There are breweries spread throughout South Carolina, including many craft breweries that focus on small batches of unique flavors you will not find anywhere else. If you are in the mood for a craft beer, you just need to decide what part of South Carolina you want to be in, whether you want a snack or meal to go along with it, and if you want traditional brews or more creative options.


1.Palmetto Brewing Co.

Palmetto Brewing Co.
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Palmetto Brewing Co. is the oldest brewery in South Carolina since Prohibition. They strive to craft beers that pair well with food and conversation with friends. There are 11 beers on tap each with a fun name. Just some include Don’t Harsh My Mellow (an American pale ale), Peach of Mind Peach Grisette, Brassy Blonde, and Peanut Butter Jelly Time (an American brown ale). You can enjoy any brew as eight or 16 ounces or in a 32- or 64-ounce growler. The taproom regularly hosts events and is open on Tuesdays to Thursdays from 4 pm to 10 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 10 pm, and on Sundays from noon to 8 pm. Palmetto Brewing Co. has concerts at least once a month, frequently weekly or even several times in a weekend. They also regularly have food trucks outside so you can get something to eat with your drink.

289 Huger Street, Charleston, SC, Phone: 843-937-0903

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2.New South Brewing

New South Brewing
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New South Brewing is a microbrewery in the center of Myrtle Beach that has been in operation since 1998. Over the years, they have continued to supply those in the area with flavorful and fresh lagers and ales. The brewery prides themselves on ensuring each beer is high quality, whether it is in a can or comes from the draft. The regular beers at New South Brewing include a lager, a white ale, an IPA, and a nut brown ale. In the winter, they tend to offer Dark Star Porter, a rich black ale with a hop finish and sweet yet roasty malt flavor. They also have a seasonal Oktoberfest beer in the fall with a crisp German hoppy feel and malty, sweet smoothness. There are also typically unique specialties on tap when you stop by the tasting room.

1109 Campbell Street, Myrtle Beach, SC, Phone: 843-916-2337

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3.Aiken Brewing Company

Aiken Brewing Company
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Aiken Brewing Company is a microbrewery as well as a restaurant. They maintain a lineup of handcrafted brews that changes every week. There are 19 beers that they brew throughout the season and you can always check what is on tap. Just some beers you may get the chance to try when you visit the microbrewery include Aiken’s Natural Blonde, Double Pale Ale, German Hefe Weizen, Honey Wheat, London Porter, Nitro Stout, Randy’s Grand Cru, and Strong Scotch Ale. In addition to the brews, you can enjoy a full lunch or dinner menu when you visit. Enjoy appetizers like fried pickles, pretzel bites, beer-brined fries, and potato skins followed by wings, soup, salad, wraps, burgers, or sandwiches. The dinner menu even includes things like filet mignon, southern style schnitzel, and shrimp-n-grits.

140 Laurens St., SW, Aiken, SC, 803, Phone: 402-0707

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4.Birds Fly South Ale Project

Birds Fly South Ale Project
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The Birds Fly South Ale Project prides themselves on brewing craft beer using their throwback approach that combines modern practices with time-testing methods. Their focus is on Saisons and Farmhouse brews, particularly barrel-aged brews, funky IPAs, and traditional or wild styles. You can find a range of beers on tap as well as more available in bottles to take with you. Just some options include Rustic Sunday (a rye farmhouse ale), Rumblefish (an open fermented white wine solera), Paper Airplanes (a Brettanomyces Foeder fermented wild ale), Carolyn (an open fermented hibiscus and coffee saison), You & I (a pale ale), and Irish Brown. There are several dozen brews, so be sure to ask what’s on tap at any given moment. The tasting room is an “urban farmhouse” and has two bars, an outdoor patio, live music, and a large lawn space. The space is dog-friendly.

