Who doesn't love a cold, frosty beer after 18 holes of golf on a warm South Carolina Lowcountry day? Golfers in the Lowcountry can drink South Carolina-produced craft beers after playing one of 20-plus courses.
Four local breweries produce craft beers on tap for tasting rooms and golf clubhouse grills, for takeaway in 64- and 32-ounce growlers, and in six-packs and 22-ounce "bombers" for groceries and restaurants.
A look at the Hilton Head-Bluffton craft beer scene:
Two locations: 7C Greenwood Drive/Reilley's Plaza, Hilton Head;
1 Cardinal Court, Hilton Head; (843) 785-3900
Juan Brantley worked in construction until 2006, when an opportunity became available with Hilton Head Brewing, which had been in business since the 1990s. The 36-year-old Hilton Head native decided to pair his desire to run a restaurant with the booming craft beer market and added a second facility (Cardinal Court) to increase production to 1,500 barrels in 2015, with capacity for 4,000 barrels.
Hilton Head Brewing - which offers 12 varieties of lagers, IPAs, porters and more - began canning beers for local groceries and restaurants in summer 2015. "We've got an aggressive three-year plan," Brantley said. "We want to get to 8,000-9,000 (barrels a year)." Both locations offer full menus of food.
591 Browns Cove Road North, Suite H, Ridgeland; (843) 645-2302
Mike Nerhus moved to Bluffton to help run his family's brewery, which began operations in 2013, and hasn't regretted it. "I grew up in San Diego, drinking local craft beers, and I much prefer local beer," the 32-year-old said. Being "passionate" about golf also made the move an easy call.
With a 10,000-barrel capacity, River Dog is expanding from its 2014 production of 5,000 barrels. Brewmaster John Federal, formerly of Raleigh Brewing, has a dozen staples (brown ales, IPAs, porters, blondes), plus seasonal beers. Altered State Red IPA is popular, Nerhus said, and Bradley Brian Pale Ale, named for his special-needs brother, is gaining fans.