Led by a ‘Brewer Rather Than a Business Person,’ Columbia’s Hunter-Gatherer Turns 25

Thursday, October 15th, 2020

On Oct. 8, only a day after Hunter-Gatherer Brewery’s 25th birthday, owner Kevin Varner didn’t seem to be in a celebratory mood.

Columbia’s brewery scene has changed considerably since he opened a brewpub on Main Street near the University of South Carolina, launching one of the city’s first craft beer brands. The small restaurant with brewing equipment shoved in behind the bar bears little resemblance to large-scale destination-and-production breweries such as Steel Hands and River Rat, which have opened.

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