Thursday, December 30, 2010

Beer Trip #2-Stop #1-Thomas Creek Brewery

The brewery
The second leg of our Holiday Beer Tour started in South Carolina as we made a circuitous route to James' hometown of Richmond, Virginia to visit family and friends. First stop on the trip was Thomas Creek Brewery located at 2054 Piedmont Highway in Greenville, SC. The brewery is located just outside of downtown in a white warehouse. We were greeted by Katie Barnes, the Sales and Marketing Director, who then introduced us to Scott Harke, Operations Manager. Scott gave us a brief description of Thomas Creek before offering samples of James' favorite, their Up the Creek DIPA, and one of their new creations for the Atypical series, a banana split stout. We then proceeded with a thorough tour of the brewery and brewing process including an overview of all the contract brewing they do. We even saw kegs for Atlanta's newest brewery, Wild Heaven, sitting on a pallet ready for shipping. Thomas Creek has big plans for expansion as their brand is growing by leaps and bounds even reaching as far as Sweden. We had a couple more samples as we chatted and met their brewdog, Porter, and waited for some homebrewers to finish buying their supplies. Thomas Creek has a large selection of homebrew supplies available for purchase right there at the brewery. We made a few purchases of our own including a bottle of the first release in the Atypical series "Conduplico Immundus Monachus, or the Dirty Monk", and we chatted briefly with Tom Davis, Owner and Brewmaster. A perfect beginning to our trip, everyone at Thomas Creek was exceptionally friendly and if you're in the Greenville area make sure to stop in and visit! 
Spreading the Craft Beer Gospel with Tom Davis and Scott Harke

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