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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

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900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
+1 803-748-0540
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11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Hunter-Gatherer Brewery has been brewing and serving classic ales since...
Hunter-Gatherer Brewery has been brewing and serving classic ales since 1995. Starting in 2015, we will regularly feature cask-conditioned ales served from wood kilderkins made by Alastair Simms, the only master cooper in the United Kingdom. Michael Jackson, aka the "Beer Hunter", visited the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery in 1997. He wrote that the Hunter-Gatherer is "the kind of place CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) members might enjoy. The beer is the hero, rather than the brewery being an afterthought. In the U.S., And even sometimes in Britain, the latter is too often the case." Michael Jackson was the best beer writer and critic the world has known. A compliment from Michael Jackson is as meaningful as it gets in the brewery world.
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  • 49
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  • 47
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cool Place

We stopped in for a late dinner treat. The beer was tasty although a limited amount to choose from. The H&G burger was delicious, the pizza small in size and the Bean Burger quite interesting. Overall the service was great, the locale excellent, the building very cool. Nice place and a nice stop on... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
havingfunVirginia
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Virginia
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Dining on a budget
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Virginia
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We stopped in for a late dinner treat. The beer was tasty although a limited amount to choose from. The H&G burger was delicious, the pizza small in size and the Bean Burger quite interesting. Overall the service was great, the locale excellent, the building very cool. Nice place and a nice stop on our visit to Columbia.

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South Carolina
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

A wonderfully, simple spot serving great food and beer. They have 3 beers made in house. Had dinner and went back for lunch the next day. Does not try to be too much. My kind of place.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Food is great! Brew was disappointing. I've dined many times with the Hunter- Gatherer crew and they always prepare good quality food. Over the years the beer has lost something. I'm a big fan of beer and what used to be great at H&G is now just alright. Still, great place, good atmosphere, local food, brew, and a quality experience.

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Attleboro, Massachusetts
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42 reviews 42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Tried this location on my most recent visit to Columbia. Downtown behind the statehouse in The Vista. Brewpubs are my favorite kind of places to try when I travel - this one was very good. Upscale menu and great beer.

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Columbia, Maryland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Had dinner here with some friends after the second day of the SCASL* conference and was pleasantly surprised. Sadly, no Amber Ale was available but I was given a taste of a replacement suggestion (can't remember it now - I swear I only had a pint!) but it was a bit hoppy and strong. Food...Pimento Cheese App. YUM! Can I... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Do check USC sporting events before planning a trip, immediately before and after you don't stand a chance at a table. Aside from that, this is a great casual place for a very good beer and a good upscale bar menu. Most beers are seasonal, so you'll have to see what they're serving when you arrive. Burgers, gyros, salads, pizzas.... More 

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Columbus, Georgia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

They make decent beer. The variety is limited. I wish they would have more beers in the rotation. But the standard beers are worth a try. The menu is also a bit limited, I normally order off the special board, the food is usually very good. I just wish they would change things up. The inside of the restaurant is... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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129 reviews 129 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Liked the name, liked the outside seating, and the vibe inside was cool too. Just very limited on wine and beer selection, menu lacked on variety as well.

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Columbia, South Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have been meeting here weekly for years. A persistent gripe with this place has been the problem with sun glare because there are no shades to block it out. They totally ignore what the customer wants; they will not put them up!. Another example of arrogance: They will not use cocktail (martini) glasses so these beverages won't pick up... More 

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KevinVarner, Owner at Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse, responded to this review

This reviewer has a lot of complaints, so why does he keep coming back, week after week, year after year? There is only one reason. He knows it. I know it. Every toddler in town knows it. We have the best hand-warmed martinis in town. More 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a delightful little local tavern, complete with beers brewed on-site and one of the best burgers in town. The ESB cheese is a must, but so is the lamb gyro. Decisions, decisions. The staff busts their butts, but are attentive too.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-748-0540

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 18
  • Cuisine: American, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Dining on a budget

Description

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery has been brewing and serving classic ales since 1995. Starting in 2015, we will regularly feature cask-conditioned ales served from wood kilderkins made by Alastair Simms, the only master cooper in the United Kingdom. Michael Jackson, aka the "Beer Hunter", visited the Hunter-Gatherer Brewery in 1997. He wrote that the Hunter-Gatherer is "the kind of place CAMRA (Campaign For Real Ale) members might enjoy. The beer is the hero, rather than the brewery being an afterthought. In the U.S., And even sometimes in Britain, the latter is too often the case." Michael Jackson was the best beer writer and critic the world has known. A compliment from Michael Jackson is as meaningful as it gets in the brewery world.
Open Hours
Monday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?