Charleston loves its beer, whether it’s a golden India pale ale, a rich porter or a malty-sweet Hefeweizen. After all, what goes better with oysters than a good brew?
The craft beer craze has been in full blaze in the Holy City since about 2008, after the state passed a “Pop the Cap” bill that lifted alcohol limits on beer. Since then a good two dozen tap rooms have opened. There’s even an annual Brewvival Festival in February with music, food and 196 different beers for sampling.
If you’ve been to the Lowcountry before, it’s likely that some new brew pubs have opened since last you visited.
Here are some of the many you might want to try:
Palmetto Brewing Company, 289 Huger Street – the oldest brewery in South Carolina offers beer tastings five nights-a-week.
Revelry Brewing Co., 10 Conroy St. — features beers such as Mel’s Helles, Gullah Cream Ale, and Achtung! Drive-by Fruiting.
Bay Street Biergarten, 549 East Bay St. – with 60 taps throughout the building they’re ready to pour one of their 24 German-influenced beers for you
Craftsman Kitchen & Tap House, 12 Cumberland St. – On Thursday, 10 bucks gets you four 4 oz. pours of craft beer and a food pairing.
Edmund’s Oast, 1081 Morrison Drive – Named for Edmund Egan, one of Charleston’s first brewers who was known as “The Rebel Brewer” for his support of patriots during the Revolutionary War.
Charleston Beer Works, 468 King St. — has 40 beers on tap. Tuesdays are “Bring Your Own Mug Night” with $2.75 refills.
Coast Brewing, 1250 2nd Street North, North Charleston – bottling beer for tasting on the old Navy Base.
Holy City Brewing, 4155 C Dorchester Road, North Charleston – founded by a pair of rickshaw drivers and their mates.
The Frothy Beard Brewing Company, 7358 Peppermill Parkway Suite B, North Charleston – “If you’re rocking a full beard, a goatee, a chin strap, a mustache, no-beard or any other facial feature, we’d love to put some froth on it.”
Freehouse Brewery, 2895 Pringle St. Suite #B, North Charleston – handmade beer with organic ingredients.
West of the Ashley
Tradesman Brewing Company, 1639 Tatum St. James Island – nano-brewery with hand-crafted beer west of the Ashley.
East of the Cooper
Westbrook Brewing Co., 510 Ridge Rd, Mt. Pleasant – with home-brewed selections like Orange Bliss, the Bearded Farmer and Vanilla Tree Dubbel.
…and coming soon, Fat Pig Brewing, which doesn’t yet have a home but is producing micro-brews of its own.
Or, you might want to purchase your own selections at the Charleston Beer Exchange, 14 Exchange St. It’s a beer store with an inventory list of 3800 beers from all over the world.