Saturday, October 26, 2013

Searching for Local Microbrews in Charleston

Annual trips traveling down to Kiawah, I usually like to get a flavor for some of the microbrews native to the Charleston area. I am a big fan of micro brews within my home turf of Chicago, so vacationing in the low country encourages my search for a tasty local pint. Two brews I have sampled in my travels to Charleston include Palmetto Lager and sampling a few varieties at the Southend Brewery. Palmetto Brewing sells numerous ales and pilsners at most restaurants and grocery stores. There trademark palm tree logo beer can be spotted all over the state whether shopping in the beer aisle at a Publix or sitting down for a meal at most lowcountry restaurants.

Southend sells their brews only within its brewpub/restaurant location at 161 E. Bay Street in downtown Charleston. This brewpub is conveniently located in historic part of the city with a partial view of Charleston Harbour and includes a pretty decent menu to accompany the various beers. This brewery stop on Bay Street is a comforting oasis after having to endure a warm afternoon of browsing antique shops with the wife.  The last visit we made to Southend included talk from our waiter about the upstairs being haunted by the ghost of a cotton trader. (I believe this location may be a stop included in of the ghost tours promoted in Charleston). So without much further ado, I put together a list of Charleston’s  brewpubs and microbrews offered courtesy of Charleston’s finest brewmasters.

Coast Brewing Company – 1250 N. 2nd Street. North Charleston, South Carolina. Beer is sold at brewery and also at select breweries in Charleston area. Visit website for more information.
Holy City Brewing Company – 4155 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, South Carolina.
Palmetto Brewing – 289 Huger Street, Charleston, South Carolina. Microbrewer sells extensive variety of brew throughout South Carolina. Sold throughout state of South Carolina.
Southend Brewery – 161 E. Bay Street, Charleston, South Carolina. Local brewer offers six different styles daily. Not sold at other locations so consider getting a growler to take home.
Westbrook Brewery – 510 Ridge, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. Beer sold on site at brewer and through various local Charleston area restaurants that sell beer distributed by Advintage Distributing. For more information visit

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