Greenville, South Carolina
Essential brewery stops: Birds Fly South, Quest, Swamp Rabbit, Yee-Haw, Brewery 85, Eighth State
Look out Charleston and watch your back Savannah, little old Greenville is nipping at your cosmopolitan heels. Over the last decade, the humble Upcountry hideaway has been vying for its rightful spot among South Carolina's most coveted vacation destinations, transforming from a sleepy, traditional college town into a sudsy, outdoorsy oasis with a beer scene to rival anything neighboring brewing powerhouses like Asheville has to offer. Birds Fly South is the frontrunner here, peddling brilliant farmhouse ales, IPAs, and everything in between from their sunny, rustic outpost, while Quest, Yee-Haw, Brewery 85, and Eighth State handily hold their respective own.
Want to catch them all? Ditch the car and hit the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a 22-mile cyclist’s paradise following the Reedy River from Greenville all the way to picturesque Travelers Rest. The breezy greenway not only delivers the best breath of fresh air in the Upcountry, it also provides speedy access to a number of top notch bars, cafes, and breweries including the aptly-named (and delicious) Swamp Rabbit Brewery. All that pastoral beauty is guaranteed to work up an appetite, so make sure to dip your toes into the town’s burgeoning culinary scene at modern standouts like The Anchorage, Roost, and the always-impressive regional specialist, Husk. If this kind Southern charm tickles your fancy, you better hurry -- it’s only a matter of time before the seersucker suits from the coast catch wind of Greenville’s infectious greatness. -- Meredith Heil