Growler Haus looking at Aiken for new location

  • Posted: Monday, May 26, 2014 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Monday, May 26, 2014 12:06 a.m.

Growler Haus, a provider of craft beer and micro brews, is considering adding Aiken to its list of locations.

A nod to the glass or ceramic jugs called “growlers” used to transport beer, Growler Haus creates a unique craft beer and micro-brew buying experience for those who have an affinity for beer-tasting, according to its website. The two other locations in the state – Anderson and Spartanburg – offer multiple seasonal brews like RJ Rockers’ Light Rock Ale, Thomas Creek’s Trifecta IPA, Holy City’s Pluff Mud Porter, Allagash’s Ginger Wit, Lazy Magnolia’s Southern Pecan and Quest’s Smoking Mirror Porter.

Owner Craig Kinley said Aiken is “strong on our market” as is Florence, Beaufort and other similar locales.

“It looks like a coffee house with craft beer rotating on a regular basis,” Kinley said.

Wine will be served, too, but no liquor.

When a Growler Haus comes into an area, it looks at its craft beer culture in addition to its arts, business and education communities to engage the environment in its operations. In doing so, Growler Haus can gather a team of patrons to help it create community beer events like beer dinners and tastings, brewing clubs and a community beer contest.

Growler Haus likes to work with home brewers; it holds a monthly meeting for “basement brewers” and a contest for the best home brew or collaborative community brew, Kinley said.

Growler Haus also hosts “Grain Ideas” sessions which allow young entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for a new product, similar to the TV show “Shark Tank.”

Also available at Growler Haus is “Frothy Fellowship,” a gathering of people who are interested in talking about theology and scripture.

“We don’t necessarily create the group, we just embrace it,” Kinley said.

For more information, visit growlerhaus.com.

Haley Hughes is the news editor for the Aiken Standard.

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