Beer exists. It’s proof that God loves us and wants us to be
happy. At least that’s how I like to think of it.
And if I’m right about that, Greenville Beer Exchange is some kind
of sanctuary. Kinda.
If you’ve ever struggled to find the right gift for a guy, it must have been before the craft beer craze we’re enjoying right now. That or you’ve never heard of the Greenville Beer Exchange. Don’t worry;
I’m here to help.
First, Greenville Beer Exchange sells beer and glasses to drink your beer from. That’s it. Brilliant.
Second, there’s beer, and then there’s the stuff you see in
commercials during pro football, with trains coming out of the sky and guys named Keith saving the day in roller skates. Thanks, Mr. Keith Stone. Ever wonder why they want to make sure you know their beer is near freezing cold? The colder the beer, the less you can taste
how bad it is.
You won’t find any of those beers at Greenville Beer Exchange.
Instead, you’ll find beers with complexity, depth, and something that was once rare in beer called “flavor.” They have enough variety to find a beer for anyone (yes, anyone) no matter how much they think they don’t like beer. There’s commercial beer, and then there’s
“But I don’t know anything about beer because I drink beer that’s cheaper than bottled water.”
I understand. It’s not your fault. One of the ways the Greenville Beer Exchange helps is every Thursday they have a free sampling where you can try a handful of beers, usually themed from the same variety or brand, to learn about the beers or even meet some of the people
that brew them.
For me, Greenville Beer Exchange helps by finding new beers I like. I
shop at other beermongers in town, but it’s kinda like going to a
different doctor every time you get sick. If I go in and ask if they
have anything like what I bought last time, if I want to know the name
of that Avery beer they had on tap a month ago, or if I want something
totally new, they can help.
Freshness also matters for most kinds of beer. Growlers, the 21st
century adult equivalent of milk jugs, can be filled and refilled with
fresh and seasonal beers, and Greenville Beer Exchange is great about
letting fans know when rare or hard-to-find beers are going on tap
through their website and social media.
The store is located in the heart of Downtown Greenville on South
Laurens, tucked just behind Barley’s Pizza on Washington Street. But
since they’re Downtown, the one complaint I hear about Greenville Beer
Exchange is parking. If you’re one of those people, I’m calling you
out. They can give you a ticket to pay your parking at any nearby
parking lot; all you have to do is ask. For the record though, I’ve
been countless times and I’ve never had to use my ticket. There’s a
lot across the street that’s free on nights and weekends, there’s free
parking on Laurens itself, and from the front of the store you can see
4 parking lots within a block. If you’ve got too much beer to carry
back to your car (congratulations!), the guys at Greenville Beer
Exchange will help you load up your car, truck, or semi-trailer when
you pull up to the front.
The days of struggling to find anything other than the most
mass-produced and tasteless beers are long gone, and they’re never
coming back. Beer is having a flavor renaissance here in the 21st
century. Check out Greenville Beer Exchange at a free Thursday
tasting and find out for yourself, or come any other time; they are
open 7 days a week, after all. I’m already excited for the fall
pumpkin beers. Mmmmm, pumpkin beer…