The side trip that Mrs. UsedHair and I took to Atlanta resulted in us taking an odd route to our normal travel destination. Hence, we wound up on Interstate 20 traveling through an unknown (to us anyway) area of South Carolina somewhere around dinner time. The area didn’t look like it was going to offer us much in the way of non-fast-food dining options so my hopes weren’t that high. But, I’m very much a “just in case” kind of guy. So, I pulled out my phone and did a search on Google Maps for food options. To my surprise one of the places that seemed to be right in our line of fire was the Old Mill Brewpub. A quick look at their website checked off two important criteria. They would have food that Mrs. UsedHair (notoriously picky eater) would like, and they did serve their own beer. That was enough for us.
Walking up to the place, the entrance certainly had a standard appearance.
But, it always pays to look a little more closely to find the oddball stuff that gives each place it’s own personality.
After walking down a nicely decorated hallway, you get to the main tap room area.
Found Old Mill Brewpub almost by accident off a highway in South Carolina. Made my day. #theta360 – Spherical Image – RICOH THETA
I, and I know this will come as a complete shock, really like collections. So, I was definitely drooling over their tap handle collection.
I have a tendency to get food with a local flair, so I had to got the most southern US burger I could find. It has pimento cheese, fried green tomatoes, and pepper gravy. The only thing that would have made it more southern would have been to put grits on it. I also, of course, got a flight with 5 out of their 6 current beers.
This was no cut and dry selection of beer. Between the Cookies & Cream Milk Stout and the Hoptimize Strong Ale, I had a hard time figuring out which beer I wanted to walk out of there with. In the long run, the Cookies & Cream Milk Stout won out. I did find it interesting that their growlers and pint glasses have stickers for labels rather than something printed. But, the growler is a very unique style, so I’m still very happy to have it in the collection.
Sometimes I find myself struggling to get to great new places. Then again, sometimes they almost find me. This trip was an extremely happy accident.