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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.

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Big Beach Brewing Co. ~ Gulf Shores, Alabama

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.

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Abide Brewing Company ~ Newnan, Georgia

The Abide Brewing Company in Newnan, Georgia is the very definition of the word small. In fact, Abide is the smallest Nano Brewery in Georgia and opens only a few days a month for tours and sampling.

Started by local home brewers Matthew Kapusta, Evan Scanlan, and Philip Leonard, Abide brewing is focused on Ales and other comfort beers that will appeal to mainstream beer aficionados.  Their year ’round offerings are all ales with ABVs ranging from 5.2% to 6%, including the Local Pale Ale, Coweta Common Ale, Brown’s Mill Brown Ale, and Asian Persuasion Ale.  Several rotating seasonal beers of various varieties are available periodically.

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Roadside Buzz ~ World’s Smallest Police Station ~ Ridgeway, SC

It’s the World’s Smallest Police Station…or at least it used to be. We stopped in at the town of Ridgeway, South Carolina just off of US 21 to visit a police station that is little bigger than a bathroom stall.

The station first opened its doors in 1940 and was last used for law enforcement purposes in 1990. Today it serves as a visitor kiosk, but still proudly displays a sign recognizing its significance as a micro office for police. Just beside the old station is the new police station which opened its doors in 1990. While the new station is larger (about 2x as large as its predecessor), it too is a testament to tiny work spaces.

Old Ridgeway Police Station: 160 N. Palmer St., Ridgeway, SC