There was a time in the Upstate when a tour of local breweries required a trip to Asheville. Now, the Upstate bonds over beer more than ever before, and we are here to back that up (because we love beer). Here is a list of just a few breweries around the Upstate that you definitely need to visit.
13 Breweries to Up Your Beer Game
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
Son of a Peach! If you have not experienced the goodness that is RJ Rockers, you are totally missing out. 21 years into the beer game, they are totally killing it. Now with their incredibly trendy (and tasty) brand new restaurant, The Silo, you can have your beer and eat it too. Because we all know that beer munchies are real. Don’t forget they are constantly hosting events and fun shenanigans (live music, trivia, etc.) in their taproom, perfect for any night of the week. For all the deets on RJ Rockers, check out their website here.
Birds Fly South Ale Project
Things are happening fast for the fine folks at Birds Fly South. Just under two years old, they have already landed on the cover of Beer Advocate and been featured in a USA Today poll of best new breweries. Enjoy their sours, saisons, and funky ales in the blossoming oasis that is Hampton Station, now a major pit stop on the newly extended Swamp Rabbit Trail. For more information about Birds Fly South Ale Project click here.
Carolina Bauernhaus Ales
Anderson, South Carolina might not be the first place you would think of when you think of craft breweries, but Carolina Bauernhaus is definitely worth the trip. Brewing farmhouse ales using local ingredients, they serve up a delicious line of Belgian style ales and tons of barrel-aged items. The brewery is cozy and inviting and is just a block off of Main Street. They even have a great outdoor area with cornhole, disc golf and more. Bauernhaus is one of the true gems of Downtown Anderson. If you love sour and seasonal farmhouse-style beers, you will love Bauernhaus. For more information about Carolina Bauernhaus Ales click here.
Ciclops Cideri & Brewery
RJ Rockers has long been Spartanburg’s only craft brewer but they now have company just up the street with Hub City Tap House/Ciclops Cideri. The establishment features 31 taps pouring local and regional brews, plus their own selections brewed in house. If you want to try out an array of local flavors under one roof in Spartanburg, this is the place to start. For more information about Ciclops Cideri & Brewery click here.
The Eighth State Brewing Company
Another Jekyll & Hyde establishment, The Eighth State Brewing Company also features their own brewery as well as a broader craft beer selection. Factor in the fact that they offer a ton of homebrew supplies and you can rent time on their brewing system, and this is a home brewer’s paradise. Located on Augusta Road, this is a great place to brew your own or kick back and enjoy a couple while someone else does all the work.
Quest Brewing Company
From hoppy Belgian ales to barrel aged coffee stouts and all flavors in between, Quest Brewing Company always keeps you on your toes. Their Ponce jalapeno cucumber saison took home a gold medal at last year’s World Beer Cup and is the perfect seasonal ale to enjoy on their lawn on a sunny spring day just a few minutes from downtown Greenville. For more information about Quest Brewing Company click here.
Thomas Creek Brewery
You cannot have a conversation about Upstate craft beer without including Thomas Creek. Now celebrating its 19th year in business, the brewery offers Upstate mainstays such as their River Falls Red and Trifecta IPA, as well as some delicious seasonal offerings and specialty brews only available in the tasting room. Specifically, their Nitro Series is one treat that you will find only at the brewery and is well worth the visit. For more information about Thomas Creek Brewery click here.
Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom
There is no better way to end a long ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail than a stop at Swamp Rabbit Brewery. An American Pale Ale or Belgian White Ale are both great choices, as is their rotating selection of seasonal offerings. This family owned and operated brewery has some real gems on tap and is the perfect place to enjoy a beer and watch the world go by on Main Street in Travelers Rest. For more information about Swamp Rabbit Brewery & Taproom click here.
13 Stripes Brewery
Not so much into the trendy beer styles? 13 Stripes Brewery is bringing back good old-fashioned beer, passed down from generations before us. Located in Taylors Mill, 13 Stripes is all about bringing the community together over good tasting hops. Rustic, industrial, all-American vibes work together to create the perfect backdrop for their space. Be sure you keep up with all of the events going down weekly at 13 Stripes. From trivia to food trucks, to yoga, you can pretty much guarantee it’s always hoppin’ (get it?) in Taylors. Check out 13 Stripes right here.
Looking for a German-style beer with Southern flair? Brewery 85 in Greenville is your new favorite brewery. With an open view of the brew tanks, you are sure to get a behind the scenes look into the brewing process every time you walk into Brewery 85. The tap room’s industrial vibes mixed with South Carolina charm make you want to stay a while. Brewery 85 is all about having a good time. Whether it’s live music, a local food truck, or an indoor farmers market, there is always something going on at the brewery. If you are in the mood to sit outside with your favorite brew, head to the brewery. Want to play cornhole with that same brew in hand? Head to Brewery 85! No matter the mood you are in, you can guarantee a good time at Brewery 85. Not to mention it is family-friendly, dog-friendly, and everything in between. For more deets on all the haps at Brewery 85, check out their website here.
New Groove Artisan Brewery
Okay, Boiling Springs, it is officially your time to shine. New Groove Artisan Brewery is putting out beers of all types – from sours, to IPAs, to classic lagers, they offer something for all taste buds. They even feature beers and ciders from various other breweries as well as wine and non-alcoholic beverages for your friends who don’t like beer. Go for the beer, stay for the homie atmosphere. If low-key is more your style, then New Groove is probably the spot for you. Find out all you need to know about the Upstate’s newest brewery here.
Fireforge Crafted Beer
As you may have already gathered, the Upstate is booming with new, unique breweries. Fireforge Crafted Beer is all about blending flavors to create a unique beer-drinking experience. Adventure and creativity are the foundations for their brew-making process. Try their Belgian-inspired IPA or their Helles Bock (another German-style beer) for unique tastes that you will not find much of on this side of the world. You are likely to find their beer is just as impressive as their slogan: Create with passion. Serve with enthusiasm. Find out more about downtown Greenville’s very own Fireforge right here.
Liability Brewing Co.
“Life is better with a little Liability.” With many different styles of beer for all tastes, Liability Brewing Co. is an Untappd user’s dream. Sip on an on-trend hazy New England style IPA or a classic German Schwarzbier in the new Westone Greenville development (off of Stone Ave). Did we mention the giant Storm Trooper graffiti inside? Find out more about Liability Brewing here.