We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
900 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201
+1 803-748-0540
Website
Sunday
Closed
See all hours
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: Takeout
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.
read more
Good for:
Bar scene
Outdoor seating
Dining on a budget

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 108 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 46
    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
Nearly there!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Evon C
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Outdoor seating
  • Dining on a budget
Add Photo Write a Review

108 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Reviewer
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Attleboro, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Columbia, Maryland
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
18 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Columbus, Georgia
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Redondo Beach, California
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
51 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Columbia, South Carolina
Senior Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
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
5 helpful votes 5 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Anderson, South Carolina
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Good beer selection, pleasantly dark atmosphere where it's quiet enough hear each other, but still bustling around you. We had the lamb gyro and Greek salad, the salad was absolutely excellent. Had the wheat beer, which I would order again anytime, and the IPA, which was also quite good. It was easy to find, no wait on a Monday night,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

We started with a flight of beers, beginning with the wheat and finishing with extra stout. None had a strong head and were slightly weak. The shrimp, clam linguine special was quite tasty as was the burger.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse also viewed

 

Been to Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating, 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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?