Breweries of the Midlands
Expertly crafted, locally owned, and unique every time. Every brewery has their own selection and their own story. Experience each of the seasons with these local breweries and their ever-changing beer selection. Please visit their websites to be sure of changing hours during this dang COVID-19 ordeal.
Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company –
921 Brookwood Drive, Columbia, SC, 29201
Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company prides itself on being a place to hang out and enjoy a family-owned brewery. Many events, pet friendly spaces, and tours of the brewing process make it more than just a brewery. To-go orders and Tap Room with indoor and outdoor seating available. Delightful brewers work the taproom themselves and make everyone feel welcome.
Steel Hands Brewing – 2350 Foreman St, Cayce, SC 29033 Inspired by early American craftsmanship and hard-working industrial factories, Steel Hands Brewing sits across the street from CMC Steel, one of the largest rebar manufacturing plants in the country. Taproom open indoor and outdoor, Thursday to Saturday. Additionally, Tuesday and Wednesday are open for “Pints on the Patio” and to-go orders. Food items are on a limited menu and cash is not being accepted at this time. Closed Mondays.
Hours: Tuesday & Wed Noon-7pm
Thursday 4pm-10pm; Friday Noon-11pm Saturday Noon-11pm; Sunday 10am-8pm
River Rat Brewery – 1231 Shop Road, Columbia, SC 29201 River Rat Brewery was named after the workers who lived along the Saluda, Broad, and Congaree Rivers as Columbia industrialized. To offer something for everyone, the first level of River Rat Brewery is family and dog friendly, with a more exclusive 18+ rooftop lounge for everyone else. Limited food menu and outdoor seating only at the moment. Closed Mon-Tues.
Hours: Wednesday 4pm-9pm Thursday 4pm-10pm; Friday Noon-10pm
Saturday Noon-10pm; Sunday Noon-8pm
Columbia Craft – 520 Greene Street, Columbia SC 29201
Columbia Craft was built on the drive to simply raise the bar of craft brewing in Columbia. They offer a competitively engineered selection of brews that they say is here to innovate, educate, and improve the relationship breweries have in representing Columbia’s community. To-go orders and Tap Room available with limited seating. Closed Sundays.
Angry Fish Brewing Co – 106 Fabrister Lane, Suite C, Lexington, SC 29072
Angry Fish Brewing gets its odd name from a red-eyed catfish that escaped from one of the brewers’ fishing boats once. Dogs are welcome inside and out. People too. To-go orders and Taproom available with limited seating. Customers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and hang out outside. Closed Mon-Tues.
Hours:Wednesday-Thursday 6pm-10pm Friday 6pm-11pm Saturday 12pm-11pm Sunday 1pm-7pm
Hazelwood Brewing Company – 711 East Main Street Suite OS2, Lexington, SC 29072
Hazelwood Brewing Company borrows its name from Hazelwood Farm, owned and operated by the same family. Using his farm, Owner Matt Rogers grows many ingredients himself and sources the rest from local SC farms before brewing. Built in the renovated boiler room of Lexington’s Old Mill, this brewery has incredible amounts of southern charm. To-go orders and outdoor Taproom available. Closed Mon-Tues.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday 1pm-9pm
Bierkeller Columbia – 921 Brookwood drive, Columbia, South Carolina Named after the German equivalent of a Beer Garden, Bierkeller sells traditional German beers sold in traditional German ways. Founder Scott Burgess makes every attempt for this brewery to be authentically German. The recipes and brewing techniques that he brought back to SC after spending ten years in Bamberg, Germany inspire an entirely new kind of drinking experience. Seasonal pop-up locations around Columbia to encourage outdoor community enjoyment. Check their facebook page for events and locations throughout the year, but they’ll also be selling their brews at Swamp Cabbage Brewery via drive-thru every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.
Cottontown Brew Lab – 1223 Franklin St., Columbia, SC 29201 Cottontown Brew Lab is named after one of Columbia’s first residential communities, Cottontown, that is preserved just a few blocks away. Even more peculiar than their name is their logo: a red streetcar. A little known fact about Cottontown iss that it was once home to one of the first electric streetcars in the U.S., connecting the area to the State House and the Congaree River. That history of innovation works its way into how Cottontown Brew Lab makes their brews. Online To-Go orders and Beer Garden available. Closed Sunday & Monday.
Hours:Tuesday-Friday 4pm-7pm Saturday 1pm-4pm
Old Mill Brewpub – 711 East Main St, Lexington, SC, 29072 Old Mill Brewpub is the heart of Lexington’s Old Mill location. Sip a fresh brew inside their very cool red brick renovated old mill building or sit on the spacious covered deck. Pair it with any one of their classic meals or award-winning chef’s daily specials. .
Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-9pm
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Alehouse – 900 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery was started by Kevin Varner in 1995, after he learned how to brew in one of the oldest microbreweries in the country, Hales Brewery. That respect for tradition and self-starting is still at the heart of his business 25 years later. He still makes and tastes every batch. Even their second location has a respect for tradition, being renovated from the historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar. They’re temporarily closed due to current events and reopening as soon as they can.
Hours: Monday-Thursday 4pm-10pm Friday-Saturday 4pm-11pm
Aiken Brewing Company – 140 Laurens St. SW, Aiken, SC 29801
Aiken Brewing Company is the perfect place to show up on any day and be surprised. New brews weekly. Live music. Fun events like trivia and karaoke nights. There are plenty of reasons to keep coming back, even before mentioning the great menu. They have reopened with a limited menu at the moment, but there will surely still be something to pair with your new favorite brew of the week. Closed Sundays.
Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-11pm Saturday Noon-11pm
Savage Craft Ale Works – 430 Center Street, West Columbia, SC
Still under construction, Savage Craft Ale Works will include taproom, rooftop bar and outdoor stage. Plans are to open in late 2020. savagecraftaleworks.com/
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant – will feature Iron Hill’s signature on-site brewing facility, with seating for approximately 250, which includes a bar area, dining room, and outdoor dining space. To be located in the BullStreet District and should open in Summer 2021
Yet to Be Named – 3400 N Main St, Columbia, SC 29203 The new brewery and entertainment hub is planned for the old Stone Manufacturing plant. The plans include 60,000 square feet of developed space. Opening in late 2021