Kite Hill Brewery in Patrick Square opening July 4th weekend in Clemson
The long wait for Clemson’s first brewery is almost over.
According to their Facebook page, Kite Hill Brewing Co. will open on the weekend of July 4 at its Patrick Square location, near the Issaqueena Trail. The brasserie is open from noon to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, but will hold its grand opening on Sunday from noon to 9 p.m.
Kite Hill is a friendly brasserie with lots of indoor and outdoor space. During its smooth opening on July 1, families, retirees from neighboring Patrick Square and a few students from Clemson University mingled in the open space of Kite Hill with exposed metal, natural wood and greens. soft.
The first Clemson Brewery is the brainchild of Bryon Leggett and Bobby Congdon, two Clemson alumni who have always dreamed of brewing beer together for the Clemson community.
âWe have received an incredible amount of encouragement, support from the community members who have just arrived,â said Leggett. “And probably every 15 minutes people will come to the door to tell us how excited they are.”
To open, Kite Hill will offer a limited number of house beers, with expansion plans. Taps, cider, wine and soft drinks are also available. A small item of food – think of “high German bar food” – will also be served. Kite Hill will also allow customers to order pizza from Joe NY Pizza next door.
âWe want to be able to have something for the whole family,â Leggett said.
A large beer garden offers tables for guests and space for children and dogs to play. The fairy lights and live music give the place an easy neighborhood feel. Plans for weekday quizzes, live music and more will be announced in the coming weeks on the brewery’s Facebook page.
The opening has been delayed for several months due to supply chain slowdowns and weather-related construction issues, the owners say, but guests will be able to sample a limited selection of on-site beers when it opens. . The first selections are a black porter, a hopped kolsch and several lagers.
The opening marks a new era for year-round college town residents, who tend to avoid the student-heavy downtown district.
âI think there is a need, because you have your downtown for students, but it’s a place where locals can come together and enjoy. And especially because it’s on the outskirts of Clemson. Resident Emily Ewoldt said during Thursday’s soft opening.
Mike Cheatham lives next door in Patrick Square, the planned community home to hundreds of retirees and several restaurants. He’s been eagerly awaiting the opening of Kite Hill for a while.
âI was excited about it,â he said. “It’s a good atmosphere.”
Kite Hill may be the first brewery, but it won’t be alone in Clemson for long. Another brewery is slated to open in the next Dockside development on Tiger Boulevard, but won’t be ready for at least a year. Plans to have a brewery in the old Astro Theater on College Avenue were scrapped last year after construction delays.
The brewery is one of many new businesses opening in Patrick Squares’ latest commercial building. A hair salon, a waxing workshop and a real estate brokerage will share the commercial space with Kite Hill. The entire development will host an after-hours open house on July 15 at 5:30 p.m., according to Patrick Square Marketing Coordinator Keri Unsworth.
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