Columbia’s Cottontown neighborhood gains brewery this summer

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The Cottontown neighborhood in Columbia, a small historic region off North Main Street, is slated to be the home of one of the city’s newest breweries later this year.

The North Main region of Columbia has seen a good bit of growth in recent years with the opening of the Vino Garage beer and wine store, NoMa Flats apartments and most recently the War Mouth restaurant. And hopefully by summertime, Cotton Town Brew Lab will be up and running.

Located at 1223 Franklin St. – conveniently right next to War Mouth (and more conveniently, within a mile of my house) – Cotton Town Brew Lab sell itself as an experimental brewery geared toward creating twists and tweaks on classic recipes. The 15 BBL brewhouse will be located in a 12,000-square-foot facility that will share space with Indah Coffee, which will run its roaster and a coffee shop in the building.

“I want to fill the voids in South Carolina as far as what I see for beer styles,” brewmaster and co-owner Matt Rodgers told the Columbia Free Times. “We also plan to use other local businesses because the name Cotton Town also implies the farm-to-field aspect of what we’re doing. We’re hitting up local farmers for fruits, spices, pumpkins … and anything we can grow ourselves is coming from out of the hop farm.”

Rodgers’ is well-known in the Columbia and Lexington craft beer communities as the brewmaster at Lexington’s Old Mill Brewpub and owner of the adjacent Hopyard Brew Supply shop, as well as the purveyor of Hazelwood Hop Farm.

An opening date hasn’t been set yet, but the owners were scheduled to close on the building this month with a tentative window for production sometime this summer. The brewers will preview some of their potential offerings at the second-annual Cream of the Crop beer festival on Saturday, March 26.

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