Lowcountry Beer Is Here (Pt.2)

Trevor:

A lot has happened to the Lowcountry Beerscape since my last love letter. Can you believe 10 breweries have opened up?! Charleston City Paper follows the new arrivals, but Charlestonbrewerylist.com is even more on the up-and-up. There are a few breweries focused on distributing, but no tap rooms, just yet; Fatty’s Beer Works, Lo-Fi Brewing, Snafu Brewing, & Fat Pig Brewing. Snafu tap room is imminent. For the ones with open tap rooms NOW, keep reading:

Ghost Monkey
@ghostmonkeybrew | MAP
This nano is adjacent to the Wando Port Terminal on Long Point Road and their primate braincase is always howling for a pint. Garage doors are up in nice weather with music, food trucks, and a constantly rotating draft selection Thursday through Sunday. Special shoutout to the monkies for hosting Lowcountry Libation’s Colonial Cup Competition last year shortly before they opened their doors to the public.

Two Blokes
@twoblokesbrewing | MAP
Walk through the double entryway just off Long Point Road to find the Blokes’ Half Pints kids corner up front and a 7bbl brewhouse in back. Patrons, alewives (I'm referring to Emily, here), blokes, and lady blokes take refuge from the heat 7 days a week for a lineup of solid flagships and a steady drip of special releases.

Cooper River
@cooperbrewing | MAP
The shotgun style tap room near the “bridge to nowhere” runs parallel to the production floor. Gaze out through the glass with a pint in hand for a picturesque view of stainless brewery operations or chat with the Herron behind the bar. Find their warehouse 4 days a week for patio fun and food trucks to boot.

Low Tide
@lowtidebrewing | MAP
Open 5 days a week on Johns Island, this tap room has plenty of space indoors and out. Feed off their dozen beer offerings, plenty of food trucks, yoga and the natural beauty of the Island. Bring the dog and pick up an LT collar from their merch area.

Charles Towne Fermentory
@chsfermentory | MAP
Rustic meets fresh in this modestly sized Avondale tap room. You’ll find a small but distinctive tap list, with a healthy dose of hop haze for those who dig it. Go early with the kiddo before the crowd heats up 6 days a week.

Lagunitas Brewpub
#lagunitascharleston | MAP
Same vibe, different tastes from the old Southend location. Live music at 4:20pm every day to go with plenty of picnic style seating and hop forward favorites and seasonal brews. Grab some brewpub grub and chill.

What's your favorite new spot around town? Old favorite? 

Drink local, drink fresh! Cheers.

Bonus:
Thanks to my wife for carting us boys around for our field work on this post!

Lowcountry Beer is Here

The Lowcountry is certainly known for it's food, but have you heard about it's beer? Today's post is crafted (get it?) by my husband, Trevor, who among all of our friends, family, and co-workers is known to be incredibly enthusiastic about craft and homebrew beer.

Trevor:

Well, this is exciting. My wonderful wife Emily may tire of beer talk in our home or on our dog walks, but I’m in the driver’s seat now and man do I have a lot to share. Now, there’s nothing she can do, but proofread!

Beer is so popular in Charleston, it happens to have a whole week dedicated to the craft. Charleston Beer Week takes place every September, so mark your calendars for next year. Their team + sponsors put on a great group of events every year from beer dinners to tap takeovers to pairings to rare beer events to firkin fests. But, fret not, Charleston Beer is here - year round!

Below is a quick rundown of the Charleston area breweries. If you don’t already, FOLLOW EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM ON INSTAGRAM AND/OR FACEBOOK. It’s the best way to keep up to date on their offerings, events, and other fun stuff! 

Coast (Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Nestled between Noisette Creek, Cooper River, and Park Circle. Hit them up for a pint after a round of disc golf 3 days a week and don’t forget they host Brewvival, a beer lover's tasting dream, held every February.


Holy City (Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
A pub feel in an outdoor setting is open 7 days a week plus house brunch, lunch, and dinner. Bring the dog and relax with a pint or show up for one of their events like the 3rd Annual King of Pops Great Charleston Pop-Off or Bendy Brewski Yoga


Freehouse (Website, Facebook, InstagramTwitter)
Right around the corner from Holy City, Freehouse is tucked in on the Ashely River. Enjoy fresh beer, food trucks, and views from the deck or marshside 5 days a week.


Frothy Beard (Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Known for their wacky beers and events, don’t wait till this nano hosts XTreme Pro Wrestling or Pop-Up Ramen. Head towards Ashley Phosphate now, where “great beards drink alike” 5 days a week.

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Westbrook (Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Off of Long Point Road, in Mt. Pleasant, their modern tasting room looks and feels shiny. Christophe Chocolatier and beer pairing events are sure to impress your special someone (this where I happened to take Emily for our first Valentine's Day).


Palmetto (Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Just off the Ravenel Bridge on Huger Street, downtown, their recently redone tasting room is open 5 days a week and features Loading Dock concert + food truck every Friday night.


Revelry (Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Just across the street from One Cool Blow, on Conroy Street, you can eyeball their fermenters up close or grab a seat outside. Food offered 7 days a week in house or via truck. 


Oak Road ( Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Serving the Flowertown area from Historic Downtown Summerville. Ogle at their home made 1 barrel brew system, catch some football (or futbol), and food trucks Thursday - Saturday.


Tradesman (Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Representing James Island, they usually have 2 floors worth of beer enjoyment facilities, but the recent weather has decomissioned the 1st floor. Head up the side stairs 5 days a week for a "well built" pint.

If you like killing multiple birds with a single stone, check out Charleston Brews Cruise tours offered 5 days a week.

Don’t forget the brewpubs:
Southend (Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Casual dining with the prettiest Lowcountry brewhouse, in my opinion. It’s vertical and encased in glass! Easily combined with a walk around Historic Charleston, including but not limited to Rainbow Row, Waterfront Park, and the Battery.


Edmund's Oast (Website, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
Snag a reservation inside for an elevated food and beer experience. With good weather, grab a drink inside or out, plop down outside at communal tables, and enjoy the air.

Final Notes
Support our local brewers and if you dare, get inspired to brew your own! I’m a member of Lowcountry Libations and we welcome all brewers old and new. To get you started on your first batch (or 400th) check out Yeast Everything Homebrew Store and Beer Engineer Supply Store.

Lowcountry beer is here!

*Bonus*

Emily:

This week happens to mark one year of marriage for the two of us and I can say there's no one else is this world I'd rather stand side by side taste testing all of these local brews with than you, Trev.