Quest Celebrates One Year on 07/19/14

Andrew  |  June 24

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Quest Brewing Company is celebrating one year of operations on Saturday, July 19th 2014 from noon till 10:00 PM.  This event will feature musical performances by Darby Wilcox, TJ Lazer & the New Detroits, and Brushfire Stankgrass.  Several food trucks will be in attendance in order to provide dining options.  In order to make things exciting, Quest will be tapping a new specialty keg every hour for fans to sample.  These beers were brewed from input from each member of the Quest team.  Some of these beers include:

-Belgian Triple with Honeydew Melon

-Sweet Potato Stout

-Belgian Saison with Beets

-Pacific Jade Double IPA

-Belgian Triple with Orange Peel & Cantaloupe

-plus several other casks/kegs

The Quest parking lot will be closed off for the event.  Carpooling and taxis are highly recommended.  A shuttle service is being lined up and more information will be released closer to the event.  Also, we arranging for a discounted rate at a local hotel for visitors traveling from afar.

  • -IDs will be checked at the gate and only persons 21 of age or older are allowed to purchase beer.
  • -Please note that no outside food or alcoholic beverages will be permitted.
  • -You are allowed to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and bottled water.
  • -Children are welcome. Dogs must remain leashed and owners must dispose of pet waste.
  • -The event is rain or shine. In the event of rain, the concert will take place inside the brewery.
  • -Per state law, patrons will be limited to 3 pints of beer per person.

In order to show gratitude to the local community, Golden Fleece BPA cans will be discounted from now through the celebration on July 19th.  Patrons will be able to purchase cans in the tasting room for $2 DOLLARS per can.  This is Quest’s way of saying: ‘Thank you for making us a successful local brewery. Cheers!’

May Quest Log

Andrew  |  May 31

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May is over in a day and (based on our Quest Log reports) April never happened. Where the hell do the days, weeks, and month go, I ask?

Well, let’s recap for a moment…

New beers are on tap, beer dinners made for some memorable evenings, canning takes a lot more time than we expected and we still have to make time for yoga Mondays, our Thursday night concert series, and Fridays with live music and DobbieQ in our tasting room. The World Beer Cup in Denver also happened and we were forced to indulge ourselves in a week full of the world’s best beers all landing in one amazing city. Rumor has it that some other things besides beer are legal and freely available there now but we wouldn’t know about that since we are still law abiding South Carolinians…

The first thing you need to put on your calendars is our First Anniversary Throw Down on July 19. Last July almost 2,000 of you fine craft beer drinkers mobbed our brewery to get the first taste of what we have been putting our hearts and souls into. In July we invite you all back for another day of celebration as we continue on our Quest of making the best beer we could ever share with all of our friends and family. Three live bands, food trucks, and specialty brews released every hour, on the hour, from 1 pm to 9 pm will ring in our first birthday in style. We can’t wait to see you guys there to celebrate an amazing first year in business!

For those of you that aren’t local or wish you could drink a cold Quest brew in the privacy of your living room without getting into trouble at your favorite bar, restaurant or growler station, we have great news… Cans are here! Quest Golden Fleece Belgian Pale Ale is now available in cans for your sessionable summertime enjoyment. Six-packs are available in our brewhouse as we speak and will be available at your favorite craft beer stores in coming weeks. Other canned flavors are in the pipeline but the Gods of Summer Temperatures personally requested an easy drinking, hoppy Belgian Pale Ale and we were in no position to disagree.

Another Summer beer is now available in our tasting room and your favorite local beer spots as we are proud to present Ponce, our jalapeno cucumber rye saisson. One might argue that this is our best seasonal brew yet as you enjoy the crisp refreshment of cucumber while the slight heat of jalapeno peppers sneaks up and warms your soul. This is an intricate brew with an array of flavors that get better with every sip.

