We cannot believe it has been a month and a half since our Grand Opening. It is funny how beer makes the time fly by…
First and foremost, we want to extend a big thanks to all of you that have supported us now that we are open for business. Whether you were one of the devoted 1,800 that braved the storms and unexpected lines at our Grand Opening Celebration, visited our tasting room or just ordered one of our beers from your favorite Upstate bar or restaurant, we cannot thank you enough for your support. The response we have received from you guys has dwarfed our expectations and we are humbled and honored to serve you.
So let us talk about beer…
We opened up with four core beers assembling our main lineup. Our Golden Fleece Belgian Ale, Ellida IPA, Smoking Mirror Porter and Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout are the backbone of our brewery but really, why would we stop there? In the short time we have been open, we have aged the Ellida, Smoking Mirror and Kaldi in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels, we dry-hopped a batch of our Golden Fleece, and we have brewed entirely new releases such as our Saluda Wet Hopped Dubbel and our Kermesse Pumpkin Saison.
The research and development departments at Apple and Samsung might spit out a new product every fifteen minutes but we are pretty sure ours taste way better.
Anyways, some of these brews are only available in our tasting room and some might find their way into the Upstate marketplace. Some might earn their very own release parties and some might sneak into our tasting room on a special Tuesday night. We will keep you posted on all the details as these brews get kegged and find a home on an Upstate tap near you.
Speaking of the tasting room, we want to share our weekly schedule with you guys since there is nothing we love more than meeting our customers right here in our own house…
Tuesdays kick off the week here at Quest when the tasting room is open from 4 pm to 9 pm. Surely by Tuesday you are ready to rinse out the taste of the start of another work week. Come by and drink a pint with us or fill up a growler to take home and enjoy with dinner.
Wednesdays are “Randall Night”. What is a Randall, you ask? Well, it might be the best invention ever. More specifically, it is an organoleptic hop transducer module which is fancy-talk for a “a filter that attaches to a beer tap and lets us add new flavors to one of our brews”. For example, this week we ran our Kaldi Imperial Coffee Stout through oak chips soaked in Buffalo Trace bourbon, vanilla beans, and bacon. Yes, bacon. Last week the Ellida poured through some fresh citra hops, dried lemon peel, and fresh orange peel. Every Wednesday features a different spin on one of our beers and they are available that one night only.
By Thursday it is time to party so that means we need food and music. We have worked hard to find the best beer loving local and regional artists that we can find and they bring the fun on our outdoor stage every week. Asada serves up the world’s best tacos on four wheels and we have the beer to wash it all down. This has definitely turned in to our favorite night of the week and we plan to keep on rocking every Thursday through the end of October.
The music moves indoors on Friday with the sexy sounds of our dear friend Darby Wilcox. Darby is one of those personalities where you never know what she might say or do next… mostly because she does not know either. At any rate, it always works and she sounds great in the intimate setting of our tasting room.
We like to start early on Saturdays because, well, it is Saturday. Our tasting room opens at noon and Brewmaster Don hosts tours until at least 4:30. Whether you stop in for a sample tray, a pint, or just need a growler to take to a barbecue, we love spending our Saturdays with you guys.
So that is what is happening in a nutshell. We have a lot of events out in the world coming up that we want to share with you in our September edition. Keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, smoke signals, or just have a pint with us or or your favorite neighborhood bartender. We’ll see you soon. Cheers.