9 Best Craft Breweries & Distilleries in Charleston

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One thing’s for sure, if you like food and drinks then the Lowcountry is the place to go.  It’s where the art of preparing delicious food and handcrafting beer and spirits is taken to the highest levels.  We’ve tapped into our adult beverage loving team members to bring you the top 9 of Charleston’s Best Craft Breweries & Distilleries - CHEERS! 🍻

1. Firefly Distillery

It all started with a Sweat Tea flavored vodka and exploded into a celebrated line of vodkas, bourbons and moonshine. The Firefly Distillery is located on Wadmalaw Island, you can take a tour Tuesday through Saturday, meet the folks that make this delicious libation while sampling from their long line of products.

You're as smooth as Tennessee whiskey 🥃 You're as sweet as strawberry wine 🍷

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#fireflydistillery #charleston #southcarolina

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I go to vineyards to play with the animals 🐮 #Firefly #charleston #cow

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2. Holy City Brewing 

What kind of crazy mind blends Yoga and Beer?!  The team at Holy City Brewing does, and they’ve been doing it well enough to win awards, thanks to their expertise in brewing Washout Wheat and Pluff Mud Porter. Holy City Brewing is located in North Charleston. 

📸: @geno_porter // Here’s a shot of our grain silo at the new production facility. Park Circle, we are excited to become part of the family!

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It’s a great day for a #pluffmudporter and we’re open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 📸: @nickie_stone

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3. High Wire Distilling Co. 

Billing themselves as Charleston’s First Distillery since Prohibition, High Wire Distilling Co. makes small batch spirits including Vodka, Rum, Gin and Whiskey, pretty much all the essential food groups.  Offering tours Tuesday through Saturday they walk you through the distilling process from fermentation to bottling.  Located on King Street in downtown Charleston.

We came. We saw. We enjoyed.

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Awesome day spent learning more about #amaro w/ @btparsons #workperks #staybitter #highwiredistilling

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4. Revelry Brewing Company

Revelry takes top honors for craft brew names, who doesn’t love a brewery with beers like “Backoff Warchild” and “Funkmaster & The Furious Hops”?!  And it doesn’t hurt to stack the deck with fresh cold beer, Tobo Sushi and live music on their rooftop bar

Take your pick... @revelrybrewing

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We see you #spring

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Lunch, anyone? Open at 12pm every Friday #chsbeer #chseats #revelrybrewing #craftbeer #charleston #followmetorevelry #redbugle #sushi

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5. Charleston Distilling Co. 

When you think of old Charleston, you think King Street which is where you can find Charleston Distilling Co. They produce an array of spirits, including several Bourbons, but are probably best known for their Carolina Reaper Vodka, made with the world’s hottest pepper; the Carolina Reaper.  Don’t think it’s spicy? Watch what happens when this orchestra eats Carolina Reapers and continues to perform (skip to 1:38 for the good part).

Ready for #internationalwhiskeyday

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Hanging with friends at @creativemorningschs @charlestondistilling

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6. Striped Pig Distillery

Located in North Charleston, The Striped Pig touts itself as Charleston’s first micro-distillery with a history steeped in tradition, they distill their spirits in “The Southern Way”. Making 6 different spirits from Spiced Rum to Vodka, there’s something for everyone. They offer tours on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, so come and get your Pig on.

Thanks to CofC alum and HTMT internship host @boozemaker @stripedpigdistillery for the most excellent tour and tasting! Love to see our alum bringing goodness to the Lowcountry! #cofchtmt #stripedpigdistillery #cofcalumni #distillerytour #charleston #charlestonliving

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Attended a dream dinner with @firstnamebasisco and @sweetlulusbakery tonight at @stripedpigdistillery ❤️yummy handmade pizza cooked in a wooden fire oven in a truck.. amazing! Then had the healthiest and what I'm currently craving radish and tangerine salad with parsley along with other 🥙salads , pizzas 🍕with various toppings like mushrooms, squash, chicken, pesto and the list goes on and on 🍊🥕🥒all details and various ingredients with will be up soon on @charlestongrit 😘 beautiful location and so much fun!! Thanks so much again for the invite, guys! #chseats #chsgrit #chslocal

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Getting our stripe on! #oink #stripedpigdistillery #NachoAverageBlondies

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7. Frothy Beard Brewing Company

Another West Ashley favorite, Frothy Beard Brewing Company prides itself on craft brews on the Ales spectrum.  And what better to accompany a cold Ale than a piping hot piece of pizza from Zombie Bob’s (located inside the tap room), one of the area’s only pizza crusts made with… wait for it… BEER.

Andale and Tides of Galway are exactly what you need in your life today. #sundayfunday #drinklocal

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A little rain won’t delay this flight 🍻 . . @frothybeardbrewing #craftbeer #beerflights #craftbrewery #westashley #charlestonsc

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Where bearded men go to drink... #frothybeardbrewing #frothybeard #SC #bearded #beards #beardporn #beardsofinstagram #beardgang #beardgame #beardpower

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8.  Palmetto Brewing Company

Palmetto Brewing Company is South Carolina’s oldest brewery since Prohibition, they’ve built a legacy on four, pillar craft brews, and are probably best known for their IPA expertise.  Add live music, a working brewery and it’s a party.

Sensory work is going well. Tasting our Scottish Ale & Belgian Tripel. Head out to the @chsscotsgames this week and try a few pints of this perfectly balanced Scottish Ale. Good luck to all the athletes! #scottishgames #cabertoss #kilts Belgian Tripel coming soon. #winteriscoming

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Special thanks to @danielislandclub for dropping by the brewery this afternoon for burger night!

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We got beanies y'all, and believe it or not these are not paid models...they're real life customers! Get one while they last ❄️

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9.  Twisted Cypress Brewing Company

Located in the eclectic West Ashley part of town, this former Moose Lodge is cranking out some of the Lowcountry’s most interesting beers. Twisted Cypress Brewing Company excels in German style brewing methods- PROST!

Fall in a glass #pumpkinale #spottailamber

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Painting the night away with @victoriaaynsley 👩🏼‍🎨

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“But I’m 21 in dog years!” @stellabooo #scbeer #chsbeer #untapped #bestbeeraround #petfriendly #westash #charlestonbound #brewerydog #craftbeer #craftbeernotcrapbeer #twistedcypress

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