The ribbon cutting ceremony held at Peak Drift Brewing | Photo by COLAtoday team
Yesterday, locals gathered at 3452 North Main St. to see Peak Drift Brewing Company unveil its state-of-the-art production facility during its ribbon-cutting ceremony.The brewery’s leadership team, business leaders, and elected officials spoke about SC’s newest craft beverage company that produces high-quality, award-winning beverages.
Tastings of its inaugural beer and hard seltzers were available after the ceremony along with tours of the brewery. If you didn’t get the chance to stop by here’s what you missed and what’s coming next.
The 64,849 sqft brewery will include a ~25,000 sqft production facility. The new facility will come decked out with innovative technology like:
A state-of-the-art packaging system
Fruit processing equipment for making in-house purées
A deaerated water system will allow the brewery to make carbonated drinks
Surface tension technology will allow the brewery to produce alkaline water and natural cleaning solutions
An onsite lab for testing all products to ensure optimal quality
A membrane filtration system to produce hard seltzers and non-alcoholic craft beers
Among the new machinery, Peak Drift will be the second company in the nation to own a $4 millioncommercial high-volume digital can printer. The printer allows the brewery to print in-house graphics on cans — making them 100% recyclable — and offers digital printing to other breweries in Columbia.
The facility will be the behind-the-scenes operation of the brewery, but locals will soon be able to enjoy an entertainment complex including:
Indoor and outdoor dining
An expansive bar
A members-only gym
Click the button below to see when the brewery plans to open, follow along on a tour we took last June, and find where you can get your hands on brews today.
Members Bring a Friend Day | Thursday, Jan. 19 | 6 p.m. | 515 Main St., Columbia | Free | CMA members are invited to bring a friend to enjoy the museum with free admission.
History of Barbecue Presentation | Thursday, Jan. 19 | 6:30-8 p.m. | 231 Fox St., Lexington | $10 | This presentation will look at the origins of pit-cooked meats in the New World and trace the development of barbecue in SC from the colonial era till today, with a special focus on Lexington County.
West Columbia’s Meeting Street Artisan Market | Saturday, Jan. 21-Saturday, Dec. 23 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | Interactive Art Park, 425 Meeting St., West Columbia | Free | Browse original arts and crafts from local makers, fresh produce, and local prepared food vendors.
Our Own Work, Our Own Way: Ascendant Women Artists | Saturday, Jan. 21-Monday, Feb. 6 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Columbia Museum of Art, 1515 Main St., Columbia | Free | This exhibition brings together 41 female artists of the 20th century who had connections to the South.*
We have a calendar filled with events and activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
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Well, butter myVicious Biscuit. Abrunch restaurant specializing in fun biscuit dishes is coming soon to 3246 Forest Dr. in Forest Acres. The location used to be Pizza Joint and will likely open this fall. 🧈 (The State)
$4 million. That’s how much Market Place at Congaree Point — a new farmers market and commercial kitchen coming to Columbia — will cost. It will be located near the intersection of Bluff and Atlas roads and is expected to open in June 2026. 💰 (The Post and Courier)
Long-awaited pedestrian safety improvements are coming to Five Points. Adjustments that include new crosswalks, medians, bike lanes, and fewer vehicle lanes will happen along Harden and Devine Streets. Work is expected to begin in April. The State has more on the specifics. 🚧 (The State)
Riggs Partners will host the 25th annual CreateAthon event — a 24-hour marathon where marketing services are provided to nonprofits on a pro bono basis — on March 23-24. If interested, submit a CreateAthon application by February 10.
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Today’s issue was written by Sam.
Editor’s pick: I’m giving Hannah Wade — a local food writer for the Free Times — a shoutout. She recently wrote a piece called, “Columbia’s bartenders, chefs, and restaurant staff showcase food-related tattoos” and I really enjoyed reading it. It was an extremely creative way to cover Cola’s local food and drink scene and the stories that came from the “tattoo tours” were fascinating. Great job, Hannah! 🎉
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