Now that our World Headquarters has taken up its new residence, time to explore the brewing community. First stop, Thomas Creek Brewing, one of Upstate SC's oldest breweries.
Bill Davis, General Manager, Architect and Dog Trainer (more about that later) kindly gave us a quick tour, despite the fact that we just dropped in unannounced.
First stop was at the spigots used for sampling, where he graciously let us try the Up the Creek Extreme IPA and the Red Ale.
|4 oz pours are allowed while on a tour. SC has some peculiar alcohol laws.|
Both samples were tasty and quite different. The ABV for the UTC is over 12%, tho it's so well balanced that the alcohol is very deceptive; finishes with lingering malty flavor and mild hop bitterness, despite the enormous amount of hops used (8.5 lbs per barrel!). The Red Ale was full bodied, crisp on the palate and very drinkable. I'll probably see more of this as the Summer season arrives.
|One of their contract brewing clients.|
|Monk in the Trunk is another custom brewed beer, heading for Florida|
Jim told us that the brewery is at capacity (they do a lot of contract brewing as well), so plans are in the works for expansion, including some outside fermenters.
For a complete line up of their brews, visit their website: http://www.thomascreekbeer.com/
The visit will not be complete until you see Jim sending the Official Brewery Dog, Porter, scurrying upstairs to retrieve a favorite toy.
|Porter the Brewery Dog waiting for his toy to be tossed upstairs again.|