I love beer. More specifically I love craft beer and the growth of the craft beer and brew pub industry. I think it has reached close to its peak, and now we will see more of the most successful keep going while some of the dabbler's fizzle out.
I want this place to be good and stay in the business for a number of reasons. It's a fun location (downtown Greenville), its a gorgeous looking brew pub with the vision of the mashing and fermentation tuns, and brick walls that really play into the downtown decor.
Food is usually pretty good. Not too expensive, and a good selection of appetizers and sandwiches. My friends visited from Ohio over the weekend, and we took them there on the 4th of July. I have been there nearly 5 or 6 times since I moved here a year ago, and the biggest complaint is that they usually have 1 of their beers out. Nearly every "unlucky" time I'm there one of their beers is out. I go there for the beer....so when one is out it's like going to McDonalds and them not serving Fries.
I've eaten their Ruben, the Pulled Pork BBQ, and some fish tacos. I've also tried their calamari. I can't say that I have been disappointed in their food. But missing beer on occasion took them from a 4 rating to a 3.
If they listened to a small guy like me I would say three things in regards to their business because the competition is fierce these days in your target group.
1.) Develop and strengthen your brand. In this beer market and economy (one of the few profitable industries) it is important for people to know-believe-and-like what you are.
2.) Make more beer for your draft selection, and/or bottle it and have extras as back ups. I don't mind 4 flagship beers and 2 specialties/seasonals, but if you are out of any of them 60-70% of the time something needs to be on the back up plan.
3.) I'll stop at two.