Charleston’s reputation for a world-class culinary destination has spilled over into our pint glasses. In just the last few years, numerous craft 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. This is the ultimate Charleston drinking guide
This brewery is famous for its Huger Street IPA, which puts a unique spin on the traditional Wheat India Pale Ale. Every Wednesday they serve specialty burgers courtesy of Graze restaurant – served with a pint and a side.
89 Huger St, Charleston, SC 29403
843-937-0903 | palmettobrewery.com
Hours: Open noon to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; noon to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tours available.
Holy City Brewing
Both its Pluffmud Porter and Washout Wheat brews won awards at the Great American Beer Festival. Holy City was also voted 2017’s best Charleston brewery by the Charleston City Paper – check it out for yourself and see what all the hype is about.
4155 Dorchester Road, Charleston, SC 29405
843-225-5623 | holycitybrewing.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily; until 9 p.m. on weekends. On-site kitchen serves apps, burgers, sandwiches and Sunday brunch.
Revelry Brewing Co.
From the Gullah Cream Ale to an Oatmeal Stout, Revelry has a wide range of unique brews and the history behind the names will connect you to historic Charleston in a whole new way.
10 Conroy St., Charleston, SC 29403
843-203-6194 | revelrybrewingco.com
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Monday to Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Live music on the weekends.
Westbrook Brewing Co.
Popular for its creative logos, Westbrook Brewery has just about everything to choose from. This brewery releases new beers throughout the year and offers seasonal specialties.
510 Ridge Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843-654-9114 | westbrookbrewing.com
Tours and tastings: 4-8 p.m. Tuesday to Friday; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.
Cooper River Brewing Co.
With many light summer options, Cooper River Brewing offers a nice outdoor environment to sample some of their special creations. Try a salty homemade pretzel paired with the Golden Ale – perfection.
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.
Using organic and local ingredients, this environmentally conscious brewery strives to make the best beer while promoting sustainability. The Blackbeerd Imperial Stout is a must try. Coast’s unique can designs will make you want to start a can collection.
1250 2nd St. North, North Charleston, SC 29405
843-343-4727 | coastbrewing.com
Hours: 4-7 p.m. Thursday and Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday
Go big or go home – its 9% Huila Davila Imperial Colombian Coffee Stout will be a mouthful in more ways than one! Not to mention this brewery has one of the best views of the Ashley River.
2895 Pringle St., Suite B, North Charleston, SC 29405
Hours: 3-8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 1-8 p.m. Saturday
Frothy Beard Brewing Co.
Good news! You don’t have to be sporting a beard to check out this brewery. The Declaration draft is made from Charleston Gold Rice grown at local Middleton Place plantation leaving you with an actual taste of Charleston.
1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC 29407
843-793-2970 | frothybeard.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily
Tradesman Brewing Co.
James Island’s first brewery offers 13 local beers on tap and weekly yoga classes that end with brew sampling. Tradesman also donates $1 from every pint sold to a local women’s charity each quarter. If you like a little extra flavor, try the Coconuts and Bolts Stout or the Cranberry Cream Ale.
1639 Tatum St., Charleston, SC 29412
843-410-1315 | tradesmanbrewing.com
Hours: Noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday
Low Tide Brewing
This brewery uses the natural earth as inspiration for its brews. Head to beautiful Johns Island sample beers like the Basil Better Have my Honey – a light amber beer with the perfect combination of ingredients.
2863 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455
843-501-7570 | lowtidebrewing.com
Hours: 3-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 1 0 p.m. Sunday
Ghost Monkey Brewery
With live music and events every weekend, Ghost Monkey is the perfect spot to relax after a long week and soak up the Wando River views. The sampling the #FunkOff pale ale is a must.
522 Wando Lane Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843-352-3462 | ghostmonkeybrewery.com
Hours: 4-9 p.m. Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Promoting luxury beer isn’t that far of a stretch for this brewery. Every beer is made with whole leaf hops. The unicorn logo and lavish combinations of beers will have you believing in magic.
