Sumter Original Brewery Establishing Operations In South Carolina

The local craft brewery's $6.5 million investment will create 20 new jobs in Sumter County, SC.

Sumter Original Brewery, a local craft brewery, will invest $6.5 million to establish operations in Sumter County, SC. The project will create 20 new jobs.

“We are excited to bring Sumter’s first brewery to downtown Sumter and continue the revitalization efforts of this historic area,” said Sumter Original Brewery Owner and Operator Gray Shuler. “We want to create a convergence of world-class beer, along with the great food and atmosphere of downtown for the people of Sumter and surrounding areas. Thank you to everyone that has supported and contributed to this project over the past twelve years.”

Sumter Original Brewery
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The first-of-its-kind in the county, Sumter Original Brewery will brew beers using the centuries-old Germanic tradition of step mashing – coaxing out subtle nuances by enzymatic activity.

Located at 2 South Main Street in Sumter, Sumter Original Brewery’s 30,000-square-foot facility will have a 15-barrel brewing system that will brew a diverse selection on craft beers including an IPA, stout, sour, pale ale, light beer and more.

“All around South Carolina, businesses of all types are thriving, and today’s announcement by Sumter Original Brewery is a testament to that,” said Gov. Henry McMaster. “We congratulate this company and look forward to watching them impact the community for years to come.”

“South Carolina’s craft brewing industry continues to grow, making a name for itself locally, regionally and nationally,” said South Carolina Department of Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt. “We welcome Sumter Original Brewery to Sumter County and are excited about the impact these 20 new jobs will make in the community.”

Sumter Original Brewery’s operations are expected to be online by mid-March.

“The opening of Sumter Original Brewery will take Sumter’s revitalization to the next level, as a vibrant downtown benefits everyone,” said City of Sumter Mayor Joe McElveen. “It will complement everything that has been done and encourage even more investment. I believe our downtown success instills pride in all our citizens.”

“It is really exciting to witness the great response by the community to Sumter Original Brewery,” said Sumter Economic Development Chair Greg A. Thompson. “We believe this investment will have a longstanding impact on our local economy and helps to cement downtown Sumter as a dynamic place to do business.”

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