Edmund's Oast, Charleston

Edmund’s Oast’s 48 taps include unique house brews, as well as curated drafts from regional, national and international specialty brewers. (Courtesy of Andrew Cebulka)

Charleston, South Carolina, has been celebrated as a culinary destination for years, but every foodie knows that a rich serving of shrimp and grits deserves an equally tasty beverage. That’s where the city’s craft brewers come into play. While Charleston has several well-established purveyors of local suds, new breweries are opening at a rapid pace.

“Every day it gets harder to keep up with them,” says Darcy Shankland, Charleston Magazine editor-in-chief. To help visitors determine which merit a taste test, U.S. News asked local experts to chime in.

Palmetto Brewing Co.

Palmetto Brewing Co., which opened in 1993, is the oldest brewery in South Carolina. Its brewers were pioneers in the craft beer scene in Charleston and the Southeast, and today, the brewery is well-known for beers like its traditional, hoppy Huger Street IPA. Relatively close to the downtown historic areas, it’s an easy stop for visitors who can sample suds in the tasting room or outdoors in the courtyard.

[Read: The Best Hotels in Charleston.]

The tasting room serves specialty and seasonal varieties, as well as Palmetto Brewing Co. standards Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 10 p.m.

Edmund’s Oast


Edmund’s Oast

Edmund’s Oast (Courtesy of Andrew Cebulka)


An acclaimed eatery and small-batch brewery, Edmund’s Oast restaurant is a favorite among local experts, including The Spectator Hotel’s head butler David Hood. He touts both the cuisine and the large beer selection, "plus the outdoor courtyard is really fun." Edmund’s Oast’s 48 taps include unique house brews, as well as curated drafts from regional, national and international specialty brewers. Edmund’s Oast is also expanding brewing operations to a new 20,000-square-foot site, called Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co., with an outdoor patio.

Edmund’s Oast restaurant's bar is open Monday through Saturday from 4:30 p.m. till late and it opens at 10 a.m. on Sundays. When it opens in late summer 2017, Edmund’s Oast Brewing Co.'s operating hours will be Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tradesman Brewing Co.

After winning two gold medals in the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship – one in the Belgian Tripel category and one in the American Amber category – Tradesman Brewing Co.'s profile has been on the rise. The Tradesman's beer-makers take the craft part seriously, constructing sturdy, memorable beers that hold up to its “well built” mantra. Located on James Island behind an old gas station, Tradesman has a loyal following among those who appreciate the hardworking vibe and good beer, and its popularity is driving the brewery’s expansion to a new King Street facility on the peninsula.

[Read: 6 Tours Unique to Charleston.]

Local beer aficionado Stephen C. Warner, vice president of global competitiveness for the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, says the brewery continues to offer “experimental takes, like the Fig Harvester Saison made with superlocal figs harvested from the neighborhood behind the brewery. Always something interesting and fun."

Tradesman's 15-tap taproom is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

Revelry Brewing Co.


Revelry Brewing Co.

Revelry Brewing Co. (Courtesy of Jay Wayne Production)


For adventuresome beer paired with stellar views, you can’t beat Revelry Brewing Co.’s breezy rooftop terrace on Charleston’s hip upper peninsula.

“It’s one of the closer options for seeing an actual brewery,” says concierge Robbie Fagerstrom of The Vendue. It's home to a number of award-winning brews: Revelry Brewing won two gold medals and one silver medal in the 2017 U.S. Open Beer Championship, earning it a national ranking of ninth best overall brewery. The Gullah Cream Ale brought home a gold medal at the U.S. Open Beer Championship the previous year. The brewery also donates a portion of the cream ale's proceeds to the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission.

[Read: 7 Great Charleston Water Parks and Beaches.]

Revelry Brewing opens at 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and at noon on the weekends. It closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and at midnight Friday and Saturday.

Coast Brewing Co.

A short drive up the peninsula on an old Navy base, Coast Brewing Co. is a family-run brewery near a serene marsh creek, but don’t be fooled by the laid-back ambiance. Coast brews exceptional beers, including the first all-organic commercially brewed beer in South Carolina. The graphic designs on the beer cans and apparel turn heads, too – including the nautical logo on the Dead Arm Pale Ale, meant as a nod to owner David Merritt's love of surfing.

“In terms of quality and consistency, I think Dave Merritt is the best brewer in town,” Warner says. “If you like hops, you have to try the Hop Art IPA and Boy King Imperial IPA. And if they have any bourbon-barrel-aged Blackbeerd Imperial Stout in stock, buy all that you can carry. It’s that good.”

The tasting room is open Thursday and Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Tours are available upon request.

To experience more of what Charleston has to offer, check out the U.S. News Travel guide.


