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Son of a Peach Seasonal Brew returns to WNC for Encore Engagement:, March 8, 2011.
A quick overview of how Western NC came to love SOAP, which is back for 2011!

New Restaurant in Spartanburg will tap into Rockers:, December 4, 2010
Trevor Anderson gives the scoop on what will replace our dearly missed Tap Room.

Spartanburg Town Takeover: Fox Carolina, November 18, 2010
This is a video of the Spartanburg Town Takeover, a clip with an interview of our very own Case Wood.

RJ Rockers releases First Snow Ale in time for Winter:, November 3, 2010
News about the 2010 release of First Snow.

RJ Rockers offers First Tasting Tour:, October 22, 2010
An overview of the new SC beer law and our first tour and tasting to celebrate!

Two Neighboring Breweries Connect with Asheville Beer Fans:, September 22, 2010
The Citizen-Times higlights our growing popularity in Asheville, a hard market to break into.

RJ Rockers new brew, Buckwheat After Dark, hits the shelves:, September 3, 2010
BAD is back, with a slightly tweaked recipe that gives it more body, but with a light, smooth finish.

RJ Rockers hires new president to help manage growth:, August 30, 2010
The brewery finally had to hire a new president because of the rapid growth of the company, and so Mark can focus more on the beer he so loves to make.

Buckwheat After Dark returning soon:, August 5, 2010
Gary Glancy reminds everyone that BAD is returning, and gives the public the scoop on Maelstrom, someone contract-brewing with us.

More Thoughts about the new Brewery Law...:, July 25, 2010
Gary Glancy gives more insight into the new law signed by Gov. Sanford, and explains how it affects both the brewery and distributors.

Former army ranger turned brew master to showcase craft beers at the Beaufort Water Festival: Beaufort Gazette, July 15, 2010
Surrounding Mark's trip to the coast, we get a little insight on what got him into making beer.

New law allows beer sampling: WRHI AM 1340, July 14, 2010
This has 2 audio clips of Sanford discussing the impact of the new law.

Gov. Sanford signs beer-tasting bill, samples local brew:, July 14, 2010
Gary Glacy explains what this means for the brewery and gets word from Sanford on what this means for South Carolina.

Spartanburg brewery making beer to be sold at Panthers games:, July 14, 2010
RJ Rockers announces a contract-brewing agreement with Skull Coast Brewing, the producer of Maelstrom to be sold at Carolina Panthers games.

March, 2010. Nick Wildrick and John Bauknight receive Small Business Person of the Year Award.
Click herefor a video from their friends, and Click Here for a video on the duo telling their story.

RJ Rockers' Fish Paralyzer lures Pub Crawl participants:, March 12, 2010
Gary Glancy brags about the success of our first pub crawl, as well as the debut of Fish Paralyzer, a beer brought back from the younger days of the brewery.

Top Talker Blitz: Scene on 7, WSPA, March 12, 2010
News Channel 7 does a brief overview of our first Pub Crawl. Our clip is at 2:21 through 3:13.

Young receives Chamber's Neville Holcombe Award,, February 23, 2010
Owners Nick Wildrick and John Bauknight were co-recipients of the Small Business Person of the Year award at the Spartanburg Chamber's annual meeting.

RJ Rockers' New Brewery Shows South Carolina What It's Been Missing: HopPress, January 7, 2010
Brian Cendrowski details the changes RJ Rockers has made to downtown Spartanburg and brags about the brewery's new home.

RJ Rockers Son of a Peach Review: The Drunken Polack, January 6, 2010
Dave, The Drunken Polack, reviews our Summer seasonal

New Rockers Beer Getting Close: Hoppy Hour on, January 3, 2010
Gary Glancy gives the inside scoop on our new IPA and our entering the World Beer Fest in Columbia.

On Tap: RJ Rockers Buckwheat After Dark:, November 12, 2009
Jake Grove of the Independent Mail in Anderson finally gets his hands on one of our brews for review.

Downtown Spartanburg Taproom ready to Pour: November 10, 2009
The Taproom at RJ Rockers finally announces opening date...the day following the publication of this article. Surprise!

RJ Rockers Taproom Opens Tomorrow:, November 10, 2009
Steve Shanafelt reflects on the economic impact of the brewery being downtown now that the Taproom is finally opening.

