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.
We’ve been on a series of road trips in search of breweries and #BeerWeLove in cities and towns across the Carolina’s that aren’t your traditional centers of craft beer goodness. Recently we headed out to the the City of Greenville in upstate South Carolina: just next door to the home of 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Clemson Tigers!
The D9 Brewing Company located at 11138 Treynorth Dr in Cornelius, North Carolina is no stranger to change. Founders Aaron Burton, John Ashcroft, and Andrew Durstewitz started home brewing in a garage. Needless to say, the trio quickly became neighborhood favorites for all sorts of parties and events. Fortunately for us word of their brews spread beyond the cul-de-sac leading to their launching the D9 Brewing Company in 2013.
Since opening their doors to the public, the success of D9 has been nothing short of amazing and has resulted in one relocation and another expansion. Their first upgrade occurred in 2014 when they moved to their current site just off of Old Statesville Road in Cornelius. In 2016 D9 once again started the expansion process and now occupies the entire 10,000 sq ft. office park building they settled in in 2014.
The next time you’re planning a road trip to the white sandy beaches and clear waters of the Alabama Gulf Coast, make sure to visit one of the Yellowmammer state’s newest breweries. The directions are easy. Take the highway all the way to the end and when you can’t go any further, you’ve reach the Big Beach Brewing Company in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
We stopped in to visit with Evan Komyati, General Manager of Big Beach Brewing, to chat about Gulf Shores’ newest must-see destination and how this small craft brewery has big plans to bring locals and visitors together to enjoy a pint of Alabama’s finest.