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Charleston Breweries for Summer Days

a cup of coffee sitting on top of a picnic table

Summertime in the South means hot days, cold beers, and seeking out perfect spots to enjoy both at once! So we’ve put together a list of some of our favorite local breweries for enjoying the long, slow days of summer with some tall, frosty pints of excellent local beer. Enjoy!


Freehouse Brewing (@freehousebeerchs) – Situated right on the banks of the Cooper River, this humble brewery is relatively small, compared to other Charleston tap rooms, but boasts what is probably the best view of the bunch. Grab your beer and head outside to one of the chairs or picnic tables overlooking the Cooper to watch both recreational and commercial vessels drift by. There’s also wildlife to be spotted for the eagle-eyed beer drinker, like egrets and herons. We recommend the Frosty Boi White Lager for your river-watching 


Revelry Brewing (@revelrybrewing) – This downtown brewery, with a rooftop deck, is a popular spot year round. Watching summer sunsets or spotting coastal Carolina’s dramatic summer storms roll in and out of the peninsula are especially fun from the top of Revelry’s tap house, with a cold beer in hand. Live music and DJs are common weekend entertainment at Revelry, but with breezes wafting through their tap house perch, we’re fans of throwing back a few pints here any day of the week. Check out their refreshing Lay Day English Summer Ale as a perfect rooftop sipper.


Holy City Brewing (@holycitybrewing) – With a spacious taproom, complete with a wide porch looking out over a marshy branch of the Cooper River, Holy City has plenty of room for beer lovers to stretch out and enjoy slow, South Carolina summer days. Their Holy City Farmer’s Market pops up in the green space behind the brewery every Wednesday from 4 -7 PM, giving taproom guests a chance to peruse locally made goods while they enjoy Holy City’s extensive beer and food menu. Check out their Pedishaw Berliner Weisse, brewed in honor of Holy City’s origin story and a perfect refresher for sweaty days. 


Estuary Beans & Barley (@estuarybeansandbarley) – This brewery / coffee roastery in Johns Island boasts some very quaffable summer beers and a lovely patio, complete with a jasmine-laced arbor. Estuary is fairly new to Charleston’s brewing scene, so their greenery is just getting going, but while these  fragrant vines take their time growing into a verdant canopy over the patio, you can enjoy the S.C. sunshine and tasty brews while chilling out John’s Island style. We recommend their Cara Crush fruited wheat beer for a light summer pint that brings delicious orange and lemon notes to the table.


Hobcaw Brewing (@hobcawbrewing) – The stars at Hobcaw (other than their tasty brews), are the Live Oak trees shading their outdoor seating and draped in the beautiful Spanish Moss that so many visitors associate with the landscape of the Lowcountry. With a big, airy indoor taproom and a revolving set of local live music acts appearing every Sunday, we think Hobcaw has something for anyone that loves to relax with a pint under the Live Oaks (or in the AC). For a refreshing glass, try their Young Love fruited sour; described as “strawberry lemonade in beer form”. Its strawberry notes end with a pleasantly tart kick that’s a delight for the tastebuds.


For more summertime fun in Charleston, check out our Farm-to-Table experience! Guests get to select the best local, in-season produce, accompanied by an experienced Charleston chef, who will then turn the fresh picks into a multi-course luncheon that perfectly displays the finest seasonal flavors that our Lowcountry farms have to offer.

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