Still in Rock Hill, South Carolina, I came across another local brewery near downtown that I popped in for a visit and a few drinks. Founded in 2018 by a former military medevac pilot and his friend, they have the goal to make Dust Off Brewing Company a community staple and gathering place. So sit back, grab a beer, and see how well they have done as I come in for a landing with my review of this up and coming brewery.
- Beer – The tap list is small, with a handful of year-round beers alongside several limited release taps. The beers I tried ran the gamut from light to dark and I found them to be well balanced and solidly constructed, without a lot of the more experimental sides I have seen at some of my recent stops. That is exactly what you want out of your main line-up of beers, though I would love to seem more creativity and greater variety of styles on tap. That being said, these beers are very drinkable and were just what I was looking for on a hot and humid night. Score: 2.5/5
- Brewery – The brewery itself is new and well designed, with ample room to grow in to the space. From a rustic looking wood façade to an interior that embraces the age and history of the building, this is a good-looking place. The outside seating consists of a few tables scattered on the sidewalk out front underneath decorative lighting, perfect for enjoying the cooler evenings with friends but probably not ideal on the hot summer days without some shade. Inside you will find ample seating at high tops, the small bar, and a few tables in the back. While they do not have a kitchen in house, there are a food trucks that stop in from time to time. The prices are reasonable, and they are open every evening, with longer hours on the weekend starting around lunch time and going until 11 pm, giving you plenty of time to stop in. Best of all, they are dog friendly, which always warms my heart to see. Score: 3.5/5
- Ambiance and Entertainment – Tabletop games, dart boards, ample televisions, and even a juke box provide something for everyone here. Trivia nights, bar yoga, live music, and other one-off events are scattered throughout their event schedule, including my favorite: an adult coloring night that seems to happen every Monday night. There is always going to be something to do here no matter what day you stop by. Score: 3.5/5
- Location – A short walk from the center of downtown and the restaurants and bars there, the area surrounding Dust Off was pretty quiet the night I visited, with not much in the way of nightlife. Situated right next to a historic old cotton factory that might be interesting to visit, once the sun goes down you will have to walk a few blocks if you decide to move on to any other places. On the plus side, the building is easy to find and there is ample parking close by. Score: 3.5/5
- Customer Service – Score: Despite a full bar and moderately full table seating, my drink orders were taken quickly and pour equally fast. The bartenders were really friendly, checking in on me from time to time and chatting up any customer who wanted to talk. There was no table service, though without a kitchen it is less of a necessity compared to walking up to the bar. 5/5
Total Score: 16.5/25
Favorite Beer: Combat Coffee – 6.3% Porter
Final Thoughts: Another good find in an area I wouldn’t have expected to have such strong craft brew offerings. Dust Off has a lot of potential with their lovely tap room and solid beer line up. I definitely recommend checking them out if you are in the area.