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Charleston Ale Trail

Charleston Celebrates Craft Beer and Local Breweries.

The Charleston Ale Trail is the Lowcountry's field guide to Charleston area breweries, beer shops, and restaurants that serve up local beers. The print version of our guide is now available at area breweries, restaurants, and businesses! Follow us on Facebook or Instagram to keep your eye on the Charleston beer scene!



Brewery of the Week

Charleston Beer and Brewery Guide

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.

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Restaurant of the Week

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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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Upcoming Events (next 15 days)

Today

BRADFORD LOOMIS
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (05-26)
Dockery's

SATURDAY SOMM SCHOOL
11am to 12:30pm (05-26)
Edmund's Oast Exchange

MUSIC & FOOD TRUCKS
12 to 10pm (05-26)
Ghost Monkey Brewery

PRE-HAPPY HOUR: 3 @ 3
3 to 4:30pm (05-26)
Edmund's Oast Exchange

MUSIC ON THE PAVILION
5 to 8pm (05-26)
Dockery's

KWEI FEI RESIDENCY
6 to 7pm (05-26)
The Daily

Tomorrow

LIVE MUSIC: THE LOWHILLS
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM (05-27)
Dockery's

BENDY BREWSKI YOGA
10 to 11am (05-27)
Holy City Brewing

THE FUNKY BRUNCH
11am to 3pm (05-27)
Bay Street Biergarten

BREWERY BINGO
3 to 4pm (05-27)
Oak Road Brewery

NAME THE MUSIC
3 to 6pm (05-27)
Ghost Monkey Brewery

PRE-HAPPY HOUR: 3 @ 3
3 to 4:30pm (05-27)
Edmund's Oast Exchange

05-28

DRAFT BEER DISCOUNT
11am to 10pm (05-28)
Crust Wood Fired Pizza

PRE-HAPPY HOUR: 3 @ 3
3 to 4:30pm (05-28)
Edmund's Oast Exchange

PRIME RIB NIGHT
4 to 5pm (05-28)
Mercantile and Mash

HAPPY HOUR AT THE COCKTAIL CLUB
5 to 8pm (05-28)
The Cocktail Club

WOODY VARIETY SHOW
7 to 8pm (05-28)
Edmund's Oast Brewing Co.

05-29

PRE-HAPPY HOUR: 3 @ 3
3 to 4:30pm (05-29)
Edmund's Oast Exchange

HAPPY HOUR AT THE COCKTAIL CLUB
5 to 8pm (05-29)
The Cocktail Club

TUESDAY BEER TASTINGS
5:30 to 7:30pm (05-29)
Edmund's Oast Exchange

BURGERS AND BREWSDAY
6:30 to 7:30pm (05-29)
FILL Restaurant & Piano Bar

FROTHY FIT CLUB
7 to 8pm (05-29)
The Frothy Beard Brewing Company

NERD NIGHT
7 to 11pm (05-29)
Rusty Bull Brewing Co.

CRAFT BEER TUESDAY
10 to 11pm (05-29)
The Tattooed Moose

05-30

PRE-HAPPY HOUR: 3 @ 3
3 to 4:30pm (05-30)
Edmund's Oast Exchange

HAPPY HOUR AT THE COCKTAIL CLUB
5 to 8pm (05-30)
The Cocktail Club

06-01

GUILT RIDDEN TROUBADOUR
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (06-01)
Dockery's

06-02

SALUDA SHOALS
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (06-02)
Dockery's

06-08

CLARA PARK
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (06-08)
Dockery's

06-09

A CELEBRATION OF HOPS
12:00 PM (06-09)
Frothy Beard Brewing Company

ORACLE BLUE
8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (06-09)
Dockery's


Full Month's Calendar

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Charleston Breweries

Charles Towne Fermentory
COAST Brewing Company
Commonhouse Aleworks
Cooper River Brewing Co.
Dockery's
Edmund's Oast
Edmund's Oast Brewing Co.
Famulari's Pizzeria Brewpub
Fat Pig Brewing Co.
Fatty's Beer Works
Freehouse Brewery
Frothy Beard Brewing Company
Ghost Monkey Brewery
Holy City Brewing
Island Tap Room Open Soon!
Lo-Fi Brewing
Low Tide Brewing
Munkle Brewing Co.
Oak Road Brewery
Palmetto Brewing Company
Pawley's Island Brewing
Revelry Brewing Co
Rusty Bull Brewing Company
Snafu Brewing Company
Tradesman Brewing Co.
Twisted Cypress Brewing Co.
Two Blokes Brewing Co.
Westbrook Brewing Co.
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