cold crew coffee

Barrel-Rested Cold Brew Coffee on Nitro

Beer, but first cold brew coffee. We love craft beer at Fireforge. However, we start the day with locally-roasted hot or cold brew coffee. Fireforge has a few home coffee roasters on the team, including Ken, our brewer. He had a commercial coffee roasting background prior to joining Fireforge. Ken makes our cold brew coffee on a regular basis. He uses beans …

Downtown Greenville Charcuterie

Celebrate each season with beer and charcuterie

While the heat ceases to break in lovely Greenville, things are heating up in our kitchen! Late this summer, we launched our new seasonal charcuterie board, elevating our food offering for guests. A charcuterie board typically includes a selection of cured meats, cheeses, bread or crackers, and colorful accoutrements like fruits, vegetables and olives.  Our vision is to cultivate a …

Clemson football tailgating in downtown Greenville SC

Beer: A Centerpiece of Football Tailgating

Before summer releases a final, humid sigh, the streets of the Upstate turn into a sea of orange and purple. Football season is here! And the start of college football means the revival of a treasured pastime: tailgating. The concept of tailgating goes all the way back to the not-so-honorable viewings of the Battle of Bull Run in 1861, where …

Fireforge Oktoberfest Beer Festival

Save the Date for Our Oktoberfest Weekend

Iron your lederhosen, fluff your dirndle and start your stein-hoisting arm workouts…Oktoberfest weekend festivities begin September 27 through 29 at Fireforge Crafted Beer! We’re excited to celebrate this annual German beer festival with the release of our own Oktoberfest märzen, in addition to other seasonal releases and menu favorites. We’ll have a variety of non-beer options, such as wine, cider …

Come Meet the Best Bar Staff in Greenville

We knew our staff was pretty fantastic, but you guys… we’re blushing! Co-Founders Brian and Nicole attended the Greenville News’ 2019 Best of the Upstate reveal party in July and were delighted to receive the award for Best Bar Staff. This annual competition calls for Upstate residents to nominate their favorite businesses in a variety of categories. Fireforge Crafted Beer …

Two crowlers of our anniversary beer are perfect for aging.

The Rare Case for Aging Craft Beer

We’ve all heard that good wine gets better with age, and we’ve seen hyped crowds line up for rare, aged whiskeys. But does beer stand the test of time? 99% of craft beers are intended to be consumed as fresh as possible. But there are a few that may be improved with age, and many craft drinkers have taken up …

Celebrating our First Awards from the SC Brewers Guild

Opening a new brewery and sharing pints with Greenville has been a reward unto itself. But getting actual shiny medals has been especially gratifying as well. We were surprised and in awe this past March when the Fireforge crew attended the South Carolina Brewers Guild Trade Show in Charleston and received multiple awards for our beers. Of the eight beers …

Pool Honeys Peach Milkshake IPA on the bar with fresh peaches.

How Fruity Beers Get Fruity

“Do you have anything fruity?” That’s a great question we hear at the Fireforge taproom all the time, and our menu always has a few options. But did you know that a fruity beer doesn’t necessarily have fruit in it? We do love to use fruit at Fireforge, especially local options like the Clemson peaches in Pool Honeys Milkshake IPA. …

A New Champagne of Beers: Brut IPA

The world of IPAs has been overwhelmed with juicy, hazy, fruit-laden and lactose-filled variants. But one of the latest trends—the Brut IPA—takes the opposite approach. Similar to brut champagne, this sub-style is bone-dry and effervescent. Originating in San Francisco at Social Kitchen & Brewery, this new style is produced by adding  amyloglucosidase into the mash or during fermentation. This enzyme …

Implicit Bias Belgian Blonde Ale under the brewhouse lights.

Check Your Expectations: Implicit Bias Blonde Beer Release

Blondes always have more fun, and golden colored beers are always light and bland… right? We all carry around expectations that can unknowingly influence our experiences. This is called “implicit bias,” or “when we have attitudes towards people or associate stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge.” Folks with blonde hair experience implicit bias—both positive and negative. Ever heard a …