Grape and Grains plans to expand its brewery in the west end of Greenville. (Feb. 12, 2013/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
The U.S. beer market is worth almost a $100 billion and it's growing, especially among micro breweries.
Asheville is always in the running for "Beer City U.S.A." They've claimed the title multiple times. But now, Greenville is trying to catch up with the micro brew craze.
One brewery in town has plans to expand. The owners of Grape and Grains on Mauldin Road have plans to spread out their retail shop, winery and brewery across three vacant warehouses on Markley Street, in the west end of downtown Greenville.
Quest Brewing is another micro-brewery "coming soon." Its building already stands near the downtown airport.
Come early fall, forested land near Interstate 85 will be the site of Brewery 85. It's a vision Greenville native Will McCameron and his wife quit their day jobs to make happen. McCameron said they chose to build instead of finding a vacant building for the flexibility that comes with starting from scratch.
"I wanted it to be mine," said McCameron. "I wanted to have hands on hand-crafted, make sure my hands touched it, get past my inspections, my tests, that it was up to my standards."
McCameron had been home-brewing for about five years before he quit his engineering job and went to work at local breweries. About a year ago, he went to brew school in Chicago and Munich, Germany.
Last spring, McCameron started working full-time to find a place to brew, find a system to brew on and jump through hoops applying for brewing licenses.
"Not only the federal government wants to see what you're doing, where you're doing it, how you're doing it, why you're doing it, all the ins and outs, so does the state, so does the county, so does the city," said McCameron
Brewery 85's building will be off Interstate 85, but its exact location is a surprise because they're playing a game with their Facebook and Twitter fans. McCameron hopes to open by the fall.
Quest Brewery aims to open by late spring.
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