While we are on the subject, we would like to make one important note about Ponce… this brew was named after Ponce de Leon, the Spanish explorer. His search for the Fountain of Youth is one of history’s greatest Quests and we hoped to honor his memory with a youthful and refreshing beer that bore his name. Unfortunately, the English language had other suggestions…

Apparently our apprentice brewer Peter had no recollection of Ponce de Leon from grade school and felt compelled to look up the word “ponce” on his so-called smart phone. Google-Land led him to the mistaken belief that ponce can be used to describe “a man that lives off of a prostitute’s earnings” or alternatively, “an effeminate man”.  We assure you that there is nothing effeminate about these jalapenos and there is no reason to drink this brew out of Li’l John’s pimp cup. Most importantly, Peter has been forced to stand in the corner without Google privileges for at least a week.  Ponce de Leon would probably have had him beheaded for this indiscretion so we consider this a light punishment for his errant Googling behavior.

Speaking of apprentice brewers, we cannot say enough good things about our “Brewers vs. Bartenders Challenge”. Peter, Adam and Jeremy represented the brewhouse while Brandon, Joe and Erin showed that they know way more about beer than just how much it takes to fill up a pint glass. Each team brought their A-game as they brewed their own small batch recipes and you voted on who brought the best new Quest beer to the table.

The brewers weighed in with an imperial black IPA while the bartenders challenged them with a Scotch Ale. Both beers were delicious and when the votes were tallied the brewers’ Black IPA won by the slimmest of margins. The results were so close that Al Gore might have demanded a recount but thankfully our bartenders are gracious in defeat and we can all move on peacefully from here. As promised, the brewers will now prepare a 10 barrel batch of their winning recipe on the big system in the brewhouse so guests in the tasting room can enjoy it for more than just one night. Look out for our new Are You Afraid of The Dark imperial black IPA coming soon!

Finally, our IT department (AKA Andrew) has just put together a great new app for your smart phone. Download the Quest app now to stay updated on all of our latest news, events, beer releases and everything else Quest related. You can even map your location and let the app lead you to the closest bar, restaurant, or growler fill-up station that has Quest available when you find yourself really needing a fix. Download it today and let us know what you think.

Cheers!

Quest is Hiring (02/2014)

Andrew  |  January 30

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Quest Brewing Company is a successful, growing company in Greenville, SC that began in July of 2013.  We are looking for a part-time production assistant to join our team.  The right person will begin on the ground floor of a new Greenville, SC business.  We are looking for people who are team players and are flexible in the duties they perform as we grow the business.

Production Assistant

Candidates must have excellent mechanical skills, be willing to learn the overall operations of our brewery and assist in operation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair of all systems including packaging and warehousing, while supporting other systems as necessary. Warehousing experience a major plus. Duties will mainly consist of packaging, warehousing and cleaning, with the opportunity to learn all facets of beer production. An ability to get along well with others and a strong passion for beer are mandatory.

Qualifications:
Must be able to lift 70 lbs safely
Able to safely operate pallet jack and forklift. Forklift operator’s license a plus.
Must possess positive communication skills and work well as a team member

Responsibilities:
Support packaging operations: bottling, canning, kegging, sorting, building boxes, cleaning and sanitizing. Warehousing: forklift operating, sorting and stacking pallets, staging orders. Must be able to perform well in a collaborative environment and maintain a safe and clean workplace.

Compensation:
Pay is based on experience and knowledge.

Please send resume with cover letter to INFO@QUESTBREWING.COM.  Please no telephone calls or drop-ins.

The Quest Log – November Edition

Andrew  |  November 13

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Would it be egotistical of us to say that we’re feeling pretty freakin’ big time lately?

Would it balance out our narcissism at all if we blamed and (of course) thanked you guys for this feeling? I mean, with a packed tasting room, a huge welcome to the South Carolina Midlands and acceptance into the 2014 World Beer Cup, we are a bit overwhelmed by the reaction we are getting less than six months from the day we brewed our first beer. In the spirit of the season, we give all of our thanks to you.

Speaking of the spirit of the season, how about a new seasonal brew to enjoy over the holidays? As you read this our new Pecan Porter is getting ready for your holiday drinking needs. We say “needs” because we all know that it takes a few good craft beers to get through a holiday with the in-laws, cousins, and the drunken uncle that always looks at you a little cross-eyed… but I digress. This is about the beer, not family dynamics.

The Pecan Porter is brewed with South Carolina grown pecans, molasses, brown sugar and vanilla beans. The result will be a toasty, robust porter with a hint of sweetness and a smooth finish. We are really excited about this brew and look forward to it making your Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukah and Festivus a little brighter.

