UPDATE: Both locations will be CLOSED tomorrow (SATURDAY, 9/15) due to tropical storm Florence. Take care, stay safe & we hope to see you soon!
Free Times | by Tug Baker Jul 24, 2018
As Columbia’s longest running brewpub and now full-on brewery, Hunter-Gatherer probably makes the most well-known beer in Columbia — and Hunter-Gatherer’s ESB would be near the top of any list of beers synonymous with the city. Well, now you will be able to get that local flavor in other locations besides H-G’s brewpub or the Hangar brewery.
“We are finally able to produce consistent beer on schedule,” says Kevin Varner, H-G’s owner and head brewer — which was one of the big reasons for the move to open the secondary production facility brewery. “We are going to start selling beer in Columbia in four or five weeks.”
Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits will be doing H-G’s distribution, and you may see the beer pop up a couple places before the month is out. (Craft and Draft had some on recently.) The initial round of distributed beers hasn’t been nailed down yet, but Varner says it will likely include the ESB, Gold and a session IPA. HG also just put a brand-new beer on at the hangar location — a Fest Beer lager.
from Discover South Carolina
By: Bob Gillespie
Ask any craft brewer, in South Carolina or elsewhere, and they’ll tell you what they do is usually a labor of love.
In the case of Kevin Varner, owner of Hunter-Gatherer, Columbia’s original brew pub, the “labor” part seemed to dominate his life as he worked through much of 2017 to expand from his two-decade-old location to a full-scale brewery.
The new facility – located in Columbia’s historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Jim Hamilton-L.B. Owens Airport – was scheduled to open the previous fall, but delays in both brewing and jumping through governmental hoops for breweries pushed the debut date back to Jan. 19, 2018.
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Eva Moore in the Free Times
In a move that fits right in the middle of the Venn diagram of Free Times‘ various interests, Alex Strickland has taken over as head chef at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House.
For the previous six years, Strickland worked at Terra under Chef Mike Davis.
The hiring of Strickland, with his fine dining chops, indicates that despite having just opened a new production brewery, Hunter-Gatherer owner Kevin Varner still has big aspirations for his original brewpub. The H-G has been serving up higher-end pub food and nightly specials to go with its brewed-on-site English-style ales near the University of South Carolina for 22 years.
Strickland says he wants to bring his chops to bear at H-G.
“My goal is to elevate the already stellar menu and get us in the forefront of Columbia diners’ minds as a go-to location for great, local, ingredient-driven food with masterful technique without pretension,” he told Free Times. Read more…