Drake, Sheheen say jobs key to governor's office:, November 10, 2009
I know, sorry about the politics, but they toured our brewery! There is also mention of the bill that would allow us to have tastings at the brewery.

"Why I Keep Getting Kicked out of Terry's Tap Room," or "Bell Ringer: Curse or Blessing?":, October 7, 2009
Bryan Teague warns against the overuse of Bell Ringer. We weren't kidding when we named it!

Cool Jobs #12: Beer Brewer. Jamarcus Gaston interviews RJ Rockers Brewer: WSPA. October 6, 2009
WSPA reporter Jamarcus Gaston interviewed Mark Johnsen for the news station's Cool Jobs segment. Click through to the YouTube video!

RJ Rockers brews up Gold at Denver Beer Festival:, September 28, 2009
Light Rock wins the highest honor an American brewer can receive...a gold at the Great American Beer Festival!

Taproom gives Beer Drinkers a Chance to try the Product:, September 25, 2009
The revealing of the true relationship between the home of the new brewery and the taproom that is to be their neighbor.

Business is Now Brewing Downtown at RJ Rockers:, August 13, 2009
Gary Glancy gets one of the first insider tours at the new brewery as we start brewing the first batch of beer with the new equipment, Son of a Peach..

Business Briefs: Total Training,, July 26, 2009
Ray Barry of Total Product Destruction and Total Training Services was asked to speak at an internation conference in Europe this Fall.

RJ Rockers Comes Up Golden at International Competition: GSA Business, July 6, 2009
GSA Business publsied our press release about winning the gold in LA!

Rockers wins Gold Medal for Peach Beer:, June 24, 2009
GoUpstate catches wind of RJR's award before we even posted about it! There's even a video to watch concerning how Son of a Peach is made.

Spartanburg Microbrewery to Expand: GSA Business, June 9, 2009
The GSA daily staff does a quick write-up on the big move in preparation for their June issue.

RJ Rockers is Rocking in South Carolina: Citizen-Times, May 29, 2009
Rockers gets some love from Asheville's one-stop-shop news site.

Total Storage Offers Plenty of Space for Growth:, April 26, 2009
Total Storage Services was featured on the front page of the paper for it's continued growth in hard economic times.

Spartanburg Sees Bright Spots Amid Economic Gloom: WYFF News Channel 4, April 14, 2009
News Channel 4 discusses the new opportunity coming to Spartanburg, including how RJ Rockers' move to the downtown area will help pick up the slack of closing businesses.

SC Fruit Inspires Local Brewery's New Creation:, April 8, 2009
Spartanburg's first and only modern-day brewery has tapped into South Carolina's official state fruit to produce a new springtime brew.

Council Backs Breaks for Brewer RJ Rockers:, March 10, 2009
City Council approved unprecedented financial incentives if RJ Rockers meets certain thresholds once downtown.

Rebate Brewing for RJ Rockers:, March 9, 2009
Council to discuss incentives as RJ Rockers moves to Downtown Spartanburg

Sweet Carolina: Brewed for Thought, March 4, 2009
Mario reviews beers from RJ Rockers and Thomas Creek on his blog. Guess who gets all the praise?

Sparkle City Headlines: RJ Rockers to Relocate Downtown:, February 19, 2009
Steve Shanafelt touches on RJR's relocating, and discusses how it will bring new life to downtown Spartanburg.

RJ Rockers Brewing Co. Returning Downtown:, February 13, 2009
RJ Rockers Brewing Co. is going to relocate its operations to the former Salvation Army Thrift Store on West Main Street and Daniel Morgan Avenue.

Bellringer Ale: SBN Jan/Feb 2009
SBN describes Bellringer, the first high-gravity beer RJ Rocker produced after South Carolina passed the "Pop the Cap" legislation, allowing high-gravity beer sales.

Local Brewery RJ Rockers Plans Major Expansion:, December 27, 2008
The Herald-Journal does an article on RJ Rockers' new real estate, upcoming new machinery, and plans for a 'cigarden' by May 2009.

November 2008-RJ Rockers First Snow Ale: Untamed Beer, November 6, 2008
Beer blogger Brian raves about RJ Rockers seasonal beer, daring to take Brewmaster Mark up on a bet at the same time.

