South Carolina has taken an interest in craft beer. Since 2013 when the Pint Law was passed, the state has grown from under 10 breweries to nearly 60. Presently, the craft beer industry is a $655M industry statewide and directly responsible for about 5,000 jobs. South Carolina breweries annually produce slightly over 101,000 barrels (about 3.1 million gallons) of beer with much of that production deriving from Upstate breweries. The Greenville craft market has thrived in recent years, now boasting At this moment, the Upstate is home to ten breweries/brewpubs with many more in planning, along with dozens of bottle shops and growler fill stations.
Founded by beer enthusiasts Brook Bristow and Vance Arthurs, Greenville Craft Beer Week was started to educate, but also to embrace the Upstate's enthusiasm over craft beer, with a focus on local and regionally based breweries. Our 2014 inaugural year consisted of 20+ beer-centric events hosted at breweries, restaurants, home brew shops, and bottle shops. The seven days included beer dinners, a home brewing competition, food pairings, new beer releases, etc., and the week capped off with The Community Tap Beer Festival featuring over 40 breweries, many of which were based in South Carolina. Now in our 5th year, the growth of the craft beer scene in Greenville since that time has been nothing sort of massive. We continue to be excited with how the week has grown, and can't wait to see where the Greenville craft beer scene heads next!
As we look forward to Greenville Craft Beer Week 2018 (April 14-21), our goal is to expand the type of events offered and include surrounding areas in the week's events. Keep checking back as we update our events and sponsors lists. We can't wait to see you out at one of the events!