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Serving Up South Carolina Craft Beer at Breweries in Charleston

Bob Gillespie Bob Gillespie
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If you're visiting Charleston, South Carolina, to take in the historic city and its beaches, resorts and golf courses, sooner or later you're going to work up a thirst. What better way to quench that than with Lowcountry craft beers?

There's nothing like a fresh, frosty brew after 18 holes in spring, summer, fall - or winter, for that matter. Changes in state laws governing brewing and spirits have resulted in a "beer boom" in the Holy City, with a handful of brewers (and more to come) vying to win fans' hearts.

Charleston breweries' wares are available in groceries and beverage outlets; others can be tried at tasting rooms or local brew pubs. A great way to experience Charleston beer is by taking several local beer tours.

The "Brews & Birdies" tour even combines three rounds of golf and three nights' accommodations with an afternoon of beer sampling.

It's a great time to love Charleston, sightseeing, golf and beer. Here's our guide to help you navigate the sudsy scene:

BREWERIES:

COAST Brewing Company: Beers include Dead Arm Pale Ale; 32 degree/50 degree (kolsch); Alterior Motive; Angry Mash Oatmeal Stout; Aye SB Extra Special Bitter; Belafonte (Belgian); Belgian Wit; Beth Death Smoked Porter; Blackbeerd Imperial Stout.

Edmund's Oast: Beers include Farrago No. 2; Mandarina; Peanut Butter & Jelly; Evil Twin-Julian Was Here; Pale in Comparison.

Holy City Brewing:Beers include Pluff Mud Porter; Holy City Pilsner; Washout Wheat; Slanted Porch Pale Ale; Chucktown Follicle Brown; Overly Friendly IPA; Yeast Wrangler.

Revelry Brewing Co.: Beers include Mel's Helles; Gullah Cream Ale; Hotel Rendezvous; Pass the Lemongrass; Back Off War Child; Welcome, This Is A Farmhouse; Achtung! Drive-By Fruiting; Lean Or Fat; The Bristow; Oh My Darlyn; Funkmaster Brett and The Furious Hops; Strange Magic; Poke the Bear.

Freehouse Brewery: Beers include Ashley Farmhouse Ale; Folly's Pride; Green Door IPA; Hibiscus Lemongrass Saison; Hoodoo Imperial Stout; Kiwi Blueberry Sourlina.

Palmetto Brewing Company: Beers include American Red Amber Ale; American Pale Ale; Charleston Lager; Espresso Porter; Homefront IPA.

Frothy Beard Brewing Company: Beers include Albatross IPA; Zingiber Pale Ale; Choconaut stout; It's Cucumber Thyme wheat; Beet York Prickly Ash blonde ale; Shardik the Great Bear imperial stout; Modified Neck Breaker IPA.

Tradesman Brewing Company: Beers include Bricklayer Red; Welder's Agave Wheat; Circuit Breaker IPA.

Southend Brewery & Smokehouse:Beers include Love Me Two Times Blonde; Watch It Grow Wheat; Castle Pinckney Pale; Rip Tide Red; Pict's Stout.

Westbrook Brewing Co.: Beers include Mexican Cake; One Claw; Poppin' Pils; Orange Bliss; Bearded Farmer; The Raver; Udderly Stout; 100% Brett Lichtenhainer; Weisse Baby; Shane's Big Dipa; Cap'n Skoon's Ballistic Stout.

BEER TOURS:

Charleston Brews Cruise: Visit 2-3 breweries (breweries vary daily; include Palmetto, Westbrook, Holy City, Coast), 3-4 hours, departs Charleston Visitors Center @ 1:45 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday, 12:45 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday

The Original Pub Tour: Bus tours visit three breweries in 3-4 hours starting at 11 a.m. daily; pub tours visit 3-5 historic pubs in 2-3 hours

GOLF AND BEER:

Brews and Birdies:Includes three nights at the Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview, three rounds of golf at any of eight courses (Coosaw Creek CC, Dunes West GC, Legend Oaks Golf & Tennis, Pine Forest CC, RiverTowne CC, Club at Wescott, Links at Stono Ferry, Wild Dunes Resort Harbor Course), and a 3-4 hour tour of breweries.

Bob Gillespie
Discover writers share all of the places, activities and adventure that South Carolina has to offer. Read more from some of South Carolina’s locals and discover what’s happening in the Palmetto State.