Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by kkipple:
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
Alright, just because it has to be said: Hunter-Gatherer is, currently, the ONLY brewpub in Columbia, South Carolina. This review, then, doesn't really attempt to stack it against local competition, because quite frankly, there is none. One would think that as the capitol of the state and as a college town, Columbia could support more than one brew pub, but, apparently not... Not that I'm bitter.
Anyways, Hunter-Gatherer is an attractive, 2-story brick building a stone's throw from the statehouse grounds. Upon entering the big wooden doors, you may notice a scrawny, mangy stuffed dog in the window, and some bizarre tribal decorations, spears and shields and whatnot. There's a decent sized bar directly ahead, with the brewing tanks behind. A large chalkboard advertises the current beers on tap. They all cost $3.50 a pint.
You can generally find HG's own Dry Stout, ESB, Wheat, and IPA on tap, with the fifth beer usually rotating out. Lately it's been a Pilsner. The beers are all quite respectable, although not great. All the beers I've had have been solid and unsurprising entries that stick closely to the style. I have yet to get a bad pint, for what thats worth.
The food is actually the main reason I frequent this joint; it's excellent. I am not ashamed to say that Hunter-Gatherer makes the second-best hamburger in town (after the venerable 5 Points Diner) and it's worth every penny of the $6.75 asking price. Try the burger with their horseradish cheddar for a truly amazing experience. The Gyro and salads are also quite above-average for Columbia. I have yet to be disappointed with any of the food here, but if I am I may revisit this review.
Is the Hunter-Gatherer worth going to? If you live in Columbia, most certainly. Support your local brewpub! For travelers, I can't recommend going too far out of my way for the beer alone, but if you're passing through and crave a delicious hamburger and some average local beer, then by all means drop in.
EDIT: As of July 07, I'm bumping Hunter-Gatherer's score up to a solid 4. They recently began selling branded glassware, filling their own (brown!) growlers, and have brewed their first over the cap 7% IPA; which is decent. All these signs point to good things ahead, and I'll be glad to continue to give them my hard-earned beer money.
06-19-2006 02:23:50 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
2.54/5 rDev -31.9%
I hate to leave bad reviews, but this place was not good. We stopped in on a Friday night while visiting Columbia for the weekend. The building is neat. I liked the open space and wood tables. Self-seating; very communal (if a bit confusing).
The beer was actively bad. They had four types, and I tried two (the pale ale and the wheat). They were nearly indistinguishable from each other. Both tasted metallic, grainy, and possibly contaminated. Kudos to the owners for opening a brewpub in South Carolina, but I don't think they know what they're doing.
Our food was below average. I had a pizza, which was about as good as a frozen pizza from the store. My friend did not care for his po boy, and my other friend had ravioli that was swimming in a gloppy lake of cheese. Everything was edible, just bland and not very good.
Service was OK, but slow.
I can't recommend this place, although there really aren't many other brewpub options in the area.
03-20-2014 14:52:57 | More by shivtim
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Ale House in Columbia, SC
86 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.