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Bierkeller Brewing Company opens at CanalSide in Columbia, SC

Bierkeller Columbia will open a permanent location at CanalSide Plaza along the Columbia River in 2022.

COLUMBIA, SC — German beer and brew enthusiasts have reason to raise a pint as Bierkeller Columbia has announced a brick-and-mortar location will open later in 2022.

Scott Burgess, owner and founder of Bierkeller Brewing Company, said in a statement that the company will establish a full production facility, beer garden and restaurant at CanalSide Plaza at Sola Station on Taylor Street. The location will be along the historic Columbia Canal and the Esplanade, a short drive from downtown Columbia and Vista.

Burgess, who studied abroad in Bamberg, Germany, and lived and worked in Bavaria before opening Bierkeller, says the location with its existing landscaped green spaces and mature trees along the banks of the river Congaree is “pretty perfect”.

“We’ll set it up like the beer gardens I’ve known and loved there. Friends can relax with beers and snacks under the shady tree canopy after work or on weekends; families can picnic -have fun with their kids and pets; and residents and guests can grab lunch or dinner and drinks at our self-serve windows,” Burgess said. “If you prefer to be indoors, you can grab a beer, snack, or full meal just as easily at our cafeteria-style restaurant counters in the brewery and enjoy them at long wooden communal tables overlooking the water. .”

In addition to German-style beers and food, Burgess says Bierkeller will host events celebrating German traditions — such as Oktoberfest, the Christmas market and Maifest — as well as weekly activities showcasing sports and activities. local and international.

Burgess says the beer will be served directly from tanks in the brewery’s German-designed 15-barrel system to ensure freshness. Reusable flip-top bottles and refillable five-liter party kegs will be available for customers. The beer menu will include lagers, established favorites such as Kellerbier, Kolumbianer Kölsch, Weißbier and Rauchbier, as well as a rotating selection of seasonal beers.

Food selections will be German-inspired with fresh meats and cheeses, salads and sausages, and specialties such as schnitzel and spätzle. Burgess says, “We want the food to be authentic, while appealing to a wide range of tastes, while using fresh, local ingredients. To put it in Colombian terms, think something like Gourmet Shop meets Lizards Thicket. With a lot more bratwurst.”