2038 Meeting Street Road, North Charleston, SC 29405
828-582-2175 | lofibrewing.com
Hours: 4-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2-9 p.m. Saturday
Lagunitas Brewing Co.
Charleston got lucky with this one! With only five locations in the United States, Lagunitas is a hidden, yet recognizable, gem. Hurry in to try the Lucky 13 red ale originally made in 2006 for an anniversary – now back for a limited time to celebrate 13 years of brewing brews.
161 East Bay St. , Charleston, SC 29401
This brewery is closed for repairs; check the website for a re-opening date.
Offering a range of delicious German-influenced beers, Oak Road Brewery is a Summerville favorite. Try a Munich Helles Lager named after the joggling boards seen around historic Charleston. Every Saturday, Oak Road hosts “Yappy Hour” where customers are encouraged to bring in their pups for 5% off their order.
108 East North 3rd North Street, Suite C, Summerville, SC 29483
843-695-9886 | oakroadbrewery.com
Hours: 3-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday and noon to 9 p.m. Saturday.
Two Blokes Brewing Co.
If you’ve ever wanted to see where the brewing process takes place, Two Blokes Brewing offers tours by request. With regular food trucks and trivia nights, this is a happening Mount Pleasant hot spot. The Log Tosser Wee Heavy Scott Ale is 9.7% ABV with hints of caramel and butterscotch – a dangerous combo.
547 Long Point Road, Unit 101, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
843-654-4564 | twoblokesbrewing.com
Hours: 4-9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 3-10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday
Twisted Cypress Brewing Co.
Named after one of Charleston’s most beautiful landmarks, The Angel Oak IPA is a go-to for beer lovers. Visit West Ashley’s first brewery that doubles as a coffee house for whichever fulfilling beverage you’re craving.
1897 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., Charleston, SC, 29407
843-608-1899 | twistedcypressbrewingco.com
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Charles Towne Fermentory
Located on Savannah Highway, this brewery specializes in hop-forward and fermentation driven beers. Now serving food – you can relax, grab a bite, play some foosball and get your drink on.
843-641-0431 | chsfermentory.com
Hours: 4-11 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday, 2 p.m. to midnight Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday
Fatty’s Beer Works
Fatty’s works extra hard to connect with the community with a full schedule of special events and live music. This dog-friendly brewery offers a Goslar Gose that has customers raving. Find Fatty’s Beer Works brews at multiple prestigious Charleston restaurants and on sale at Whole Foods.
1436 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29405
843-974-5330 | fattysbeerworks.com
Hours: 4-9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 4-10 p.m. Friday, noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, 2-9 p.m. Sunday
Rusty Bull Brewing Co.
Overflowing with special events, food trucks, and endless craft beer – this brand new taproom deserves our attention. You can enjoy a fine cigar in a 1930’s mobile cigar lounge while sipping their unique creations. No worries – the taproom is family friendly.
3005 W. Montague Ave., Suite 110, North Charleston, SC 29418
843-225-8600 | rustybullbrewing.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, except Sunday when closing time is 7 p.m.
This hot spot brings together a local farm fresh restaurant with a unique indoor brewery to create the perfect dining and drinking destination. Some brews are aged in their small dedicated barrel aging room for the perfect taste – the details and care put into this place separates Edmund’s from their competition.
1081 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403
843-727-1145 | edmundsoast.com
Hours: 4:30-10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 4:30-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10 p.m. Sunday
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.
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 Brews Cruise – Hop on a brewery tour in beautiful and historic Charleston and try the best craft beers around town. You’ll learn about the history and brewing process and of course sample some of the local favorites. The cost is $60 per person and around five pours at each brewery.
Happy Hour Bus Tour – This happy hour tour takes you around the most popular Charleston breweries and focuses less on the information and more on the drinking. A great way to meet new people, take a load off from the busy work week, and enjoy live music while cracking a cold one.
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/
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