Growler Haus brings craft beer and community engagement to downtown Spartanburg

September 18, 2013

September 20th, 2013 - Spartanburg, SC - There’s a new place to meet up and enjoy craft beer in downtown Spartanburg as the Growler Haus opened its doors on 29th day, August. This new craft beer spot is in the former Edward’s Cigar Bar off Church Street across from Morgan Square. “We love craft beer, creating community, and providing the place to do just that.” commented Craig Kinley, Growler Haus proprietor.

Growler Haus Spartanburg captured more than 120 early “craft beer tribe members” in the Spartanburg area, asking them to support their cause and in exchange the members obtain beer rewards, are invited to special events and get first dibs on hard to find craft beers. “The tribe becomes a vested customer so when we open we in essence already have a sustainable revenue stream.” The grand opening Haus Party Weekend is scheduled for October 12th with the band Soul Stew, specialty craft beer and some pairings with a local up and coming chef. Everyone is invited on Saturday 12st from 2-6 to enjoy the new space, beer specials & live music.

“These events are just the beginning.” stated Lauren Harris, Growler Haus’ general manager, “We will have monthly brew club meetings, tastings, game nights and live music. It's a home away from home, the possibilities are endless." This space has been renovated to include a private tasting room, an upstairs “get away area”, 24 rotating craft beer taps and an outdoor biergarten.

Growler Haus’ first location opened a year ago in downtown Anderson, has been a tremendous success and recently celebrated its 1st Anniversary on August 24th. “Growler Haus is more than a bar and Growler retail shop, it is a “tribe” of people who love beer and love being involved in community.” Kinley said. Growler Haus Anderson features nights like Beer and Napkins where entrepreneurs and innovators present their ideas and Just Brew It - Anderson is a local homebrew club that meets once a month to discuss the technical side of brewing. “We also really enjoy our nonprofit Pints for the People events where proceeds go toward local community causes.” Kinley noted. They recently tested a “Beer & Bible” night where any denomination of religion is invited to discuss the verses of the bible with the foundation book of “The Most Misused verses in the Bible” by Eric J Bargerhuff PhD.

The craft beer and microbrew industry has been rapidly growing across the country including the Southeast. The online Brew Association reports that craft beer currently employs over 100,000 people nationwide with an annual growth rate of 10-12%. “People are getting tired of yellow beer,” Kinley pointed out, “and they want to drink beer as intended; with flavor and friends.”

Earlier this year, following its participation in the City's Main Street Challenge economic development contest, Growler Haus and the City of Spartanburg entered into a Downtown Incentive Development Agreement that will assist in bringing its craft beer culture to the downtown area.

More information on community events and beers on tap can be found online at


The Growler Haus was created to deliver the freshest craft beer while creating an atmosphere that is conducive to business and social environments. The Growler Haus delivers a unique craft beer buying experience with multiple seasonal and tasteful craft/microbrews and other non-liquor libations including local wine and ciders. The environment is specifically and thoughtfully designed to be a rustic, unpretentious pub style atmosphere with focus for the downtown business community. Growler Haus is the “3rd environment”, not your work environment, not quite home, however a comfortable place to transition between the two.

Growler Haus Anderson opened its doors summer 2012 and has had tremendous success in only one year of operation.

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