It’s no secret Greenville has a great craft beer scene. We were even named one of the “20 Best Beer Towns” by TravelMag. In honor of #DrinkUpGreenville week, we’re talking with a mover + shaker in the craft beer community, Nate Tomforde.
Photo via Pitch Perfect Prod., Graphic by 6AM City
Nate — the owner of Southernside Brewing Co. and Double Stamp Brewery + thefounder of Crafted Community Concepts, Greenville’s first local brewery group (think: restaurant group, but for beer) — is a businessman who loves craft beer.
He joined us to answer nine questions about his past, how it got him to his present + a peek at his future (including a new brewery announcement).
How did you get to where you are today?
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had the drive to create businesses, unique concepts and services. I founded the self-serve beer concept Pour Taproom in 2014 and went on to open more than a dozen craft beer taprooms, breweries, and restaurants since then. I currently own Chucktown Brewery in Charleston and Double Stamp Brewery + Southernside Brewing Co. in Greenville, with a few more future projects in the work as well.
You mention future projects — any details you can share? I am excited to announce I have plans to open a new brewery, bar, and restaurant concept in the heart of the BridgeWay Station development in Mauldin. BridgeWay Brewing Co. will be a 6,000+ square foot restaurant + bar with four duckpin bowling lanes and a full brewery on-site.
We hope to open our doors in Spring 2023. One of the things I’m most excited about is that the Prisma Health Swamp Rabbit Trail will eventually extend to BridgeWay, and once it does, all three of my Upstate breweries will be connected by the trail. I can’t think of a better way to be embedded in the community.
Click the button on the left to read all about BridgeWay Brewing + click the button on the right for seven more questions with Nate.
Piedmont Natural Gas Downtown Alive | Thurs., July 28 | 5:30-8:30 p.m. | NOMA Square, 220 N. Main St. | Free entry | Soak up the bluegrass vibes with the Reedy River String Band, paired with bites from the One Eyed Donkey food truck.
Drag Queen Bingo | Thurs., July 28 | 7-10 p.m. | WXYZ Bar in Aloft Greenville Downtown Hotel, 5 N. Laurens St. | Free entry | Hosted by Queen Versage and benefitting Upstate Pride SC, this monthly event is features bingo, signature cocktails, prizes + fun.
Beachin’ Fridays | Fri., July 29 | 7-10 p.m. | Mauldin Cultural Center, 101 East Butler Rd., Mauldin | Free entry | Shag dance your way to the last Beachin’ Friday of the summer with music by The Catalinas + end the night with fireworks. 🏖
Signing Starbucks | Fri., July 29 | 5-10 p.m. | 2405 Laurens Rd. | Free entry | Come out for a night of coffee and catching up for users of American Sign Language. ☕️
TD Saturday Market | Sat., July 30 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Main Street | Free entry | Stock up on fresh produce, locally-made goods + more at this downtown GVL farmers market. 🌱
Yoga Rocks | Sat., July 30 | 9 a.m. | Gather GVL, 126 Augusta St. | $12 | Get fit with Greenville Roller Derby at this workout combining yoga with energetic music + uncensored lyrics, benefitting PrideLink. 🧘♀️
Haiku Death Match | Sun., July 31 | 7:30-9 p.m. | Coffee Underground, 1 E. Coffee St. | $10 | Poets, bring your haikus to compete in the annual Haiku Death Match where the winner will receive $200.
Harry Potter Birthday Bash | Sun., July 31 | 5-7 p.m. | Wine & Design, 1175 Woods Crossing Rd., Ste. 1B | $37 | Expecto to have fun in this paint your patronus class + play Harry Potter trivia in honor of the beloved character’s 42nd birthday. ⚡
Mad Scientists Kids Day Camp | Mon., August 1 – Fri., August 5 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Sprattronics Learning Lab, 117 Haywood Rd., Ste. C | $75 | Drop off the kids for three hours each day at this flexible day camp where they will conduct experiments, make slime + more. 🧪
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Hampton Farms has been in biz for 75+ years, so you know they’ve got the snacking thing down. | Photo provided by Hampton Farms
We’re four days into GVLtoday’s first Drink Up Week — and we’re loving every second. Here’s something else to add to your plate: Hampton Farms gourmet peanuts — because the only thing better than a drink is a drink + a snack.
The Tiki Light Lounge at Pineapple Expressopens today at the Warehouse at Vaughns (109 W. Trade St., Simpsonville) We’ll be sipping on the minty mojitos + the Chief Lapulapu (a fruity rum cocktail) on the patio. It’s Tiki time, SVL. 🍹
Chestnut Coffee House + Market will celebrate the grand opening of its
Simpsonville location — in the former Kaffeine Coffee and Roastery location (110a E. Curtis St.) — on Fri., Aug. 5. We can’t wait to spend our fall sipping lattes near the outdoor fire pit. ☕
Sully’s Steamers’ newest location — and the first to have a drive thru pick up window — is set to open next month. Sully’s will be the first business to open in Mauldin’s Maverick Station (1 E. Butler Rd.). The developer says they’re looking to open in mid-to-late August. 🥯 (The Greenville News)
Gin-credible. Six & Twenty’s Double Made Gin landed in this month’s issue of Southern Living. The gin — with notes of honeysuckle, botanical + citrus — made the “Summer Hot List” of “What Southerners are Buzzing About.” Get a taste at 556 Perry Ave., Ste. B103 or try one of Six & Twenty’s #DrinkUpGreenville specials. 🍸
Greenville County employees will see a 6% cost of living pay increase on their Fri., July 29 paychecks. At a special-called meeting this week, County Council voted unanimously to increase pay citing inflation + an effort to recruit and retain employees. (Greenville Journal)
Grab your calendar. Altered States: Libations and Arts Festival Volume II — featuring 80+ breweries, wineries, and distilleries from around the world + live music and demonstrations — will take place Sat., March11, 2023 at Eighth State Brewing (400 Augusta St.). Tickets go on sale Sat., July 30 at 12 p.m.
If you’re looking for ways to support students headed back to GVL classrooms, the YMCA of Greenville is waiving its joining fees from now until Sun., Aug. 7 when you donate school supplies. You can also support United Way of Greenville’s School Tools Day on Sat., Aug. 6.
You’ve heard of Mice on Main, but what if they ventured off, put on really cool costumes + grabbed a brew? Enter the “Brewmiceter Hops Hunt.” Three Greenvillians — Darcy, Deb, and Jerry — wanted to support local businesses and hid eight themed mice at local breweries for you to find.
Once you find the mouse, you’re supposed to enjoy a cold one before moving forward in the hunt. They suggest finishing over several days + encourage drinking responsibly.
Here’s the first hint: “Let the hunt begin at Greenville’s oldest brewery. You will find Grandpa Mouse here down by the Creek. He is old but has been around the brewhouse and hides like no other, so look hard.”
Click the button below for the other seven hints + if you embark on this quest, tag #BrewmiceterHopsHunt and #DrinkUpGreenville.
Editor’s pick: I can’t wait to check out the Brewmiceter Hunt for myself, seeing as I love a good brewery challenge. Remember when Kyle + I drank seven craft brews in seven days for American Craft Beer week? No matter which challenge you take on, remember to drink local + drink responsibly.
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