The craft beer business in Columbia has seen rapid growth since the summer of 2013 when there were none. There are now three full-production breweries downtown and craft beer lovers now have lots of choices of locally brewed beers.
"Yeah the growth in craft beer has grown in the last few years and getting the breweries in Columbia is going to help that aw well. So they don't have to go to Charleston or Greenville or Ashville to get the craft beer. They can get it right here in Columbia," said Swamp Cabbage Brewmaster Doug Boyd.
Swamp Cabbage is a family owned business, one of the newest breweries in town. Boyd said his family decided to start the brewery because of the lack of them in Columbia at the time.
"We thought it would be good for the community to have full-production breweries. And since we've started there's two other breweries that opened up and we've been the third," he said.
"It was something these guys wanted to do since there is now three breweries in town. They could now go and take people to each brewery in one trip. And that way it would give us exposure and all three exposure in one day," Doug Boyd said.
The bus travels from the Vista, to Conquest Brewing, River Rat Brewery, Swamp Cabbage, and back to the Vista every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Boyd said the family is hoping to sell their beer outside of the Columbia area in the near future.