Hunter – Gatherer Brewery at Rosewood Hangar
1402 Jim Hamilton Blvd.
According to City documents, “The Curtiss-Wright Hangar was the first building to be built at Columbia’s Owens Field Municipal Airport in 1929. The hangar was built by the Curtiss-Wright Flying Service and was officially opened in April 1930 with a large celebration, dedication, and air show. Although the hangar was initially used for passenger and airmail service, it was eventually also used for flight training, airplane storage, and airplane maintenance and repair. Of the approximately 35 hangars built by Curtiss-Wright Flying Service by the 1930s, Columbia’s Curtiss-Wright Hangar is one of the last to remain standing and is largely unaltered from its original design.”
We were so excited when we heard that Hunter – Gatherer Brewery would be expanding into such a neat, historical place from their current location at 900 Main St.
The Curtiss-Wright Hangar was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1990s for its contributions to air transportation in Columbia and throughout the state and today the hangar is undergoing a big renovation and is expected to open this summer. How exciting! Kevin Varner, brewer and owner of Hunter-Gatherer brew pub announced that in celebration of their 20th anniversary (Hunter-Gatherer Brewery and Alehouse opened in Columbia on Oct. 7, 1995) they will be opening this second location at Owens Field that will feature a taproom, a 17bbl (527 gallon) brew house, a bottling and kegging line, and an observation deck overlooking the airport. Foodies, the Hunter-Gatherer at 900 Main Street will stay the same so no worries if you’re a regular.
Renovation is well underway. There were many painted signs on the hangar. One sign, above the sliding hangar doors, originally said “Curtiss Wright” and “Flying Service.” This Curtiss-Wright sign is in the process of being re-painted to match the original and another sign will be painted (on the opposite side of the building) saying “Hunter – Gatherer” and “Brewery & Alehouse.” It’s going to look awesome! We can’t wait to dine at this historical establishment, as we watch planes fly overhead.