From breweries to brew buses, Columbia has finally hopped on the craft train.
This birth of craft beer in Columbia catalyzed the creation of Craft and Draft– part beer shop, part bar, located at 2706 Devine Street.
“We felt that Columbia needed a bottle shop,” said Craft and Draft’s co-owner Kellan Monroe. “We go tired of going literally everywhere but Columbia to get good beer.”
The two owners, Kellan Monroe and Andrew Johnson, met each other in engineering school at USC back in 2004. Kellan says that they were the kids that always sat in the back of class and talked about everything except engineering. Once the two friends graduated, they went their separate ways– Kellan working for the DOT in Denver and Andrew for a concrete business in Lancaster.
In 2010 Kellan and Andrew hunkered down and put together a plan to open a brewery. However, because of money issues, the plan fell apart as quickly as it came together. The friends decided to take the cheaper alternative and open a beer store.
The store was originally slated to open in the Rosewood shopping center, but a last-minute misunderstanding with the landlord forced the duo to scramble for a new location. While driving down Devine Street, they spotted a storefront for rent. Finally, in July 2014, Craft and Draft was ready to open.
“We literally hit the ground running,” Andrew said.
On opening day, the store was packed. They went through more than 20 kegs, and Andrew had to make an emergency call to a distributor to keep the supply flowing.
With a daily changing 12 tap menu, generously stocked shelves and the option of filling growlers, Craft and Draft supplies Columbia’s need for an extensive selection of craft beer.
“We’re all stressed and working our asses off, but we’re having a damn good time,” Andrew said.