Carolina Bauernhaus, SC’s first farmhouse brewery, coming to Anderson


What will become the Palmetto State’s first farmhouse brewery is looking to open in the Upstate later this year.

Carolina Bauernhaus – “bauernhaus” is German for farmhouse – is reportedly on track to open in Anderson in the fall of 2014. The brewery is planning to open a taproom and pilot system in downtown Anderson (exactly where, they’re not sure yet) while maintaining the production brewery on an operational farmhouse outside of the city.

The lineup of announced beers include Rye Farmhouse IPA, a 7.2% IPA brewed with Cascade, Columbus and Brett; Sour Red Ale, a traditional 7.2% Flanders red; the 5.2% Hoppy Saison; and Galaxy White, a 100% Brett-fermented wheat ale clocking in at 6%.

Tuesday evening, the brewery posted more details on its Facebook page. The brewery is the brainchild of Keston Helfrich and David Thornton, a research associate at Clemson, who wanted to start a farmhouse brewery that grows everything on site and reuses the waste after brewing (spent grain, etc.). With the help of their friend Brad Thomas, the trio is eyeing an opening later this year. Helfrich will be pouring homebrewed samples of the beer at Saturday’s  Stay Calm and Save the Day event in Anderson.

“I’m totally overwhelmed by the reaction we’re getting,” a representative from the brewery told me last night. Expect to see more developments in the near future.


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