3 Hot Southern Cities to Visit in 2017


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A couple rides in a convertible.
The Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America, built by George Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895, is one of area's major tourist draws as viewed on October 20, 2016 in Asheville, North Carolina.
The sun is setting behind the Nashville Tennessee skyline
Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Lower Broadway is a renowned entertainment district for country music. Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee. Nashville is known as the country-music capital of the world. The city is also known for its culture and commerce and great bar scene
Atlanta, Georgia downtown aerial view.
Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Plan the ultimate Southern adventure in these edgy and dynamic hot spots.
Southern cities such as New Orleans and Charleston, South Carolina, have long been on the radar of travel insiders. Each destination has its own quintessential charm, character and architecture. However, there are rising newcomers in the South worth exploring – from Nashville, Tennessee, to Asheville, North Carolina – that are garnering a lot of attention for their unprecedented growth and revitalization in older neighborhoods and are becoming destinations in and of themselves. Each of these booming cities also has a unique identity with a wide variety of activities, attractions and a focus on their local cultural diversity and culinary scene. Here are tips to plan your visit to these exciting cities this year.
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Asheville
This charming mountain town in western North Carolina has a funky bohemian vibe with its local food and craft artisans. The surrounding region is an outdoor lover's paradise, with seasonal mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting and fly-fishing. In recent years, beer aficionados have flocked to this beer mecca. The craft brewery community (one of the largest in the U.S.) features about 30 brewers, including two of the biggest producers in the country, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium Brewing. Plus, well-known chefs embrace Asheville's culinary community, so there's an incredible range of dining options, including some of the country's most acclaimed restaurants, along with a lively music scene and nightlife.
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Where to stay and dine in Asheville
One of Asheville's best-loved attractions is the historic Biltmore Estate. The 8,000-acre resort features two hotels, the Inn on Biltmore Estate and newer Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate. After touring the mansion and visiting its winery, head to one of the revitalized warehouse districts such as River Arts or South Slope for local bites and brews. Newer and notable restaurants in town include Buxton Hall Barbecue, Gan Shan Station, Local Provisions and En La Calle. Grab lunch at The Rhu and handcrafted cocktails and small bites at Sovereign Remedies, where you'll find creative takes on classics made with local ingredients. If you love doughnuts, delight in the daily varieties at Hole in West Asheville.
(Getty Images)

Nashville
Music City will always be known for its country music fame, but with the changing tune of the traditional music genre and rapid growth across Nashville, there's a lot more to see and do than visit the Grand Ole Opry. Nashville is all about its lively neighborhoods, and each one has its own distinct feel and personality. New Craftsman-style and minimalist architecture is finding a way to blend in with historic homes in Germantown and the older creative area of East Nashville, which is filled with musicians and artists. Most impressive is the hot new urban area, the Gulch, with its upscale hotels, boutiques, restaurants, breweries and flourishing nightlife.
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Where to stay and dine in Nashville
Make plans to stay in the Gulch at the swanky new Thompson Nashville, home to one of the hottest rooftop bars in town, L.A. Jackson. For Caribbean-inspired tapas, book a table at the sleek new Little Octopus, and for fresh seafood in a lively environment, have dinner at Fin & Pearl. Or, if you're visiting between Wednesday and Saturday, head over to Bastion in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood for a signature cocktail and dinner at its hidden private dining room. For a one-stop beer tour of local brews, head to the Filling Station in East Nashville. Foodies also won't want to miss Proper Bagel in the Belmont area.
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Atlanta
With new sports venues, world-class shopping, excellent dining, museums, an aquarium and plenty of history, Atlanta is all about big entertainment and shopping. Known as "ATLwood," Atlanta is also home to America's largest film studio project. You never know when you might run into one of today's biggest celebrities while visiting movie sets with Atlanta Movie Tours, or the CNN Studios at CNN Center for a behind-the-scenes look at how the news is produced. After your tour, head over to Atlanta's old urban centers and revitalized warehouse districts that are now home to thriving business districts and dynamic dining scenes, with each part of town offering a unique and culturally diverse experience.
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Where to stay and where to dine in Atlanta
Not-to-be missed highlights in Atlanta include its two new museums: the College Football Hall of Fame and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. When hunger sets in, visit the lively food hall, Krog Street Market, on the city's BeltLine in Inman Park. For an afternoon of shopping and noshing on delicious food, visit the bustling Ponce City Market, which is housed in the storied Sears, Roebuck & Co. store. For a quiet evening in the city, make reservations at Staplehouse, which was recognized by Bon Appétit in 2016 as "The best new restaurant in America." The restaurant's inspiring backstory is reason enough to go.
(Getty Images)

A couple rides in a convertible.
The Biltmore Estate, the largest privately owned home in America, built by George Vanderbilt between 1889 and 1895, is one of area's major tourist draws as viewed on October 20, 2016 in Asheville, North Carolina.
The sun is setting behind the Nashville Tennessee skyline
Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tennessee. Lower Broadway is a renowned entertainment district for country music. Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee. Nashville is known as the country-music capital of the world. The city is also known for its culture and commerce and great bar scene
Atlanta, Georgia downtown aerial view.
Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, Georgia.

