After more than a year of searching, Columbia’s Hunter-Gatherer brewpub has announced the location of its future production brewery, which is now scheduled to open mid 2016.
In 2014, Hunter-Gatherer announced it had started the process of searching for a location for a production-scale brewery in addition to its Main Street brewpub, a Columbia staple and one of the state’s craft beer stalwarts. Owner Kevin Varner had purchased a 17 BBL brewhouse and fermenters from a defunct Japanese brewery that would be used at the new facility. The brewery was originally scheduled to open in 2015, but H-G has been pretty quiet on the new facility since its initial announcement.
Monday, news broke via the Soda City Market Facebook page that the brewery had finally found its home at the Curtiss-Wright Hangar across from the City Roots farm and near Jim Hamilton–L.B. Owens Airport. Developers have been working to revitalize the hanger for years, at one point working to transform it into an event space, restaurant and museum.
The brewery, which is slated to open in May 2016, will feature a beer garden, rooftop bar and bottling line. It will be the fourth production brewery for the Columbia area, joining the nearby Conquest, River Rat and Swamp Cabbage breweries.