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Fireforge brewery opens in downtown Greenville

Jun 29, 2018 01:39PM ● Published by Chris Haire

Fireforge's Brian Cendrowski the day after the brewery's opening.

Gallery: Inside Fireforge [6 Images] Click any image to expand.

It's been over two years since Blue Ridge Brewing Co. shuttered its Main Street location and moved out to Greer Station, but a new hometown brewer has opened in the central business district, bringing house-made craft beer back to downtown. 

On Thursday, June 28, Fireforge Craft Beer opened the doors at its 311 E. Washington St. home and its 20 taps. Draft offerings include a Belgian wit, a saison, a helles bock, and two mighty imperial stouts, one of which is a collaboration with Quest Brewing Co. and Due South Coffee.

The popular food truck Cluck, Squeal, and Friends is providing the grub, while an open space closer to the street could potentially become home to brick-and-motor eatery.

A parking lot adjacent to the brewery will eventually be turned into a beer garden.

Fireforge is a labor of love for the husband-and-wife duo of Brian and Nicole Cendrowski. The pair first began planning what would become the business in 2014.

The couple moved to Florida to start their business because South Carolina's craft brewery laws were still in the pre-Stone Bi
ll dark ages. At that time, small breweries like the one they envisioned could only sell customers no more than three pints during an on-site session. In addition to draft pints, the Stone Bill also allowed craft breweries sell sell bottles and cans of their own beer on site and to offer non-house brands on taps. 

However, not long after the Cendrowskis moved to the Sunshine State, the Stone Bill passed. And with that, the opportunity to open a Greenville brewery became a possibility. 

Yesterday, that dream became a reality.

Also, please read the Fireforge Facebook post below to learn about the breweries hours of operation and other information of importance.

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