As the brewery approaches its first anniversary (which is being held Jan. 31), Brewery 85 is readying to expand its distribution footprint in the new year, as well as work toward canning some of its core brands.
Between staff turnovers and the arrival of a brewery namesake’s first child, 2014 has been a relatively slow year for the normally new release-heavy Westbrook Brewing Co. But as they have every year since their inception, the Mount Pleasant brewery is getting ready to release another anniversary beer.
With continued and expanded growth of South Carolina’s craft beer community throughout 2014 comes a renewed mission for the South Carolina Brewers Guild – formerly known as the South Carolina Brewers Association – which held its inaugural executive committee meeting in Charleston last week to begin plotting the course for SC beer’s future.
As far as Columbia beer goes, Conquest is renowned for its darker offerings, including their Harlequin spiced imperial stout and The Finisher, its 17.5% anniversary imperial stout (which returns Jan. 24). But just as popular is Brutus, a 12.6% imperial stout first released earlier this year that will return to taps beginning this week and – for the first time – in bottles as well.
Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria in Greenville has scheduled its next multilevel Biggest Little Beer Fest for Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015.
Brewery 85 is readying to tap another offering from their barrel-aging program, while at the same time sketching an outline for the program in the years to come.