“Our mission here at Peak Drift is to celebrate life’s high points, the moments that, no matter how big or how small, when you finally reach that peak you’ve worked so hard for, it’s the moment where you can finally sit back, relax and unwind,” said Sara Middleton-Styles, co-owner of Peak Drift Brewing, during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for phase one of the brewery’s production facility.
Among the crowd of over a hundred were Columbia’s political and business leaders who came out to show support and tour Peak Drift’s 25,000-square-foot production facility, which represents phase one of the company’s future 65,000-square-foot brewery complex set to open later in 2023 according to Middleton-Styles.
The events speakers included Murrell Smith, Jr., speaker of the House, South Carolina House of Representatives; Paul Livingston, councilman, Richland County Council; Aditi Bussells, councilwoman, City of Columbia; Carl Blackstone, president, and CEO, Columbia Chamber; Sara Middleton Styles and Greg Middleton, co-owners, Jason Snyder, Peak Drift’s director of sales and operations, and Ashley Kinart-Short, Peak Drift’s certified master brewer.
The equipment used to brew the beer at Peak Drift is top-of-the-line. Design plans include a state-of-the-art water purification system and packaging system, In-house fruit processing equipment for better sours and hard ciders, and a commercial high-volume digital can printer.
The company is co-owned by siblings Greg Middleton and Sara Middleton-Styles. The sibling duo also owns Smoked on Main Street. Their goal for the brewery is to use locally sourced ingredients and produce to make the beer, bringing a fresh new take on craft brewing.
Peak Drift’s Master Brewer, Ashley Kinart-Short, said they are already working with local farms.
“Not only can we get the freshest of fruit, but we can source locally. We’ve already been working with some farms to get fruit for our beers,” said Kinart-Short.
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for phase one signifies the beginning of phase two, which includes preparations to open the taproom, restaurant, and bar.
Peak Drift is becoming known for beer and hard seltzers. Still, Columbia City Councilwoman Aditi Bussells said the brewery’s presence in the historic Eau Claire community represents more than just beer.
“Peak Drift is so much more than just a brewery – it’ s a way of cultivating the local economy built up by local entrepreneurs and community buy-in,” said Columbia City Councilwoman Aditi Bussells. “Peak Drift is improving the quality of life here in the North Main area and helping to revive the overall community.”
According to Operations Manager Jason Snyder, the brewery has already begun distribution in the Columbia area and will expand to Charlotte and Charleston in the coming months.
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