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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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900 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
+1 803-748-0540
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Chesnee, South Carolina
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived to attend class at USC and wanted something within walking distance of our hotel. This was a nice walk -- they feature outdoor seating which was nice. They brew their own beer if you like that.. very friendly staff

Thank Lynne G
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

In town for Parents Weekend at USC. Came in for lunch. Excellent food, far above typical bar fare, but burgers and sandwiches, too. Food quality far above the usual micro-brewery. Beers on tap were good. Everything reasonably priced. Lovely historic building that gives a quiet and peaceful oasis just steps from both USC and the SC Statehouse.

Thank Jcwebb
Loveland, Colorado
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

I travel to Columbia twice a year and always hit the local breweries. They have a pretty good selection and the atmosphere is great. I highly recommend

Kansas City, Missouri
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190 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

I was just passing through Columbia and was glad to find this brewery. My beer was delicious and I was happy to find the menu was so much more than typical pub grub. I had a bacon, mozzarella and Gorgonzola pizza that was very good. I sat at the bar and enjoyed the atmosphere.

Thank honase
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124 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

First visit in a few years, and I was astounded by how delicious everything tasted! I typically think of the Gatherer as a brewery who happens to serve food. Boy was I mistaken! My Greek chicken was some of the best I have ever tasted. The salad did not disappoint. Even the bread was out of this world! Ironically, I... More 

Thank Colarestaurantfan
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Place is amazing, very relax and casual environment. I really enjoy my time there. The personnel dont rush you like other restaurants. I ate duck breast and was excellent. The beer are very, very good. Price is not bad for the excellent quality of food and beer. Honestly I recommend this place. A+

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

Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to read or post reviews on the Hunter-Gatherer. We have had a lot of great reviews recently. We all try to make sure you leave happy. Thanks, Kevin More 

Greenville, United States
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

Great service and great atmosphere. Staff very friendly. Quality of the food was really good and very reasonable prices. Beer selection limited to their own brews. So, not a lot of variety. But, the beers that we had were pretty good.

Thank Charles A S
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48 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

Found this place last year in Oct when we came in town for a concert! Everyone found something they liked. Came back in December, and now! Great burgers and gyros. Don't forget the specials board and their desserts are REALLY great!!

Thank Carrie K
College Station, Texas
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152 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

I needed a quick bite to eat after a workshop and this place was on the way back to my hotel. It was early evening so not crowded yet, but still hopping. It was a good pick. Nice wheat beer and lamb gyro at the bar - pleasant atmosphere. I'd go again if I come back to town. Would be... More 

Thank AccidentalTexan
Cataula, Georgia
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2016

Food and service are always excellent. Have eaten here several times over the past two years. Last night my wife had the duck and I had the BBQ Brisket. Melt in your mouth brisket. I could cut it with a fork and the BBQ sauce was amazing. Sausage Balls app were also very good. Enjoy the atmosphere and again, service... More 

Thank Bryan G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $18
American, Bar, Pub
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
11:30 am - 12:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
  • Location: United States  >  South Carolina (SC)  >  Columbia
  • Phone Number: +1 803-748-0540
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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