Best Breweries in Greenville

The Upstate's best breweries: local brews flow strong

It was not all that long ago when you could count all of the breweries in the Upstate on one hand and still have plenty of fingers left over. Thankfully, the nationwide craft beer craze has come to town and we now have more than enough options to choose from. Whether you want a classic IPA or lager from Pangaea Brewing Company, something sour and funky from Birds Fly South Ale Project, or a unique twist on any number of traditional styles from Fireforge Crafted Beer, the Upstate brewing community has you covered.

It is important to note that while the breweries on this list each have a number next to their name, how you rank them is entirely up to you. Each brewery emphasizes a particular style or flavor profile and puts their own signature touch on their lineup of brews. What styles you prefer are entirely up to you and this list could be arranged 3,628,800 ways and it would not be incorrect. Also, yes, I used a permutation calculator to determine how many different ways you can arrange a 10Best list.

I hope you enjoy our 10Best list of the Upstate’s best breweries. Cheers!


Double Stamp Brewery

Double Stamp Brewery is many things. First and foremost, it is a solid contributor to the local craft beer scene with a great lineup of brews to choose from. Second, it shares a parking lot with Home Team BBQ and a new zip line adventure park, making this a fantastic oasis to enjoy on Laurens Road just minutes from Downtown Greenville. Finally, it is the Upstate's first 1990's themed brewery complete with all of the pop culture references you could ever imagine. Everything from the décor to the beer names themselves are infused with '90's flair for a truly unique brewery experience.

Recommended for Breweries because: The newest addition to the local beer scene, Double Stamp may not have the biggest draft list but every brew available is delicious.

Brett's expert tip: If you don't remember or were not around for the 1990s, bring someone who was that can help explain your surroundings.

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Thomas Creek Brewery

When it comes to experience, look no further than Thomas Creek who has been serving up local craft beer since before we even called it craft beer. Their bottles and drafts are widely available in restaurants and grocery store shelves across the Upstate (and beyond) but don't let that stop you from visiting the brewery in person. There you will find their latest and small-batch brews that you cannot get anywhere else and it is always a rewarding experience. Not a bunch to rest on the laurels of past success, they are always brewing something new and different that you need to visit the tasting room try out.

Recommended for Breweries because: Thomas Creek is the oldest and most widely distributed brewery in the Upstate.

Brett's expert tip: The tasting room serves up some really innovative brews that you will not find in bottles or cans at your local grocery store or taproom.

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Tetrad Brewing Company is one of the coziest breweries in town, nestled just off of Stone Ave underneath Half-Moon Outfitters. The three-barrel brewing system is perfect for creative small batch production and a wide offering of brews. Tetrad sells their own beer as well as guest breweries and wine just to make your decision a tough one with every visit. Weekly trivia nights and live music add all the more reason to stop in and enjoy a great neighborhood brewery less than a mile from North Main St. and a stone's throw from the new Harris Teeter development just on the edge of Downtown Greenville.

Recommended for Breweries because: Tetrad is a hidden gem just off of Stone Ave behind the new Half Moon Outfitters location.

Brett's expert tip: Popcorn is free but just ask your bartender for a bowl instead of helping yourself to the popcorn machine.

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Liability Brewing Co.

Liability Brewing serves up a solid lineup of brews just outside of Downtown Greenville on Stone Avenue. Their nine taps offer a little something for everybody and are always pouring out something fresh, new, and tasty. The space includes indoor and outdoor seating and some great neighbors that make sure a bite to eat is never more than a few steps away. Moe's Original Bar B Que is right next door and World Piece is serving up pizza just two doors down. You can even grab a pick-me-up from Coffee on Stone right there in the same plaza for a complete craft beer, food, and beverage experience.

Recommended for Breweries because: Liability offers a solid lineup of brews in an inviting space with multiple food options right on site.

Brett's expert tip: Parking looks worse than it is. The lot under development next door makes for a great satellite parking spot when the main lot is full.

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Whether you get there by car, bicycle, or running shoe, no trip to Travelers Rest is complete without a visit to Swamp Rabbit Brewery. Located just a stone's throw from the Swamp Rabbit Trail, this is the quintessential trailside watering hole to start, finish, or break from your weekend adventures. The small town brewery has taken home hardware from both the Great American Craft Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, all for good reason. They deliver classic German, Belgian, and American style ales in a community setting where you will be hard-pressed to leave after just one pint. There are a lot of reasons to visit Travelers Rest but Swamp Rabbit Brewery stands alone at the top of that list.

Recommended for Breweries because: This is the original, official brewery of the Swamp Rabbit Trail and a true gem of Travelers Rest.

Brett's expert tip: Pay attention to the No Parking signs in the neighboring lot. They really mean it and there's plenty of other safe parking nearby.

