Category Archives: Craft Beer

Drink Carolina Proud!

craft beer at Sycamore BrewingAt Dressler’s Restaurant, we love serving and drinking great-tasting, local beer!

So we can’t pass up the opportunity to congratulate Sycamore Brewing, which celebrated its grand opening on November 1.

We recently spoke with Sarah Brigham, Co-Owner and Managing Director of Sycamore Brewing, on the grand opening of the brewery.

How long has brewing beer been a passion for you? 

“My husband, Justin, has been brewing beer for over a decade,” says Sarah. “We’ve been together for ten years (married for six) and it didn’t take long for me to get interested in the process. Justin’s enthusiasm is contagious and the beer is amazing–not a hard sell!”

craft beer at Sycamore BreweryWhat is craft beer, for those who may not know?

“The Brewers Association defines a craft brewer as small, independent, and traditional,” explains Sarah. “For us, craft beer is about taking pride in what you do, using the freshest ingredients possible, and brewing incredibly tasty beer.”

Here’s a look at what we are brewing in our taproom:

  • WINCHESTER ESB
  • SOUTH MOUNTAIN CREAM STOUT
  • SOUTHERLY OPA
  • GRASSY KNEES BLONDE
  • OPENING DAY IPA
  • FRIDAY STAR IPA
  • BEARS IN THE WOODS BROWN
  • DARK FALLS CDA

Please tell us a little about your beers.

“We have 20 beer taps and will, before the year is out, have 20 different, ever-changing, fresh beers on tap in our taproom. One of our flagship beers is called Southerly O.P.A–an oat pale ale brewed with bright, floral, and citrus-forward American hops and a generous addition of toasted oats,” explains Sarah. “We’re very proud of this refreshing, year-round beer.”

“We will soon be distributing our Peak Farm Pale Ale (Spring 2015),” adds Sarah.

In terms of quality, what can customers expect from your products?

“We pride ourselves in using the freshest ingredients possible.”

November 1 was the grand opening of your brewery. What was the excitement level at the brewery?

“The Grand Opening was a big day for us,” says Sarah. “It signified the culmination of a huge amount of hard work.”

What will brewery tours be like?

“We offer fun and informative nightly tours at the brewery. Guests will get a chance to have a look behind the scenes and see the inner workings of the brewery.”

Will any food be served at the brewery?

“We’ve got some great food trucks scheduled to be at the brewery and will also serve some simple snacks,” says Sarah.

  • Mondays – Imperial Sandwich
  • Tuesdays – Yummi Banh Mi
  • Wednesdays – Chef Street Bistro
  • Thursday – Chrome Toaster
  • Friday – Roots Food Truck
  • Saturday – Hot Box Next Level Street Food
  • Sunday – Yummi Banh Mi

Describe the staff at your brewery. How many people do you have working there?

“We have a wonderful, hardworking team. On the production side, we have my husband and Jordy Smith. In the taproom, we have a small team of craft beertenders who are passionate about great beer and warm, friendly service.”