Steel Hands taps

Photo courtesy Steel Hands

The largest brewery in the Midlands is ready to show off its grand facility on Saturday, Dec. 1, in the quiet City of Cayce as Steel Hands Brewing opens to the public.

Though they wanted to be open sooner, the owners say they decided to take the time to add special touches that added on lead time.

“We wanted to create a destination we thought that we didn’t currently have,” says Ashley Lambert, marketing and business development director for the brewery. “We wanted to have all of the components including a taproom, brewing space, an outdoor stage, and more.”

During Saturday’s grand opening, there will be 10-12 beers on tap, including their golden ale, coffee lager and tropical IPA — which will be hitting retail shelves early in 2019.

“We have a great variety of highly drinkable beers … or 'crushable,' as our owner likes to call them,” says Lambert.

Though the brewery won’t be installing its own canning line just yet, Lambert says that they have the room.

“We couldn’t do what we are doing in downtown Columbia, so we were really lucky to find these four acres in Cayce.”

In addition to beer, Steel Hands has its own kitchen and will be serving a limited menu for the time being with taproom favorites like fresh pretzels, a charcuterie board, duck fat fries, and a schnitzel sandwich.

“We didn’t want to overwhelm ourselves on day one,” says Lambert, who also indicated that the food offerings would grow over time to help the brewery become an all-day hangout spot.

On Saturday the party starts at 11 a.m. and runs through 10 p.m. They’ll have live music throughout the day, including Prettier Than Matt, Finnegan, and the Kenny George Band.

The brewery will be family-friendly and dog-friendly, too. On-site parking is available and the brewery is accessible from both 12th Street and Frink Street. The address is 2350 Foreman St., Cayce.

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