Bites and Brews: What to Eat at Columbia SC Breweries
Tuesday, October 22, 2019 12:00 AM by Helen Dennis
These spots are whipping up more than delicious craft beers. Their creative flavor combos and local ingredients spread from the brew room to the kitchen where chefs take the reins to create tasty southern bites that often incorporate their brewers’ beer.
If you like brunch with your beer, River Rat is the spot for you. Chef Jon Cooper infuses sweet and salty brunch favorites with River Rat brews. Start your morning with a sugar buzz by ordering the chicken and waffles, which features their house-made siracha honey. Maybe brunch at a brewery doesn’t sound like the healthiest option. Don’t sweat it. River Rat kitchen is here to help you strike that perfect balance with their Salmon and Kale. The kale is slow braised in their Twisted Lemon Wheat and topped with a creamy basil avocado sauce.
Pizza and beer is a classic pair and Hunter Gatherer at the Hangar over in the Rosewood neighborhood excels in both. Their pizza pies feature a chewy, blackened crust and microgreens from City Roots just across the street. You can’t go wrong with the chicken, bacon and ranch pie. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, grab a beer peruse their selection of shareable snacks and fresh salads. Maybe a salad isn’t what you planned on eating at an outdoor brewery, but their BLT salad featuring large chunks of bacon and slow roasted tomatoes will certainly make you change your mind.
Columbia SC’s oldest brewery also boasts a hoppin’ kitchen. The restaurant maintains an actively changing specials board alongside a well-loved fixed menu. Enjoy classics like their mac-n-cheese sprinkled with crushed Gold Fish or pick a seasonal item from the large chalk board on the wall. The kitchen pulls from international culinary trends and the taps behind the bar to bring diners an unexpected culinary experience at this Main Street spot.
Once you make it out to Steel Hands in Cayce for one of their delicious brews, you’ll want to hang out all day. Fortunately, their menu of small and large plates is there to sustain your day drinking plans. The menu leans into the German-style biergarten vibe with pretzels, Steel Hands Schnitzel and a bratwurst plate. Don’t miss out on their Duck Fat Fries which come with their Black Pepper Pilsner Ketchup.
For a downtown brewery and bites experience head to the Vista to enjoy Twisted Spur. For a local favorite, order the Soda City Market Dip to share. Follow it up with the Twisted and Dipped Sandwich or the Black Bean Melt to go along with your cold one.
Learn more about Columbia SC's craft brewery scene.