It’s beginning to look like we may have to give Charleston a new nickname: beer city. The craft beer scene started brewing locally a few years ago and has really exploded in the last several months. There are plenty of places for beer lovers to grab a cold one and experience Charleston’s local breweries. Here are a few suggestions and let us know your favorite Charleston craft beer spot.
Bay Street Biergarten is all about communal tables, craft beer and German influenced high-end bar fare. There are 60 taps, 24 of which are at the table so you can fill your own glass and sample the variety of available brews. Take your beverage outside and enjoy springtime weather on the expansive patio. Bay Street Biergarten is located at 549 East Bay Street in downtown Charleston.
At Craftsman Kitchen & Tap House, pull up a bar stool or head to the patio for a glass of whatever is on tap and some deliciously daily menu specials. Craftsman Kitchen & Tap House is located at 12 Cumberland St. in downtown Charleston.
New on the Charleston beer scene is Edmund’s Oast with an on-site brewery creating the restaurant’s artisanal beers. Plus, it will feature 40 guest taps from the best local, national and international brewers. If you like some meat with your brew, Chef Andy Henderson has developed a seriously delicious charcuterie program with everything from sausages and salamis to pâtés and 18-month-aged hams. Edmund’s Oast is located at 1081 Morrison Drive in Charleston.
Kudu Coffee & Craft Beer actually started as a coffee shop and since added beer to its offerings. So in the morning you can grab a latte and come back in the evening to sample one of the 22 beers on tap. The menu includes locally made sandwiches, quiche and pastries. Kudu is located at 4 Vanderhorst St. in downtown Charleston.
Who doesn’t love barbecue and beer? (We couldn’t think of anyone either.) So, head to Smoky Oak Taproom on James Island for the best of both those worlds. Try one of the 45 craft beers on tap – the perfect complement to your barbecue platter. Smoky Oak is located at 1234 Camp Road in Charleston.
That’s just a sampling of the many restaurants and breweries in Charleston. Check out chsbeer.org for more suggestions.