Although South Carolina may be most known for its mouthwatering barbecue, it is also home amazing breweries making unique craft beers every day. There are many breweries to visit throughout the state, and some of them feature craft beer brands and flavors that cannot be found anywhere else in the country. With over 80 licensed breweries in the state, there is a lot of competition for being named one of the best South Carolina breweries.
The Palmetto State is quickly becoming a consistent producer of some of the best craft beer in the country. With the popularity of major cities like Greenville, Charleston and Myrtle Beach, it’s no surprise that the beer scene is constantly evolving in South Carolina. With new, exciting flavors and traditional brews to choose from, the state is home to some of the best beers around. Read through our beer lover’s guide to prepare for your next brewery tour through South Carolina!
Holy City Brewing
If you’re looking for one of the original breweries in Charleston, look no further than Holy City Brewing. This casual taproom draws tons of local regulars that keep coming back for their award-winning beers. The Pluff Mud Porter won gold at the 2012 Great American Beer Fest and the Overly Friendly IPA is a crowd favorite. This brewery also doubles as a production facility and distributes their delicious brews to local restaurants, pubs and stores.
Tuesday nights are also a hit because patrons can get a 64-ounce growler for a measly five dollars. Families are welcome and children in the tap room can sip on some homemade sodas that are rotating on tap. No South Carolina beer tour is complete without visiting Holy City Brewing.
Westbrook Brewing Company is the perfect choice for the indecisive beer lover. With a whopping 23 beers on tap, including four regulars that are available year-round, there is no shortage of options. If you happen to find your favorite brew, you can take some home with you in growlers or prepackages bottles that come with crowlers. Try out the Ghost Monkey or the One Claw Rye Pale Ale during your visit!
The main tap room can get busy on weekends, but the fun usually extends out into the stylish beer garden in the parking lot. Westbrook Brewing also occasionally hosts food trucks where patrons can grab a bite to eat while they enjoy their drinks.
For a local spot that has a great selection of beer, food, merchandise and live events, Revelry Brewing Co. is the place to be. There are always several beers on tap and a number of different cans available at all times. Some favorites at the Revelry Brewery are Poke The Bear, Gullah Cream Ale, Never Sunny and Backoff Warchild.
Drop by on a Friday night for some live music from 6 to 9 p.m.
Freehouse Brewery is just a short walk away from Holy City Brewery, making it a great addition to any South Carolina beer tour. The tap room is incredibly roomy with a deck that offers a great view of the nearby Ashley River. Freehouse offers some of the best craft beers like the Battery Brown Ale and the Green Door IPA. All of the beers at Freehouse are also certified organic, making them even easier to love.
Customers are welcome to bring their canine-companions along to the brewery where they can hang out at the indoor or outdoor areas. For a bite to eat, Freehouse Brewery serves Tobo Sushi which offers a variety of Latin- and Asian-inspired meals.
Coast Brewing Co.
Coast Brewing Co. is historic in South Carolina and their founders played a key role in changing brewery-friendly laws in the state. This gigantic brewery located in the North Charleston Navy Yard is a production facility first, so you won’t find any food or fancy décor here. However, what you will find is the best organic-ingredient beers like the 32°/50° Kolsch or the Dead Arm IPA. The flavor is all you need to want to come back for another round.
Palmetto Brewing Company
When you find a brewery that believes that the best beers are made with the finest ingredients, passion, precision and care, you know you are in for a treat. That’s exactly what you you’ll find when you visit the Palmetto Brewing Company. The Palmetto Brewery was recently purchased by the Catawba Brewing Company and has been going through an expansion and a culture refresh.
Palmetto is the oldest and one of best South Carolina breweries because the brew team has many years under their belt perfecting their craft. The key beers that you should try are the timeless Palmetto Amber and the Huger Street IPA. If those two aren’t your taste, you will have nine other beers on tap to choose from like the Don’t Harsh My Mellow or the Peanut Butter Jelly Time. There is an ice, cold beer to satisfy every taste!
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. is a brewpub that was a James Beard semi-finalist and it is home to some of the best beers in America. This is the brewery you want to visit if you are looking for a delicious dining experience to pair with your beers. Patrons at Edmund’s Oast can munch on in-house charcuteries or order a main entrée like Swordfish and Shrimp or Butter Lamb. Edmund’s Oast Restaurant and Brewing Co. is also local favorite for their relaxed atmosphere and family-friendly environment.
Birds Fly South Ale Project
The Birds Fly South Ale Project is a brewery that combines classic approaches and modern methods in order to make a wide range of different types of craft beers. Birds Fly South focuses on their Farmhouse beers, Saisons, barrel-aged brews, and unique IPAs. Beer lovers can stop by for a drink or take some bottles home. Some of the more popular beers at Birds Fly South include:
- Paper Airplanes.
- You & I.
- Irish Brown.