RJ Rockers Brewing Company
A friendly neighborhood brewery with a grounded spirit, hand-crafted microbrews, and top awards.
The slogan at RJ Rockers Brewing Company is “Handcrafted. Every Beer. Every Drop. Every Time.” Since the beginning, Mark has brewed beer with a balance between rich American malts and aromatic, flavorful hops from the U.S. and abroad. He trusts his palate and creativity, and today, with over 18 beers in the RJ Rockers lineup, he still holds true to his origins and philosophy. We hope you enjoy this feature from RJ Rockers, one of South Carolina’s best!
Established in 1997, RJ Rockers Brewing Company became Spartanburg, South Carolina’s first brewery with the goal of providing the people of the Upstate with the best microbrewed beer they had ever tasted.
Owner, founder and brewer Mark Johnsen, a New Jersey native, had loved brewing beer for his friends and family for years. Following his service in the 1991 Gulf War, Mark was stationed in Germany as a member of the United States Armed Forces, and he took this opportunity to learn as much as possible about German brewing from the experts. By the time he was honorably discharged from service, Mark was ready to take his beer to the public. Mark Johnsen first opened RJ Rockers Brewing Company as a brewpub in Spartanburg’s historic downtown Morgan Square, and it quickly became a favorite downtown meeting place. Visitors could samples as many as ten different craft-brewed beers on any given day while enjoying excellent food and live music entertainment.
After many successful years of building a reputation as one of the best distinguished craft beer breweries in South Carolina, Mark relocated and expanded his brewery to a 46,000 square foot facility featuring a 30 barrel brewing system with incredible potential for future growth. The new brewhouse was built with sustainability in mind and with a long term goal of becoming 100% self-sufficient.