Spartanburg's RJ Rockers Creates Winter Seasonal Beer:, October 31, 2008
The brewery gets praise for its new seasonal beer and Box of Rocks, where fans can buy a sampler of Rockers brews.

Memories, Traditions, and Thanks: Herald-Journal, July 4, 2008
Our own Jason McElveen presents a shameless plug for Patriot Pale. Rock on, Jason!

Red, White, and Brew; It's the American Way: Herald-Journal, July 4, 2008
Rockers is the star of a feature on Independence Day, the biggest beer-selling holiday of the year.

RJ Rockers Brewing Co.'s New Bottling Operation: Gary Clancy of Herald-Journal, June 13, 2008
Gary interviews Mark as he gives a step-by-step look at the new bottling system.

Bell Ringer selected as Drink of the Week: Free Times, June 3, 2008
Columbia's free weekly news paper selects Bell Ringer as their Drink of the Week.

RJ Rockers implements new labeling in March: Brewing News, May/June 2008
RJ rockers gives brief explanations on new labels and new brews.

RJ Rockers Leaves Mark on Hickory Hops Festival: Spartanburg Journal, May 2, 2008
Spartanburg's Microbrewery wins several medals at brew festival in North Carolina.

Changes Have Been Brewing at RJ rockers: Asheville Citizen-Times, April 9, 2008
RJ Rockers shows off new branding at the Hickory Hops Brew Festival in Hickory, NC.

Upstate Embraces a High-Falutin' Addition: Microbrews: Herald-Journal, April 2, 2008
RJ Rockers brings attention to home-grown brews. Part 2

Let the Brew Lead Your Choices: Herald-Journal, March 20, 2008
Herald-Journal predicts who will win the NCAA Tournament based on which home state produces the best beer.

When it's Time for a Change: Spartanburg Journal, March 7, 2008
RJ Rockers re-brands microbrewery, but leaves beer taste unchanged. Part 2

What Brews are Right for Your Menu?: Herald-Journal, February 1, 2008
RJ Rockers Brewmaster pairs his brews with your favorite foods in the spirit of the Super Bowl. Part 2

The Biggest Shred Event Ever-Shred First Teams up with WYFF 4
It's possible that a television station somewhere -- perhaps China --may have tripled the 65,000 pounds of paper viewers tossed our way. But I doubt it.

NewsChannel 7 Helps Protect You From Identity Theft
With the help of Shredfirst and NewsChannel Seven...

RECYCLING TODAY "Southern Success" by Brian Taylor - 2/17/2004
Shred First LLC establishes itself as a regional destruction services provider in the Southeast.

Shredder Industry Report "Shred First Ranks 92nd on Inc. Magazine's 500 Fastest-Growing List" published by Allegheny Paper Shredders Corp. - 1/2004
Shred First, LLC of Spartanburg, SC, was ranked 92nd on Inc. magazine's 2003 list of the 500 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in the U.S.

FAST 50 "2004 Fast 50 Entrant Innovators" - 2004
Q & A with Shred First CEO Nick Wildrick: Yesterday we failed and quit. Today we thrive!

Spartanburg Herald-Journal "Shred First Named to Inc. 500 List" by Amanda Ridley, 10/12/2003
John Bauknight and Nick Wildrick have gone from being hunters to be hunted.

Elliot Davis and the South Carolna Chamber of Commerce "South Carolina's Fastest-Growing Companies 2003" - 2003
Shred First is honored in the 25 top-ranking firms of South Carolina.

INC. 500 "America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies" - 2003
Shred First ranks 92nd on the prestigious Inc. 500 list.

CAROLINA RECYCLING ASSOCIATION, The Rword "Inc. 500 Reveals America's Fastest Growing Private Companies" - Fall 2003
Shred First of Spartanburg, SC, ranks #92 on the 2003 Inc. 500.

ZIFF DAVIS SMART BUSINESS "Security: All Torn Up" by Susanne M. Alexander - Dec. 2001/Jan. 2002
Taking everything from videotapes to gas grills, shredding is big business.

WOFFORD TODAY "Shred First Finds Success in Destruction" by Tanya Bordeaux Hamm - Fall 2000
A team of Wofford alumni has learned how to turn a profit on what other people throw away.