Craft breweries are thriving in Charleston, as a Brewery District has 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
15 Must-Visit Breweries Around Charleston
Where to raise a few pints
1. Snafu Brewing Company
Sours. Snafu Brewing went all in on sour beer, and it is paying off. Located in North Charleston, Snafu has one of the biggest sour lists in Charleston and has developed quite a cult following both locally and statewide. Sours dominate the tap line with options like Sublime in the Coconut and Snafu-Tang and only a few other non-sour options. Don’t shy away from Snafu — there is a sour for everyone.
2. Indigo Reef Brewing Company
Not a typical brewery location, Indigo Reef Brewing sits tucked off of Clements Ferry Road in an industrial area. Pouring both stable draughts like the Razzle Mania, a raspberry wheat, and rotating brews like the Sharktoberfest beer, Indigo Reef keeps its customers coming back to try new brews. With an in-house kitchen from Florie Dining Group, soft pretzels, tacos, popcorn and chicken sandwiches are ready to compliment any beer.
3. Commonhouse Aleworks
The first Park Circle brewery, Commonhouse Aleworks has mastered the community brewery feel with a patio open and welcoming to those who live in the area as well as those visiting. Consistently find the popular Park Circle Pale Ale and the Ale Is Salty Gose among many others in the tap room.
4. Holy City Brewing
From one of the oldest breweries to one of the newest buildings. Holy City Brewing moved its taproom to a larger facility in an up and coming area in North Charleston. Find Holy City Brewing legacy beers like the Pluff Mud Porter and Washout Wheat alongside a full bar and in house kitchen. Holy City Brewing is also the distributor for the recently released Black-owned beer Tha CommUNITY lager.
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5. Westbrook Brewing Company
With the new expanded biergarten and full bar option, customers come for both the beer and the vibe. Food trucks have become more of a staple not an oddity, making a more desirable taproom for the well loved beers like White Thai, One Claw and the sought after limited release Mexican Cake.
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6. Hobcaw Brewing Company
New to the Mount Pleasant brewery scene, Hobcaw Brewing just celebrated its one-year anniversary. Located near the Charleston port, Hobcaw Brewing sits back off the road with a large outdoor seating area accommodating for pets but also secluded from the industrial noises. Hobcaw is a small batch brewery with a new beer released every week. Live music and food trucks create a festival atmosphere on the weekend.
7. Munkle Brewing Co.
This Belgian style brewery brings European beer to Charleston. Munkle Brewing lives on the north side of the peninsula with an outdoor patio and ample food trucks to keep the party going. Think blondes, pils, lagers and wit beers with occasional collaborations which bring on heavier and higher octane brews.
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8. Edmund's Oast Brewing Co.
Situated on Upper King Street, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company boasts a courtyard and taproom combination and is one of the few breweries open for lunch and dinner. Flights, half pints, pints and pitchers available for all beers on tap like the popular Cereal for Dinner blonde ale and the Black Currant Faust, a sour red ale. Taking crawlers to go is highly encouraged.
9. Brewlab Charleston
Located in a 5,000 square foot space on the north side of Charleston’s peninsula, Brewlab Charleston pours a wide variety of craft beer. The tap line features sours, stouts, lagers, and IPA’s for all types of beer lovers. Pair all beers with an in-house menu including hibachi bowls, poke bowls, tacos and burritos.
10. Frothy Beard Brewing Company
One of the few breweries expanding from its original taproom in West Ashley to an additional concept in Summerville. Frothy Beard combines people’s love of pizza and beer into one building. Well known beers like Sip Sip Pass IPA and Andale! Pale sit along the tap lines with sour beers like the Sour Cran. The brewery also offers daily events and activities including the Frothy Beer Run Club.
11. Revelry Brewing Co.
The only rooftop brewery in town, Revelry Brewing looks over North Morrison and the city of Charleston. With kickball leagues, trivia nights, and in-house sushi, there is always a crowd gathering to drink the newest beer release or the always available Lefty Loosey West Coast style IPA or Hotel Rendezvous Bavarian wheat. If looking for a little lower key atmosphere, head over to the Hold, Revelry Brewing’s secondary concept just a few blocks from the original.
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12. Palmetto Brewing Co.
The oldest brewery in Charleston, Palmetto Brewing sits on Huger St. in a once underdeveloped area and now under new ownership, Made By The Water, LLC which also owns Oyster City Brewing Co. With new businesses and residential apartments popping up, Palmetto Brewing is becoming more of a local hang out rather than a destination. Tap line consists of the legacy Palmetto Brewing beers like Huger St. IPA and the Espresso Porter alongside Catawba Brewing beers and now will also include Oyster City brews
13. Charles Towne Fermentory
Hazy IPAs flow from this highly sought after brewery on the always busy Savannah Highway in Avondale. Charles Towne Fermentory focuses on traditional ingredients and fermentation that showcases the history of brewing. Often hosting food pop-ups like Sarah’s Dumps and the Castejóns in the dedicated kitchen space, help patrons soak up those beers.
14. Low Tide Brewing
Aloha Beaches is one of the many ingenious names sitting on the tap lines at Low Tide Brewing. With a beautiful outdoor area situated under the large oak trees, local Johns Islanders are well represented in the tap room. However, people will travel from all over, even willing to brave the traffic to get a pint here.
15. Estuary Beans & Barley
This new veteran- and employee- owned brewery takes beer, wine, and coffee to a whole new level. Invested in the John’s Island Community, Estuary Beans and Barley supports local initiatives through proceeds from the sale of the Drifter Coast to Coast lager. Tap lines include staples like TidalFlow, a West Coast-style IPA and 25 Island Wide, a hazy IPA, as well as rotating drafts.