We all know the pleasure of five o'clock. Whether it's after work or on the weekend, it's always a good time to gather a group of friends and head to a brewery for a pint, some nibbles, and games. This year, in the South's Best roundup of best breweries, the contenders produce the finest their craft has to offer—and more. While they represent everywhere from South Carolina to Louisiana, Mississippi to Virginia, the one thing that unites them all? Community. For some, that simply means providing a place for you to walk in, grab a drink, and feel like family. For others, this extends to the ways they get involved beyond the
taproom. Sustainability commitments, investments in the arts and education, and wildlife conservation are just a few of the initiatives they impact—all in addition to being award-winning producers of some of the best beers in the country.
Columbia, South Carolina
#11 The list of medals Columbia Craft Brewing Company has collected in such a short time is dizzying. They've earned accolades from the Great American Beer Festival, the U.S. Open Beer Championship, and the S.C. Brewers Guild, to name a few. It all reflects the passion the family-run brewery has for great beer produced in the best quality using sustainable practices. A visit to the micro-brewery and taproom promises a fresh rotation of beers on tap (and canned) and a tasty lineup of food trucks. Grab a bite, grab a beer, and head to the cozy patio.
Written by: Marissa Wu