Kevin Varner’s Interview on SC Public Radio’s SC Business Review
If all goes well, our next guest will soon be opening his second restaurant and brewery, this time in a building listed in the National Register of Historic Places. What is involved in building a beer garden, brewery, and bottling plant in not only a challenging structure like an 88-year-old airplane hangar, but also at a still-operating air field?
Join us on Saturday, March 25 from 11 AM – 3 PM, for First Look: Hunter-Gatherer at Owens Field. Join Kevin Varner for an early tour of the new brewery in the historic Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Owens Field. The tour is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required. 1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd. Columbia, SC.
Excerpt from The State, January 21, 2017
…After four years learning the trade, Varner came back to S.C.’scapital city and in 1995 opened Hunter-Gatherer, the popular south Main Street microbrewery and pub. There, Varner has personally brewed all of the company’s beer for the past 22 years.
But Varner wasn’t able to take his passion to the next level; brew pubs can sell only beer that is consumed on the premises. The newly renovated hangar will allow him to build a real commercial brewery.
“We’re going to distribute bottles and kegs throughout South Carolina,” he said.
The brewery will take up the entire 13,000-square-foot hangar and will include a tap room, event space, and an observation deck overlooking the commuter airport in the Rosewood neighborhood.
The brewery will feature a 527-gallon brew house – which is a cooker for the mash – a bottling and kegging line and about a dozen 10-foot-tall fermenting tanks. He can brew up to six batches of beer a day, but will likely start much smaller, he said.
Read more here: http://www.thestate.com/news/business/article128005539.html#storylink=cpy
Coming Summer 2017
On October 6, 1995 the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Alehouse opened in Columbia, and we are celebrating our twentieth anniversary with the announcement of our second brewery location, the Curtiss-Wright Hangar at Owens Field. The Hunter-Gatherer Brewery at Owens Field will feature a taproom, a 17bbl (527 gallon) brewhouse, a bottling and a kegging line, and an observation deck overlooking the airport. The Hunter-Gatherer Brewery at 900 Main Street will stay the same.