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Name: Charles Bergman
Residence: Fort Mill, South Carolina
Degree: Biology
Occupation: Businessman


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Charles Bergman, one of the partners of York County’s first brewery, credited his new venture to his Winthrop experience.

During his sophomore year at Winthrop, Bergman went to Montana State University for a year as part of the university's National Student Exchange. Winthrop participates in the National Student Exchange program, whereby students can study away at more than 180 institutions in the United States, Canada, US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, or Guam. Bergman ’08, a biology major, said he learned about craft beer during this venture. "If I hadn't gotten that experience, this would have never come to be," he said of the brewery.

After graduation from Winthrop, Bergman joined the Army and spent time at the Medical University of South Carolina to study microbiology and immunology. Along the way, he developed an interest in CrossFit training and kept brewing his own craft beer.

He opened CrossFit ABV in 2013 near Baxter Village and has grown it slowly to 100 athletes. It has moved to a bigger location in what was the former Direct Buy building.

Bergman said he expects to grow Full Spectrum Brewing – which opened in August in the old CrossFit place - with the same slow approach.

The brewery is located a couple of doors down from CrossFit ABV, so Bergman spends his days bouncing from one business to the other.

Full Spectrum Brewing has limited hours on Fridays and Saturdays. Customers come by and try flights of the six beers on tap or buy beer jugs, commonly known as growlers.

No food is offered right now in-house but food trucks visit the location each weekend.

Bergman and two others - a brewery manager and a chief financial officer – make up the Full Spectrum staff.

“We have something for everyone,” Bergman said, including a light ale, wheat beer, IPA, a porter and two stouts. He and his partners aim to have three or four flagship beers and then rotate through seasonals or specialty beers – all named after the color spectrum.

“We’d love to be a destination for local beer lovers,” he said.

Last updated 10/22/2015

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