Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- Want to try some new craft beers? Columbia is soon to be home to a new beer brewery started by two local entrepreneurs.
28-year-old Matthew Ellisor knows a thing or two about beer making.
"We are just starting out. We are going to be the only production brewery in Columbia," said Ellisor. "My buddy and I have been brewing together for a long time. We've been working really hard. We had this dream to make a great beer."
That dream is now just a few steps away from reality for him and co-owner Joseph Ackerman. This building here, just blocks from Williams Brice stadium and tailgating fans, will be home to the Conquest Brewing Company.
"Defiantly micro scale. It's going to be stainless steal tanks. All shiny metal everywhere. Computer controlled so we can get some good consistency with the beers," said Ellisor.
"Craft beer is exploding nationwide but especially in Columbia we are seeing it on such a rise. To not have any brewery in Columbia is just a shame."
The Brewery will hold daily tours and include a test tasting room for visitors. By law they will be only able to sell one case per customer but Ellisor says with a little luck, soon you'll be able to buy their beer from grocery stores and eventually local pubs.
"The four beers will be a blonde, a sweet stout, a hefeweizen, and an IPA," said Ellisor. "People can come in. Have a tour. See the whole process, potentially in action. Try some of the different beers. And then fill themselves a togo growler."
Ellisor hopes to have the one of a kind brewery up and running soon, giving people in the midlands something else to toast to this fall.
The two owners say they are still waiting on their licenses from the federal, state, and county levels. But they say once they get those, and the equipment, they should be up and brewing by September.