The city of Charleston is home to 27 craft breweries right now--accounting for nearly half of the craft breweries in the entire state--with more on the horizon to open soon, making it one of the hottest cities to visit for craft beer enthusiasts. One area of town, however, has earned a special nickname for having such a large number of breweries within the area: The Brewery District. The Brewery District consists of 7 craft breweries all within a short bike ride (and in some cases, a quick walk) from each other, located along the 2-mile(ish) long stretch between Nassau Street and the turnoff for Spruill Avenue. If you want to head out on a self-directed brewery crawl, take a look at our handy guide to learn about the different breweries in the Brewery District!
Come for the rooftop, stay for the beer!
The word "revelry" means "boisterous celebrations," which is what you're likely to find at any given time at Revelry Brewing. From their ground-floor taproom to the rooftop patio, you'll experience a welcoming atmosphere with plenty of Instagrammability.
What to drink: a perennial favorite is the Gullah Cream Ale, a 5.5% abv cream ale, brewed with grits from Geechie Boy Mill!
Do they serve food? Yes! Tobo sushi serves asian and latin fare every day, (try the asparagus bites--beef-wrapped asparagus avocado, and jalapeno and fried onions--because they are delicious) and they often have food trucks parked out front as well.
A modern industrial experience
Fatty's Beer Works's mascot is a time-traveling brewmaster named Fatty who travels to different areas of the world during different eras to brew beer inspired by those places and times. The space itself is industrial chic (as you'll find many breweries are), with a fun cartoony flair that's anything but childsplay.
What to drink: travel back to 1524 Germany for the About Time Pale Ale, a 5.5% abv pale ale brewed with centennial hops.
Do they serve food? No, although there's often a food truck in the parking lot.
Award winning Belgian-style brewery
Munkle is an elegant, elevated craft brewery with a Renaissance flair specializing in Belgian beers. All of the beers are served in tulip-style glasses to help accent the flavors and aroma of each brew.
What to drink: Brugge City Brune is a Belgian brown ale that clocks in at 6.2% abv and features a nice malty sweetness with plenty of Belgian yeast notes.
Do they serve food? No, but they have a rotating list of pop ups that set up shop in the brewery to serve food.
A playful, no frills brewery with a colorful atmosphere
Lo-Fi's brewery leans heavily toward a colorful modern environment with lots of murals, trippy art, and graffiti on the walls. Their reclaimed industrial vibe features a number of picnic tables, games, and often live music playing, making it a very chill place to hang out and unwind with a brew.
What to drink: Although not brewed with any actual glitter, the Glitter Pony is a dangerously drinkable (it clocks in at 8.4% abv, but definitely doesn't taste like it) Belgian tripel with notes of fruit and spice.
Do they serve food? Nope! Sometimes they'll have a food truck, but it's best to eat before you visit.
A celebration of craft in both beer and manufacturing
Having recently moved out of James Island (where the brewery had called home since 2014), Tradesman's brand new brewery space still keeps up its industrial-inspired decor and atmosphere. There's a lot of reclaimed furnishings, toolbox accoutrements, and a urinal made from a repurposed keg.
What to drink: The Brick Layers Ale is a 7% abv American red ale that has nice amber notes and a warm, clean finish.
Do they serve food? Not officially, although you've got a pretty good chance of finding a pop-up or food truck in attendance for the night!
A modern brewery, restaurant, and taproom
One of the holy Edmunds trinity, the EOBC might be the largest of the District's breweries, with a huge amount of both production and serving space. They also feature a whopping 20 taps, running the gamut from sour to sweet and everything in between.
What to drink: The Fountain Drink IPA (5.8%) is a fun adventure for those who aren't afraid of something a little different. EOBC calls it "a frothy fruit bomb," which could not be more accurate.
Do they serve food? Yes! Stop by on Tuesday's for Short Grain's pop-up, or order off their regular menu. And if their menu isn't to your liking, mosey across the courtyard for a smorgasbord of delight at Workshop!
A relaxed watering hole with a cozy environment.
The first thing that really stands out about Cooper River is the fact that they're one of the only breweries on the list to have air conditioning (most of the rest are open-air), so in the summertime, expect CRB to be pretty packed with those looking to escape the heat. Serving only beer, wine, and cider, they aim to have something to please every taste.
What to drink: The Orange-Infused Blonde Ale is a perfect, drinkable brew that even those who aren't normally fans of fruity brews will enjoy. Coming in at 4%, it's an easy brew to sip on during a slow afternoon.
Do they serve food? Not officially, but you're likely to find a pop-up or food truck in attendance most days.