Brewery 85 honors traditional beer – Greenville News


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At Brewery 85 in Greenville, beer is made the German way. The brewery sticks with Bavarian tradition and uses water, malt, hops and yeast to make its line of ales and lagers. It’s made them a favorite in the Upstate. Brewery 85’s line of draft-only brews can be purchased in Greenville, Clemson, Anderson, Greenwood and Greer is next. The taproom is at 6 Whitlee Court.

“By next year, we would like to be in Spartanburg and Rock Hill,” said Brewery 85 president Will McCameron, who opened the operation in January with his brewer Taylor Lamm. For now, they are Greenville’s newest brewery. Eventually, they want to sell beer in Western North Carolina, but not until they’re ready, he said.

McCameron and his crew like to have fun. They answer the phone with “Home of the High Fives,” which is indicative of the joyful approach they take to beer.

McCameron and Lamm both studied brewing in Germany. “We use traditional German technique and marry that with Southern craft beer culture,” McCameron said. There’s even a Bavarian-style beer garden in the back.

Their beer line includes a 5 percent alcohol Bavarian Weizen, a 7.5 percent German Style Helles Bock, a 5.5 percent American Pale, a 6.4 percent American Brown Ale, a 7 percent GVL IPA and the high-gravity 9.4 percent Country Quad.

Brewery 85 takes its name from the busy interstate highway that slashes through the Upstate. “It’s a hard-working highway,” McCameron said. And a hard-working brewery too.

come one after another, both in Western North Carolina and in the Upstate of South Carolina.

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