Established in 1998 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, New South Brewing is a small craft brewing operation producing a few thousand barrels annually (as of Spring, 2012). Its beer products span a nice variety of styles and its products are available on tap in area restaurants/taverns, as well as in cans in local retail outlets.
New South Brewing hand crafts its beers and when I visited, it was also hand- canning its beers; a tedious process, indeed, but it demonstrates the commitment to bring good craft beer to the local populace and to tourists frequenting the area. For its first ten years of existence, New South Brewing was strictly a draft- only brewing operation. The company started canning in 2009 to meet the demands of consumers who wanted to enjoy New South Brewing products at home. The brewery only cans a select number of its beers, so consumers may still have to visit the brewery or a local tavern/restaurant to enjoy specific products.
Beer Products Offered:
- White Ale
- India Pale Ale
- Dark Star Porter
- Nut Brown Ale
Two beers, Lager and Octoberfest, are both Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal Winners and there are other noteworthy beer products as well. Depending on the season and other factors, there may be more (or fewer) beer products on tap at any specific time.
1109 Campbell St. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Web address is www.newsouthbrewing.com
Phone number is 843-916-2337
At present, tours take place only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3p.m. to 5:30p.m. This, of course, can change at any time so interested parties should visit the web site first.
New South Brewing is a small operation based on total barrels of beer produced, but the facility is actually larger than the barrels indicate. I visited here in the Spring and was surprised when I learned the total production. The interior looks larger and it likely has the capacity to brew much more.
New South Brewing doesn’t serve any food. It is located in an industrial area so guests need to make sure they arrive with full stomachs, ready to sample some beer. The interior features a bar area where samples are served, as well as the brewing area where tours take place. There is no cost to walk the tour and sample some brew and there are some interesting worth trying. My personal favorite is New South Brewing India Pale Ale, but there is a style here to satisfy each individual palate.
Myrtle Beach is known for its tourist industry but the area has only a few brewpubs and only one brewery: New South Brewing. Make sure to pay a visit if you happen to be in the area. And tell them Great Beer Now sent you.
Rating: 7 Cheers out of 10