Fall for Local Brews this Season in Columbia SC
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 3:00 PM by Dayna Cantelmi
Don’t you just love fall? The sights, the smells, the crisp air. And don’t even get us started on the colors – reds, browns, ambers and berry hues. All found out in nature…. and in our favorite seasonal beers. Quench your thirst for all things autumnal with our roundup of some local brews you can find on tap in the coming months.
With South Carolina Gamecock football in full swing, as well as the return of the South Carolina State Fair in October, there’s plenty of reasons to be near Williams-Brice Stadium this season. And with River Rat Brewery a mere hop, skip and a jump away, you have no excuse not to pop in for a pint. Cozy up with a Honey Biscuit Ale, knock back a Helles Bock, get in the German spirit with an Oktoberfest or plan ahead for the October 17th release of Victim – a smoky chocolate rye ale just in time for Halloween.
Cottontown Brew Lab is the newest brewery to open in Columbia SC + has already made a name for itself in the community, having been brewing and releasing beers around town for the past year. Check out their space this fall and settle in with an Indah Coffee Stout. Oh, and did we mention that you can also enjoy a full lineup of their specialty Halloween-themed beers at Deceased Farm this year? Facing your fears gets a little easier when there’s the promise of an ice-cold beer waiting at the end. You’ll be screaming over the Cottontown Carolina Creeper Pumpkin Ale, Hellzabeth Blonde, Scooters Bloody Crush, Jacob the Farmer Cherry Wheat Ale, Axe Attack Amber, Living Dead Porter and Scared Witless Witbier.
Close out summer and transition into fall with a couple new sours from the team at Columbia Craft. These will feature some rare and unique berries (we see you, boysenberry) and will have you living the best of both seasons. Or, stop in to their Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, Sept. 29th for the release of their new Festbier, Doppelbock and Pilsner.
Although they’ve only been open for a few months, Angry Fish Brewing in Lexington is definitely not lacking in options. Sink into the rich flavors of a yet-to-be-named pumpkin stout, Bomb Island Imperial Stout and 2 Drunk Guys Amber Ale. Take your time and sip on the Angry Fisherman Barley Wine. And stop in to see what special, seasonal sours and variations of the American Wheat they’ll be serving up.
Bonus: Bierkeller Happy Hours at Riverfront Park
Bierkeller is a brewery unlike all the rest in Columbia SC in that they exclusively brew German-style beers and specialize in pop-up beer gardens and events. This year, you can enjoy a Kolsch, Kellerbier, Festbier or, later on in the season, a Rauchbier, every Tuesday through November from 5 – 9 p.m. and some Saturdays (beginning Oct. 20 – Dec. 22) at Riverfront Park, weather permitting. Prost!
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