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Craft beer shop adding tasty addition to Soda City

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Soda City Market will soon be getting a tasty new addition.

Local craft beer tasting room and bottle shop Craft and Draft will offer curated libations showcasing Columbia-area breweries at the weekly Main Street artisan market on April 27. Craft and Draft, located at 2706 Devine St., will set up shop at the corner of Lady and Main streets, offering cans of Saturday suds from 9 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., co-owner Andrew Johnson said.

“There’s a missing link there,” Johnson said. “That link is beer, specifically someone local, someone that knows Columbia, and we fit that.”

Johnson said he had been working on a partnership with Soda City founder Emile DeFelice for around a year before the collaboration picked up momentum late last year. The exposure will also help build Craft and Draft’s brand in advance of the launch of a second location in Irmo, slated to open for business later this year, Johnson said.

Soda City offers local products from vegetables to hand-carved wooden signs every Saturday in the 1300-1500 blocks of Main Street. The market relocated to Main Street in 2012 and draws up to 7,000 visitors each week to its approximately 150 vendors, according to DeFelice.

Contact Melinda Waldrop at 803-726-7542.

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