How Black Water Axes and Ales was born!

It was created out of a need to bring something fun and unique to Orangeburg that a lot of locals were traveling at least an hour away to do – drink craft beer and axe throwing.

Meet Ty and Rosemary

Ty Merritt was born in Lake City, SC and grew up in Columbia, SC. In 2009, he met his now wife Rosemary, who was born and raised in Columbia, SC. Ty & Rosemary along with their 4 girls moved to Cordova, SC to take care of Ty and Ryan’s dad after the passing of Ryan’s mom and him leaving to attend Clemson University. With having 2 girls each from their previous marriages, Ty and Rosemary blended their families in 2010, and then had one girl together in 2012. Ty has worked in the car sales business since before meeting Rosemary and is currently the Finance Manager at Fairey Chevrolet in Orangeburg, SC. Rosemary has been a stay at home mom since they married and took care of their 5 girls and Ty and Ryan’s dad through his cancer battle for 7 years until his passing in 2019. Since then, some of the kids have moved out, moved on and Ty and Rosemary decided to bring something fun and unique to Orangeburg. In January 2022, a new baby was born: Black Water Axes & Ales. We have enjoyed getting to know so many people in our community by bringing something new and exciting to the plate for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Meet Ryan and Destinee

Ryan Merritt was born and raised in Cordova, SC after graduation went to Clemson University where he met his now wife Destinee Merritt who was born and raised in Easley, SC. Both just recently moved to Orangeburg to be closer to family. Together they have 16 years of bar experience and have a love from craft beer. Ryan and Destinee order all the different varieties of beer and wine for Black Water Axes and Ales.  

The most important thing is Family! 

Family is very important to us which is why we strive to make Black Water Axes and Ales a family friendly environment with the main purpose to spread love and camaraderie through our business, which is why you’ll see us here with our family helping bring the community together.
Meet Our Head Coach and WATL judge

Allen Watford