Hunter-Gatherer Brewery opening new location

Kevin Varner is the owner and brew master at Hunter-Gatherer in Columbia.
Kevin Varner is the owner and brew master at Hunter-Gatherer in Columbia. File photo/The State

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse will open a second location at Owens Field Hanger next spring, the owner said Monday.

Kevin Varner the move is contingent upon Richland County Council’s final approval of the transfer of The Curtiss-Wright Hangar property at 1400 Jim Hamilton Blvd. to CW Hangar Properties LLC. CW Hangar Properties would then lease the to Varner.

If everything goes through, Varner said the goal is to open the new location in May. It would be in addition to the original Hunter-Gatherer location near the University of South Carolina campus.

The hangar was built in 1929 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.

Varner and partners will be rehabbing the space to create a beer garden, brewery and bottling plant. In addition to the brewery, there will be rental space available for events, a learning center for children to see how grain becomes beer and a rooftop observation deck.

Varner first opened Hunter-Gatherer Brewery at Main and College streets in 1995, after learning the craft of brewing ales at Hales Ales in Seattle, Wash. Hales is one of the oldest microbreweries in the country and brewed the Northwest’s first craft-brewed pale ale.

Hunter-Gatherer was Columbia’s first microbrewery and serves a range of beers from wheat and pale ale to porters, stout and ESB (extra special bitter).