OUR STORY

Photography by Paul Mehaffey

In 2009, Mike Okupinski initiated the vision for a small bottle shop and growler bar, and his buddy, Ed Buffington, joined the project shortly thereafter offering up the idea of a curated wine selection. The two firmly believed that Greenville’s culture was ready for something special. They opened The Community Tap on July 1st, 2010, to a thirsty crowd.

With continued support The Community Tap moved three doors down (thanks to very thoughtful neighbors and a willing landlord!) in April of 2014 into a larger space complete with an expanded wine and cold selection, a bar with 20+ beers on tap, over 12 wines by the glass as well as kombucha and specialty non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy onsite, a private event room, and a large deck with seating for 60. Anna Okupinski officially came on board (Spring 2014) as the organizer/whip-cracker for the new and improved Tap.

Ed and Mike continue to have a great time hand-picking TCT’s product assortment while also connecting with the requests of our customers – whether it be executing new event ideas, bringing in new products (we now have sake!), or partnering with local charities – the Tap is all about connection, discussion, and mainly, community.  We have grown from a staff of 2 (that would be Mike and Ed in 2010!) to eleven of the finest folks in Greenville who graciously represent all that is the Tap.

Our people

Mike

El Presidente

Jersey Boy with his heart and soul in the South

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably:

Enjoys: mountain biking, boating, dancing to Phish, and just being outdoors

Dislikes: the word "moist" and non-gelatinous toothpaste

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd:

Bev of the moment:

Ed

Daddy Warfbuffs

From the ATL, Loves the GVL, and Soul in the EU

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably:

Enjoys: road biking, cooking for others, drinking from a porron, and dirty jokes

Dislikes: the noise that folding a paper makes and cheap Mexican food

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd:

Bev of the moment:

Anna

Ma, Anna Banana

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: A middle school math teacher

Enjoys: camping & hiking, yoga, cooking, circus peanuts, laying on the floor and singing Ani DiFranco and/or Disney Songs

Dislikes: the taste of milk & people with road rage

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: TRAVEL and donate to all the charities

Bev of the moment: Angostora Lemon/Lime and Bitters Soda (with vodka or gin)

Justin

Jables or Peepaw

"Your body is not a temple. It's an amusement park. Enjoy the ride" - Anthony Bourdain

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: be a film critic

Enjoys: watching weird movies, listening to records, reading comics, petting dogs

Dislikes: olives and Phil Collins

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: buy season passes to Disney World

Bev of the moment: a crispy boi. Any crispy boi

Neil

Nuge

'There it is'

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: making cheese somewhere in Vermont.

Enjoys: running, spending time with Lauren, Ada, and Bloom, and rescuing Baby Yoda from North Main

Dislikes: your misused in place of you're. Still bothers me every dang time.

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: put A LOT away in savings for my daughter, donate to Equal Justice Initiative, and use whatever is left for a train trip from London to Istanbul

Bev of the moment: Nicholas Reau "Ange" 2019 Anjou Rouge

Kimmie

Kim-Chi

"You do you Boo'

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: a bingo manager (it's a real thing, look it up)

Enjoys: drinking and studying wine, yoga, watching movies, hiking, camping, full moons, voodoo, raising the dead, dancing NAKED IN...oops, I've shared too much

Dislikes: cucumbers, wobbly tables, people that chew gum with their mouths open, mosquitoes and Summer (it's too damn hot)

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: go to Disney World, duh!

Bev of the moment: Poderi Cellario La Grinozza Vino Rosso (Chilled Red Wine)

Kelsey

KB

"You do you Boo'

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably:

Enjoys: my dogs, music, going to music festivals (which I count as camping), and reading

Dislikes: raw red onions, fans blowing in my direction

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd:

Bev of the moment:

Natalie

Nat, Natty, Gnar Gnar

"Shit, that is fresh" - Bridesmaids

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: Take care of elephants or be one of those hype people in songs that make the random background noises

Enjoys: Hiking, rollerblading, singing random doo-wop songs, and rockclimbing

Dislikes: people chewing with thier mouth open or crunching their food too loudly

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: pay off any family debt, help people in need, buy a camper, buy a house in the tropics & the mountains, travel

Bev of the moment: any and all of Neil's spritz on Tap at Traislide or a nice funky pet nat

Bunny

Bunny

"I couldn't even begin to think about knowing how to answer that question" -Margot Tenenbaum

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: be hosting SNL trivia at a bar with carpet

Enjoys: comics, Indian food, mini golf, VHS hunting, pinball, Frank Sidebottom, possum memes, The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs

Dislikes: cantaloupe, unloading the dishwasher silverware basket, going to IKEA

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: immediately book a trip to Shanghai Disneyland.

Bev of the moment: Narragansett Lager or any cocktail that's mostly rum

Greg

Teach

Upstate Born & Raised

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably:

Enjoys: art, music, and my wifes weenies (she is THE Resident Dogs food truck)

Dislikes: lazy people, selfies, and inappropriate jokes

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd:

Bev of the moment:

Ryan

Ry, Rhyannn

"It's all in the reflexes"

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: be trying to turn my backyard into a mini golf course

Enjoys: Steely Dan, making tacos out of things that aren't tacos, soccer

Dislikes: onions...gross!

