Our Story In Six Words

Our story can be summed up pretty easily: We have a passion for beer.

Our brewery all started on a napkin; a family home brewing hobby sprouting into a desire to establish Columbia, SC as one of the country's best craft beer cities.  Single pots in the garage evolved into a customized, built-from-scratch system.  And after years of extensive research and recruitment, we finally opened our brewery doors in November 2017.

Three years and a handful of medals later, we are continuously humbled by your support and maintain an ever-growing passion for brewing great craft beer.

Committed To More Than Just Beer

Quality, sustainablity, innovation, and hospitality are our core values.  Our talented brewers strive to stay current on brewing trends and techniques to offer a broad range of exceptional cutting-edge beers, poured by a warm, friendly taproom team.

Brewery Stein

Taproom Hostess
The Fun
Taproom Bartender
The Fun
Canning Process
Canning Process

The Crew Dedicated to The Craft

Meet the Columbia Craft Brewery team, a mash-up of smart people (teachers), creative people (artists),
business people (bean counters), and award-winning brewers (of course).

Shaun  Piggott
Shaun Piggott
Head Brewer
FAV: Maelstrom
Ran  Minter
Ran Minter
Cellarman
FAV: (Lo)Cal Hazy IPA
Sarah  Miller
Sarah Miller
Production Assistant
FAV: Birra Artigianale
Melanie  Schmitz
Melanie Schmitz
Mgr./Columbia Sales
FAV: Coordinates NZ IPA and Zwickelbier
Max  Geiger
Max Geiger
Server/Bartender
FAV: Zeitgeist, Hazy Beer is Dead
Jessica  Stewart
Jessica Stewart
Server/Bartender
FAV: Lo(cal) Hazy IPA
Charlews  Green
Charles Green
Server/Bartender
FAV: Famously Hop IPA
Lindsey  Duerr
Lindsey Duerr
Server/Bartender
FAV: Hold the Cream/Let's Get Toasted
Justin  Strauss
Justin Strauss
Accounting and HR
FAV: Carolinian
Ricky  Sharp
Ricky Sharp
Server/Bartender
FAV: Doppelbock
Rachel  Hobson
Rachel Hobson
Server/Bartender
FAV: Famously Hop, Birra Artigianale
Brandon  Crawford
Brandon Crawford
Brand Mgr./Designer of Things
FAV: Zwickelbier
Richard  Strauss
Richard Strauss
Chief Inventory Officer
FAV: Famously Hop/Citrus All Pro
Andrew  Strauss
Andrew Strauss
Business Development
FAV: Birra Argentinale
Guiding Principles

BREWING - Remain true to our objective of brewing with excellence and consistency.

EDUCATION - Share knowledge as we continue to educate ourselves and our customers about the art of craft beer.

INNOVATE - Embrace new ideas yet always maintain a commitment to our brewing brand and culture.

OUR BREWERY - Provide a friendly atmosphere and excellent service for all our patrons.

PROMOTE - Serve as an active leader in order to promote Columbia as one of the best craft beer cities in America.

Sustainability Brewing

Brewing beer is one thing. Brewing it responsibly is something else. That's why we have put sustainable practices into place that include:

  • Recycling city water after using it and treating it with an in-house water filter
  • Having local farmers pick up the grain that's left over after we brew
  • Using eco-friendly can top rings
  • Using aluminum cans instead of bottles for recycling
Awards and Recognitions

Carolinian - 2020 Great American Beer Festival - Gold Medal for Golden/Blonde Ale

New Zealand IPA - 2020 US Open Beer Championship - Silver Medal for 41° 16' S 173° 17' E

Carolinian - 2019 US Open Beer Championship - Silver Medal for Golden/Blonde Ale

Citrus All Pro - 2019 US Open Beer Championship Silver Medal for Pale Ale

Carolinian - 2019 SC Brewers Guild Gold Medal Winner for Golden/Blonde Ale

One Year Anniversary Barrel Aged - 2019 SC Brewers Guild - Silver Medal Winner for Wood-and Barrel Aged Strong Beer

Citrus All Pro - 2019 World Lupulin Challenge - Silver Medal for Juicy Hazy Pale Ale

Hop to Trot - 2018 US Open Beer Championship - Gold Medal for New England/Juicy IPA

Citrus All Pro - 2018 US Open Beer Championship - Silver Medal for Pale Ale