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Hunter-Gatherer Brewery & Alehouse

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$$ - $$$American, ,
900 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
+1 803-748-0540
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good44%
  • Average7%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Bar, Pub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
900 Main St, Columbia, SC 29201-3964
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Reviewed July 14, 2015

Good place for casual dining and medium-sized groups. We had a group of eight and had to split up into two tables. We found this place based on the hotel referral. The draft beer tasters (four in a flight for $4) were fun and the...More

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Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

I cannot say enough about this place. Beer and Food are always good. Service is excellent and the location is prime. Parking can be challenging but worth it.

Thank Jeremiah D
Reviewed July 12, 2015

We visited last year while in town and decided to return. The location is very cool with lots of old brick and exposed metal. I agree with other reviews that the beer is good, but not great. We had burgers and were pleased with them....More

Thank David T
Reviewed June 13, 2015

Hunter-Gatherer is a great place to stop for some local beer in Columbia. They have their ESB (which is delicious) and Wheat always on tap. This visit I was able to have an English Ale which was excellent. The food is always great. My wife...More

Thank Cary M
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...More

Thank havingfunVirginia
Reviewed May 8, 2015 via mobile

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.

Reviewed April 15, 2015 via mobile

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...More

Thank Evon C
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.

Thank Roger B
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...More

Thank GwynethJ
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,...More

Thank Ellen L
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Tyra R
July 14, 2016|
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Response from KevinVarner | Property representative |
Sorry for the slow and partially helpful response. For us a large group is 8-12, most often we can seat 8-12 people in a reasonable amount of time. A group of more than 12 would have to find separate tables. We don't take... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $18
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 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
  • E-mail
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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