Peak Drift Celebrates First Certified SC Products with Local Farms
(Columbia, S.C.) – Peak Drift Brewing Company, an award-winning craft beverage company in Columbia, hosted a “Meet the Farmer” event with the South Carolina Department of Agriculture on Thursday, September 7, to announce Peak Drift’s first Certified South Carolina products. The new craft beers feature locally-sourced fruit from McLeod Farms and Coosaw Farms.
“Peak Drift has always been committed to being an eco-friendly operation that builds relationships with local farmers,” says Sara Middleton Styles, co-owner of Peak Drift Brewing Company. “Local is better — and our new Certified SC products with McLeod Farms and Coosaw Farms exemplify local collaboration and innovation that support our state’s farmers.”
Using its state-of-the-art in-house fruit processing equipment, Peak Drift used peaches from McLeod Farms and watermelon and blueberries from Coosaw Farms to create its newest seasonal beverages – the Peak Drift Peach Cobbler Sour Ale and the Peak Drift Watermelon-Blueberry Sour Ale.
“I commend Peak Drift for collaborating with farms right here in the Palmetto State,” says Hugh Weathers, South Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture. “Agribusiness is a powerful driver of our state’s economy, and it’s good to see local agribusinesses working together. McLeod Farms and Coosaw Farms are valued Certified South Carolina members, and this is a great way to celebrate them.”
The Certified South Carolina program is an exciting cooperative effort among farmers, processors, wholesalers, retailers and the South Carolina Department of Agriculture that helps consumers easily identify goods that are grown and harvested or raised in the Palmetto State. Launched in 2007, the program has more than 2,000 agricultural producers as members.
“McLeod Farms, still family owned and operated, has been growing peaches in South Carolina since 1916,” says Rachel McCormick, marketing coordinator for McLeod Farms. “We have nearly 1,000 acres in production and grow more than 50 varieties of peaches. We’re proud of what we do and we’re ecstatic to have our product be the highlight of one of Peak Drift’s seasonal beverages.”
“Coosaw Farms has worked diligently to innovate in watermelon growing, becoming one of the leading mid-Atlantic watermelon producers in the U.S. today,” says Brad O’Neal, minority owner of Coosaw Farms. “We’re excited to bring our farm’s flavors to this new beverage — introducing Coosaw to people in a new and exciting way.”
The creation of the Peak Drift Peach Cobbler Sour and the Peak Drift Watermelon-Blueberry Sour are only the beginning for Peak Drift’s commitment to the Certified South Carolina program.. Peak Drift will continue to source as much fruit as possible from South Carolina farmers, including apples, peaches, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries.
Peak Drift products are available in restaurants, bars and stores across the Midlands and Greenville area as well as at Smoked, which houses Peak Drift’s microbrewery. Peak Drift will continue to expand its products into additional markets this year and beyond.
For more information on Peak Drift, visit https://www.peakdriftbrewing.com/.
About Peak Drift Brewing Company
Founded in 2021, Peak Drift Brewing Company is an innovative craft beverage company based in Columbia, South Carolina. Capturing life’s peak experiences, Peak Drift features high-quality craft beers, hard seltzers and non-alcoholic beverages inspired by the landscapes of the Southeast region. Peak Drift products are available at select stores, bars and restaurants throughout Columbia, S.C., Greenville, S.C. and at Smoked, a restaurant in the heart of downtown Columbia. For more information, visit www.peakdriftbrewing.com.