Know where I’m from? South Carolina. Know what I like? Beer. Know what I love? South Carolina beer, specifically, beer from South Carolina’s Lowcountry. The Lowcountry region of South Carolina pretty much includes: Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton and Jasper Counties. Additionally, Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties are also included. Typically when people think about beer from these areas, the names that come to mind are Westbrook, Holy City and Palmetto. However, there is a new, underrated kid on the block and they are making some FANTASTIC beer.
Say hello to River Dog Brewing. River Dog currently calls Ridgeland, SC in Jasper County home and they almost straddle the border of Beaufort and Jasper counties. Their motto is “Exceptional craft beer brewed in South Carolina” and boy do they live up to that. Everytime I go home, a visit to River Dog is almost automatic. My car self drives itself there and who am I to stop it? I mean, I like great beer and my car knows how to get me there so I just go with it. Founded in 2013 by Josh and Gabby Ferrell, the brewery has been taking the low country by storm. They now distribute in South Carolina, Georgia and Alabama and will be canning their delicious nectar by the end of the year. Brewing operations are headed up by Dan Baker, formerly of Deschutes and Sweetwater. From their website:
As you can see, their brewing has some respectable chops. On a recent visit I had the opportunity to taste a few of their offerings. Some of the beers currently on tap: The May – River Dog’s session beer that is single hopped with Amarillo hops at 5.2%, Doovalacky Double IPA – A DIPA bittered with Nelson Sauvin, finished with Pacifica Jade and Motueka, and dry hopped with Wakatu. The yeast used is an Australian strain making this beer truly a beer from down under, and my favorite AlteRED State – A beautiful, red/amber beer with a huge tropical nose and palate. Hopped with Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado and Centennial hops. See the link above for the other brews on tap, because they are all true to style and deliver exactly what you are expecting.
Brewing with a 15 BBL mashtun and five 30 BBL fermenters, you can imagine that a good amount of brewing is always going on. In addition to brewing, River Dog has a barrel room that is worthy of copious amounts of jealously. I mean, do you know anyone else who has a Belgian Quad with raisins in Pappy Van Winkle barrels? Or a Kriek with cherries in Maker’s Mark barrels? Perhaps barrels with an Oud Bruin? Maybe a Kolsch with peaches in barrels? I’m not saying, I’m just saying. If you want to drink some great beer from a brewery filled with cool ass people (looking at you Mike and Jessica), a brewmaster who won’t hesitate to speak with you, a great owner in Josh and you want to be able to say you knew them before they blew up, like me, then get to River Dog Brewing!!! You’re welcome!
River Dog Brewing Co.
591 Browns Cove Rd. North
Ridgeland, SC 29936