Craft breweries are thriving in Charleston, as a “brewery district” has even formed on the northern part of the peninsula. With so many choices, Charlestonians and visitors want to know which breweries and taprooms are worth a stop. Enter this map, which identifies the best options for local beer, bites, and that essential environment that can only be found at a brewery.Read More
Drink at These 17 Must-Visit Charleston Breweries
Where to raise a few pints
1. Commonhouse Aleworks
It seems like the only thing Park Circle in North Charleston was missing was a brewery, and that void was filled earlier this year by Commonhouse Aleworks. The space is made for a gathering, as patrons can roam the large outdoor area where food trucks like the Castejons are often stationed. The beer selection has everything enthusiasts are after, with an emphasis on pale ale varieties.
2. COAST Brewing Company
This repurposed Navy record storage building in North Charleston is home to favorites like the 32/50 Kölsch and the HopArt IPA that are frequently found in grocery stores and restaurants around the Lowcountry. Jaime Tenny and David Merritt have found a way to impart heavy notes of hops into their product while keeping the varieties approachable to all beer drinkers.
3. Rusty Bull Brewing Co.
Newcomer Rusty Bull has helped to liven up the offering for those looking to pregame a concert or game at the North Charleston Coliseum. Food trucks and live music are a staple at this family friendly taproom, and the beer selection ranges from bright pale ales to hearty stouts.
4. Holy City Brewing
Enjoy the last month or two of Holy City’s current location before they move to their new production facility at 1021 Aragon Street, which is closer to Park Circle. Fear not, the four friends behind the brewery will still serve up over 20 different daily tap options and their elevated bar menu, which features snacks like smoked or fried to order chicken wings.
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5. Westbrook Brewing Company
This craft beer emporium has a recently renovated taproom offering several Westbrook favorites like the One Claw Rye Pale Ale and White Thai Witbier. Patrons can tour the site, and the taproom hours are more condensed compared to others, as they are only open from 4-8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 12-6 p.m. on Saturday.
6. Freehouse Brewery
North Charleston, SC 29405
The beers at Freehouse are made with organic ingredients, and the taproom setting on the banks of the Ashley River mirrors the group’s desire to impart local components into the offering. Expect fresh flavors from the selection at Freehouse, and locally roasted coffee finds its way into the stouts and brown ales. Their flagship beer, Folly’s Pride, is ideal for beach sipping.
7. Two Blokes Brewing
This Mount Pleasant brewery has some imaginative names for its beers, and it really offers something for everyone, from pale ales to hefeweizens to nitro milk stouts. Visitors can expect to find food trucks like Root Note and the Immortal Lobster stationed at the brewery each weekend.
8. Lo-Fi Brewing
Funky vibes echo throughout this former warehouse on Meeting Street. Owner Jason Caughman prides himself on this and his ability to brew drinkable beers, like their flagship Mexican lager with whole-leaf hops. The minimalist decor mirrors the relaxed nature that comes with a visit to Lo-Fi.
9. Munkle Brewing Co.
Hipsters and Belgian beer lovers rejoice, as Munkle serves up flavorful selections, mostly in the 5-6% ABV range, in a casual setting next to the railroad tracks in the North of Morrison neighborhood. Find pool tables and TVs inside, while the outdoor space features picnic tables and cornhole in the sun.
10. Edmund's Oast Brewing Co.
This expansive brewery offers over 20 of its own creations in a lively taproom that features elevated pub grub. Keep an eye out for the wood-fired pizzas and the daily happy hour that offers a $4 pint of the featured beer.
11. Cooper River Brewing Company
This hidden brewery is a fun place to try several kinds of beer, as Cooper River offers up five ounce pours for just two dollars apiece. The large, comfortable space has an outdoor patio, and food vendors like Big Bone BBQ will often be stationed out front.
12. Frothy Beard Brewing Company
This hard-to-find West Ashley taproom offers creative flights and fun events to the local crowd. Savory ingredients like cilantro, cucumber, and thyme often find their way into the beer, and the tap selection features several IPAs. Frothy Beard hosts fun themed events like their Star Wars May the Fourth Be With You night, and Zombie Bob’s Pizza is on-site to soak up the alcohol.
13. The Hold by Revelry Brewing
Technically a second arm of Revelry Brewing, The Hold deserves its own place on this list as the only true sour beer brewery in Charleston. Find a cozy outdoor area at this Romney Street wing where Pub Fare often serves up burgers to hungry beer drinkers.
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14. Revelry Brewing Co.
Known as one of Charleston’s premier rooftops, Revelry Brewing has quickly become a place to socialize over sunsets, music, and craft beer. The team at Revelry frequently releases new varieties and hosts events like their Funk Collective sour beer festival.
15. Palmetto Brewing Co.
No brewery map would be complete without Palmetto Brewing Company, South Carolina’s first post-Prohibition brewery. Stop in for one of the four Palmetto originals or a seasonal variety.
16. Charles Towne Fermentory
Avondale’s Charles Towne Fermentory is an unpretentious, neighborhood hangout that many patrons are after. Beers are refreshing while maintaining substance — the cloudy, sip-able Sungazer has an ABV of 6.8%. The small brewery often invites other groups to the space like pop-ups.
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17. Low Tide Brewing
Johns Island’s first brewery pays close attention to how beer pairs with the many different cuisines available in the Lowcountry. Owners Mike Fielding and Andy Elliott give restaurants the chance to collaborate with them, and food trucks are often stationed outside by the patio of the casual taproom.