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Where to drink in Charleston right now

The Holy City's best sinnin' spots.
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Edmund's Oast

Edmund’s Oast

For most of its storied past, Charleston, S.C., was better known for sweet tea than beer. With just one small brewery in town and velvet rope laws that made brewing, distributing or even buying certain kinds of beer difficult, the town went thirsty. That’s all changed in the last decade, as a sophisticated culinary scene emerged and a few beer-friendly bills from the Statehouse led to seven more craft breweries, three brewpubs and dozens of shops and restaurants devoted to beer—with plenty more on the way.

Charleston Beer Exchange
Venture deep into Charleston’s historic district to find this craft beer haven that boasts more than 900 bottles and nine rotating taps for growler fills. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, when the bar usually taps new kegs.

Palmetto Brewery
This historic brewery has roots that stretch to the Civil War, but its current incarnation was born in 1993—still years before any other local breweries came about. With a new tasting room and a popular Friday night concert series on the loading dock, Palmetto continues to be a pioneer in the local beer community.

Bay Street Biergarten
Inspired by Bavarian biergartens, this 60-handle spot offers individual tap tables along with a self-service craft beer wall—just swipe your card at an iPad station to fill ’er up.

COAST Brewing
Up in North Charleston’s old Navy Yard, COAST’s co-founder Jaime Tenney is a key player in the city’s legislative beer battles. The sustainable operation uses a biodiesel-fueled kettle and energy-efficient processes to craft killer brews like the beloved Blackbeerd Imperial Stout.


Closed For Business

Closed for Business
There’s a good reason we count this “draught emporium” among America’s best beer bars: Its selection is consistently outstanding. Stop in for regular tapping events, eclectic flights and specialty local beers like Holy City’s Pluff Mud Porter brewed with Twix bars.

Edmund’s Oast
Named for an 18th-century Charleston brewer, this upscale brewpub churns out uncommon creations like the quirky Peanut Butter and Jelly beer brewed with peanut butter, grape juice and milk sugar. Close to 50 taps and a specialty bottle list provide pairing possibilities for chef Andy Henderson’s meaty comfort food.

FYI: Fans of Imperial Doughnut Break from Denmark’s Evil Twin Brewing may not realize that the wildly popular beer has strong Charleston ties: Besides being brewed at Charleston’s own Westbrook Brewing, the 11.5%-ABV imperial porter incorporates hundreds of doughnuts from King Street bakery Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts.


Brewery Travels

Brewery Travels: My Favorite Brewery/Beer from Each State

In my ongoing quest to visit breweries all across this great land, I have now surpassed the 400 mark, and they’ve been spread across 37 states and 175+ cities. To celebrate this landmark, I’ve put together a ‘Special Edition’ of Brewery Travels: A rundown of my favorites in each of the states visited so far.

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Why a Miller Lite Was the Best Beer I’ve Ever Had

I’ve worked in craft beer for nearly five years now. I’ve had the fortune to try some truly amazing brews: Pliny the Elder, Heady Topper, Bourbon Barrel Aged Expedition Stout. Supplication? I’ve got one in my mini-fridge. The reason I’m telling you this is because I want to frame my statements here properly. I’ve had good beer, trust me. The best beer I’ve ever had, though, was a Miller Lite.

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  • […] I still have a soft spot for the city — and I’m still pitching stories about it. For this Draft Magazine article, I wrote about some of the Holy City’s best beer destinations, including Closed for Business […]

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