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Cooper River Brewing Co.: Life's different paths brought three men together in Mount Pleasant, SC. For one, it was a corporate transfer. Another landed there after college, and the third was a Charleston native. They met on a golf course, where they enjoyed a few craft beers after each game and became great friends.
Jamie Martin, Michael Gates and Dustin Pait spent a lot of time on back porches, cooking out with their families and loving life. They talked often about the idea of starting a brewery, and realized their personal strengths would blend into a great business partnership. Jamie has always enjoyed visiting breweries around the country, while Michael and his wife had a home brewing kit in their garage for years. Dustin had a nose for an excellent IPA. The character and vibe of Charleston were ideal for another brewery option. After ten years and a lot of thought, they decided to take the leap and pursue a dream.
When Mark Fesche signed on as head brewer, he fit in perfectly. After college, Mark got the "calling" and moved to Oregon to work as a keg scrubber for Deschutes Brewing, working his way up to brewer. Mark is a Siebel Institute grad who has been the Head Brewer on brewhouses ranging from 10-50 barrels for almost 20 years.
As Mark says, the goal of Cooper River Brewing Company is clear: Our approach to brewing will be to brew unique ales in traditional styles. In other words, each beer will be distinctive and flavorful, but follow a time-honored brewing process. They'll start with their own Blonde Ale, an IPA and a Stout, and move forward to other blends. Jamie, Michael, Dustin and Mark are four guys with a common dream who want to make excellent craft beers their neighbors will enjoy.
Closed for Business: Welcome to Closed for Business, home of the most eclectic draught beer selection in the Southeast. With forty-two taps and counting, we feature Charleston's best selection of unusual, rare and one-of-a-kind beers from South Carolina and beyond. We bring fresh and local ingredients to the classic American neighborhood bar, offering a unique spin on Southern traditional pub food favorites.
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