Charleston is known for its savory Southern cuisine, charming historic downtown, beautiful sunny beaches and in recent years, it’s surge in fan favorite breweries.  You’ll find them spread out all over the city, each with a unique setting that is sure to please locals and tourists alike.  During your next visit to Charleston take a break from the $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon and $4 Bud Lights to make room for a well crafted local beer!

Here are the 4 best breweries in Charleston, South Carolina.

 

1. Revelry Brewing

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Image courtesy of Revelry Brewing.

Revelry is relatively new to the Charleston craft beer scene but they bursted in the lowcountry with guns a blazing!  They’ve taken home multiple medals and have won over beer advocates from not only Charleston but beer drinkers across the country.  Find a list of Revelry’s increasing popular beers below.

  • Gullah Cream Ale (Cream Ale)  5.2% *2015 US Open Beer Championships + Silver Medal & Gold Medal at 2016 US Open Beer Championships.  Special Note: Proceeds from the distribution of this can support the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. 
  • Ale-Derly (Against The Grain Collaboration)  6.25% 
  • Flaming Mallow (Madeira Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout)  9%
  • Funkmaster Brett & The Furious Hops (Belgian IPA)  7%
  • Lean or Fat? (English Summer Ale)  4.5% *Gold medal at 2015 US Open in the English Summer Ale category.
  • Lefty Loosey (West Coast IPA)  7%
  • Poke The Bear (American Pale Ale)  5.5% ABV
  • Dr. Shephard Special Tea (Dusseldorf Altbier)  5.6% ABV
  • Farmhouse (ISH) (Barrel-Aged Sour Ale)  6% ABV
  • Breakfast & Brunettes (Belgian Dubbel with Coffee)  6.5% ABV
  • Oh My Darlyn’ (Scotch Ale  8.7%)  ABV *2016 Great American Beer Festival Silver Medal
  • Midnight Special (Oatmeal Stout)  6.5% ABV
  • Naturaleza Viva (Fruited Saison) 7.5% ABV
  • Stupid Sexy (Barrel-Aged American Sour )  7.5% ABV 22oz Bottle *Gold Medal at the 2016 Best of Craft Beer Awards in Bend, Oregon in the Mixed Fermentation Category.  
  • Amber Waves Heritage Grain Malt Liquor  6% ABV

Find detailed info on all their beers here.

Events at Revelry

You will find live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  As with most places in Charleston, pop in for specials during happy hour too!  Find their food menu here and their full events calendar here.

Plus:  Check out Revelry’s brand new rooftop.  It is a great spot to grab a cold beer on a hot summer day!

Tasting Room at Revelry

10 Conroy Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Mon – Fri 4pm – 10pm
Sat – Sun 12pm – 10pm

(843) 203-6194

info@revelrybrewingco.com

*Extras

 

revelry brewery charleston sc

Stop in to see the magic behind Revelry Brewery.

2. Westbrook Brewing Co.

westbrook brewery Charleston

Image courtesy of Westbrook Brewing Co.

I fell in love with Westbrook the first time I tried their famous White Thai beer at the peak of a hot summer day on Folly Beach.  You can’t visit Charleston without tasting their One Claw, White Tai or IPA.  Westbrook has always delivered the goods and continues to surprise their loyal customers with a delectable selection from their rotating tap and anniversary beers.  Click on the beers below for a full description. Then stop reading and start drinking!

Year Round Beers

Rotating Drafts

Find 13 more of their rotating drafts here.

Barrel Aged

Find 7 more of their Barrel Aged beers here.

Coming Soon

Discover a full list of Westbrook’s beers here.

Westbrook brewery charleston sc

Image courtesy of Westbrook Brewing Co.

There you have it, what I consider to be the 4 best breweries in Charleston.  It was difficult to choose the best of the best because there are a plethora of outstanding breweries delivering more than just a tasty sip on suds.  Each brewery is unique in its location, values and overall atmosphere.  Below I’ve included some honorable mentions that should not be overlooked during your next brewery tour in Charleston.

3. COAST Brewing Company

Coast Brewery Charleston

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Located on an old naval base, this family owned craft brewery makes limited-volume batches with local and organic ingredients.  They produce year round favorites that keep the locals begging for more. Click on the name of the beer for a full description including ingredients and mouth watering photos.

