A trip back east for work afforded me the opportunity to check out some new breweries in two new states! I started in Greenville, South Carolina fresh off a cross country flight and looking for a place to eat and to hopefully find some good beer. Luckily Yee Haw Brewing was a few blocks from my hotel and open late, so I set off to check them out. Founded in Johnson City, Tennessee in 2015, they have expanded to four locations in Tennessee and this new spot in South Carolina. So sit back, grab a beer, and enjoy my review of this brew pub with a lot of yee and a sprinkling of haw.
- Beer – Their tap list is composed of a stable of regulars interspersed with seasonal and limited release options. Though there are some IPAs, the dankness is toned down somewhat on the east coast, much to the relief of my over-hopped taste buds. Their year-round offerings have a strong Bavarian influence, though other ale options are typically on the menu, including sours and other unique limited release offerings. The beers check all the boxes for the fundamentals with a decent helping of experimental, at least when taking their limited release tap list into account. Score: 3.5/5
- Brewery – Shiny and bright, the building looks newly renovated and like a trendy up and coming night spot. With a large indoor seating and spacious outdoor sections, they are joined together by large roll-up doors and a cool night breeze that helps dispel some of that southern humidity. Ample seating, whether at the large bar or scattered around the interior and patio mean you likely will not have to wait for a seat. They do serve food from a small menu, and it is delicious pub fare with a southern twist. I was a little surprised at the prices for South Carolina as they would not have been out of place in Oregon, with a flight of four running $10 and a meal for two in the neighborhood of $30-40. Open from 11 am until late every day, it isn’t hard to squeeze in a visit when you are in the area. Score: 3/5
- Ambiance and Entertainment – I was lucky enough to walk into a fun night of song bingo, which they apparently do on a regular basis and I highly recommend you plan your visit to coincide with it. Aside from that, they host tons of live music, and when there is not someone playing, there are plenty of televisions to watch sporting events on. Add in plenty of indoor and outdoor games and it is apparent this is one of the places to be most nights in downtown Greenville. Score: 4/5
- Location – Right at the edge of a surprisingly trendy downtown area, the brewery is easy to find when you are close as it sits right by the street and is well marked. Parking on site is limited to a moderate sized lot, though there is ample street parking close by. All of downtown is easily accessible via walking, so if you want to explore the many other options for food and drinks within a few blocks, it is easy to do so. Score: 4/5
- Customer Service – They offer table service and mine was good all night. My beer and food orders were taken quickly after I was seated and were delivered equally fast. I was checked on often and all my drink refills happened with equal speed. All around great service and friendly staff. Score: 3.5/5
Total Score: 18/25
Favorite Beer: Yee-Haw Eighty – 5% Scottish Ale
Final Thoughts: A pleasant and unexpected find in my first South Carolina Brewery, Yee-Haw Brewing provided me with good beer and a great experience after a long day of travel. Though I can’t speak for the other locations, I definitely recommend checking their Greenville location out if you are in the area.