With Charleston’s dining scene named one of the best in the nation, it is only fitting that the Holy City has begun to parallel its culinary industry with a booming craft beer industry. Spring in Charleston comes with the perfect weather to indulge in a cold beer from one of the fifteen breweries around town. Explore some of these nationally known craft beer destinations that are based right here in Charleston.
Palmetto Brewery– Established in 1993, Palmetto Brewing Company was the first brewery to open in Charleston since Prohibition. The original Palmetto Brewery was in operation before the beginning of the Civil War until the start of Prohibition, when it was forced to close its doors. Today, Palmetto Brewery offers a range of beers, brewing each and every one right here in the Lowcountry. Delight in the taste of their Espresso Porter or Amber Ale.
Revelry Brewing– Located downtown, Revelry Brewing is fairly new to the craft beer scene, winning the “Best New Brewery in South Carolina Award” in 2015. With a fun and inviting atmosphere, the name “Revelry” quite literally means, “boisterous festivities, while enjoying craft beer.” Revelry was awarded a golf medal in the US Open Beer Championships for their Gullah Cream Ale, a crowd favorite.
Holy City Brewing– Opened by four friends dedicated to craft beer and their community, Holy City Brewing opened its doors in 2011. The friends started with an all-grain pilot system in their garage that was made out of welded bicycle parts, which now stands in the heart of their brewery. With names like Slanted Porch Pale Ale and Washout Wheat, these brews celebrate Charleston’s surroundings.
Coast Brewing Company– Family-owned Coast Brewing Company prides itself on making organic products with local ingredients. Operating on the old Naval base in North Charleston, their warehouse-type setup makes for an unparalleled atmosphere with room for corn-hole and food trucks. Stop by and try their HopArt IPA, a locally cherished beer.
Edmunds Oast– One of the few brewery based restaurants in Charleston, Edmunds Oast draws its diners in with pub fare and house-distilled drafts. Their beer program also features guest taps from other local, national and international craft beer companies. Try their Peanut Butter and Jelly beer; brewed with all of the ingredients you’d expect for a sandwich-in-a-glass experience.
Westbrook Brewing Company– A husband-and-wife team opened Westbrook Brewing in 2010, making it their mission to “create the most interesting and awesome beer possible.” They pride themselves on exploring different brewing techniques to create a beer that people love. With its hints of fresh lemongrass and ginger roots, Westbrook’s White Thai is a favorite among locals.
With these local breweries becoming a hotspot, they are a must-do for your Charleston getaway. Most of these craft beer destinations offer daily tours and tastings in their tap rooms, providing the perfect break from sightseeing. With over fifteen to choose from, there is sure to be a brewery that you’ll love.