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Lake Hartwell Ale Trail

Updated: May 31, 2022

Craft brewery fans will not be disappointed with the selection of breweries around Lake Hartwell. While the towns around the lake are too spread out to visit all these breweries in one day, there’s no shame in putting all of these locations on your bucket list.

So let’s go over the best places to grab a great beer near Lake Hartwell. Just want the map? Click here.

Lake Hartwell Ale Trail

Starting at the south end of the lake, there’s Southern Hart Brewing Company in Hartwell, Ga. For a small town, Southern Hart is a happening place. You’ll find all sorts of activities at this full service restaurant and bar – including a diverse selection of craft brews.

From live music to trivia nights and more, the atmosphere at Southern Hart is upbeat and energetic. Bring the kids, too, as there’s a selection of board games to play while the adults enjoy a beer.

beer in glass on table inside brewery

Try the spiked ciders, ales, and craft beer at Southern Hart

Southern Hart Brewing Company

Location: 350 E Howell St. Hartwell, Ga 30643 Hours:

  1. Monday – Thursday 11 AM – 10 PM

  2. Friday & Saturday 11 AM – 11 PM

  3. Sunday 11:30 AM – 8 PM

From Hartwell, heading northeast to Anderson you’ll get a selection of some cool places for beer lovers to try. Right downtown you can crawl a few craft beer spots as well as get some great food.

Breweries in Anderson, SC

Although it’s not a brewery itself, BREWS on Main is worth a stop to enjoy a crafted selection of beer styles and wine. Whether you’re getting a drink before dinner or just want to try some craft beers, you’ll definitely find something you like at this location.

If you’re looking for a brewery with food, these guys are in a great location to satisfy both your needs. They might even have live music and food trucks to enhance your experience.

interior of brews on main in anderson

Chill atmosphere and a hand-picked selection of craft beers at Brews on Main.

BREWS on Main

Location: 130 North Main St. Anderson, SC 29625 Hours:

  1. Monday: 4-10 PM

  2. Tuesday – Thursday: 2-10 PM

  3. Friday & Saturday: 1-11 PM

  4. Sunday: Closed

From there, you can walk to our next location and check out Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery & Winery. Boasting a true brew house vibe, the space is perfect for spending some time with good friends.

With both indoor and outdoor space, follow their Facebook page (linked above) for specials, live music dates, and catered events.

carolina bauernhaus beer on tap

Check out the daily selection of craft brews at Carolina Bauernhaus.

Carolina Bauernhaus Brewery & Winery

Location: 115 Federal St. Anderson, SC 29625 Hours:

  1. Monday: 2-9 PM

  2. Tuesday: Closed

  3. Wednesday & Thursday: 5-9 PM

  4. Friday: 2-10 PM

  5. Saturday: 12-10 PM

  6. Sunday: 2-8 PM

Just up the street, you’ll find a boutique brew shop in Growler Haus. It has a sort of members only feel, but if you get a chance to order you’ll find a good selection of beers on tap and in cans plus wine.

Cozy atmosphere and brews on tap at Growler Haus.

Growler Haus

Location: 313 N Main St. Anderson, SC 29621 Hours:

  1. Monday – Thursday: 3-11 PM

  2. Friday & Saturday: 12-11 PM

  3. Sunday: Closed

Last but not least on our Anderson brew tour is Electric City Brewing Company. Opening in late 2020, this new brewery uses the slogan, ‘Crafted for Community.’

They serve craft beers and coffee while offering a welcoming spot to visit with friends both indoors and out. Hosting live music and food trucks, you’re sure to enjoy your time at ECB.

interior of electric city brewing company

Be a part of the craft brew community at Electric City Brewery.

Electric City Brewing Company

Location: 109 E Calhoun St. Anderson, SC 29621 Hours:

  1. Monday – Wednesday: 7 AM – 4 PM

  2. Thursday: 7 AM – 8 PM

  3. Friday: 7 AM – 9 PM

  4. Saturday: 8 AM – 9 PM

  5. Sunday: Closed

Pendleton, SC Brewery

Located inside a craft brew supply store, Pendleton Brewing Company offers a selection of pico brews (i.e. very small batch) for you to try. The bonus is, you’ll likely learn about brewing your own crafts.

Pick up some supplies from Fallon Brew Supply while you’re there to try your hand and home brewing.

Outdoor tables at Pendleton Brewery

Outdoor tables at Pendleton Brewery

Pendleton Brewing Company inside Fallon Brew Supply

Location: 220 E Main St. Pendleton, SC 29670 Hours:

  1. Wednesday & Thursday: 4-8 PM

  2. Friday & Saturday: 12-8 PM

Craft Breweries Around Lake Hartwell Map

Ready to take the tour? Use our custom Ale Trail Map.

Coming Soon on the Lake Hartwell Ale Trail

In researching this article, we found 2 new breweries in the works. Magnetic South Brewery moving into Anderson and Kite Hill Brewing Co coming to Clemson.

We’ll update the article with more info as they open.

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