1320 Hampton Ave Ext., Greenville, SC, Phone: 864-412-8825

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5.Brewery 85

Brewery 85
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Brewery 85 is a craft microbrewery with the specialty of combining Southern culture and the spirit of craft beer while using brewing techniques of a traditional German nature. Their brews include Runner Chocolate Stout, Fishin’ Beer (a Munich Helles), Tea Time (an English style brown ale), Quittin’ Time (a Helles Bock), Southern Style (an American pale ale), Yeoman’s Brown (an American brown ale), GVL IPA, Phone: 864 Weizen, and Little Miss Sai (a Saison). You can always check their website to see which beers they are currently brewing and which are on tap. The Brewery 85 taproom also regularly hosts live music so you can enjoy a relaxing evening while socializing and sipping your favorite brew. There is a Thursday night Taproom Unplugged series, a Summer Session Music Series, and the Good Ol’ Music Series. They also regularly have a winter music series and other musical events.

6 Whitlee Ct, Greenville, SC, Phone: 864-558-0104

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6.Carolina Bauernhaus

Carolina Bauernhaus
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Carolina Bauernhaus is both a farmhouse brewery and a winery with award-winning handcrafted ales, meads, and ciders. They use local seasonal ingredients in the process of handcrafting the cider and beer in small batches, showcasing what the region has to offer. The taproom is open every day of the week with extended hours on weekends. This brewery does not offer a standard beer lineup as this lets them make use of seasonal ingredients like local yeasts and seasonal fruits, as well as the chance to get creative. Some of the brews you might find include 18 Mile Red (an American sour ale), Feral Barrel Raspberry (a dark wild ale), FRIPA (a farmhouse IPA), July Prince (a sour ale), Kuningilin (a golden sour ale), and WIPA (an American wild ale).

115 W. Federal Street, Anderson, SC, Phone: 864-401-8167

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7.COAST Brewing Company

COAST Brewing Company
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COAST Brewing Company is family owned, making and serving craft beers on a former Navy base. They always use local, organic ingredients and put the environment first in as many of their decisions as possible. So customers know exactly what they are getting, all beers have their ingredients listed, including notes for which ingredients are organic. This brewery’s offerings include Boy King (an Imperial India Pale Ale), Hop Art (an India pale ale), Dead Arm (an American pale ale), Kolsch, Blackbeerd (an Imperial Stout), Rye Knot (an American brown ale), and seasonal brews like Oktoberfest, Single Hop, Shreddin’ Wheat, Event Horizon, Carnie Fire, and Saison du Fus. The tasting room is only open three days a week, so plan accordingly. On Thursdays and Fridays, you can visit from 4 pm to 7 pm or on Saturdays, you can head over between 12 pm and 5 pm. If you visit, keep in mind that this is a functional brewery and the taproom space is not fully separate. You can also buy their brews in cans or bottles to enjoy during the week. Check the calendar for special events as well, such as Big Boned BBQ.

1250 N 2nd Street, North Charleston, SC, Phone: 843-343-4727

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8.Conquest Brewing Company

Conquest Brewing Company
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Conquest Brewing Company operates on the idea that beer should be treated as one of civilization’s building blocks and they continue the rich history of the brew by crafting and enjoying beers. The brewery’s beers are designed to honor the world’s history, including the good and bad. Any time of the year, you can enjoy Artemis Blonde, Sacred Heart IPA, Medusa Stout, and Warrior Heart IPA. Seasonal brews include Old Naps, Frederick, Seven Seas Pale Ale, Novemberfest, and Der Alte Fritz. There are also seasonal imperials, including Sacred Heartier, Harlequin, and Brutus. Limited Edition brews include Cyclops and The Finisher. The brewery is open every day of the week with specials on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays. You can go on a tour any day of the week, attend trivia on Wednesdays, or take a yoga class on Sundays.

947 S Stadium Road, Bay 1, Columbia, SC, 803-814-1992

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9.Cooper River Brewing Company

Cooper River Brewing Company
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Cooper River Brewing Company was founded in November 2015 and is in a full renovation of a 7,500-square-foot warehouse. The brewing company’s head brewer, Mark Fesche, is a graduate of Seibel Institute with more than 20 years of experience as a head brewer, ensuring delicious and unique beers. You can find a range of beers, including a stout, golden ale, orange-infused blonde ale, watermelon wheat, ESB, summer IPA, West Coast IPA, a porter (nitro), and the inaugural IPA. The tasting room includes a spacious outdoor patio as well as an indoor space with air conditioning plus plenty of room for comfort and relaxation. While you sip your beer, look through the large windows at the brewery portion so you can see how your favorite beverage is made. This brewery also regularly hosts special events, including those with local organizations.

