It’s International Beer Day, Cola. Craft beer is huge in the Soda City, and we have plenty to celebrate today and everyday. In our new normal, many breweries are still open + the beer is still flowing. What does this mean for local beer enthusiasts? How can we support our local breweries?
The best way to support these breweries now is to go directly to the source, if you are feeling well, and whether you grab some to-go or relax with a cold one, local breweries need our support now more than ever. Gift certificates are also a great option to use or share later. The breweries are making the best of this situation by offering specials and releasing new beers. Make sure you check the hours before making the trip.
Here’s the updated list of what you can try this fall at each of the 11 Columbia-area breweries.
🍻 Angry Fish Brewing | Micro Brewery | 106 Fabrister Ln. Suite C, Lexington
Cheers this: Watch out for the return of White Girl Wasted Pumpkin Stout + Hatorade (a signature blue raspberry sour) – plus they are adding Marzen the Dam to the lineup, which will be available in late September to help give you those Oktoberfest vibes. If you’re feeling hungry, Angry Eatz, a stationary food truck just for Angry Fish, is now open and is serving new menu items each week.
🍻 Bierkeller | Pop-up Brewery | 921 Brookwood Dr.
Cheers this: Keep an eye out for a new bavarian style from the pop-up called Dampfbier, or steam beer. This new brew will be a dark amber color and feature a malty flavor with a hint of vanilla. Organizers are hopeful to host another pop-up event soon.
🍻 Columbia Craft | Mirco Brewery | 520 Greene St.
Cheers this: New beer delivery is on the horizon with can releases of popular pours, including DDH New England DIPA, Italian Lager, Hazy Beer is Dead (NE style IPA), Citrus All-Pro Pale Ale + Norwegian style IPA. Plus two new sour ales are in the works.
🍻 Cottontown Brew Lab | Micro Brewery | 1223 Franklin St.
Cheers this: More sours and the return of Oktoberfest are in the works. Additionally, Cottontown’s version of Black is Beautiful was released last week. Check out the Radler’s for a light and refreshing, easy drinkable beer in grapefruit + lemonade.
🍻Hazelwood Brewing Company | Mirco brewery | 711 E Main St., Lexington
Cheers this: Hazelwood just added a new Piranha Gun Peach Lemonade Sour on tap to give a try. Indo/Outdo and Charismatic Megafauna NEDIPA (New England Double India Pale Ale) are worth a shot for the hop heads. Coming to the tap soon is a Farm Beer, brewed with Hazelwood’s handpicked local hops, followed by a Maple Coffee Porter and the re-release of their popular Mexican Lager.
🍻 Hunter-Gatherer | Micro Brewery | 900 Main St. + 1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
Cheers this: Perfect timing for this beer-y good holiday, the Curtiss-Wright Hanger reopened this week.
🍻 Old Mill Brewpub | Micro Brewery | 711 E Main St., Lexington
Cheers this: Oktoberfest is coming to the Old Mill this fall. The local restaurant + brewpub has a rotating selection of IPAs and a new Amber Ale on tap.
🍻 River Rat Brewery | Regional Brewery | 1231 Shop Rd.
Cheers this: Keep an eye out for the release of a Marzen in September. You can now grab Dogs on Surfboards in a can + on draft. The taproom has reopened with new hours and a limited menu.
🍻 Steel Hands Brewing | Regional Brewery | 2350 Foreman St., Cayce
Cheers this: A brand new IPA is coming this September on draft + in six-packs. Steel Hands also recently released the Peach Iced Tea Ale + plans to brew another batch. Looking to take a nice selection home with a little something for everyone? Grab a new Variety 12-Pack, which features the Tropical IPA, Coffee Lager and Foreman Ale. Don’t forget to check your Golden Ale cans for the One Million Can Contest – think Willy Wonka but with beer. Brewers stamped 10 cans with a special message, if you find one bring it to the taproom to collect your prize.
#ProTip – To celebrate International Beer Day, today Aug. 7, guests can enjoy $4 pours from noon – 6p.m.
🍻 Swamp Cabbage | Micro Brewery | 921 Brookwood Dr.
Cheers this: This August, Swamp Cabbage is celebrating its sixth anniversary. The fall favorite Dunkelweizen (all German wheat beer) is making a comeback. Currently pouring a variety of fruity flavors tap including Millions-O-Peaches, Blueberry Ale + Blood Orange Amber.
🍻 Twisted Spur | Micro Brewery | 705 Gervais St.
Cheers this: The force is strong with these new releases. Give Baby Yoda, a kettle sour aged for two years in a chardonnay barrel with peaches, a go. If sours aren’t for your taste buds, Twisted Spur also just tapped a milkshake IPA. Coming soon – A new hazy session IPA + has a sour series in the works.
New breweries coming soon:
Let’s raise a toast to Cola’s breweries, through the good times and the unforeseen circumstances, we will support the best we can today and enjoy a brew together again soon. Cheers. 🍻