The Brew Cellar, a new North Charleston beer bottle shop, is set to open Sat. Feb. 15 at noon in the heart of Park Circle.
Co-owner Ryan Hendrick says Saturday will be a soft open in preparation for a grand opening in early March. Regular hours will be Monday through Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. While the address is listed as 1050 E. Montague Ave., Ste. D, the shop can actually be found on O'Hear Avenue behind Fratello's Italian Tavern.
"I really just want it to be a neighborhood bottle shop that's community-driven," says Hendrick, who has been honing his craft beer taste for years while working at the Tattooed Moose downtown. He and business partner John Judson signed a lease in October for the former home of Richard's Coffee & More and have been planning and renovating ever since. In January, the pair launched a successful Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $4,000 to stock the shelves.
The opening selection of beers isn't finalized yet, but Hendrick says he hopes to have a COAST selection on tap for growlers, along with bottles of out-of-state rareties like Grand Teton's Black Cauldron imperial stout and the Avery Maharaja double IPA.
The Brew Cellar's opening announcement comes at the start of a heady season for Charleston-area beer connoisseurs. Brewvival, the nationally renowned boozepalooza hosted by COAST Brewing Company on the Navy Yard, is coming up on Feb. 22, and once again, it's sold out. The owners of Edmund's Oast, a new brew pub on Morrison Drive, said they planned to open in time for Brewvival, and sure enough, they've announced they're opening Friday.
Hendrick says he doesn't have any special events lined up yet at the Brew Cellar, but he plans to be up and running in time for two of North Charleston's biggest beer-drinking days: Brewvival and St. Pat's. "Right off the bat, that's two events," he says.