2201-B Mechanic Street, Charleston, SC, Phone: 843-405-7979

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10.Freehouse Brewery

Freehouse Brewery
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Freehouse Brewery serves handmade beers that feature organic ingredients with inspiration from the natural setting of the brewery along the Ashley River. They serve a range of beers, including the Ashley Farmhouse Ale, Battery Brown Ale, Folly’s Pride, Green Door IPA, Hoodoo Imperial Stout, Morning Glory – Imperial Organic Coffee Stout, Sourlina Peche, Blueberry Peche Sourlina, Huila Davila Imperial Colombian Coffee Stout, the MULLET, Imperial Farmhouse Ale, Funky Farmhouse Ale, Little Nug, Foxtrot, Pink Squirt Saison, and Southern Blaze Saison. At any moment, check the Freehouse Brewery website to see which brews are currently on tap. You can visit the brewery any day of the week except Sundays and Mondays. On Tuesdays through Fridays, it opens from 3 pm to 8 pm and Saturday’s hours are from 1 pm to 8 pm. The tasting room includes both indoor and outdoor areas, including a spacious deck with amazing views of nature.

2895 Pringle St., Suite #B, N. Charleston, SC

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11.Frothy Beard Brewing Company

Frothy Beard Brewing Company
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Frothy Beard Brewing Company developed from a passion for beer along with board games, epic novels, the outdoors, zombies, culinary arts, and creativity. The brewery opened in 2013 and in 2017, they relocated to a larger space with a state-of-the-art taproom. This move also let the company increase their brewing capacity by over 400 percent and start canning their brews. This brewery has an option for everyone with 24 of their own beers on tap plus two guest beers, including cider. You can opt for a pint, half pint, or a flight that features four four-ounce pours. There are also 32- and 64-ounce growlers. Just some of the Frothy Beard Brewing Company beers on tap include pilsners, sour ales, fruit beers, IPAs, and cream ales. They also have kombucha, soda, and wine available. The brewery also serves Zombie Bob’s Pizza with a secret sour dough recipe that features the Frothy Back From the Dead Porter.

1401 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Charleston, SC

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12.Holy City Brewing

Holy City Brewing
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Holy City Brewing began when business partners in the rickshaw industry in Charleston looked for something to do during the off-season. This led to a 15-gallon, all-grain pilot system, a friend with a warehouse, and another friend who was a full-time brewer and had gone to professional brewing school. The brewery opened in 2011 and they now have dozens of beers, including IPAs, Belgian dark ales, fruit/vegetable beers, American stouts, American wheat ales, American adjunct lagers, German Pilsners, Saisons/farmhouse ales, and more. At any given moment, over a dozen brews will be on tap in the taproom. Holy City Brewing also distributes beer to a long list of local businesses, including pubs, restaurants, and stores. For those who choose to visit the tap room with children, they also have house-made non-alcoholic sodas with a rotating selection.

4155 Dorchester Rd, North Charleston, SC, Phone: 843-225-5623

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13.Lo-Fi Brewing

Lo-Fi Brewing
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Lo-Fi Brewing is a brewery and pub serving a range of beer, all of which is made using whole leaf hops. Their beers include LO-Fi Lager (a Mexican lager), LO-Fi Blueberry (a malted wheat base with blueberry puree), LO-Fi Glitter Pony (which combines fruit and spice), and LO-Fi IPA, with LO-Fi Pale Ale coming in December. In addition to the chance to try some delicious craft-brewed beers, LO-Fi also regularly hosts live events. These include musical guests and more. You can visit the tap room on Thursdays or Fridays from 4 pm to 9 pm, on Saturdays from 12 pm to 9 pm, and on Sundays from 2 pm to 6 pm. Those who want to support the brewery can also buy cans or gear.

