Epic brewery map includes SC breweries old and new


Got a little extra wall space in your man cave? Pop Chart Lab has a new map of US craft brewers, and many old and new South Carolina breweries are included.

If you’re not familiar with Pop Chart Lab, the company makes insanely detailed and gigantic infographic prints on everything from cheese to sneakers to superpowers. The Magnificent Multitude of Beer clock in at 5 feet wide and highlights 500 different beers across 100 different styles and the proper glassware for each. Their Very, Very Many Varieties of Beer print currently hangs above my home bar.

That attention to detail continues in their latest print, The Bountiful Breweries of the United States of America. Measuring 5 feet by 3 feet, the print pinpoints 2,500 American craft breweries, and there’s love for many of South Carolina’s breweries and brewpubs. Stalwarts such as RJ Rockers and Thomas Creek are included, but so too are many newer breweries, including Conquest, Frothy Beard, Quest and River Dog. However, with new breweries coming online all the time, the map is already out of date.

You can see a larger version of the map here. It costs $72 for now and begins shipping January 17, but if you’re the kind of person who likes to throw a dart at a map and travel to wherever it lands, this is right up your alley.


Swamp Cabbage snags federal license


After a few months of silence, things are now flying along for Columbia’s upcoming Swamp Cabbage brewery. On Friday, they announced they’ve finally received their federal brewing license. Approval of their state and local license shouldn’t be far behind.

Additionally, Swamp Cabbage now has a Facebook page up and running, which includes a wealth of photos of their renovations and progress thus far.

A guide to Barley’s Biggest Little Beer Fest


This Sunday, January 19, marks the return of The Biggest Little Beer Fest, the annual craft beer festival hosted jointly by Barley’s and The Trappe Door in Greenville. For both returning and new attendees alike, the annual event is one of the burgeoning festivals in the Upstate, bringing together local, national and international breweries under one room (and spread out among three floors). If you’re heading to the festival this weekend and haven’t had a chance to attend before, here’s some helpful information.


The third-annual festival takes place over three levels: The lower and upper bars at Barley’s and downstairs in The Trappe Door. Barley’s will host all of the American breweries while The Trappe Door will focus on Belgian beers. One big draw of the festival is the variety of draft, bottle and cask offerings on hand, and the chance to sample beer from a number of different mediums. Both bars will be closed expect for festival attendees, so you won’t have a worry about the usual crowds. In total, there will be 40 breweries on hand and around 125 beers to sample. (Note: The only way to access Trappe Door is to exit Barley’s and walk to the entrance next door, so you’ll have to dispose of your drink however you see fit.)

Inside Barley’s, a who’s who of America’s top craft breweries will be on hand, many of whom will bring rare or exclusive beers you might not otherwise get to try. For example, Allagash will have Midnight Brett; Oskar Blues will have a version of G’Knight aged in chardonnay barrels; Jester King will bring three of its highly sought after farmhouse ales; and much more. Some of the breweries haven’t announced their drink lists yet, but expect some surprises. Down in The Trappe Door, you’ll be able to sample beers from Tilquin, N’ice, BFM, Hof Ten Dormaal, Vicaris and many more.

South Carolina beer will be well-represented also. Seven Nine of the Palmetto State’s craft breweries will be on hand: COAST, Westbrook, Quest, Freehouse, RJ Rockers, Thomas CreekRiver Dog, Brewery 85 and Holy City. Some SC breweries will be bringing well-known beers – Westbrook has Mexican Cake and Gozu, COAST has Smoked Red – but many will be tapping special offerings. Quest will have two bourbon barrel-aged beers: Kaldi Coffee Stout with blackberries and a BA version of Pecan Porter; Thomas Creek will be tapping 3 Beards, a new hoppy pale lager on track to become a spring seasonal; and RJ Rockers will have its new Hop Quake oatmeal IPA. Freehouse, which has been getting rave reviews from its Charleston base, will have Green Door IPA – a flagship – and Winter Brown Forgotten Port available. For many in the Upstate, this will be the first chance to try one of SC’s newest breweries. And Brewery 85 will preview some of their beers before opening to the public in February.

Aside from the draft and bottle options, three casks will also be on hand: Stone Ruination with peppers; Quest Ellida IPA with Pacific Jade hops; and Thomas Creek Up the Creek Extreme IPA with Granny Smith apples and cinnamon sticks. If you’re willing to shell out an additional $15 for VIP tickets, you’ll get access to six VIP-only beers, including Bell’s Black Note, Foothills 2008 Sexual Chocolate, River Dog Jack Daniels BA The Runt barleywine and more.

The festival runs from 2-6 PM on Sunday (VIPs get in an hour early). Tickets at $50 for regular admission and $65 for VIP. Having attended the inaugural festival, I can say it’s definitely one of the more unique and well-rounded beer events I’ve been to in the Upstate, and certainly worth checking out.

You can find out more information, see the full beer list and purchase tickets here.