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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

$$ - $$$American, ,
900 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
+1 803-748-0540
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good44%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
900 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
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Reviewed October 28, 2017

I am not a big fan of all the brew craze because my beer taste is not quite that heavy, but I enjoyed an evening here where I did sip on one of their lighter creations. It was good for a change of pace. I...More

Thank cityslickerindasouth
Reviewed October 17, 2017 via mobile

On parent's weekend visiting our daughter at USC we came here for lunch. Service was spot on. Drinks were very tasty, tacos were tasty and chips & guacamole nice & fresh. If you can get a seat, worth a trip!

Thank palomino62
Reviewed October 17, 2017 via mobile

Had the pale ale. Very good. Right amount of hoppiness without any bitter aftertaste. Also had the burger and hash browns for dinner. Good, juicy burger with fresh toppings. Great place to go for a casual meal with good beer.

Thank greghI5397NY
Reviewed September 8, 2017

This is a nice restaurant to go to if you are trying to catch up with friends or have a celebratory dinner. This restaurant has two levels of seating – the bottom floor is a little louder (for your celebratory dinners) and the top floor...More

1  Thank William O
Reviewed August 15, 2017

Great local eatery and brewery that has great comfort foods and beers brewed on premise. The black bean appetizer is excellent. Was our second visit while dropping our daughter off at school, and will be back on our next visit.

Thank markcR8228LG
Reviewed August 1, 2017

We came here for an early dinner and beers. IT did not disappoint. The beers were good but the food was very good. The shrimp and grits were some of the best I have had! Definitely would recommend this place.

Thank Marniecrna
Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

Good, solid place. I really enjoyed the easy-going atmosphere and the great food. Worth stopping in when you're in town.

Thank hog-n-jog
Reviewed July 19, 2017

Wonderful food and atmosphere. Service was terrific and the cocktails were wonderful. Would highly recommend.

Thank Julie C
Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

Good place for lunch and beers-food was average. Good place for food and beers with friends-not ideal for families

Thank henrypa
Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

Very good beer and salad. The gyros was fine. I really enjoyed the ESB, although the pale ale was close in quality.

Thank jayib56
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Tyra R
July 14, 2016|
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Response from KevinVarner | Property representative |
Sorry for the slow and partially helpful response. For us a large group is 8-12, most often we can seat 8-12 people in a reasonable amount of time. A group of more than 12 would have to find separate tables. We don't take... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$18
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-748-0540
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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery has been brewing and serving classic ales since 1995. Starting in 2015, we will regularly feature cask-conditioned ales served from wood kilderkins made by Alastair Simms, the only master cooper in the United Kingdom. Michael Jackson, aka the "Beer Hunter", visited the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery in 1997. He wrote that the Hunter-Gatherer is "the kind of place CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) members might enjoy. The beer is the hero, rather than the brewery being an afterthought. In the U.S., And even sometimes in Britain, the latter is too often the case." Michael Jackson was the best beer writer and critic the world has known. A compliment from Michael Jackson is as meaningful as it gets in the brewery world.
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