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: ...I don't know, put in a pool I guess?

Bev of the moment: Narragansett Lager with lime dust

Julie

Cool Beans Julie

"Y'all tryna party?"

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: be an aspiring foodie influencer

Enjoys: Halloween, carbs, ice cold Diet Coke, the ocean (without jellyfish), Kelsey Bosma

Dislikes: cilantro, the sound of people eating in movie theaters, running (if you see me running, you'd probably better run too), racists

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: be a real life jet setter

Bev of the moment: Plain la croix

Miranda

Hashy or Sasha

"When nothing goes right, go left" - Martha Cecilia

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: be building retail window displays or landscape work

Enjoys: herbal scents, frozen mango, and 80's ballads

Dislikes: bigots and blue cheese

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: First, tear my house down and build a super modern house with lots of windows. Then, I'd buy loads of land, open up the largest animal rescue with trainers, an animal assisted therapy center, and event space

Bev of the moment: Founders Mas Agave Seltzer, anything with tequila

Amanda B.

Mander

"Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes you're the tree"

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: day drunk

Enjoys: my kids (most days), crime documentaries, sushi, and Beyonce

Dislikes: crumbs on the floor and congealed salad

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: tell no one! But then I'd cave eventually, help out some fam/friends, pay off debt, start a non-profit passion project, visit the Philippines again and buy a Chanel purse

Bev of the moment: Scarpetta Frico Lambrusco

Tedra

Teddy, Ted, Teds, Ted Money

"Eat dirt and die, trash." - Blanche Devereaux

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: be a socialite vacationing in Mykonos.

Enjoys: The Golden Girls (duh), playing with my dogs, a good Bernie meme, dancing, singing off key, reading, cooking, 90s music, and sleeping.

Dislikes: rude people (especially those who don't say thank you when you hold the door open for them), Daylight Saving Time, burpees (Seriously, they suck. Don't do them.), grapefruit and olives.

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: vacation in Mykonos.

Bev of the moment: Is it lame if I say Bubly? I've been on a water kick.

Rob

Robbie Ray

"When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro" - Hunter S. Thompson

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: a writer living by the sea

Enjoys: reading The New York Times Sunday edition

Dislikes: arriving late to anything

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: sleep in

Bev of the moment: Old Fashioned

Amber

Ber

"Aspire to inspire"

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: spinning fire in a traveling circus

Enjoys: chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, bluegrass music and my dogs

Dislikes: driving at night and soggy fries

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: fill my house with all houseplants

Bev of the moment: Foresight Smoothie Sour by Company Values Brewery Co.

Krista

Funshine Bear, Disney Princess or Queen Clean

I got the sun on my tummy and a smile on my face. I am ready for a party any time, any place" - Care Bears

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: be in a Broadway Disney musical

Enjoys: Disney, animals, movies, the beach, spending time with my family, A Goofy Movie and Christopher Walken

Dislikes: spiders, rude people, littering

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: take care of my family, buy a house, go shark tank diving, save all the animals in the world and get married in Cinderella's Castle

Bev of the moment: Grape Abduction Orange

Drew O.

Tall Drew or Hey You

'Couple more hours'

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: fired

Enjoys: board games, DnD, Magic: The Gathering, really any form of recreational math

Dislikes: non-recreational math

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: let it ride, baby

Bev of the moment: my doctor said it should be water

Farris

Fare Bear or F-bomb

"I could be the walrus and I'd still have to bum rides off of people" - Ferris Bueller

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: never be seen again. I’m an introvert at heart and enjoy nothing better than a good book.

Enjoys: all critters, poems, my wife ❤️

Dislikes: amusement parks, loud bangs

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: buy my mom a huge rescue ranch so she could adopt all the homeless doggies and kitties she wanted!

Bev of the moment: Anything dry, cold and sessionable

Amanda C.

Pandy

"The world is big and I want to have a good look at it before it gets dark" – John Muir

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: be a stay at home dog mom

Enjoys: hiking, strength training, ethnic food, traveling the world and photographing it

Dislikes: littering & tourist traps

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: be on a plane to Scotland to pick out my new castle.

Bev of the moment: Rustic Sunday by Birds Fly South

Leila

Lei, Leilu Lilo

"What we know matters, but who we are matters more" - Brené Brown

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: running for President

Enjoys: being a mother, petting dogs, hoop earrings, Disney, big eyebrows

Dislikes: cilantro & bullies

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: open a center for autistic people and families that provided resources, education, and crisis support. Then I’d go to Aulani 🤙🏼

Bev of the moment: White Claw 4ever

Drew S.

Drewsiff

"Do it right, do it light. Do it wrong, do it long" - Dave Wagner

If I weren't so damn good at my job, I'd probably: be a professional snowboarder & wakeborder

Enjoys: spending time with the family, hiking, camping, snowboarding

Dislikes: lack of effort and dishonesty

If I won the lottery tomorrow, I'd: take care of my mom, buy my wife a car and all the shoes she wants. Then buy some land to build a house. Save the rest

Bev of the moment: Creature Comforts Duende

Grogu

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