Magnetic South Brewery and Home2 Suites in Downtown Anderson both open
Two new anchorages in downtown Anderson – a brewery and a hotel – opened this week.
It will be the third and largest brewery.
And it will be the second and the largest hotel.
Anderson Mayor Terence Roberts said he was excited about the growth, visited the brewery during a smooth opening last weekend and also saw the inviting spaces of the hotel.
“These are good downtown additions,” he said.
South magnetic stirring
It will be a family brewery, said Adam “Cuzzin” Willier, a former Thomas Creek Brewery brewer and one of the three owners.
The Magnetic South building has high ceilings in an industrial-looking space (a former grocery store and more recently a CarQuest Auto Parts store) with brick walls and large windows. There are some arcade games, there is a Tonka truck and other toys.
The idea is to create an inviting space for people and their dogs, to hang out and spend time, said Willier.
There are several alcohol-free offers, including glass coke products.
There are four garage doors on the side, these will become windows once a city project is completed in a few weeks, creating an outdoor space in the city center.
But it is impossible to ignore that it is a brewery.
Six giant tanks in the back will soon be lit, they could pump tens of thousands of gallons of craft beer a year.
The concept of brewery food and beer is to make the staple foods and pop them to people.
“Our big picture for beer is that we want it to be easy to drink, simple but very, very, very good,” said Willier.
With beer, they made pale hop-rich beers with the most popular pilsner and a handful of other styles. It is brewed at a copacker for the moment, it will soon be homemade.
For food, their bestseller when they opened last weekend was pizza for meat lovers.
Pizza is not hard to find, but these are made with locally sourced ingredients, says chef Jon Buck.
For pizza and other items, he paired with local meats from Providence Farm, dough from La Buona Vita, goat cheese from Split Creek Farms, and mushrooms from Dark Spore Mushrooms, all from establishments in Anderson or Piedmont. .
Willier said there are plans to expand next year, locations at Judson Mill in the spring and at Clemson’s Dockside Project in the fall.
Both would be expansions, they wouldn’t have the same amount of brewing and brewing equipment going on as Anderson’s location, he said, but it would help expand the same family meeting space. throughout the upstate.
A new hotel in downtown Anderson
Home2 Suites by Hilton in Downtown Anderson is the second hotel in the city center, after the Bleckley Inn.
The newest hotel opened on Tuesday, a bit into football season after some COVID-related delays during 14 months of construction.
It is the largest hotel in the city center with 87 rooms, all rooms are suites with a kitchen and living room.
It caters to business travelers, people moving to town, and visitors to soccer games, as well as wedding, reunion and birthday parties to take advantage of downtown locations, said? ?
There’s 2,700 square feet of meeting space and a smaller meeting room with fitness centers and laundry facilities.
The hotel is operated by Paragon Hotel Company and the general contractors for the construction were Van Winkle Construction.
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