Anyone who knows me knows that I like my beer and wine but what brought me to The Community Tap for the first time was my love of Magners Irish Cider. I walked out of the store with a growler of Magners and an appointment to sit down with one of the owners, Mike Okupinski, to discuss how this great source of craft beers and hand-selected wines came to be a part of the Greenville community.
It did not take more than a few moments with Mike to realize that the word community in the store name is more than just clever branding. When the notion to open up a store focusing on craft beer first came to him nearly three years ago, the first community member to support it was Anna, his wife. While it was not an easy journey from idea to realization, he found support along the way from friends, local business owners, and his business partner, Ed Buffington and Ed’s wife, Kim. Ed brought his love and knowledge of wine as well as his willingness to work hard and dream big to the business. The great relationships Mike and Ed have built with their distributors and the other businesses in the neighborhood also add to the sense that The Community Tap really is about bringing people together.
The Community Tap contributes much more to the community than just a fantastic beer and wine selection. Works for sale by local artists are displayed in the shop and tasting room and the store served as an in-season site for those with CSA shares from Greenbrier Farms to pick up their farm-fresh food. Mike and Ed also enjoy sponsoring and participating in various local events. The Trifecta IPA that you might see on tap at other local restaurants and bars is just another one of the many contributions Mike and Ed have made to the Greenville area.
With the vast array of high quality craft beers, 60 hand-selected wines, ten taps pouring a variety of different brews, locally made Sweeteeth chocolate bars, and an event board filled with information on fun local happenings, it is no surprise that the door to The Community Tap never stays closed for long. Weekly tastings in the tasting room allow wine and beer lovers to enjoy delicious offerings along with the knowledge and expertise of Mike, Ed, and guest hosts. Private tasting sessions are also available. Mike and Ed are more than happy to answer any and all questions and offer personalized recommendations based on a customer’s palate. Mike, Ed, Whitney, and Daniel make even the quickest visit a pleasant experience.
The Community Tap became my go-to place for beer and wine not simply because of the variety and quality of the offerings but because I am thrilled to support a marvelous local business that truly strives to build and strengthen our community. Whether you are stocking up for holiday parties and guests or just want to have craft beer or a bottle of wine on hand for the end of a long work day, visit The Community Tap and discover why it truly is a Greenville treasure.
The Community Tap is located at 205 Wade Hampton Blvd. in Greenville.