Along with revealing the name Peak Drift Brewing Co., the owners of the operation announced that Ashley Kinart-Short, a Wisconsin native, would head up brewing operations at a press conference on July 13.
According to the South Carolina Brewers Guild, Kinart-Short will become just the second woman currently working as a head brewer in the Palmetto State.
The Middleton family — who own the brewery along with a hefty portion of the 1600 block of Main Street and healthcare business LTC Health Solutions — announced that Kinart-Short’s beer will also be served at their forthcoming restaurant and microbrewery Smoked along their increasingly stacked block downtown.
She is the first and only woman thus far to lead a brewing operation in the Midlands.
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