Steel Hands Brewing making it big in Cayce

Co-owner Scott Lambert with wife, Ashley Lambert, who is Steel Hands’s marketing/business development director.  Allen Wallace photos.

The word “biggest” is not often associated with Cayce. Steel Hands Brewing, the largest brewery in the Midlands, changed that with its recent opening, and the team behind the new business hopes to be an integral part of the community for years to come.

“Cayce has been so supportive,” said Steel Hands Marketing and Business Development Director Ashley Lambert. “It’s a big deal for us to give back to the community any way we can.”

That giving back began even before the brewery, years in planning, opened to the public Dec. 1. When co-owners Scott Lambert and Darryl Frick chose Foreman Street in Cayce as their location, some questioned how they would get people to come to a place outside existing hospitality districts.

“We set out to be a destination,” Ashley Lambert said. “When breweries open, people seek them out. The brewery brings people across the bridge, and we hope to keep them coming.” The team hopes to see other businesses come too, with Steel Hands becoming a key part of the ongoing revitalization of Cayce.

The brewery’s name and logo (created by Lambert) reflect the commitment to community. SMC Steel is nearby, and steel from the local company is included in Steel Hands. Indoor and outdoor stages at the brewery offer space for local musicians to step into the spotlight, and live performances are already booked for each Saturday for months to come. Space is also available for private parties, with more options in the works.

Scott Lambert, an architect, built many of the tables for the brewery himself, one of many added touches (like the keg Christmas tree in the brewing area) which make the place different from others. Another difference is the size, with indoor and outdoor space enough to accomodate big crowds comfortably.

“It was part of the game plan from day one to be big,” Lambert said. “We have the full package. We want people to have an experience.”

The experience already includes food, with a menu including imperial stout braised brisket, Steel Hands schnitzel, duck fat fries, hummus and more drawing rave reviews from customers.

A dozen beers on tap are available, and three Steel Hands creations will be available in stores in 2019, with canning set to begin after the new year arrives and a partnership with Columbia distributor KW Beverage already in place. Pint nights at other local businesses are already happening as well.

“We wanted to make a brewery we’d like to go to,” Lambert said. “We’re so excited to be here.”

More information on the new brewery is available at

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