We then headed to Spartanburg, South Carolina, home of RJ Rockers Brewing Company located in a huge warehouse at 226-A West Main Street. Once we parked we had to walk around the tractor-trailer that was being loaded with cases of RJ Rockers. Evidently, this brewery is headed in the right direction! We met with Case Wood, the Sales and Marketing Director, as he was busily working on a test batch of a Russian Imperial Stout. Oh, we should have mentioned that the first person to greet us was actually their brewdog, Stout! After we were properly introduced, Case started showing us around the brewery and directed us to a line of taps for sampling. Our favorites were the Black Perle (a hearty porter-like Dark IPA), the First Snow ale (a pale ale with spices), and the Bell Ringer (their Strong Ale). The rest of the crew were busy forklifting pallets into the truck and labeling and boxing. Everyone had a hand in making sure the small crew keeps up with demand. We also met some of the "Sons of the Fermentation", a collection of folks that had a hand in getting RJ Rockers started and continue to stop by to check in. We were able to chat briefly with Mark Johnsen, the Owner and Brewmaster, as well as Henry Depew, the President. All were gracious enough to share some of their precious time to show us around and take photos. If you find yourself in Spartanburg, RJ Rockers is a destination you must plan for! On a side note expect RJ Rockers in the Athens area soon!
|Spreading the Craft Beer Gospel with l/r Robby Hayes, Mark Johnsen, Henry Depew, David Erickson and Case Wood. Oh, and Stout, of course!|