Plan the ultimate Southern adventure in these edgy and dynamic hot spots.
Southern cities such as New Orleans and Charleston, South Carolina, have long been on the radar of travel insiders. Each destination has its own quintessential charm, character and architecture. However, there are rising newcomers in the South worth exploring – from Nashville, Tennessee, to Asheville, North Carolina – that are garnering a lot of attention for their unprecedented growth and revitalization in older neighborhoods and are becoming destinations in and of themselves. Each of these booming cities also has a unique identity with a wide variety of activities, attractions and a focus on their local cultural diversity and culinary scene. Here are tips to plan your visit to these exciting cities this year.
(Getty Images)

Asheville
This charming mountain town in western North Carolina has a funky bohemian vibe with its local food and craft artisans. The surrounding region is an outdoor lover's paradise, with seasonal mountain biking, hiking, whitewater rafting and fly-fishing. In recent years, beer aficionados have flocked to this beer mecca. The craft brewery community (one of the largest in the U.S.) features about 30 brewers, including two of the biggest producers in the country, Sierra Nevada and New Belgium Brewing. Plus, well-known chefs embrace Asheville's culinary community, so there's an incredible range of dining options, including some of the country's most acclaimed restaurants, along with a lively music scene and nightlife.
(Getty Images)

Where to stay and dine in Asheville
One of Asheville's best-loved attractions is the historic Biltmore Estate. The 8,000-acre resort features two hotels, the Inn on Biltmore Estate and newer Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate. After touring the mansion and visiting its winery, head to one of the revitalized warehouse districts such as River Arts or South Slope for local bites and brews. Newer and notable restaurants in town include Buxton Hall Barbecue, Gan Shan Station, Local Provisions and En La Calle. Grab lunch at The Rhu and handcrafted cocktails and small bites at Sovereign Remedies, where you'll find creative takes on classics made with local ingredients. If you love doughnuts, delight in the daily varieties at Hole in West Asheville.
(Getty Images)

Nashville
Music City will always be known for its country music fame, but with the changing tune of the traditional music genre and rapid growth across Nashville, there's a lot more to see and do than visit the Grand Ole Opry. Nashville is all about its lively neighborhoods, and each one has its own distinct feel and personality. New Craftsman-style and minimalist architecture is finding a way to blend in with historic homes in Germantown and the older creative area of East Nashville, which is filled with musicians and artists. Most impressive is the hot new urban area, the Gulch, with its upscale hotels, boutiques, restaurants, breweries and flourishing nightlife.
(Getty Images)

Where to stay and dine in Nashville
Make plans to stay in the Gulch at the swanky new Thompson Nashville, home to one of the hottest rooftop bars in town, L.A. Jackson. For Caribbean-inspired tapas, book a table at the sleek new Little Octopus, and for fresh seafood in a lively environment, have dinner at Fin & Pearl. Or, if you're visiting between Wednesday and Saturday, head over to Bastion in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood for a signature cocktail and dinner at its hidden private dining room. For a one-stop beer tour of local brews, head to the Filling Station in East Nashville. Foodies also won't want to miss Proper Bagel in the Belmont area.
(Getty Images)

Atlanta
With new sports venues, world-class shopping, excellent dining, museums, an aquarium and plenty of history, Atlanta is all about big entertainment and shopping. Known as "ATLwood," Atlanta is also home to America's largest film studio project. You never know when you might run into one of today's biggest celebrities while visiting movie sets with Atlanta Movie Tours, or the CNN Studios at CNN Center for a behind-the-scenes look at how the news is produced. After your tour, head over to Atlanta's old urban centers and revitalized warehouse districts that are now home to thriving business districts and dynamic dining scenes, with each part of town offering a unique and culturally diverse experience.
(Getty Images)

Where to stay and where to dine in Atlanta
Not-to-be missed highlights in Atlanta include its two new museums: the College Football Hall of Fame and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. When hunger sets in, visit the lively food hall, Krog Street Market, on the city's BeltLine in Inman Park. For an afternoon of shopping and noshing on delicious food, visit the bustling Ponce City Market, which is housed in the storied Sears, Roebuck & Co. store. For a quiet evening in the city, make reservations at Staplehouse, which was recognized by Bon Appétit in 2016 as "The best new restaurant in America." The restaurant's inspiring backstory is reason enough to go.
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Stephanie Hunt covers travel for U.S. News & World Report. A writer and editor based in Charleston, South Carolina, she has been published in the Chicago Tribune, The London Telegraph, Canadian Traveller, Coastal Living and numerous regional publications, including Charleston Magazine, for which she is a contributing editor. A graduate of Duke University and Vanderbilt Divinity School, Hunt specializes in features, travel stories and personality profiles, and when not writing, loves reading, cycling and teaching writing workshops. Read more at www.stephaniehuntwrites.com or @stephhuntwrites.

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