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Carolina Bauernhaus

When I first heard that a brewery specializing in farmhouse and sour ales was opening up in Downtown Anderson, I was the first to tell you that they were at least a few years early to that market. Shame on me as the brewery is cranking out some truly remarkable beer and integrating themselves quite nicely in the little downtown just south of Greenville. The brewery took home a prestigious Great American Craft Beer Festival gold medal in the Experimental Beer Category in 2017 and continues to crank out unique brews with a focus on locally sourced yeast, fruit, and any other ingredients they can work into the mix. They are also right around the corner from Summa Joe's, one of the best eateries in the Upstate – making a trip to Anderson more than worth your while.

Recommended for Breweries because: A brewery specializing in farmhouse and sour ales in Anderson sounds crazy but the quality of the product makes it a spot you cannot ignore.

Brett's expert tip: Grab a beer at the Bauernhaus and walk around the corner to Summa Joe's for a complete experience of Downtown Anderson.

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Pangaea Brewing Co.

When Pangaea Brewing Company opened up in The Commons recently, it instantly became one of the best brewery destinations in the Upstate. Located in the same building as The Commons, Southernside Brewing is just across the Reedy River, the Swamp Rabbit Trail runs just outside its back door, and neighboring Unity Park is fast approaching, making this a great part of town to spend a Saturday. For Pangaea's part, they boast a solid offering of ales, lagers, and sour brews, none of which have ever disappointed. Couple that with guest taps featuring wine, cider, and kombucha and there really is something for everyone at Pangaea. Just to top it all off, the fare coming out of the brewery's kitchen and the brick oven is top-notch and worth the visit alone.

Recommended for Breweries because: Pangaea Brewing Company is one of the best new additions to the local brewing scene in some time.

Brett's expert tip: There is a lot of construction in the neighborhood so pay attention to detours or road closings on your approach.

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Fireforge Crafted Beer
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For all that Downtown Greenville has to offer, it inexplicably lacked a brewery until very recently. Brian and Nicole Cendrowski were on a mission to change that and, after a long search for the perfect fit, opened up Fireforge Crafted Beer just steps off of Main St. in Downtown Greenville. In addition to the quality of the brews, they might own the title of best-named beers in town with gems such as their Metrosexual Chocolate Stout, John Hopcock New England IPA, and the Rhombus Belgian-style Quad (because Quad, get it?). No matter what style he brews, Cendrowski is a master, putting his own twist on as wide an array of influences as you will find anywhere in town. Having access to 100+ dining options so close by makes this a place you cannot miss on your next trip Downtown.

Recommended for Breweries because: Brian and Nicole Cendrowski deliver an incredible product just steps off of Main St. in Downtown Greenville.

Brett's expert tip: The parking lot next door has a bunch of ominous "you will be towed signs" but if you read the fine print, you can park there after 5 pm (just get it out of there before 8 am if you need to Uber home).

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Eighth State Brewing Co.

The brewery was formerly known as Upstate Craft Beer recently reinvented itself with a more esoteric mindset and approach to the traditional brewery model. The brewery serves up a delicious line of their own craft beers along with cans, bottles, and drafts of other local, regional, and nationally distributed brands. This is combined with a display of local art that serves up an art gallery sort of ambiance and a strong commitment to live music every weekend. It all comes together for a truly unique brewery experience in the historic Claussen's Bakery building just outside of Downtown Greenville on Augusta St.

Recommended for Breweries because: Eighth State combines a great beer selection with a commitment to local art and talent for a unique brewery experience.

Brett's expert tip: Pay close attention to the concert calendar as the brewery has the weekends booked full of local and national talent from now until the end of time. Their Spring Flight Music Festival is an especially great day of music you will not want to miss. (Please note: Due to COVID-19 this information might have changed, please visit their website for the most up-to-date information).

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Birds Fly South Ale Project
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Hampton Station is an oasis just outside of Downtown Greenville and Birds Fly South Ale Project is the watering hole at the front and center of it. With an emphasis on sour and farmhouse ales and saisons, the brews are as innovative as you will find at any brewery in town. The tasting room is warm and inviting and the outside green space is a true gem when the weather calls for enjoying a tasty beverage out in the sun with the family. If you are out on a ride on the Swamp Rabbit Trail, check out the new Orange Line extension which gives you no excuse not to stop in for a beer as part of your adventure.

Recommended for Breweries because: Birds Fly South Ale Project is arguably the most innovative brewery in the Upstate with a focus on sour and farmhouse ales.

Brett's expert tip: You don't have to confine yourself to the brewery, no matter how big it is. White Duck Taco is right next door, as is Craft Axe Throwing. Yes, you can drink beer and throw axes.

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Brett Barest is a freelance writer in Greenville, South Carolina that has watched the city grow from cow pastures and boarded up buildings to the tourist destination it has become today. He...  More About Brett