We are especially excited that we get to share this brew with more than just the Upstate. We made a lot of new friends during our visits to Quest release parties in Columbia and Fort Mill as part of our expansion to the Midlands of South Carolina. To the staff and clientele of Green’s, Morganelli’s, Flying Saucer’s, World of Beer, Liberty Taproom of Columbia, and The Grapevine – thanks for being such great hosts and having us share our beer with you. We extend equally big thanks to all the new bars, restaurants and growler stations that have added Quest taps across the Midlands and the Upstate and we hope to see them all for ourselves in the future.

We are also thrilled to announce that we will be making our first trip to The World Beer Cup in Denver next April. The World Beer Cup is organized by the Brewers Association and is also known as “The Olympics of Beer Competition.” People like craft beer more than figure skating and synchronized swimming, though, so the World Beer Cup is held every two years instead of every four like those other Olympics. We are excited about our first international beer competition and we will definitely keep you posted on our preparations and plans for bringing home our first Olympic gold medal. We trust that Brewmaster Don can brew up award-winning beers a lot easier than he can win the 100 meter dash so we feel pretty good about this one!

On the more local front, we had a great time with The West End String Band, The Frankness, and The Bent Strings last weekend and hope to keep bringing you the best music the Upstate has to offer. Our Thursday Concert Series continues this week with Jojo Taterhead Revival tomorrow night and is followed up on Friday by Darby Wilcox on the tasting room stage. The following Thursday features Lions of Zion with The Jeff Chandler Duo getting down on Friday.

Also, don’t forget Hatha & Hops for an evening of “brewery yoga” on Mondays, Randall Wednesdays and, well, good Upstate craft beer flowing six days a week in our tasting room. One way or another, we look forward to seeing you soon.

We hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Cheers!

Quest Expands Distribution

Andrew  |  October 28

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Starting Tuesday October 29th 2013, Quest Brewing Co. will begin distribution into the midlands of South Carolina.  Restaurants, bars, and other beer retailers in Columbia, Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Florence, Aiken, and other cities will begin carrying Quest’s products this week.  There are several release parties planned that will have representatives from Quest in attendance. 
10/29 Green’s Quest Release Party (4012 Fernandina Road, Columbia, SC Quest Release Party 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM) Join Quest’s Brewmaster Don Richardson for growler fills and discussion of all things beer! 
10/29 Morganelli’s Quest Release Party (3155 Forest Dr, Columbia, SC Quest Release Party 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM) Join Quest’s Owner Andrew Watts for growler fills and discussion of all things beer!
10/29 Flying Saucer‘s Quest Release Party (931 Senate St, Columbia, SC 7:00 PM – until)  Join Quest’s crew for pints.  Quest Brewmaster Don Richardson will stop by for a discussion of all things beer!  
10/29 World of Beer‘s Quest Release Party (902 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 7:00 PM – until)  Join Quest’s Owner Andrew Watts for pints and discussion of all things beer!
10/29 Liberty Taproom‘s Quest Release Party (828 Gervais St, Columbia, SC 7:00 PM – until) Join Quest’s crew for pints.  Quest Brewmaster Don Richardson will stop by for a discussion of all things beer!
11/03 The Grapevine‘s Quest Release Party (1012 Market Street, Suite 105, Fort Mill, SC 2:00 PM – until) Join Quest’s Owner Andrew Watts for pints, growler fills, and discussion of all things beer!
We hope to meet some of you at these events so we can thank you for making our story a success.
Cheers!
Andrew & Don

Chalwa Performing at Quest 10/10

Andrew  |  October 7

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Chalwa will be performing on QBC’s main stage Thursday 10/10 at 7pm.  Chalwa is based out of Asheville, NC and plays original High Country Reggae. The band consists of a diverse all-star line-up of local musicians from bands such as Ras Alan and The Lions, Asheville Horns,Hope Massive, Josh Phillips Folk Festival, and Wiseapple. After hitting the scene in 2006, Chalwa toured throughout the southeast US and Jamaica. The band has shared the stage with reggae greats such as: Midnite, Groundation, The Meditations, Bambu Station, SOJA, Pato Banton, and many more. Chalwa released it’s first CD in 2009 and was voted one of the top World Music, Reggae bands by the MountainXress in 2010. In support of their CD the band performed a live set on-air interview on WNCW, along with radio air play on Dubatomic Particles and Local Color. In 2011 Chalwa is releasing their second CD on Pinnacle Records and giving the people what they want…live reggae music!

