Picture this: you’ve got your favorite beverage in hand. You’re hanging out at the coolest craft beer bar or winery you’ve ever been to. In the distance, there are beautiful views of sparkling lakes or the rolling hills of the Appalachian mountains.
Luckily, this isn’t a dream scenario. It’s real life in Lake Hartwell Country! Libations are poured here in abundance and the good times roll throughout the seasons. Whether you’re a craft beer fanatic, a wine connoisseur, or a fan of spirits, your thirst will be quenched in the land beyond the blue wall.
Where to Stay
Craft beer has taken over in the past few years, and in LHC we’re hopping on the bandwagon.
Let’s get to the beer!
Jocassee Valley is located on Highway 11. Every week they have live music and local food trucks which makes the beer on tap taste that much better. They have indoor and outdoor seating as well as a rustic outdoor fireplace.
Appalachian Ale House is a speakeasy style taproom located in the heart of historic downtown Pickens. They frequently have live music, and you’ll want to try one of their local appetizers!
BREWS on the Alley not only serves great beer, but they also have an espresso bar! They have live music, food, and a brew to satisfy just about anyone.
The Pint Station is where “good people drink good beer”, according to their slogan. They’ve got great craft beer and wine and are located in historic downtown Easley. Food trucks are regulars here and they have lots of fun events!
California isn’t the only state with delicious wine. Here in the upstate of South Carolina, we’ve got local wineries that will make any wine lover happy!
Ready to wine a little?
If you’re a fan of fruit and berry wines, then Lazy Bear needs to be on your list. This mom and pop winery is hidden away in Dacusville, SC and their wines have won several regional, national, and international awards. Seriously, these guys are the real deal!
If you need views with your wine, this is the place to be. Victoria Valley has gorgeous views of the mountains and has a lovely outdoor patio where you can enjoy your wine. They also have a tasty lunch menu!
Have you ever had a glass of wine on a farm? Now you can say you have! City Scape’s adorable mascot, the pig named Pinot, can be seen on the property of this unique winery. Be sure to say hello to the goats, too!
Being in a part of the country where moonshine once reigned supreme, it’s no surprise that there are plenty of distilleries in LHC.
Let’s get spirited!
At Chattooga Belle, the ingredients that go into making their whiskey, vodka, and moonshine are grown on the farm. Then, everything is fermented, bottled, and labeled on the farm. Their spirits must be tried and are truly a labor of love!
Palmetto Distillery gets the distinction of producing South Carolina’s first legal moonshine. The distillery is located in Anderson, and along with the moonshine they also make fine whiskey.
Six and Twenty is located in Powdersville, SC just off of Interstate 85. They make delicious whiskeys, vodka, and a special concoction known as Carolina Cream that everyone agrees is a must try!
The next time you’re in Lake Hartwell Country, be sure to visit one of these many establishments. It’s the perfect way to add some interest to your next vacation. Cheers!
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