Brewery 85 ~ Greenville, SC
Since South Carolina loosened up the rules for Breweries in the Palmetto State, Greenville, in the Upstate area has witnessed a renaissance in craft beer. We took a road trip along I-85 to checkout the areas craft beer scene and get a little taste of what’s to come.
Founded in 2014, Brewery 85 is a craft Microbrewery in Greenville that specializes in what they call “Marrying Southern culture with Craft Beer Spirit.”
We made our trek to the Brewery 85 taproom / brewery at 6 Whitlee just one week after the Clemson Tigers upset the Alabama Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff National Championship. We should have known that the folks in Greenville, located just 45-minutes from Clemson University, would still be celebrating. The whole town was in party mode and parking was a challenge.
Fortunately, we found a spot to drop the car just a 100-yards or so from the brewery. It was just after 2PM on a Saturday and there was already a line at the food truck out and to the bar inside. The whole joint bled blue and orange, so anybody wearing something else stuck out like a sore thumb, including yours truly.
The good news is, the folks at Brewery 85 know how to handle a crowd and we were up at the bar in less than 5-minutes. Because of how busy they were we weren’t allowing to get a flight or even a tab, but that didn’t matter all that much seeing that we had had time to research the brews on tap, so there was little need to rap with the staff about taste and ABV. We had also tried several of their brews, including the GVL IPA, in Fort Mill, SC, so we decided to focus on the varieties we hadn’t seen previously.
I tried the Quittin’ Time Helles Bock which poured yellow and tasted Sweet. Beth went for the Yeoman’s American Brown Ale which had a nice earthly falvour. All the Beers we ultimately tried were fantastic and the German influence is immediately apparent. The Mason Jars they use to serve up your brew of choice adds a nice southern touch.
The Brewery 85 taproom is quite small, but after meandering through the brewery they have a huge concrete patio out back that is perfect for your four-legged friends and live music: Both of which were in abundance when we checked-in.
Now if you’re looking for food, Brewery 85 does not have a kitchen, but local food trucks are frequently on hand if you need a bite.
Between the live music out back, food truck in front, and the full taproom in between, everybody seemed to be having a great time. I know we did!
Next time you’re in Greenville, make sure to stop by Brewery 85 or look for them in can or draft throughout South Carolina. They make a great beer and we look forward to watching them grow.