Greer welcomes new Growler Haus

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A new Growler Haus will open in downtown Greer today.

In December, Upstate entrepreneur Craig Kinley said he signed a lease on the 2,000-square-foot space at 213 Trade St., formerly home to Rhythm and Brews, for the fourth installment of his Anderson-based craft beer lounge.

Kinley and his team have spent the past two months renovating the space, which features a mural dating back to 1912, when the building was an alleyway beside a hardware store.

“We’re very excited,” said Kinley, who owns also Growler Haus stores in Greenville, Anderson, and Fountain Inn, and has one more under development in the Village of West Greenville. “Greer is a pretty established market with BIN112, The Strip Club [steakhouse] and Southern Growl. It’s a great area. There is a lot of economic growth. The city is very active and enthusiastic… We think it’s a great fit.”

The Greer location will operate from 3 to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 11 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

It will feature a dozen taps that will be rotated regularly, a dozen or more bottles and cans of craft beer and a selection of some domestic favorites.

Kinley said the store will have a broad range of affordable, delicious food options for customers from the company’s recently launched menu.

The owner said the company went out and polled the community for things they’d like to see at the location. The store has tailored its choices and services to meet those requests.

Kinley said the store has created about 8 new jobs. Ashley Hileski, a native of Michigan who lives in Spartanburg County, will manage the store. Hileski most recently ran the Growler Haus in Fountain Inn.

The Greer store has several plush couches, hardwood floors, exposed brick walls, ample lighting, a bright paint scheme, large bar, and a signature Growler Haus sign made from reclaimed wood.

“This feels like a Growler Haus,” Hileski said. “It used to be very dark in here. We wanted to brighten it up and make it a place that appeals to a broad customer base.”

Kinley said he plans to open the store in the Village of West Greenville this spring.

For more information, visit www.growlerhaus.com.

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