2038 Meeting Street Rd, Charleston, SC, 828-582-2175

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14.Oak Road Brewery

Oak Road Brewery
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Oak Road Brewery was the first brewery in Summerville and they specialize in crafting German beers in small batches. The brewery prides itself on creating a community feeling for friends and family to relax and have a conversation or meet new people. The taproom has games for kids and adults and treats for dogs. Just some of the brews on tap include a Munich Helles, a Hefeweizen, a Belgian Dubbel, a Vienna Lager, a Munich Dunkel, a West Coast IPA, a Belgian IPA, a German Pilsner, and a Robust Coffee Porter. There are 11 taps with beer along with soda, so everyone can find something to drink, whether or not they enjoy or can have alcohol. There are rotating tap handles to keep things interesting along with seasonal beers, the Flowertown Players Series, Home Brewer Collaborations, Community Collaborations, a Beer of the Week, and a Beer of the Month. You can also find the Oak Road Brewery beer at some local establishments.

108 E 3rd North St., Suite C, Summerville, SC, Phone: 843-695-9886

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15.Quest Brewing Co.

Quest Brewing Co.
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Quest Brewing Co. is a craft brewery with nearly 20 brews available in their tap room. Their Legendary Series are available at any time of the year and include Ellida IPA, Golden Fleece BPA, Mango White (a Belgian Wit), Kaldi Coffee Stout, and Smoking Mirror Porter. All of those brews are available as 16-ounce drafts or 16-ounce cans, including 4-packs of the cans. There is also a long list of seasonal and specialty beers on tap at any given moment, with the selection varying. Options include Nitro “Decaf” Kaldi Stout, Dry Hopped Rye Saison, Pils of Longevity, Reminisce Extra Pale Ale, Calamansi Gose, and Birds & the Bees (a Saison/farmhouse ale). They also have a limited Sour Series that includes the 5th Anniversary Rose Saison and Peach Biere de Garde plus a cask beer. Be sure to check the schedule for Quest Brewing Co. before you head over so you can time your visit to include one of their special events, such as regular Brewhouse Tours, yoga, or Hoppy Hour.

55 Airview Drive, Greenville, SC, Phone: 864-272-6232

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16.Revelry Brewing Co.

Revelry Brewing Co.
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Revelry Brewing Co. is a local brewery that also has a selection of food, merchandise and live events. In addition to beers on tap, they also have several cans available. A sampling of the Revelry brews include Poke The Bear (an American pale ale), Gullah Cream Ale, Lefty Loosey (a West Coast Style IPA), Backoff Warchild (a double IPA), Never Sunny (a New England style IPA), and Ginger & Jasmine (a Ginjo beer with sake yeast). Overall, you can find 13 beers plus two from the Brewer’s Series in March 2018. Every Friday evening, the brewery has live music from 6 to 9 pm, then again on Saturday from 4 to 7 pm and on Sunday from 3 to 6 pm, giving you lots of options to enjoy a brew with music. Or attend Tap-It Tuesday. There are indoor and outdoor areas to sit and feel free to bring your dog. The brewery serves Tobo Sushi daily for a mix of Asian-inspired dishes and Latin-inspired meals.

10 Conroy Street, Charleston, SC, Phone: 843-203-6194

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17.River Dog Brewing Company

River Dog Brewing Company
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River Dog Brewing Company prides itself on delivering “exceptional craft beer” and has a range of options. You can also find brews from this company, which was established in July 2012, at some local distributors. At any given moment, you will find six beers on tap along with various bottles and cans. Options include an IPA, milk stout, Pilsner, double IPA, wheat ale, and imperial stout. In the tasting room, you can get some beer to go in a 32 or 64-ounce growler or just buy 22-ounce bottles or 6-pack cans. Feel free to bring your dog along as long as you sit outside and keep him on a leash. If you like what you drink, you can also buy merchandise for the brewing company, including growlers and glassware. The brewery opens Tuesdays through Thursdays from 3 pm to 9 pm, Fridays from 3 pm to 10 pm, and Saturday from noon to 10 pm. Be sure to check their schedule for events like tap takeovers, brewing releases, and other activities.

