Halfway Crooks Tap Event
2:00 PM - 11:59 PM | Greenville, SC
Friday, December 2, 2022
Lager Lager Lager
You know them, you love them, and we’ll be offering multiple draft options for one night only. We’re talking about one of the finest Lager producers in the country, Halfway Crooks. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Halfway Crooks excels at brewing “sensible beers”. We’re very fortunate and excited to be able to offer these incredible lagers to our friends in Greenville.
About the Halfway Crooks
In the way that Halfway Crooks’ quirky taproom aesthetics inexplicably work, so too do the minds of its two brewers. Van Ginderachter and Bainbridge became friends and roommates just weeks after meeting at an event at Atlanta’s storied Brick Store Pub. Despite their disparate backgrounds, they share a singular purpose to relentlessly pursue their vision of “sensible beer.”
Van Ginderachter had cofounded Brouwerij ‘t Verzet in his native Belgium in 2011 before becoming brewmaster at Atlanta’s Three Taverns Brewery two years later. He became interested in brewing in the United States through his uncle, Peter Bouckaert, the revered former brewmaster at New Belgium Brewing, now of Purpose Brewing & Cellars (Fort Collins, Colorado). In 2013, when Van Ginderachter met Bainbridge, the computer engineer and homebrewer immediately struck the Belgian as “a vacuum cleaner when it comes to knowledge about beer.”
The pair discovered early on that they both wanted to build a beer culture that didn’t yet exist in Atlanta; it wasn’t until 2017 that Georgia’s restrictive laws changed to allow direct-to-consumer taproom sales. Once those were legal, Van Ginderachter and Bainbridge set out to create a taproom that evoked Belgian beer cafes, serving straightforward, technically sound lagers and table beers.
We’re excited to see everyone on Friday, December 2nd. As always, check out our website for everything Whale related. Prost!