Est. 2013 | North Charleston
If you head up to Holy City Brewery, make sure you budget time for a stop at Freehouse; the latter is just a few blocks from the elder brewery, and totally worth a push deeper into North Charleston. The taproom is gloriously homey, with picnic tables in the parking lot and a deck with a very-chill view of the Ashley River just a football field or so away. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, it’s good clean living -- and Freehouse brews certified organic suds that are also certifiably delicious, from the Green Door IPA to the Battery Brown Ale, so you’ll be drinking clean (ish) too. Smaller batch releases are available by the bottle, and you can buy ‘em to go, if for some reason you want to leave.
Key beers: Green Door IPA, Battery Brown Ale
Est. 2010 | Mount Pleasant
From Downtown, you’ll have to take a ride over the iconic Ravenel Bridge to get to Westbrook, but A) the bridge is actually really cool, and B) it’s worth the trip to the Charleston suburbs for this beer. The Mount Pleasant brewery boasts some of the Lowcountry’s most widely recognizable beers, from One Claw Rye Pale Ale (cloudy before it was cool!) to Mexican Cake, a once-a-year imperial stout that sells out on the quick up and down the East Coast. The taproom is sleek, and can get crowded on weekends (it’s a popular spot!), so don’t hesitate to wander out to the parking lot beer garden. (If it’s just too jammed or you’re with a big group, you might try Ghost Monkey or Two Blokes, a pair of newcomers just down the road from Westbrook, and each other.) They maintain a robust schedule of food trucks, so you won’t go hungry while you’re out there.
Key beers: One Claw Rye Pale Ale, White Thai Witbier