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Spartanburg, SC is home to several great breweries and distilleries. Here are just a few of the most popular.
Hub City Tap House
Hub City Tap House in Spartanburg should definitely be a stop on your local brewery tour. It is home to Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery, and has a wide variety of beers and ciders on tap. Hub City also offers appetizers, small plates and sandwiches, the meat and cheese plate being a crowd favorite.
The tap house has a comfortable atmosphere and is a great place to hang out with friends or family. It has a bar, high top tables, tables for larger groups, and picnic tables outside. You can also play corn hole either inside or outside. The beer list is very extensive, and there is truly something for everyone there. It is conveniently located across from the Chapman Cultural Center, and is a great place to visit after a trip to the Spartanburg Science Center or the Regional Museum of History.
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
RJ Rockers Brewing Company originally opened in 1997 as a brewpub. In 2002, it expanded to become a production facility. It quickly gained popularity throughout the Upstate and moved to its current location in the “Grain District” of downtown Spartanburg in 2009.
Today, Rockers boasts over 18 beers, including brown ales, IPAs, pilsners and wheat ales. Some crowd favorites are the “Son of A Peach”, which is a wheat beer brewed with local South Carolina peaches, and the Brown Eyed Squirrel, an American-style Brown Ale with hints of chocolate and caramel. RJ Rockers also has a rotating selection of seasonal brews from the summery Strawberry Bomber to the hearty First Snow Ale.
I first tried RJ Rockers last summer. I was waiting for my car to be serviced at a nearby windshield repair Spartanburg SC shop, and thought I’d stop in for a beer. The taproom was spacious and warehouse-style with a casual, comfortable atmosphere. The bartender was very friendly and knowledgeable, and helped me choose a beer. I decided on the “Son of A Peach”, and I was not disappointed. It was crisp and refreshing, and the hint of peach was delicious, but not too sweet or overpowering. It was a great experience, and I have been back several times since then. RJ Rockers Brewing Company is a must try if you’re visiting Spartanburg.
Motte & Sons Bootlegging Company
Motte & Sons is the City of Spartanburg’s first micro-distillery. It has a variety of spirits, including whiskey, brandy, both light and dark rum, vodka, and of course, moonshine. They offer tours and complimentary tastings, and their bottles are reasonably priced. If you need a little something to snack on while you drink, they also sell gourmet candy and nuts, and some truly delicious cheese straws.
Motte & Sons is a must-try if you love high quality spirits. It is a family-owned and operated business, and the staff is very friendly and knowledgeable about their products. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, with both a bar and retail area. It is a great place for group outings and their spirits make unique gifts. Its products, service and atmosphere are responsible for its many positive reviews and Motte & Sons has been called quote, “a hidden gem” of Spartanburg.
Rock Bottom Distillers
Rock Bottom Distillers is the premier destination for moonshine connoisseurs. It is the first legal moonshine distillery in Spartanburg County since prohibition, and is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Since 2012, Rock Bottom has made moonshine in small batches, using only the finest simple ingredients. They start with pure mountain spring water, and make their mashes with cracked corn and flaked barley, adding sugar and molasses to create a smooth and strong traditional moonshine. Aside from the original moonshine, Rock Bottom offers fruited moonshine and apple pie moonshine, and packages all of its spirits in Mason jars.
Rock Bottom offers free tours and tastings Monday through Saturday. While it is a small store and doesn’t look like much from the outside, the interior is surprisingly charming and well-decorated, and the owners and staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. For terrific moonshine and a fun and unique outing, check out Rock Bottom Distillers in Spartanburg.
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