It’s no secret that Cola has a large beer scene (and it’s growing as we speak). Whether you’re new to the city or have visited our local breweries many times, the options for where to grab a brew can be overwhelming.
From juicy, hazy IPAs to light lagers and tart sours, there are options for just about every taste throughout the Midlands. We’ve put together a guide with each of the Columbia-area breweries to hopefully make your decision-making a little easier. Plus, keep an eye out for our editors’ picks.
Bierkeller Columbia, Pop-up brewery Bierkeller brews exclusively German beers + you’re likely to spot the pop-up brewery at multiple locations and events around town. Keep an eye on theirFacebook page for updates on their whereabouts.
Aside from the local brews, Columbia Craft frequently hosts local food trucks and events like trivia and music bingo. The brewery is also currently undergoing an expansion project that will add additional work space + a rooftop patio. 🍺 Editor pick: Lauren’s favorite local brew is Columbia Craft’s Alien Hat — a watermelon sour ale.
Cottontown Brew Lab, 1223 Franklin St. Like the name implies, this brewery and beer garden is in the heart of the Cottontown neighborhood. With flavors like coconut birthday cake, banana-rama smoothie, and peanut butter and jelly, the atmosphere isn’t the only fun thing about this one. #ProTip — currently, only the beer garden is open so check the weather before you head over.
The Main Street location is temporarily closed. Situated in the middle of the Rosewood neighborhood in the old Curtiss-Wright hangar, Hunter-Gatherer offers local brews, handcrafted pizzas + plenty of airplane takeoff and landing views from the Jim Hamilton – LB Owens Airport.
River Rat Brewery, 1231 Shop Rd. As one of the original Columbia breweries, River Rat offers indoor, outdoor, and rooftop spaces and plenty of events(like weekly trivia). #ProTip — the smoked wings are a can’t miss menu option. 🍺 Editor pick: While Intern Hope isn’t big on brews, she loves River Rat’s frozen Moscow mule.
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Weather ○ 51º | Showers | 60%chance of rain
Cancelled ○ Better luck next year. The annual St. Pat’s in Five Points festivalhas been cancelledfor the second year in a row due to COVID-19 concerns. Although plans were announced last month to create a modified version of the event, the neighborhood associate decided against any version of the event. (Free Times)
Listen ○ Rapper and singer Post Malone released a cover to Hootie and the Blowfish’s “Only Wanna Be With You” to celebrate 25 years since Pokemon came out in Japan. Based on his tweet, Darius Rucker seemed impressed with the cover. Listen to Post Malone’s version here. (WLTX)
WaterCooler ○ Former Gamecock Football wide receiver Matrick Beltonhas been signed by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) + may make appearances on the NXT TV show on Wednesdays. Success on this show could lead to being called up to the “Raw” and “Smackdown” rosters. (The State)
UofSC ○ Tomorrow, Feb. 27, USC Dance Marathon is hosting its Main Event, which raises money for the kids at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital. The event, which begins at 10 a.m., will be a little different this year due to COVID-19 + will be livestreamed here.
Edu ○ Piney Woods Elementary, the newest elementary school in Lexington-Richland Five, received two grants to assist with recycling education + place a full purple martin nesting system at the school. The school received approx. $1,300 from DHEC + $1,000 from the Chapin Woman’s Club for the projects, respectively. (Cola Daily)
Closing ○ Dominion Energyhas plans to close the coal-burning Wateree power plant, which has been open for 51 years. Currently, it isn’t clear how many jobs could be affected by the closure. (The State)
Community ○ Earlier this week, the Town of Blythewoodvoted to hire PR firm MPA Strategies to help market and promote the town. The town’s goal is to attract more visitors and grow its economy. (Cola Daily)
Correction ○ Yesterday we shared thatFoodShare SC received a grant; however, they actually received $5.6 million in funding to help expand their programs of making healthy food options more accessible + affordable over the next five years. Read more about the local organizations plans for the funding in Monday’s newsletter.
Dish ○ DYK Pasta Fresca (4722 Forest Dr.) makes their pasta + saucesin-house daily? Spaghetti night, anyone? 🍝 Ⓟ
Deal ○ Need a new quarantine hobby, or already thinking about your next travels? Babbel is unveiling fun new ways to learn a new language in just three weeks (think: games, trivia, podcasts + more). Snag a subscription for up to 50% off. 🌎Ⓟ
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Show ○Comedy Cave| Fri., Feb. 26 | 8-10 p.m. | Main Course | $25 | Start your weekend laughing. Cover charge is paid at the door. 🤣 ○If Birds Could Fly| Fri., Feb. 26 | 6-10 p.m. | Steel Hands Brewing | Free | Live music at Steel Hands. 🎵
Saturday ○Wild About Recycling Drop-off Event| Sat., Feb. 27 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Riverbanks Zoo and Garden | Free | Get rid of unwanted clutter at home while helping the environment. Drop off at the zoo’s Greystone entrance. ♻️ ○Indoor Yard Sale| Sat., Feb. 27 | 7-11 a.m. | Crooked Creek Park | Free | Hunt for treasures to bring home with you. If you would like to be a vendor, call (803) 345-6181 to register. 🛍️ ○ Kids Night: 2 Projects + Pizza= 3.5 Hours of Fun! | Sat., Feb. 27 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | AR Workshop Lexington | $45+ | Pizza and craft time for kids ages 8-12. 🎨
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
Hotel Trundle is now offering contactless check-in registration | Photo via Kickstand Studio
Thinking about your next staycation? 🧳 Hotel Trundle is helping to make guests’ experiences safer and easier with its recently-upgraded health + safety measures.
Hotel guests now have the option for a contactless check-in registration prior to arrival, so you can get right to the getaway fun (like grabbing a welcome beverage). Plus, guests will have access to a concierge text messaging app throughout their stay to make sure every last need is met withorwithout the in-person contact. Ⓟ