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Swamp Cabbage is Columbia's newest draft brewery

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Swamp Cabbage Brew Master Doug Boyd brews beers nine hours a day Swamp Cabbage Brew Master Doug Boyd brews beers nine hours a day
The Columbia Brew Bus takes customers to the local breweries in Columbia to taste each one's signature craft beer The Columbia Brew Bus takes customers to the local breweries in Columbia to taste each one's signature craft beer

 By: Emmonie Crumblin

     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.

   The other two breweries are River Rat Brewery and Conquest Brewing.

   Bars like Craft and Draft are making the most of local craft beers.

    "We sell all of them here. Anything Columbia sells really well. River Rat, Swamp Cabbage, and Conquest," said Craft and Draft co-owner Andrew Johnson.

    Craft and Draft offers a variety of craft beers. You can either buy locally or build your own six-pack with any of the available brews.

    The Columbia Brew Bus is another new business that is capitalizing on the local brewery growth.

    "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.

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