What defines Good Times beer other than water, barley, hops and yeast? To us, the term ‘good times’ represents the adventures we experience, the challenges we face, and company we keep.
After slinging plants and busting knuckles with each other for several years at a local nursery, Sidney Huskey and Gianpaolo Bonaca went off to build things on their own for a while. In 2014, the two regrouped and decided it was time to introduce Good Times to Greenwood. With brew master Sidney’s over 20 years of homebrewing experience and co-founder Gianpaolo’s propensity to tinker and build… it was time for Good Times Brewing to come to The Mill House. We brewed our first beer in our Brewmation 3 barrel (93 gal) brew house in October 2014. We started with simple, straightforward beers with care given to process and quality; a blonde, Nugget IPA, Russian stouts… a strong foundation. But Sidney quickly moved on to brews with local ingredients like our barrel aged Not Your Granny’s Peach Cobbler, Smokey the Pear Belgian Pale, or locally hopped Migration IPA. In 2015 we began partnering with distributors, rolling out exposure to the upstate region with Carolina Beverage Company out of Anderson, SC, and soon to the rest of the state by 2018.
Of course we continue to experiment, grow, and find new ways to excite our fans. Today Sidney provides us with 14-18 beer on tap, with mainstays such as Blood Moon IPA and Unkel Dunkel and Rye’t Times Rye, to seasonal favorites like the bourbon barrel aged Perfect 10 doppelbock, or King Jim’s Octoberfest. By the time you read this there is a good chance we are nearing completion or have already completed our 10 barrel brew house expansion next door at 233 Maxwell Ave. Come see us and let the Good Times flow!
Gianpaolo (also answers to ‘GP’ and ‘Geep’, and has been called worse) came from Columbia SC to attend Lander University. In 2001 he graduated from the school of Business, and decided to stay involved with product development in the horticulture industry. This somehow seemed to lead to projects varying from building growth chambers, to electrical contracting, to real estate investing with his partner Paul, among other things. Gianpaolo’s late father had always wanted to build a brick oven, so during the era of doing 15 projects at a time he decided to build a small oven in the back yard of his mill house in the Harris Mill Village. After many moons of teardowns, rebuilds and profanity, the oven finally ran smoothly and provided perfect pies for many gatherings. When the economy took a down turn in 2009, Gianpaolo and partner Paul decided it was time to stop flipping houses and start slinging pies. With the strong support of his wife Riley and their 2 boys, their families, the city of Greenwood, a dedicated staff and even more dedicated patrons… Gianpaolo and Paul have enjoyed a gracious experience in hospitality since 2010.
Paul is a Washington DC area native who had spent time in the area until he permanently relocated to Hodges in 2004. Sticking with what he did best in DC, Paul started rehabilitating properties around Greenwood. With new challenges in a new market, Paul teamed up with a long time friend and SC native Gianpaolo, and together they decided to purchase properties to then improve and market the properties for sale or rent. The market downturn in 2009 forced a change in business plans, so Paul and his partner decided to take a leap of faith into the restaurant business. With a shell of a building in a quiet part of town they put their resources together to bring a new dining experience to Greenwood. Paul continues to have as much time on the floor as he can, though he is well known for his quiet personality (not really). Paul and Gianpaolo enjoy spending time with our community and our patrons… you can’t miss Paul!
A native of Ninety Six, Sidney graduated from Presbyterian College in 1987 with a biology degree, and went on to Clemson for a Masters in wildlife biology. In early ’91 Sidney went to work for the state of Florida as a biologist, and quickly stumbled on a simple homebrew kit given to him by his sister. From this point, the passion continued as he developed a relationship with a Homebrew shop in Jacksonville and started on 5 gallon batches. Heading back to SC in ’94 Sidney went to work in land and wildlife management. Sidney continued his passion for brewing, and in 1998 built his own 3 vessel, 10 gallon all-grain brew house out of beer kegs. In 2005 Sidney shifted gears and went on to work with a local nursery. Here Sidney met Gianpaolo, as they both did their best to hang on to a white knuckle ride of late night truck runs, trade shows, and keeping the nursery running with duct tape and bailing wire. These were good times… with challenges and triumphs alike. But by 2010 they both had enough and left the nursery to build their own things for a while. A few years later Sidney and Gianpaolo get back together with the idea of bringing good times to Greenwood. In 2014, Good Times Brewing was born at The Mill House with Sidney (heading up brew operations)/ (as the master brewer)/ (as the head brewer) --- you get the idea--
237 Maxwell Ave, Greenwood, SC 29646