New $34M North Main St. Columbia brewery gets a name, female brewmaster


The $34 million brewery with its new name and female brewmaster is expected to open in late 2022.

Peak Drift Brewing Company is the name of the huge brewery and mixed-use development underway in the former Stone Manufacturing Facility at 3452 North Main St. in Columbia. The years-long project also named Wisconsin brewer Ashley Kinart-Short, as head brewmaster.

The $34 million brewery is expected to open in late 2022, according to co-owners and siblings Sara and Greg Middleton. Peak Drift will be the largest brewery in South Carolina, according to Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, who spoke in support of the business development at a news conference Tuesday morning.

“I found out that only 10% of all craft beer in the United States is produced by women, and when we decided to move forward with this project, that is something very powerful that stuck out to not only me but my family and to the team we have in place,” said Sara Middleton.

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