Charleston has so much to do, from historic landmarks and cobblestone streets to family-fun activities. But another thing that sets it apart from other hot tourist spots is its craft beer scene. Charleston has become the new spot for craft beer enthusiasts. With more than 30 breweries, Charleston offers amazing options for tourists and locals to sit back, relax, and enjoy a great drink. With so many options available, visitors want to know which breweries offer exclusive and high-quality drinks, with and without food.
According to the locals, Revelry Brewing, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., Holy City Brewing, Frothy Beard Brewing Company, and Munkle Brewing Co. are some of the best breweries in Charleston.
Best Breweries in Charleston
This article will discuss the best breweries Charleston has to offer. Let’s get started!
A brewery with a view, the Revelry Brewing Company overlooks the North Morrison and provides a picturesque view while you enjoy a pint with your friends and family. You can also book a brewery tour and deeply examine the craft beer scene and process. Aside from traditional beers to unique innovations, the brewery offers excellent finger-licking food.
We recommend trying their Poke The Bear pale ale. It has a citrusy hop aroma and tastes similar. You also get a nice bitterness at the end, and it is different from your usual new world hops.
Westbrook Brewing Co.
The Westbrook Brewing Co. has an air-conditioned indoor taproom and an outside beer garden. The brewery offers free tours and amazing beers for locals. Visitors often come for delicious food and enjoy the place’s chill vibe. It is a family-friendly place where children and service pets are allowed on-premises.
Among its many options, the Mexican Cake American stout is brewed on aged cacao nibs, cinnamon sticks, habanero peppers, and vanilla beans. It has an intense chocolate smell with chili hints and tastes like cocoa with subtle sweetness and no bitterness.
Frothy Beard Brewing Company
The Frothy Beard Brewing Company was opened in 2013 by Joey, Steve, and Michael to upgrade the craft beer scene and bring unadulterated fun to the Lowcountry. The brewery experiments with fun and unique flavors and is a family-friendly place where you can relax and enjoy a pint. It has a large indoor taproom where it hosts creative events every week and also offers 32 different rotating taps.
Try their Sip Sip Pass Pass IPA. It is incredibly smooth and fruity and has a solid aroma of citrus, malts, and tropical fruits. It tastes a bit like lemon, pineapple, and light malt. Perfectly balanced and drinkable.
Palmetto Brewing Co.
Ed and Louis, the co-founders of Palmetto Brewing Co., had a passion for engineering and brewing and built the first operated brewery in Charleston. Ed has been crowned the craft beer pioneer in South Carolina, and Charleston, and introduced fun and unique flavors like Amber Ale and more that are still thriving today. This family-owned and operated brewery has a courtyard with multiple entertainment options such as games and live music.
We suggest trying their Pale Ale consisting of hop flavor and aroma. The flavor also has evidence of subtle malts and citrusy hops. It is crisp, light, tasty, and refreshing and is the perfect glass after a tough day.
Holy City Brewing
The Holy City Brewing Co. was born in 2011 when four guys, Joel, Sean, Mac, and Chris, joined forces and their unique talents to refresh the craft beer scene. Starting from a small warehouse, the brewery quickly outgrew the space and couldn’t hold more people. Thus, they changed locations to meet the rising demands. Since then, the brewery has built an outdoor stage, porter room, and event place.
If you are a fan of American porter-style beers, we recommend trying their Pluff Mud Porter. It has subtle chocolate notes with a smooth milky finish. It tastes like roasted malt and coffee and is lighter-bodied than a typical porter.
Tradesman Brewing Company
Husband and wife, Scott and Sara, had a passion for home brewing which fueled their dream to open a commercial brewery; named Tradesman Brewing Company. The co-founder, Chris, joined the team later on and contributed to the growing beer community in Charleston. They sell draft and canned beer all over South Carolina, and you can visit their taproom for beer outreach and education.
Their Bricklayer’s Red Ale is a consumer favorite. It has a euro hop aroma and has intense malt and hay flavor, with hints of sweet caramel.
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.
With a passion for fine wine and food, two friends opened the Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company. You can visit the taproom, restaurant, pub, or the Exchange. Each location has its specific take on food and wine. The brewery now distributes beer to more than 8 eight states. They have it all, from house beers and seltzers to cocktails and wines.
If you are an IPA fan, try the brewery’s Bound By Time IPA. It is made with old-fashioned hop bursting techniques and has a nice hop citrus flavor and dry finish. You also get a hint of bitterness at the end, which nicely balances the sweet tropical flavors and aroma. Pair their IPAs with a crisp Margherita pizza and rubbed wings.
Indigo Reef Brewing Company
Christopher and Nicole started the Indigo Reef Brewing Company due to their passion and experience in homebrewing. They aimed to create a space where sustainability, community, and hospitality are prioritized. They want to set a high bar in the craft beer scene and create high-quality beers by using the freshest ingredients and applying cleaning procedures that are consistent and sustainable.
Try their Hive Another cream ale. It has a higher amount of ABV and is made from fermented honey. It smells and tastes like honey and malt, but the honey is not overpowering. Pair it up with soft pretzels or delicious chicken sandwiches.
Munkle Brewing Co.
The Munkle Brewing Co. was inspired by Rob and his nephew’s passion for home brewing and craft beer experience. The brewery focuses on German and Belgian-style beers and aims to create high-quality, world-class beers for their community. It is a family-friendly place to enjoy great beer and good food.
We recommend tasting their Brugge City Brune Dubbel. It is made with traditional Belgian dark candy syrup and smells like bready malt and burnt sugar. It has a moderate Belgian flavor with a light amount of spicy and earthy hops. Pair it up with their yummy loaded totchos.