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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