The Quest Log – Late August Edition

Andrew  |  August 23

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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.

 

The Quest Log – June Edition

Andrew  |  June 3

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Whew.  What a month!  We are nearing completion of construction here at the brewery and the place is looking stellar.  We’ve had our bar installed.  All tanks have been hard piped in.  Electrical work has been tested and completed.  Lots of welding of process piping and brewing equipment has been completed.  Our to do list is growing ever so shorter.  We did have a brief scare with our initial boiler.  Thankfully, our boiler crew quickly reacted to our dilemma and we had a replacement boiler in less than 48 hours.  (A big thanks to Combustion Services, Inc.!)  We are getting extremely excited for how well the facility is turning out to look.  As the finishing touches are applied, the anticipation of having all of our friends, our family, and local fans of craft beer to be able to come see all the hard work we have put in to the Quest facility has us absolutely ecstatic.

Which brings us to our opening date.  We have penciled in Saturday, July 13th as our grand opening celebration.  We may have our beer in distribution by the end of this month in local accounts.  (So please keep an eye out for Quest at your favorite local watering hole.)  However, we have had a scheduling conflict with the end of June to open the facility’s doors to the public.  We see this as an opportunity to get our business practices in more of a rhythm before opening up the Quest Tap Room to a regular schedule.  Local food trucks have been contacted, as well as several local musical acts for the July date mentioned.  As the date nears and we start learning more of the event details,  we will post to our website and our social media feeds.  Buckle in.  This should be a heck of a ride.  Cheers!

The Quest Log – May Edition

Andrew  |  May 15

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Hi all!  Spring is in full swing and so are we (in full construction mode) over at the Quest facility.  Spring is one of the best times of year in Greenville.  Falls Park is blooming.  Main Street is bustling with concerts and activities. Oh and it is American Craft Beer Week!  This was supposed to be our target opening week way back in 2012 when we were forecasting how long construction would take in order to open.  We are not too far off our initial date.  However, if we could predict the unpredictable; we would be very rich entrepreneurs.  We wish you could enjoy a Quest beer in order to celebrate this week.  Instead, please support one of the thousands of other fine American craft breweries available instead.

Speaking of construction, we are gearing up for a grand opening very soon.  All of our equipment has been delivered and we are in the process of connecting/hard-piping the tanks, finalizing the tap room, cleaning, and testing all operations.  We do have several inspections, permits, and licenses to complete but we are on track with all of them.  The reason we have not confirmed a target date for our grand opening is due to the uncertainties surrounding us.  Once we have beer in the fermentors and all proper permits, we will know for sure.  We are shooting for a Saturday in mid to late June.  We are in talks with local musicians and food trucks in the Greenville area in order to kick off the latest addition to South Carolina’s craft brewing scene in style.  All details will be revealed once we can nail down a date.  Check our Facebook, Twitter, and this site often in order to stay in the loop.

Wish us luck, as the pedal is hitting the metal!  Cheers!

Andrew

The Quest Log – April Edition

Andrew  |  April 1

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April is here and spring is right around the corner.  As the weather breaks (we hope), things should really kick into gear at the brewery.  We have received more equipment to install and have numerous contractors lined up to perform some of their duties.  Some of the outside aesthetics of the facility are getting a face-lift.  The trim has been repainted, landscaping has begun, and the parking lot is soon to be patched and resealed.  Our signage on the front of the building is being made and should be up soon.  Anticipation is growing, as we are awaiting our three remaining tanks to be delivered this month.  Don is now devoted to getting Quest up and operational after concluding his stint at Terrapin Beer Co.  A huge thanks is in order to the Terrapin crew for being so helpful and supportive of our endeavor!

In other exciting news, we will be handing out samples of our core lineup of beers at The Community Tap’s Craft Beer Festival in Greenville on April 13.  For those of you that have tickets, we hope to see you there!  If you have yet to purchase tickets, there is a waiting list at The Community Tap for the sold out event.  We will have shirts, hats, and possibly other merchandise available for purchase.  We are quite pleased with our beers and are excited to have the public give us some feedback.