591 Browns Cove Road North, Suite H, Ridgeland, SC, Phone: 843-645-2302


18.River Rat Brewery

River Rat Brewery
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River Rat Brewery has been around since 2013 and gets its name from the merging of the Broad and Saluda Rivers to create the Congaree. All beers are made using top ingredients and then tested and refined to get complex flavors. You will find brews like Barleywines, Helles lagers, Saisons/farmhouse ales, Gose sours, American pale ales, and more, with 15 options to choose from. Or have some wine. River Rat Brewery does offer tours, but you must schedule 24 to 48 hours in advance and they are based on availability. Tours are incredibly affordable with a low price per group, not per person, and include an eight-ounce pour of a beer. You can sit and enjoy a beer in the indoor taproom or on the outdoor deck surrounded by a green space, which is kid- and dog-friendly. While you are there, you can also fill up a growler of your favorite brew to go or buy some merchandise. Remember to bring an appetite when you visit River Rat Brewery as they open for lunch on Thursdays and Fridays and dinner most nights. The menu includes wings, sliders, nachos, soft pretzels, sandwiches, burgers, salads, and options for kids. Sundays feature cornhole and specials with trivia on Thursdays.

1231 Shop Road, Columbia, SC, Phone: 803-724-5712

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19.Seminar Brewing

Seminar Brewing
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Seminar Brewing is the first commercial craft brewery in Florence and the team has a passion for brewing. In addition to in their tap room, you can find beers from this brewery at various states, bars, pubs, and bottle shops throughout the state. The company has a 17bbl brew house plus a Sabco Brew-Magic system to help refine and development small batch releases. Choose to get your brew as a pint, an 8 or 4-ounce glass, a flight of four or six, a 32 or 64-ounce growler, or a 32-ounce crowler. Just some of the brews you may find on tap include a sour Berliner Weisse, an American amber/red, a Witbier, a sour Gose, a Saison/farmhouse ale, and an American pale wheat ale. There is a total of 15 beers on tap, offering something for everyone. You can also opt for wine if you prefer. There is room for 75 people to dine in the brewery or to head outside to the shaded beer garden. The tasting room is open daily except for Tuesdays. Come for a meal as the brewery has a full-service kitchen run by Kanza for a varied menu. Check the schedule for events like trivia, Paint and Pint Night, karaoke, and live music.

551 West Lucas Street, Florence, SC, Phone: 843-665-9200

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20.Southern Hops Brewing Co

Southern Hops Brewing Co
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Southern Hops Brewing Company is the first and only brewpub in Florence that specializes in craft-brewed beer plus hand-crafted pizzas. You will find four house brews, including two American brown ales, an American IPA, and an Irish red ale, with the option of 16-ounce drafts or a flight. There are also 16 guest taps with the same serving options plus 50 choices of cans and bottles. Factor in the five brews on deck and there is something for everyone. The food menu at Southern Hops Brewing Co is unique as nothing is baked with even the wings being double-baked instead. They also use local honey in the dough for their hand-crafted pizzas. You can also get burgers, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and other dishes. The brewing company has local bands, trivia, happy hours, and family nights. There is music nearly every weekend. You can choose to eat inside the restaurant area or outside in the beer garden or on the patio.

911 S Sunset Acres Ln, Florence, SC, Phone: 843-667-1900

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21.Swamp Cabbage Brewery Company

Swamp Cabbage Brewery Company
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Swamp Cabbage Brewing Company serves handcrafted beer in the form of tastings, pints, or growlers. This brewery has a range of beers, including light, hoppy, crisp, full-bodied, and more. Enjoy an American brown ale, a red IPA, an American blonde ale, an American IPA, an American amber/red ale, or a spiced amber ale. Their Dunkelweizen won first place in the 2018 Beer Army Beer Wars and their ruby red IPA won third place. The taproom has been recently remodeled and includes plenty of seating, a TV to watch the game, and board games. The brewery is dog-friendly or you can go on a tour. The outdoor seating is shaded. Visit the brewery for brunch courtesy of the Belgian Waffle Truck. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, they are open from 5 pm to 8 pm, on Fridays from 5 pm to 9 pm, on Saturdays from noon to 9 pm, and on Sundays from 1 pm to 6 pm.

