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Tour (& Taste) the Burgeoning Beer Scene

In a decade, the local craft beer scene has exploded from two to 21 breweries. The effect can be seen anywhere you imbibe. If sipping a Lo-Fi Glitter Pony during a concert at the Coliseum doesn’t excite you more than downing a Bud Lite, you may just be cursed with boring taste buds.

Directory of Local Breweries:

1. Charles Towne Fermentory
Avondale’s neighborhood hotspot; specializes in saisons and IPAs. 809 Savannah Hwy., (843) 641-0431,

2. COAST Brewing Company
Family-owned and -operated, brewing organic beers and offering tastings; look for a major expansion, including a restaurant, in 2018. 1250 2nd St. N., North Charleston, (843) 343-4727,

3. Cooper River Brewing Co.
A brewhouse on the north end of the peninsula with nine signature beers and a devoted following. 2201-B Mechanic St., (843) 405-7979,

4. Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co. 
Upper King’s starring draft selection, known for funky sour beers and creative blends, such as heirloom watermelon ale. 1505 King St. Ext., (843) 718-3224,

5. Fatty’s Beer Works
A downtown brewery and taproom made for a good time, with a signature IPA, ale, and saison, among others. 1436 Meeting St., (843) 974-5330,

6. Freehouse Brewery
Beers are always organic and crafted from seasonal ingredients. Catch frequent food truck appearances. 2895-B Pringle St., North Charleston, (703) 946-9725,

7. Frothy Beard Brewing Company
Ecclectic brews by four bearded bros, plus a new taproom. 1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., (843) 872-4201,

8. Ghost Monkey Brewery
Taproom and brewery with a variety of stouts, dark sours, and IPAs; look out for live music and pop up food events. 522 Wando Ln., Mount Pleasant, (843) 352-3462,

9. Holy City Brewing
A converted North Charleston warehouse brewing an impressive list of beers with a food menu to match. 4155 Dorchester Rd., North Charleston, (843) 225-5623,

10. Lo-Fi Brewing 
Beers with hoppy, bold flavors and a trippy aesthetic. 2038 Meeting Street Rd., (828) 582-2175,

11. Low Tide Brewing
Try a flight (four 4-ounce beers) or fill a growler or two amongst the wide variety of changing selections. 2863 Maybank Hwy., John’s Island, (843) 501-7570,

12. Munkle Brewing Co.
Gravitates towards mostly Belgian and German styles, specifically Trappist and other monastic brews. 1513 Meeting Street Rd., (843) 789-3109,

13. Palmetto Brewing Co.
Charleston’s oldest brewery, loved for live music, tastings, tours, and a tried-and-true beer menu. 289 Huger St., (843) 937-0903,

14. Pawley’s Island Brewing Company
A relaxed atmosphere and a handful of signature ales, IPAs, and stouts. 2668 Industrial Ave., North Charleston, (843) 225-8292,

15. Revelry Brewing Co.
A neighborhood hangout with an unbeatable rooftop and a number of award winning brews. 10 Conroy St., (843) 203-6194,

16. Rusty Bull Brewing Co.
Unique lagers, ales, IPAs, and more, in an industrial-chic space. 3005 W. Montague Ave. #110, North Charleston, (843) 225-8600,

17. Snafu Brewing Company
An edgy North Charleston spot known for rowdy events and an impressive year-round tap line up. 3280 Industry Dr., North Charleston, (843) 767-4121,

18. Tradesman Brewing Co.
A taproom dubbed the “Beer Outreach Education Center” and 10 perfected ales on deck. 1647 King St. Ext., (843) 410-1315,

19. Twisted Cypress Brewing Co.
Three friends crafting classic beers brewed with a local twist. 1897 Sam Rittenberg Blvd., (843) 608-1899,

20. Two Blokes Brewing
Unpretentious brews for every taste; pouring everything from IPAs to pub ales to saisons. 547 Long Point Rd. #101, Mount Pleasant, (843) 654-4564,

21. Westbrook Brewing Company
A Charleston standard on a mission to make beer interesting; frequent experimentation with quirky ingredients and brewing techniques (see signature stout “Mexican Cake”). 510 Ridge Rd., Mount Pleasant, (843) 654-9114,