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Aiken Brewing Company

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Aiken Brewing CompanyAiken Brewing Company
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

17 Ratings
Ratings: 17
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 15.58%
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 62
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 7
Bottles: 0
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

140 Laurens St SW
Aiken, South Carolina, 29801-3848
United States
phone: (803) 502-0707

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Photo of MTD1963
4.78/5  rDev +20.1%

Moved to the Aiken area a few months ago(originally from Boston)and in looking for a new local place it was recommended to me from a few locals and i was impressed overall, its a medium sized place with a small bar and seperate dining area and tables out front on the sidewalk when the good weather prevails.

The employee's are excellent and are very service orienated the menu is small with excellent choice's I persoanlly had the the Chicken salad which was stuffed with grapes and pecans and served on a light rye it was truly an amazing Sandwich.

There Beers which are brewed right on the premises are exceptional,served in a frosted mug the colors,aromas, and above all the taste are truly exceptional i must say its a great place to visit for those who love small breweries

MTD1963, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%

I've visited the Aiken Brewing Company several times, as it is the only brewpub in the area (and I live about 30 miles away). I've sampled a broad range of their beers, and all have been good at worst, excellent at best. The atmosphere has that close, woody feel that you would expect of a brewpub, and the stainless brewing equipment is proudly on display right as you enter the premises. They offer a nice sampler where you can sample 2-oz. samples of each beer on tap for $1.00 each, and their beers are reasonably priced; growlers are also available to take home. The food my friends and I have had has all been superb, and with a selection of always at least five of the brewery's beers on tap (plus bottles from other breweries), it's easy to pair up the food with the right beer (and they offer pairing suggestions on their website). Overall, I'm impressed, and I'll be going back each time they release a new seasonal brew. Can't wait for the Doppelbock!

superdedooperboy, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of Garzan72
4.55/5  rDev +14.3%

As a native to the area and this being the only brewery in the area my opinion might be a little bias but I am going to give it a shot anyway. Aiken brewery has a really nice setup. Before you even walk in the door you can see their brew tanks in the window. They have a nice atmosphere because you feel like you are eating a brewery which is what i think people want when you come to a brewpub. They have a nice selection of brews on tap and their Thorough Bred Red is awesome. The food is actually very good I mean very. Its just the kind of food you expect to find at a brewpub but is very well done. One of if not the best place to get a burger and some cheese fries in the entire CSRA (Central Savannah River Area).

Garzan72, Jul 18, 2008
Photo of MSchae1017
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

While driving down I-20 on my way to Columbia. I decided to take a little six mile detour off of the interstate to stop at Aiken Brewing Company. The brewpub lies on Laurens St. in the middle of historic downtown Aiken. Even though the workday was not over, many locals were already out to enjoy the beautiful weather and enjoy a pint or two from the outdoor seating. As I made my way inside, I noticed the brewing equipment located in two glass walled rooms to either side of the front door, visible from the street. The bar was located to the right with some seating around, and to the left and back, there was more seating for sitting down and having a meal. On the left side of the bar was a huge chalkboard listing the currently available beers and when they were tapped. This was one of the most impressive pieces of the pub. Few southeast brewpubs can boast quite as many of their own beers on tap. At the time of my visit nine beers were on tap: Oatmeal Irish Stout, Powder House Porter, English IPA, Jenny's Cream Ale, Hefeweizen, Honey Wheat, Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, and two previous GABF Medal winners, Thoroughbred Red and Randy's Grand Cru. Overall, the pub had a fantastic atmosphere, that really made you want to get comfortable and have few pints.

I walked up to the bar and asked for Randy. Unfortunately, he was not in at the time, so I was redirected to one of their other brewers, Herb. We talked for a good while and he told me all about the brewpub. Randy used to work at the nearby Savannah River Site, but in 1997 decided to make a profession out of brewing. Since Aiken is a small town of not quite 30,000, and in South Carolina, Randy knew that the only way to make this place successful was to educate the locals about different beer styles beyond the typical macro lagers. Herb joined the crew in 2005 after retiring from the Navy. He takes care of packaging the beer in the kegs, and works the room, suggesting beers to people. I asked him how the recent popping the cap has changed what they make. One of the most recent beers was the Wee Heavy at 8.7% ABV. Herb was so excited about this that he gave me a little sample. It had wonderful sweet and caramel notes and significant warming presence from the alcohol. It also really woke up as it warmed. We continued to talk beer and he let me taste a refreshing Hefeweizen with nice clove and bannana hints, an easy drinking, very smooth, and roasty Oatmeal Irish Stout, and their GABF Gold Medal winnign Thoroughbred Red, which I took a growler home of.

The Thoroughbred Red is very unique and tasty Irish Red Ale. It pours a bright amber with a frothy white head that hold and laces well. The smell is full of toasted, caramel, and honey malts complimented by slight amounts of citrus hops. The taste is sweet up front highlighting the malt characteristics, but finishes with the hops, both English and American. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and perfect for sessioning. Overall, this is an amazing Irish Red Ale. A Session beer unlike any other that has enough character to keep you drinking.

My Aiken Brewing Company experience was fantastic, it is certainly worth the trip, and I hope to get some food next time I am there as well.

