Fall for Local Brews this Season in Columbia SC
Friday, September 27, 2019 10:00 AM 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, dubbel up on the Moncks Corner Abbey Ale, channel Halloween with the mid-October release of Victim or skip ahead to winter with the Winter Warmer in November.
For the second year in a row, CottonTown Brew Lab is supplying a themed tap list for Deceased Farm (because 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 Scooters Bloody Crush, Hellzabeth’s Watermelon Wheat, Living Dead Coconut Stout, Reaper Rose Lager, Jacob the Farmer’s Oktoberfest and Creeper Pumpkin. Or, head to the brewery, where they’re pouring their brand new Pumpkin Spice Latte Stout, complete with coffee, pumpkin spice and vanilla flavors.
Close out summer and transition into fall with a new seasonal sour from the team at Columbia Craft. Order up the Lava Lamp, boasting a rich purple hue and loaded up with plums and blackberries, or the PSL sour. It may sound odd, but we have full faith that the Columbia Craft team has pulled off the daring brew flawlessly. Be sure to stop in to their Oktoberfest celebration on Saturday, Oct. 5th, too!
Don’t sleep on Angry Fish Brewing in Lexington, because they’re serving up all the fall feels with some seriously delicious and cozy brews. Sink into the inviting flavors of the Red O’ Morn Coffee Amber that’s brewed with Lake Murray Coffee Roasters, Moonlit Nights Black IPA, Big Gap Bourbon Pecan Honey Porter or the Beards Creek Salted Caramel Porter.
Snag a sweeping birds-eye view of fall foliage from the rooftop deck at the historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar with a crisp Oktoberfest or tangy Sour Ale in hand.
Let’s set the scene. It’s a brisk fall night and you’re sitting underneath the stars amidst atmospheric string lights and the warmth of the fire pit at Steel Hands in Cayce. Now just add in a pint of their new seasonal release, a Pecan Brown Ale, and you’ve reached peak autumn perfection.
Hazelwood Brewing Company
Give a warm welcome to Lexington’s newest brewery as the long-anticipated Hazelwood officially opens their doors Oct. 2nd. Come in now to try their New England IPA, a table beer made with hops from Hazelwood’s farm, peach cobbler sour or a mixed berry jam tart ale. Then, come back again later when they release the Chocolate Stout.
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 fall, enjoy a traditional Kolsch, Kellerbier, Rauchbier and more every Tuesday through November 19 from 5 - 9 p.m. at Riverfront Park, weather permitting. Prost!
Looking for more Columbia SC travel inspo? Check out our Instagram.