SOUTH CAROLINA BREWERIES
Alongside its sister state to the north, the brewery industry is
growing and attracting thousands of visitors each year who crave the
southern vibes of craft beer. Since the Pint Law was signed, there has
been an increase of over 150% in the number of breweries opening in
South Carolina. In the state, 25 different zip codes have either a craft
brewery or brewpub. The beer industry accounts for over $254 million in
economic impact to SC.
The state’s beer guild and community work together to improve the economy and employment while entertaining the citizens around the state. Visit the brewers, join the new Brewers Guild, and taste the different southern lagers across the Palmetto State.
All breweries featured were chosen based on:
● Membership in the brewers associations in their respective states
● A 4.3 rating or higher from respected consumer websites
● Location in popular visitor areas of the state
● Public tours and tastings available
For a complete listing of breweries in South Carolina, please visit the website:
South Carolina Brewers Guild
Southern Barrel Brewing Co.
Enjoy this Bluffton and beer garden where they’re combining the beauty of old with a taste of the new. The bar, beer garden and Tavern restaurant offer a seasonal menu featuring locally sourced ingredients and beer fresh from the brewery with year-round core beers. The indoor and outdoor seating was created to suit any mood, whether it’s dinner with the family or relaxing in the beer garden with friends.
Visitor review: “A fantastic place! The food was excellent and paired well with the craft beer they brew. The menu offerings were decent as well as the types of crafted beer. The staff was more than awesome! We got a great tour of the brewing process from the owner who was very knowledgeable, upbeat and seems to love his job. I will definitely be back and will recommend to others.”
River Rat Brewery
River Rat Brewery was named for the three rivers that run through the city of Columbia and the working-class men who labored on the canal here more than a century ago. In their honor, the brewery set out to create craft beers that would satisfy anyone’s thirst after a long day's work. With beers that are perfectly balanced, refreshingly bold, and deliciously drinkable, relax in the taproom or outside on the deck in the beautiful weather with your friends and a leashed dog.
Visitor review: “River Rat has some great beers. I especially loved the Moncks Corner Abbey Ale and their Double IPA. They have a nice setup and have a great outdoor seating area. The staff was friendly and helpful and they give nice tours of their brewing facility out back. Good stuff!”
North Charleston, SC
Holy City Brewery
The Holy City story is about a team of four guys dedicated to craft beer and their community, aiming to bring more of one to the other. Starting with a custom, 15-gallon, all-grain pilot system made of used welded bicycle parts, elbow grease, and love, Holy City Brewing has grown into a place where people come to relax, connect with friends and family, and let their hair down for a little while.
Visitor review: “This is possibly my favorite brewery in Charleston. It’s always a great atmosphere with indoor and outdoor seating. There is a great view of the many stainless steel tanks where they brew their beer, which is always fun to see. And the beer they brew is some of the best in town. There is almost always over 20 beers to choose from. And if you want food, do yourself a favor and try the Collision Fries.”
Frothy Beard Brewing Company
Frothy Beard Brewing Company grew out of a passion for creativity, culinary arts, zombies, epic novels, board games, the outdoors, but mostly beer. Since its opening in 2013, Frothy Beard Brewing Company got a major upgrade. Their state of the art taproom and facility has allowed them to increase their brewing capacity by more than 400% and they even canned a Frothy favorite, ¡Andale! for the very first time. Enjoy a few beers with friends or slices of killer pizza with the family.
Visitor review: “I definitely recommend swinging by this amazing space and hanging out for a while. They have a great selection of beers in pretty much any style that might be your favorite. And if you get hungry, order a calzone or pizza. Another great addition to the Charleston beer scene. Prepare to have your mind blown when you walk in!”
Thomas Creek Brewery
Since 1998, Thomas Creek has been winning the hearts and taste buds of beer enthusiasts all across the southeast and beyond. The brewery is open to the public for tours, pints, growler & 6-pack purchases, and events. The homebrew shop offers everything from equipment kits to ingredients. Thomas Creek Brewery is devoted to serving the community by delivering an exceptional product to fans, giving back through numerous charitable organizations, and reducing environmental impact.
Visitor review: “As a brewery, there's little not to like. Most of their beers are very good and I love the layout of the facility and the indoor/outdoor elements. The bartenders are always friendly and seem happy to be there. They have events and it's very close to Greenville, convenient. Also there’s tons of parking. What else do you need?”
John’s Island, SC
Low Tide Brewing
The goal of Low Tide is to grow the craft beer market alongside Charleston's already highly revered culinary scene and bring around a few new ideas. Low Tide works with chefs, bartenders, and restaurant owners to create flavors that are truly tailored to either complement or set off a dish or style. Giving restaurants the opportunity to work with a brewery at any time to create a unique beer is not conventional. Low Tide is happy to show their process of making beer from grain to glass. Come out and enjoy what they have to offer.
Visitor review: “They have an awesome atmosphere, very welcoming, and plenty of seating both indoors and out. The beer was fantastic. I tried a sour one and it was the best I’ve ever had. They also have rotating food trucks for grub. Dogs are welcome, too! Definitely recommend checking them out if you're in the area and a fan of good beer.”
Myrtle Beach, SC
New South Brewing
Located in the heart of Myrtle Beach, New South is a small microbrewery with the mission to supply those living or visiting SC with fresh flavorful ales and lager. Since its beginning in 1998, it’s believed that being a draft only brewery was essential to be the freshest way to get beer out to the public. After adding cans to the package lineup in 2009, the brewery hopes the hard work and attention to detail shine through through their beer.
Visitor review: “If you are looking for the most relaxed place to drink a quality craft beer, this is the place. This is not a restaurant that brews some beer or a tap house – this is a brewery. You will not be disappointed with the selection of amazing, brewed-on-site craft beer. They have local favorites and limited/seasonal releases.”
Ciclops Cyderi and Brewery
Enjoy a wide selection of Ciclops brews, along with options for wine and small plates. Their slogan, "Making Absurd the Norm" means brewing classic German beers to style alongside beers 'dry hopped' with waffles or baseball bats. The brewery is all about community, hosting events for various charities and is eager in hosting private parties. Sleek decor with couches, chairs and coffee tables create the perfect environment for intimate get-togethers.
Visitor review: “A really friendly staff and a fun environment for all. The place looks modern and comfy but not at all fussy. The apps they were offering when we went--a pimento cheese plate and a hummus plate--were really tasty, too. Great selection of local beers and nice touches to make the place family friendly. We look forward to visiting again!”
RJ Rockers Brewing Company
RJ Rockers Brewing Company opened its doors in Spartanburg in 1997 on a mission to provide delicious, handcrafted beer to the good people of the Upstate. Originally a brewpub, Rockers quickly became the soul of downtown nightlife and served as a catalyst for the revitalization of Morgan Square. RJ Rockers beer can now be found throughout the Southeast on draft, in bottles and cans in fine stores everywhere. Join the brewery for tours and tasting and “Hoppy Hours” Tuesday through Saturday with over 16,000 barrels of capacity.
Visitor review: “The Silo is fantastic! This isn't your typical brewery restaurant. The food is eclectic, excellent and ingredients were fresh. Very reasonable prices for the quality of food. If you’re looking for a great meal, the best beer in Spartanburg and a laid back casual brewery atmosphere, this is your place.”
By Tyria Goines
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