NEWS: October 2017
Quench Your Thirst in the Old 96 (Second in a Series!)
The Old 96 District offers a “Quench Your Thirst Trail” that celebrates the creativity of local craft brewers and moonshiners. In each newsletter we introduce you to another stop on the Trail, and this month it’s all about Good Times Brewing, which makes its home in Greenwood.
- The brewery is named Good Times because that’s an ingredient in – and result of – this brew, which takes things beyond water, barley, hops and yeast and tries to incorporate the adventures its brewmasters have experienced, the challenges they’ve faced and the company they keep into each and very brew.
- The company is owned by Sidney Huskey and Gianpaolo Bonaca, who worked together at a local plant nursery before joining forces to create their first craft brews in October 2014.
- Now the pair works with ingredients from local farms to end up with Your Granny’s Peach Cobbler, Smokey the Pear Belgian pale, and Migration IPA.
- The brewery is located inside The Mill House, a popular spot for pizza ... and beer!
- They’re always up to something new and exciting, introducing new beers at a pretty regular pace but also sticking with the ones their fans already love.
Since 1973, the town of Edgefield has been home to the National Wild Turkey Foundation, and its headquarters building is where visitors can find the Winchester Museum, the only museum in the world to pay homage to wild turkeys. It’s a quirky place where you can gobble up all kinds of fascinating turkey facts, including these:
- North American wild turkeys – the bird that founding father Benjamin Franklin wanted to make the national symbol – numbered about 50 million in the late 1800s, then became nearly extinct by the 1970s thanks to a lack of conservation efforts.
- These days, there are about 7 million of them in 49 of the 50 states (sorry, Alaska).
- Turkeys have very small brains, so they survive on instinct. But those instincts must be good, as they’re among the most elusive creatures to hunt.
- Turkey bones are hollow, so clever hunters used them to create the very first turkey calls. The Winchester Museum features an impressive collection of calls, including a 4,000-year-old model crafted by Native Americans.
Pigs Get Equal Time Here
Edgefield may be all about turkeys, but South Carolina loves its barbecue ... and the Old 96 District – especially the town of Greenwood – gets into the action by offering several restaurants on the state’s official BBQ Trail. Here are the participants:
- Bare Bonz BBQ in Greenwood is known for its brisket. It’s a small restaurant – with no website – but those are often the best choices when it comes to BBQ joints.
- Carolina Barbecue Shack, also in Greenwood, is owned by a pair of retired educators, who now school diners about the secrets of great BBQ. All their meat is smoked in an on-site barbecue pit, and they offer four different sauces to satisfy whatever level of heat guests prefer.
- The Carolina Tavern, another Greenwood favorite, is known for its “Big Pig Sandwich,” which combines a variety of pork products – pulled pork BBQ, Applewood smoked bacon, baked ham and smoked sausage – tops it all with cheddar cheese, and serves it up on a soft potato role.
- Lee’s Barbecue & Catering Service, in the town of Waterloo, started in a former filling station 48 years ago. Though they have amazing barbecue, it’s the family’s hash – an old recipe created by the current owner’s father all those years ago – that garners the biggest raves.
- Little Pigs Barbecue, in – surprise! -- Greenwood, began in 1965 and has been operated by the current owners since 1988. They use a Southern Pride wood smoker to prepare whole hams, Boston butts, ribs and chicken. They use a dry rub and smoke everything on site, then offer a variety of sauces so guests can add a little more flavor if they’d like.
- Sunny Pig Saloon, again in Greenwood, is owned by Sherry Kruger, who prides herself in a family-friendly atmosphere and what she calls the “best butts Uptown.” Her menu includes an unbeatable chicken salad made from smoked chicken.