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Photo by Will Crooks

We found another happenin’ spot for this month’s TALK magazine drinkin’ adventure. FIREFORGE CRAFTED BEER is yet another relatively recent addition to downtown Greenville and our local brewing scene. Located on Washington Street near the intersection of Church Street, Fireforge is Nicole and Brian Cendrowski’s first step toward their dream of creating the “greatest beer drinking experience in the world” – quite a lofty goal. But, based on our visit, they are on the right path!

A cozy destination…

Photo by Will Crooks

Brian, Nicole, and team have put their heart and soul into this former tire warehouse property, creating a cozy, indoor tasting room along with a laid-back biergarten in the sun-soaked outdoor space. And while Fireforge is a great spot to catch a game or some live music, they really just want folks to come relax, hang out for a bit, grab a bite, and try their 15 house-brewed beers on tap. We sampled four and will be going back for more!

Pink Boots Double Hazy – photo by Will Crooks

Pink Boots Double Hazy…

One great reason to drink this clever brew is its noble cause – the Pink Boots Society Scholarship Fund which provides tuition assistance for women in brewing school.  Another great reason…that big, bold, yet balanced taste! Take note, this beer carries a 10% ABV. Forewarned is forearmed – just sayin’!

The Onyx Black IPA – photo by Will Crooks

Onyx Black IPA…

Not to be outdone by the blondes, this dark beauty holds her own. This rich ale is quite light in taste while still maintaining that mysterious, moody appeal. You’ll find a bit of hops, a piney element, and interesting coffee notes…all to say there is much more to this brew than meets the eye. She’ll give you a full-bodied flex any time of day. Cheers!

The Tasmanian Devil – photo by Will Crooks

Swipe Right and Tampanian Devil

They say blondes have more fun, and these two are the proof in the pudding! The “Swipe Right” has a smooth base with fruity notes balanced by a hint of spice. A blonde that is sugar and spice sounds just right to us! And while the award-winning “Tampanian Devil Triple” gets its start much like the “Swipe Right”, its fruity notes are yeast-based, creating a buxom flavor with just the right hint of tart. These two blondes are reminiscent of cocktails as they are far more complex and layered than your average beer. Cheers to blonde complexities!

Photo from Fireforge.beer

Time to pay them a visit…

Pick an afternoon or evening and head on over! Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4-9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 12-10 pm, and Sunday from 12-10 pm, they will greet you with a friendly smile and will “serve with enthusiasm”!

Fireforge Crafted Beer . 311 E Washington Street . Greenville . (864)300-4809


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