Something new is brewing in the Vista
A new brewpub is slated to open in the Vista in January, and patrons will get the chance to tap into 60 new brews a year.
The new microbrewery, Twisted Spur Brewing, will also offer a full-service restaurant with a little West Coast vibe. The brewery will be housed at 705 Gervais St., and owner Chris Baldwin is working to renovate the historical 5,000-square-foot building to include a 40-foot bar, 11 beer tanks, 106 seats inside and a patio area.
“I’m from here, but I lived on the West Coast for a while, and I was surprised to see there aren’t very many brewpubs in this area,” Baldwin said.
Baldwin plans to keep most of the exposed brick in the existing space as well as the exposed wood on the ceilings. Baldwin says the building was built around 1840 and that he is trying to keep most of the original craft work.
Baldwin won’t just be the owner of the business, he also will be the head brewer and plans to have 12 taps at the bar, four consistent brews that will include a blonde, a red, a wheat and an IPA. Baldwin said he hopes to offer at least 60 new beers to guests every year.
“There will be a wide variety,” Baldwin said.
But visitors to the brewpub shouldn’t expect to order a domestic beer.
“I’m not doing it. I want people to drink the beer that we make in house,” Baldwin said. “The beer I serve will never have seen the light of day. It will be fresh.”
Baldwin is in the process of hiring an executive chef and finalizing his food menu.
“We will have lots of grilled items and I am going to try to use mostly local ingredients,” Baldwin said. “I am also hoping to eventually create food and beer pairings and tastings.”
Some local beer enthusiasts are excited about the new brewpub tapping the Vista. Nick McCormac, president of Midlands Craft Beer Supporters, said it will be fantastic to get a second brewpub in Columbia.
“The Vista is one of those places that could really benefit from this great addition,” McCormac said. “In Columbia, we really lag Greenville and Charleston in terms of craft beer culture.”
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House on Main Street is the other brewpub in Columbia. Owner Kevin Varner recently announced their expansion of the brewery at Owens Field, also opening up in 2016. He said he isn’t worried about Twisted Spur Brewing hurting his business.
“I think they will do very well in that location. It’s a great space and a lot of people walk by,” Varner said. “A brewpub is really just a bar or restaurant. I don’t think I would compete with them anymore than any other restaurant that serves craft beer in town.”
Twisted Spur Brewing will serve lunch and dinner seven days a week. The brewpub will close at midnight during the week and stay open until 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Baldwin said he also is hoping to eventually add a brunch menu on the weekends.