many bottles and cans, including many that are local to the Upstate. BREWS also has a coffee and espresso bar. 

Upstate Beer Garden Restaurant & Social Haus, Spartanburg—open      

The two-level, 7,600 square-foot Upstate Beer Garden Restaurant & Social Haus has two outdoor beer gardens and private party rooms. Entertainment includes live bands, 15 HD TVs showing sporting events, food and craft beer pairing events, and “beermosa brunches” on Saturdays and Sundays. 

Carolina Bauernhaus Ales, Federal St., Anderson—open

Carolina Bauernhaus Ales offers a tasting room in a converted auto garage space in downtown Anderson. Beers are made from yeast that’s cultivated from local sources and wooden casks provide a place to barrel-age or ferment the brews.

The Growler Haus, Fountain Inn—open

The Fountain Inn location is The Growler Haus’s third location in the Upstate, with one already open in Anderson and one in Spartanburg. The Growler Haus offers multiple seasonal and tasteful craft/micro beers and beer lovers can fill a growler full of their favorite choice.

Upstate Craft Beer Co., Augusta St., Greenville—open

Located in the historic former Claussen Bakery bldg., the Upstate Craft Beer Co. not only has a brewpub with beer and food, but it also sells supplies to those wanting to brew their own concoctions at home.

Good Times Brewing, Maxwell Ave., Greenwood—open

Located next door to its sister restaurant, The Millhouse,Good Times Brewing produces specialty craft brews such as Pineapple Ale, Coffee Stouts, and a dark wheat lager called Unkel Dunkel.


Pour Taproom, downtown Greenville—opening spring 2016 

Pour Taproom Greenville will be a second location (the first is in Asheville) located in the former Miniature World of Trains space on Falls Park Drive in downtown Greenville. The pour-your-own craft brewery features a hi-tech spin on craft brew with RFID tracking bracelets that customers wear. The bracelets send a signal to the tap, allowing customers to pour their own beer and be charged to the nearest ounce.

Pour Taproom will feature 70 taps and will include some wines and ciders in addition to local and regional beers. Customers can either consume their beverages onsite or get a “crowler,” a 32-ounce, sealable can, to go.


13 Stripes Brewery, Taylors Mill, Taylors—opening spring 2016

In the planning stages for more than a year, 13 Stripes Brewery found a home at the Taylors Mill in Taylors. The brewery will be “a new, old world style brewery.”

The Casual Pint, Augusta St., Greenville—opening mid-2016       

The Casual Pint is touted as “the fastest growing craft beer franchise in the nation” and is projecting to open its first South Carolina location in mid-2016 in the Augusta Village shopping center. Two additional locations in the Upstate are planned but locations have not yet been determined. 

Each location will have a coffee shop atmosphere with more than 400 in-house beer varieties, or customers can take their brews to-go by the bottle, can, growler, keg, or pint from an ever-changing 22-tap wall and ready-to-go beer coolers. 

Loose Reed Brewing Company, Augusta St. Greenville—opening late spring/early summer 2016

Named after a part in a textile loom and for Greenville’s Reedy River, Loose Reed Brewing Co. plans to open in the former Growler Station space in Augusta St. in the West End. The brewery plans on serving up British and German ales along with American, IPA, and Belgian brews.

The Community Tap Trailside, Welborn St., Greenville—opening summer 2016

The location at The Commons will be The Community Tap’s second location in Greenville (its first is on Wade Hampton Blvd.). It will be modeled heavily on the existing Community Tap and will have a mix of retail sales and a bar component.

Birds Fly South Ale Project, Hampton Ave., Greenville—opening fall 2016

One of the more recent announcements, Birds Fly South Ale Project is planning to locate in a former cotton warehouse with a tasting room with roll-up doors, a stage for live music, and brewery space for its farmhouse-style beers.

Photo Credits: Banner, top right—13 Stripe; Middle left—Carolina Bauernhaus Ales; Bottom right—Pour Tap Room

Sherry Jackson is a Greenville-based writer covering travel, technology, real estate, business and many other topics. For examples of some of her work, visit