craft beer in Charleston, SC

Sample Charleston’s Craft Brews, Spirits


 

Charleston’s reputation for a world-class culinary destination has spilled over into our pint glasses. In just the last few years, numerous breweries and distilleries have opened all over the area, giving locals and visitors a reason to raise their glass and toast the beverage artistry of Charleston. Breweries, distilleries and a local winery offer tours, tastings and plenty of special events so you can sip, sample and savor.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the area’s must-try breweries and distilleries along with a list of upcoming beer-themed events and places you can pick up your favorite spirits to take home.


Best brews

Palmetto Brewing
289 Huger St., Charleston, SC 29403
843-937-0903 | palmettobrewery.com
Tasting room: 3-7 p.m. Tuesday to Wednesday; 2-9 p.m. Thursday; 1-10 p.m. Friday; 1-7 p.m. Saturday. Brewery tours available by demand.


Holy City Brewing
4155 Dorchester Road, North Charleston, SC 29405
843-225-5623 | holycitybrewing.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Free tours available by request. On-site kitchen serves apps, burgers, sandwiches and Sunday brunch.


Revelry Brewing

Revelry Brewing/photo by Jay Wayne Productions

Revelry Brewing Co.
10 Conroy St., Charleston, SC 29403
843-203-6194 | revelrybrewingco.com
M-F: 4-10 p.m. + Sat-Sun: 12-10 p.m. Live music: Saturday + Sunday


Westbrook Brewing Co.
510 Ridge Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843-654-9114 | westbrookbrewing.com
Tours and tastings: 4-7 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.


Cooper River Brewing Co.
2201B Mechanic St., Charleston, SC 29405
843-830-3681 | cooperriverbrewing.com
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Thursday – Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; 1-7 p.m. Sunday


Coast Brewing Co.
1250 2nd St. North, North Charleston, SC 29405
843-343-4727 | coastbrewing.com
Tasting hours: 4-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday


Freehouse Brewery
2895 Pringle St., Suite B, North Charleston, SC 29405
freehousebeer.com
Ashley River Taproom: 3-8 p.m. Tuesday; 1-8 p.m. Saturday


Frothy Beard Brewing Co.
7358 Peppermill Parkway, North Charleston, SC 29418
843-793-2970 | frothybeard.com
Hours: 3-8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday to Sunday


Tradesman Brewing Co.
1639 Tatum St., Charleston, SC 29412
843-410-1315 | tradesmanbrewing.com
Taproom: 4:30-8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday


Low Tide Brewing
2863 Maybank Highway
Johns Island, SC 29455
Hours are 3-10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.
lowtidebrewing.com


Ghost Monkey Brewery
522 Wando Lane
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464 | Taproom: Open Friday; 4-10 p.m. Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sunday: Noon – 6 p.m.
843-352-3462 | ghostmonkeybrewery.com


Lo-Fi Brewing
2038 Meeting Street Road
North Charleston, SC 29405
828-582-2175 | lofibrewing.com


Lagunitas Brewing Co.
161 East Bay St. (formerly Southend Brewery)
Charleston, SC 29401
Open noon to 11 p.m. Monday to Sunday; Loft Hours are 4-11 p.m. Thursday to Sunday (beer only).
lagunitas.com/taprooms/charleston


Oak Road 
108 East North 3rd North Street, Suite C
Summerville, SC 29483
Tasting Room hours are 3-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday.
oakroadbrewery.com


Two Blokes Brewing Co.
547 Long Point Road, Unit 101
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843-654-4564 | twoblokesbrewing.com


Holy City Brewing

Holy City Brewing

Twisted Cypress Brewing Co.
1897 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
Charleston, SC, 29407
twistedcypressbrewingco.com


Spirited sips & wines

Deep Water Vineyard
6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487
843-559-6867 | deepwatervineyard.com
Self-guided tours and tastings: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; $5 to taste five varietals and includes complimentary wine glass. Formerly Irvin-House Vineyard, this 48-acre winery and vineyard grows muscadine grapes to produce its authentic muscadine wine.


