Charleston’s Best Breweries

Beer enthusiasts, rejoice! The Holy City is a hotbed for craft breweries, with more than a dozen turning out tasty hops throughout downtown Charleston and surrounding areas—from North Charleston and Mount Pleasant to West Ashley and Johns Island. Each establishment serves up unique flavor, both in the beers they brew and the tasting rooms where you’ll want to sit and stay awhile. We’ve rounded up our top 10 favorite breweries in town. Which is your go-to?

DOWNTOWN Revelry Brewing. Their open-air rooftop bar is perfect for pretty days, while the indoor-outdoor ground floor typically features live music. Poke the Bear is our favorite flavor at the main brewery, though last year they opened The Hold at Revelry—a small tasting room a block away from their main facility that’s devoted entirely to delicious sours. 10 Conroy St., Charleston

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Cooper River Brewing. Hard-working AC units inside and a giant fan plus cornhole boards outside make this tucked-away upper-peninsula gem a smart place to sip year-round. Slide up to the expansive indoor bar to order from a curated selection of traditionally brewed pints, or try a flight to taste test a few. 2201 Mechanic St. B, Charleston

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Edmunds Oast Brewing Co. Housed in the Pacific Box & Crate development next to Workshop food court, this taproom-meets-restaurant is perfect for parents looking to imbibe craft ales while noshing on delicious fare and letting the children wear themselves out (there’s an astroturf area your kids will love). Inside, live music or a DJ often ups the party vibe. 1505 King St. #115, Charleston

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Palmetto Brewing Company. The elder of the bunch, Palmetto was South Carolina’s first post-prohibition brewery when it opened its doors in 1993. Though there’s construction going on all around, the cozy tasting room is very much still in operation. Huger Street IPA and Lowcountry Lager are among their most popular beers, and we’ve been sipping the Idle Speed Salted Lime Lager all summer. 289 Huger St., Charleston

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Lo-Fi Brewing. In keeping with their logo (a pink unicorn beneath ‘60s-style lettering), funky vibes reign at this spacious upper Meeting Street brewery. The blueberry wheat beer is delicious, and their Mexican Lager (perhaps the flavor they’re best-known for) is highly drinkable, most especially during Charleston’s steamy summers. 2038 Meeting St., Charleston

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OFF THE PENINSULA Westbrook Brewing Company. Despite being off the beaten brewery trail, this Mount Pleasant taproom cans some of Charleston’s most popular beer. Their citrusy White Thai and One Claw ales are huge hits locally and beyond. Try them straight from the source in their sleek indoor-outdoor tasting room, and take a tour of the impressive facilities while you’re there. 510 Ridge Rd., Mount Pleasant

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Freehouse Brewery. The living’s easy at this North Charleston brewery, set on the marshy banks of the Ashley River. While the views are impressive, the craft beers are too, ranging from Folly’s Pride (a 4.8% golden session IPA) to the Morning Glory Imperial Organic Coffee Stout (a rich 9% brew that’s infused with flavors from Lowcountry Coffee Roasters). 2895 Pringle St., Suite B, North Charleston

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Low Tide Brewing. For Johns Islanders, this low-key taproom is a local treasure. With a spacious outdoor area—including a fire pit that blazes during the cool months—it’s as dog-friendly as it gets. They offer four 5-ounce flights for $10; an affordable way to find your favorite. 2863 Maybank Hwy., Johns Island

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Charles Towne Fermentory. Situated in the heart of Avondale, this laid-back brewery has tasty beers, an easy vibe, and is within steps of the bustling neighborhood’s best restaurants. It’s the perfect place to spend a Saturday. 809 Savannah Hwy., Charleston

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Commonhouse Aleworks. It’s hard to believe that Park Circle—a neighborhood that’s heavily populated by young professionals—was missing a brewery until this fresh new space opened in January 2018. The indoor-outdoor tasting room now has a full-service kitchen, so be prepared to make your visit an all-day or -night affair. 4831 O'Hear Ave., North Charleston

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