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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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All of our beers are handcrafted right in our in-house brew tanks and served up fresh and unfiltered.
We usually have a wheat, pale ale, ESB and one of our seasonal beers on tap. To find out which beers are currently available, ask your server.
Deposit for growler $+4.00
Deposit for growler $+4.00
Seasonal refill prices vary
Pale Ale
Extra Special Bitter (ESB)
Black Patent Ale
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery has been brewing and serving classic ales since 1995. Starting in 2015, we will regularly feature cask-conditioned ales served from wood kilderkins made by Alastair Simms, the only master cooper in the United Kingdom. Michael Jackson, aka the "Beer Hunter", visited the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery in 1997. He wrote that the Hunter-Gatherer is "the kind of place CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) members might enjoy. The beer is the hero, rather than the brewery being an afterthought. In the U.S., And even sometimes in Britain, the latter is too often the case." Michael Jackson was the best beer writer and critic the world has known. A compliment from Michael Jackson is as meaningful
US$7 - US$18
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
American, Bar, Pub
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
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All reviews pizza sausage balls hash browns lamb salad cheesecake shrimp and grits pale ale brew pub jazz night on thursday nights decent pub food jazz musicians excellent beer eclectic atmosphere innovative food craft beer
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in this restaurant for a diner with friend during a business trip in the area. Particular menu, good beers and nice staff. Suggested

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Matteo_Barbara2014
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A unique brew-pub adjacent to the USC campus and a block from the state capital, this restaurant serves up local fare with a twist and a variety of types of food to enjoy that one seldom finds in a brew-pub. On Thursday nights, jazz is...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank scsculler
Reviewed 9 December 2018

Went with a group of colleagues to this excellent microbrewery. The X Stout was excellent. The shrimp and grits were very good. Excellent blackberry cobbler. Everybody else in the group was happy with their food and drinks. When we were finishing our meals a very...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed 9 December 2018 via mobile

Very nice big open space, old airplane hangar turned into a brewery and bar. The beer was tasty, I think they had about 7 different kinds to drink. They make pizzas there to, had the 4 cheese pizza and it was good

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Taylor V
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Diane, October 16th. 7:46PM. I was hungry after a long day of paperwork and stumbled across the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery located at approximately 900 Main St in Columbia. Diane. They have a shrimp and grits that’ll kill ya. I got to find out where these grits...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank laurenandjoe
Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

Stopped by for a birthday brew. We had 2 different brick oven pizza's and garlic hummus. Love the hanger atmosphere, we'll be back!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 855mimic
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

I got to visit this place again almost after 4-5 years. It is generally crowded. Still we got the table downstairs. Menu is written in a big black board. I would say this place is right in the middle on the pricing side. $30 bucks...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 306rajeshs
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

Lots of good reviews not a lot of choices but what we chose was tasty !!! Cheese tray 👍🏻. Burger 👍🏻👍🏻. 🍕👍🏻👍🏻 and the homemade succotash 👍🏻 but those sausage balls were 5 ⭐️

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Smothergoose
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

A friend lives nearby and thought the building/concept was interesting so we decided to give it a try and were not disappointed. There is plenty of seating and space. The beer was great and the pizza we got is some of the best that I’ve...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Ambersw324
Reviewed 6 August 2018

My favorite brew pub, of which there are a growing number in Columbia, SC. They serve good food, so you can either go for the beer or the food.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank sclerner
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Tyra R
14 July 2016|
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Response from KevinVarner | Property representative |
Sorry for the slow and partially helpful response. For us a large group is 8-12, most often we can seat 8-12 people in a reasonable amount of time. A group of more than 12 would have to find separate tables. We don't take... More
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