Stop by during their tasting hours to request a tour of the brewery or to purchase cans, bombers or even growlers to go.

Tasting Hours

Thursdays & Fridays 4 – 7 PM
Saturdays 12 – 5 PM

Contact 

1250 2nd St N
North Charleston, SC 29405
(843) 343 – 4727

*Extras

Where can I find COAST beer?

Find a detailed map of where their beer is sold in South Carolina here.

Coast Brewery Charleston SC

Image courtesy of Coast Brewing Co.

4. Holy City Brewing

Holy City Brewery

Image courtesy of Holy City Brewing.

It all started with a team of four guys with a love of craft beer and their local community.  This is one of the most popular breweries in Charleston due to their year round classics and unique seasonal beers including a bacon porter.  If you don’t recognize the beers below then its time to stop by and visit their tasting room.  Click on the name of the beer below for more info. 

Year-Round Beer

Seasonal Beer

Find a list of their experimental brews made to fit the right occasion here.

Where can I find Holy City Beer?

Find a detailed map of where Holy City beer is sold in South Carolina here.

Visit the Holy City Tap Room

Stop by the brewery and taste some of the finest brews in the South.  No reservations are required and they have an in house kitchen to satisfy you palate and accompany each frothy beer.

Opening Hours

  • No reservation required!
  • Mon-Thurs: 11-8pm
  • Fri and Sat 11-9pm
  • Sun: 11-5pm

Location

Holy City Brewing Company

4155 C Dorchester Road
North Charleston, SC 29405

Tours

  • Available on request! Please inquire with a member of our tap room for more info.
  • Always free of charge!

Kitchen

  • They have an onsite kitchen
  • Hours are: Mon-Thurs: 11-8pm, Fri and Sat 11-9pm, and Sun: 11-5pm.

Growler fills

  • They’ll fill anyone’s growler.
  • They’ll sanitize your growler.
  • They bottom-fill, cap while foaming, and seal each growler.

Prices

  • Full Pint – $5
  • Half Pint – $3
  • Flight- 4 four-ounce samples – $6 (must be purchased 4 at a time)
  • 64oz growler fill – $10-20 (glass – $5)
  • 32oz growler fill – $6-11 (glass – $3)
  • Bring your own growler & just pay for the fill!
  • Note: some prices may vary depending on style!

Events at Holy City Brewery

You will find everything from live music, trivia nights and yoga events like Bendy Brewski onsite at their brewery.  Find a full list of their events calendar here.

*Extras

Holy City Brewery Charleston

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More Breweries in Charleston

The first time I visited Palmetto Brewery was during a Christmas party and I instantly fell in love with the ambience of the brewery.  It is conveniently located in downtown Charleston offering a spacious and unique events area.  Another favorite of mine is Tradesmen Brewery located on James Island which offers yoga and beer sessions weekly.  Try their famous Welder’s Wheat Ale or stop in to see what seasonal beers are on tap.  Ghost Monkey Brewery in Mt. Pleasant has a cozy tasting room and you’ll always find delicious food trucks waiting outside to satisfy your hunger.  I can’t forget to mention the Frothy Beard Brewing Company They are a small operation but that doesn’t stop them from having 15 taps going at any one time.  You’ll find them moving to a new location by 2017 and not only will they be offering more beers, but pizza too!  Low Tide Brewing is great especially if you love to mix beer with yoga.  They are located on Johns Island offering Suds and Savasana every Saturday at 11:00 a.m. You can enjoy an all-levels yoga class led by Darcy Mahan followed by a pint of your choice.

Suds and Savasana Charleston

A big shout out to Freehouse Brewery and their handmade organic ingredients.  You’ll also see Lo-Fi Brewing  in popular restaurants such as the Tattooed Moose and the bar at Husk.  Last but not least is Lagunitas Brewing Company also known as Charleston Taproom and Beery Sanctuary which just recently took over the old Southend Brewery located on East Bay Street in downtown Charleston.  Although it is a California company, they have 10 beers exclusively dedicated to pleasing the thirsty locals in Charleston.

What do you think are the best breweries in Charleston?

Featured image courtesy of Ivankish via Getty Images. 

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