The town of Brookland is long gone, having changed its name to West Columbia in 1936, but the old town’s city hall, fire station, and jail now live again as West Columbia’s newest business: Savage Craft Ale Works.

The brewery hosted its grand opening Saturday at 430 Center St, with crowds packing the indoor and outdoor seating areas and the lawn in front of the outdoor stage, where country band Love and Theft performed.

In addition to indoor and outdoor seating, Savage Craft has a rooftop bar for customers to enjoy, with views of the Congaree River and the Columbia skyline. Fire pits and heaters made the outdoor areas comfortable even on a chilly day and night.

“We’ve been so excited for this place to open and it’s even better than we expected,” said Lauren Holmes, who attended with her roommates and other friends. “It looks so great and everything tastes great too.”

Work began on the veteran-owned business in 2018, with Hood Construction and Studio 2LR transforming the old buildings. Bobby Horton, mayor of West Columbia when the process began, said the new brewery would be “an awesome addition to the entire redevelopment of the State Street and Meeting Street communities.”

According to the business website, Savage Craft’s mission “is simple: We make quality beer, help make West Columbia and surrounding communities a great place to work and live, take care of our employees, and are committed to supporting veterans, law enforcement and first responders.”

More information on the new brewery is available at

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Why didn't they keep some semblance of the original? They wasted the ambience that could have been.

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