921 Brookwood Drive, Columbia SC, Phone: 803-939-2589

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22.Thomas Creek Brewery

Thomas Creek Brewery
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Thomas Creek Brewery has been family owned since 1998 and began in downtown Greenville in 1994 as Henni’s Brewpub. The handcrafted beers begin with Blue Ridge Mountain water and use the finest ingredients. You can visit the brewery to get a pint, growler, or 6-pack or to go on a tour. They even have a fully-stocked homebrew shop for those who want to make their own beer. The brewery also prides itself on delivering a high-quality product, reducing their environmental impact, and giving back to charities, like Greenville Humane Society and Hands On Greenville, among others. Although tours are only available by appointment, you can visit the taproom any time during opening hours. The taproom opens at 1 pm on Sundays or 10 am every other day of the week, always closing at 8 pm. The homebrew shop has similar hours, but closes at 6 pm on Mondays through Sundays. Just some of the brews you will find include an Irish style red, a German Pilsner, an American amber, a German doppelbock, a hybrid, an oatmeal stout, an American IPA, and an imperial IPA. Between year-round releases, the Atypical Series, seasonals, and specialty brews, there are choices for all tastes.

2054 Piedmont Highway, Greenville, SC, Phone: 864-605-1166

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23.Twisted Cypress Brewing Co

Twisted Cypress Brewing Co
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Twisted Cypress Brewing Co. opened in 2015 as the first brewery in West Ashley. The location is a former Moose Lodge that had been vacant for ten years and the team used upcycled and recycled materials for the renovation. The company also gives back to the local community and takes suggestions of charitable causes to help. All brews made at Twisted Cypress follow the German Beer Purity Law with some flair. Enjoy one of the breweries ten beers on tap, such as Dark Harbor Black IPA, Spottail Amber, Carolina Common, Craftsmen Stout, IPA Experimental #3, Pineapple Pale, Coastal Wheat, Angel Oak IPA, Apricot Blonde, or Folly SunRYEs. Be sure to check the schedule for events as well as Twisted Cypress Brewing Co regularly has food trucks on site and other activities like trivia, Yappy Hour (which is dog friendly and includes kiddie pools for the pooches in the back), and live music.

1897 Sam Rittenberg Blvd, Charleston, SC, Phone: 843-608-1899

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24.Upstate Craft Beer Co.

Upstate Craft Beer Co.
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Upstate Craft Beer Co. serves a long list of brews along with food. Brews include 19 options on tap plus 96 bottles and cans listed on their website, plus six ciders and meads. Some highlights brewed by Upstate Craft Beer Co. include Animals (a sorbet-sour with raspberry, mango, and blackberry), 4 Gold Chains (a sour DIPA with lime, lemon, orange juice, and mango), and Smier (a mezcal sour with lime, grapefruit, and lemon). There are regular events, including weekly live music at Upstate Craft Beer Co., making this a popular weekend destination. If you want something to eat, you can find appetizers like rotisserie wings, Margherita mini quesadillas, Bavarian pretzel sticks, a cheddar-jalapeno-stuffed pretzel, hummus with naan, and a meat and cheese board. Or get a sandwich, salad, or naan pizza.

400 August St., Greenville, SC, Phone: 864-609-4590

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25.Westbrook Brewing Company

Westbrook Brewing Company
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Westbrook Brewing Company is a craft brewery that offers tastings, growler sales, and tours. They have a total of 23 beers, including four that are available year-round: One Claw Rye Pale Ale, Gose, IPA, and White Thai. There are also rotating beers, barrel-aged brews, anniversary options, and collaborations. You can also check out Westbrook Brewing Company’s retired beers to get an idea of what may come in the future based on past brews. There are 20 beers on tap plus five bottles to choose from and seven cans. You can visit the brewery on Tuesdays to Fridays from 4 pm to 8 pm or on Saturdays from 12 pm to 6 pm. You don’t need a reservation to visit the tasting room or go on a tour, the latter of which is free and starts about hourly. If you want to take some beer with you, can you buy up to 288 ounces of growlers or packaged beer per person to take with you, which includes 32-ounce crowlers. Children are welcome and there is a small selection of food with the occasional food truck.

510 Ridge Road, Mount Pleasant, SC, Phone: 843-654-9114

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