MSchae1017, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of Beerguy55
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%

I had wanted to check this place out for a while and finally was able to get down there back in February.

This is a real bar. A real bar is nicely populated with warm, friendly people on a weekday mid-afternoon. A real bar has a proud wooden counter that has that great patina that only comes from years of elbow-rubbing. A real bar has a bartender who knows his product, knows his customers, and is older that your children. The bar area is small but that promotes good conversation. I don't know (or care!) what was going on in the dining area. The beers were excellent across the board. The beer offerings are chalked up on a board that gives you a lot of information including a brief description, the ABV, and the tap date. The bartender was very helpful and offered samples to help me decide. Of course, I decided to have a pint of almost everything! The Thoroughbred Red is the house go-to beer and it was very quaffable. Randy's Grand Cru was a pleasant surprise. I generally don't do spiced beers but made an exception to try this one. The spices in this beer really make for a fine drinking experience. It is sweet but not cloying and the citrus adds a nice touch. I would have this again. The Wee Heavy was a good example of the style but at 8.5% ABV is not a session beer.

As an added plus, I was able to spend a good deal of time talking with Randy and the other brewers and really appreciated their knowledge and enthusiasm for their products. The brewery is a 7 bbl system and the stock rotates through fairly quickly.

As for food, I had a salad topped with steak strips and blue cheese topped with a very nice feta vinaigrette. It was tasty but could have used something besides iceberg lettuce as the base.

Anyway, I had a great time that afternoon and I will be back.

Beerguy55, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of jbro434
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%

I traveled to Augusta on business after having grown up there and usually stayed in town. That was until I discovered the Aiken Brewing Company and the Hotel Aiken. I could check into my room and walk one block to one of the finest brew pubs in America. I have traveled all over the US and this little gem produces some mighty fine brews that rival the finest brewpubs in the country. I noticed that the selection changed just enough to keep it interesting. The bar staff knew the products well and though the food was mearly average, the service was good and quality of the food did nothing to take away the real reason to visit. Great beers in a relaxed environment, outside tables and a small historic town to boot.

jbro434, May 21, 2009
Photo of Kenyon
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

My in-laws live in Beech Island, just a hop,skip and jump from Aiken so we have been coming to this brewpub for years. The beers, the food and the atmosphere gets better and better over the years. Over the Masters weekend they served an exceptional brown ale and an equally good double pale ale, not a double IPA but a double PA. Both were great session beers after a hot day at the golf course.

Food is mostly pub style but the cheesburger wrap and the patty melt are awesome. Burgers are great as well.

In an area where the whole city of Augusta has only 2 beer bars listed, the proximity to Aiken makes this little establishment a real gem

Kenyon, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of KroMagnon
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Very cool, old smalltown downtown atmosphere. I had the oatmeal stout which was quite tasty, the barleywine which was very well done and available as a 1/2 pint, and the sampler which included a cream ale, an amber (sort of like a brown ale to me, not very hoppy but more malty & good), porter, nitrogen-served porter, oatmeal stout & barleywine. All were as expected and quite good for style. No very hoppy beers were available during my visit. Definitely worth a repeat visit; very inviting, I bet the patio is excellent in the fall & spring especially.

KroMagnon, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of Superdad
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

I would have to give the Aiken Brewery an overall score of 4.5 . The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming whether you are inside or outside. The selection of local craft beers is always eclectic. You also have the option of taking home a gallon of your favorite brew in a Growler , one gallon glass jug.

Besides the brew and atmosphere , the food is excellent . Whether youre in for lunch or dinner , the menu has plenty of selections for any taste. Although there may not be abything you would classify as "Fine Dining " , good flavor is in no short supply. We have never had a bad meal here.

The upstairs on the brewery has pool tables , another full service bar , and a karaoke stage if you've had enough liquid courage. If it gets too crowded for your taste but you dont want to leave , you can grab an outdoor table and enjoy the weather . There's never a shortage of passers by on the streets of Aiken and you can always find a lively conversation , especially during football season.

Whether you are visiting or a resident , the Aiken Brewery is a must see for anyone who likes good food and great beer !

Superdad, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Stopped in here on my way to Charleston.

Atmosphere is good. There are a few tables outside (it was late spring when I visited) and inside there is a bar to the right and quite a few tables to the left. It's in a nice downtown setting so parking isn't the best but it's worth it as the walk to the brewpub is nice.

Quality is also good. Beer is served in appropriate glassware and is neither chilled nor served with a head that's too big or too small.

Service is nice. We didn't have to wait long to be seated and we were able to place our lunch and drink orders quickly as well. The server also had the list of beers available down pat and I heard him go through the styles and what to expect with a number of patrons.

Selection is solid. I believe they had about 5-6 of their own beers on-tap and growler fills were also available. I'm not sure about the bottle selection but with such a robust selection at a smaller brewpub I normally don't pay much attention to bottled options I can purchase elsewhere.

Food is good. I split a wing platter and was satisfied.

Price is reasonable, nothing too cheap but nothing too expensive.

Overall I was surprised by the caliber of beers in such a small town in the middle of nowhere. A nice place to stop if you're in the area.

glid02, Sep 26, 2010
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Aiken Brewing Company in Aiken, SC
90 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.