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.
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.