Fresh off their 3rd year anniversary this past January in Greenville. Brewery 85 has become a fixture in the brewing community and of course the Greenville community. From their unique craft beers to their events, there’s always a reason to visit Brewery 85. In our most recent visit to the brewery we sat down with C0-founder and Head Brewer, Will McCameron and chatted about how Brewery 85 came to life, his favorite beer and more. Without further ado, we present you the Brewery 85 Q&A with Will McCameron.
360: How did the idea for Brewery 85 come to life?
Will: Like most folks who get their start in brewing, I started with homebrewing with my wife Meredith when I got out of college and moved back to Greenville. It’s a great hobby and really instilled in me a passion for brewing and creating beer. I got a job working at a local brewery as well as a local craft beer shop and plugged away for a while until I decided one night while homebrewing with Meredith and my buddy-now-business-partner Jeremy to start our own place. I moved to Chicago and attended the Siebel Institute for brewing school and then moved to Munich, Germany where I graduated with a degree in Brewing Technology from the World Brewing Academy at the Doemen’s Academy.
360: What makes Brewery 85 different from the rest?
Will: You can throw all of the pixie dust and unicorn horns you want in your beer but if the base doesn’t start out as balanced and drinkable, you’re not going to be making good juice, plain and simple. We aim to make all of our beers approachable. Our beers are designed to pair well with food, fun with friends, and good conversation. We still like to put out barrel aged stuff and sour science projects with fun ingredients but our core beers are intended to be friendly to your everyday beer drinker.
360: What’s your favorite part of the job?
Will: The demand and challenge. Every day you wake up it’s a new task to solve. You also have to be able to concentrate and problem solve off the cuff. Thinks are constantly changing and popping up and the brewer is the one who has to make the decisions and get the job done.
360: If you could drink one beer for the rest of your life, which would it be? Go.
Will: Augustiner Lager. Easy. Relaxing. Consistent. Reminds me of walking home from brewing school through Munich with some of my best friends.
360: What’s next up for Brewery 85?
Will: Man you know we can’t tell you that. We are already planning on expanding our existing reach in our current markets. We are also looking at buying some new tanks for our facility here in Greenville, so that we can continue to make unique beers for the market as well as taproom exclusive beers.
Coming up next for Brewery 85, you can visit them this Saturday, July 29 for the last of their Demo Days series themed Southern Tailgating from 2-5pm. Then the following weekend the brewery will be launching their new music series entitled End of Summer Saturday Concert Series running through the end of September.