Charleston Distilling Co.
501 King St., Charleston, SC 29403
843-718-1446 | charlestondistilling.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday; book a tasting tour online. Sample small batch craft spirits, such as pepper flavored vodka, gin, bourbon barrel gin and an all-natural whiskey liqueur distilled with ginger and a hint of aromatic cinnamon.


Firefly Distillery & Tasting Room
6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487
843-557-1405 | fireflyspirits.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; $6 per tasting. Enjoy a sample or purchase some of Firefly’s best sellers: Sweet Tea Vodka, Moonshine, Sweet Tea Whiskey and Firefly Southern Lemonade.


Firefly Distillery

Firefly Distillery

High Wire Distilling Co.
652 King St., Charleston, SC 29403
843-755-4664 | highwiredistilling.squarespace.com
Tastings and tours: Offered Thursday through Saturday every hour on the hour from 1-6 p.m. Cost is $5 per person and includes three half-ounce tasting samples of gin, whiskey, Southern Amaro Liqueur and more. Reservations are recommended.


Striped Pig Distillery
2225-A Old School Drive, North Charleston, SC 29405
843-276-3201 | stripedpigdistillery.com
Tours and tastings: 3-7 p.m. Thursday to Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tours are $5/person and begin the top of every hour; book a tour online or walk in. Sample spiced run, whiskey, gin and vodka.


Drinks with friends

Charleston Beer Garden

Charleston Beer Garden / photo by Christina Pradhan

Charleston Beer Garden – Known as Charleston’s largest pop-up beer garden, brew lovers will converge on The Grove at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant for craft beer, live music, Homebrewer’s Village and Yelp Beer Games. Noon to 7 p.m. on May 20, 2017. Proceeds benefit Lowcountry AIDS Services. charlestonbeergarden.com


Craft Beer Dinner – Join Circa 1886 Chef Marc Collins for a four-course dinner paired with a selection of local beers. $60/person. 6:30 p.m. June 15, 2017 at 149 Wentworth St. circa1886.com


Brew HaHa – Laughs and crafts are on tap at Brew HaHa, a celebration of Charleston craft beer and comedy at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Tastings from local breweries, live music, food and a comedy show. June 2017; $5 parking (cash only). northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com


Haunted Pub Crawl – Join Bulldog Tours to learn about Charleston’s ghostly past while enjoying drinks at area bars and taverns. 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday; $25/person. 843-722-8687 | bulldogtours.com


 

Bendy Brewski Yoga – Check out these weekly beginner level yoga classes hosted at local breweries followed by beer tasting. Visit bethcosi.com for a schedule of classes.


 

Where to buy

Bottles Beverage Superstore, 610 Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant | shopbottles.com
Hours: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Saturday for beer and wine; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday for liquor; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for beer and wine only. Bottles has a large selection of wines, craft beers and spirits from all over with a concentration on local products.


Craft Conundrum, 630 Skylark Drive, Charleston | craftconundrum.com
Hours: Noon to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; noon to midnight Friday to Saturday. With 100 beers on tap, you’re sure to find a favorite craft brew. Plus you can purchase beers you like.


Craftsman Kitchen & Taphouse, 12 Cumberland St., Charleston | craftsmentaphouse.com | This downtown location has 48 taps with two different bars, one being a Pale Room. The Pale Room has 12 taps dedicated to hoppy beers like Pale Ales, IPAs, and Double IPAs. The other bar has 36 taps with a variety of other beer styles.


Coleman Public House, 427 W. Coleman Blvd., Mount Pleasant | colemanpublichouse.com
Hours: Open daily 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Sixteen 16 rotating taps of top quality imported and domestic craft beer.


Bohemian Bull Tavern & Beer Garden, 1531 Folly Road, James Island | bohemianbull.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to midnight Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday to Saturday. Choose from 32 draft beers and 75 bottled/canned beers with a huge selection of locally brewed beer. Plus, fun atmosphere, especially the outdoor space.


Homegrown Brewhouse, 117 S. Main St., Summerville | homegrownbrewhouse.com
Hours: 3-9 p.m. Monday to Saturday. Enjoy 40 taps pouring predominantly South Carolina craft beer.


Drink responsibly! Contact a local taxi service, pedicab or Uber for a safe ride.

For more updates on Charleston’s beer scene, visit https://www.facebook.com/CHSBeer/