Goose Creek resident Eric Roberts turned his passion of beer brewing into a business by opening the first distribution brewery in Berkeley County this month.
Wide Awake Brewing Company is located at 1907 Varner Street in Summerville.
Roberts, a retired U.S. Navy veteran, said he began brewing beer as a hobby in the 1990s.
Later, he started a brewing club as he continued to explore the step-by-step process of making a satisfying ale.
His five barrel craft beer microbrewery is named after the area where its located- an unincorporated part of Berkeley County called Wide Awake.
“We brew everything, German beers, American, IPAs, sour beers, you name it,” Roberts said.
“I have a chocolate coffee stout that is a killer.”
He serves eight beers on tap in his 600-square-foot taproom but with 16 beer faucets and two nitro taps, Roberts said he’ll soon start offering more.
The beer connoisseur’s passion is less about the end product of his craft and more about the creation process.
“I enjoy making beer better than I like drinking beer,” Roberts said.
The brewing process allows him to tap into his less prominent artistic side.
“I’m very technical, very rational and logical type of person and (brewing) is a chance for me to be creative,” Roberts said.
A large crowd showed up to support Roberts for the grand-opening on Feb. 7. Among the enthusiasts were other Lowcountry brewers including Oak Road, Indigo Reef, Edmund’s Oast and Revelry Brewing.
“It was like the who’s who of Charleston craft beer,” Roberts said. “It was very humbling.”
Roberts expressed much gratitude for the large-scale turnout and immense support from the local brewery community.
A food truck schedule is available to view on the the Wide Awake Brewing Company Facebook page, as well as more information about the hours of operation.