A new brewery will be entering the Midlands craft beer scene in a big way when Steel Hands Brewery opens the taps in late 2018.
The brewery, located on the former site of World Wide Recycling on Foreman Street, will contain 10,000 square feet of space and be home to a 30-barrel operation with a 10-barrel expansion capacity, a full bottling line, and beer will be distributed in bottles and kegs.
Also planned for the 4-acre site are a taproom that should accommodate 150 people, an outdoor gathering space, a restaurant and plenty of on-site parking.
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Brew master Mark Walters, formerly of River Rat in Columbia and Abita Brewing in Louisiana, will be overseeing production at Steel Hands.
Darryl Frick, Scott Lambert and Brooks Smarr, co-owners of the new brewery, did a voluntary clean-up of the site, which had been declared a “brown field” site by DHEC after a fire lasting three days destroyed the recycling plant six years ago.
The owners plan to add 30 to 40 jobs over the next five years in various positions at the brewery, with their eyes on becoming a regional favorite.