In a perfect world, there would be only one form of currency, and that currency would be beer. Imagine, if you will, getting paid in kegs, bottles, and cans. Oh, how glorious that would be. As for paying your bills, you wouldn’t be parting with your hard-earned money, you’d be sharing a beer with a bud. And at tax time, well, we’d all pour one out for the IRS and sing “Danny Boy.” But alas, that’s not the world we live in today, and because of that, we have beer. And in honor of this magic elixir, we here at the City Paper have put together our annual beer issue. Enjoy.

The ladies of the Beer Social Club take drinking seriously
The ladies of the Beer Social Club take drinking seriously Girls' Pint Out

You know what's jet-lag tired? The idea of chick beer. You know the ones: your Mich Ultras, Bud Light Lime, and Miller 64s. Beers that market to a vapid fantasy woman who only wears crop tops and jorts with taglines like "Lose the calories. — Kinsey Gidick


You'll fall for these fall beers
You'll fall for these fall beers Märzen Madness

Long before the leaves change and the fair rolls into town, orange six-packs plastered with festive gourds and "Oktoberfest" labels arrive on store shelves, reminding you that it's time to drink the new batch of fall beers. — Sam Spence


Thanks to Revelry and Tradesman, the Lowcountry's brewery boom continues to, well, boom
Thanks to Revelry and Tradesman, the Lowcountry's brewery boom continues to, well, boom Eight Isn't Enough

Some things are inevitable. Time passes. Seasons change. Plants grow. More breweries pop up in the Lowcountry. — Timmons Pettigrew


Thanks to the Stone Law, Holy City Brewing now has a burrito-slinging kitchen
Thanks to the Stone Law, Holy City Brewing now has a burrito-slinging kitchen The Struggle Gladly Begins

After a legislative battle involving our state's breweries, various lawmakers, some fringe voices, and the sacrosanct promise of jobs echoing all over the joint, the Statehouse turned the Stone Bill into the Stone Law this summer. — Timmons Pettigrew


Upcoming Beer Events
  • $5 Craft Beer Tuesday in Élevé

    $5 Craft Beer Tuesday in Élevé

    Tuesdays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Continues through June 27

    Join us for Craft Beer Tuesday in Élevé! $5 for all draft beer selections.

    Élevé
    55 Wentworth St.
    Downtown
  • Two Blokes Tastings

    Mondays-Fridays, 4-9 p.m., Saturdays, 12-9 p.m. and Sundays, 12-6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 12

    Come by the Two Blokes taproom which offers pours of all of current beers, from 4 oz. tasters to 16 oz. pints. You can purchase beer to go in canned Crowlers (32 oz.), or bring your own growler to be filled. Bring your own food in or come by on weekends for food trucks. Tours of the brewhouse available on request. Friendly dogs on leash are welcome in the brewery.

    Two Blokes Brewery
    547 Long Point Rd. #101
    Mt. Pleasant
  • PALMETTO BREEZE - Red’s “Windsday” Charleston Harbor Sail

    PALMETTO BREEZE - Red’s “Windsday” Charleston Harbor Sail

    Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. Continues through Oct. 25

    Sail from Red’s Ice House each Wednesday on PALMETTO BREEZE – a Lowcountry sunset sailing adventure like no other. Step aboard Charleston’s premier sailing vessel, and the largest passenger catamaran north of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. at Red’s Ice House on Shem Creek for an evening of music, beverages, and an exciting experience on the water. Relax while enjoying a beautiful sunset during our Charleston Harbor Sail, with complimentary appetizers and adult beverages. This is one of our most popular cruises, so call today for reservations. Space is limited and this sail fills up quickly!

    Red's Ice House
    98 Church St.
    Mt. Pleasant
  • Trivia & Venezuelan Hot Dogs

    Trivia & Venezuelan Hot Dogs

    Wednesdays, 6-10 p.m. Continues through Feb. 7

    Head to the Charles Towne fermentory every Wednesday starting at 6 p.m. Avila will be slinging Venezuelan style hot dogs. Trivia starts at 8 p.m.

    Charles Towne Fermentory
    809 Savannah Hwy.
    West Ashley
  • Beer Tastings at Holy City Brewing

    Mondays, Tuesdays, 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays-Fridays, 3-8 p.m., Saturdays, 12-8 p.m. and Sundays, 12-4 p.m.

    Daily tours and tastings. Sample flights and half and full pints. Get growlers filled and find brewery merchandise. Limit 48 ounces per person max. Live music Fridays and food trucks all weekend.

    Holy City Brewing
    4155-C Dorchester Road
    North Charleston
  • Frothy Beard Tastings

    Saturdays, Sundays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesdays-Fridays, 4-9 p.m.

    Stop by for tastings and the occasional food truck.

    Frothy Beard Brewing
    1401 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.
    West Ashley
  • Freehouse Brewery Tastings

    Tuesdays-Fridays, 3-8 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-8 p.m.

    Try three of the all-organic brews for $5. During the tasting hours, you can also fill growlers and grab some bottles to go. Food trucks will be on-site.

    Freehouse Brewery
    2895 Pringle St, Ste B
    North Charleston
  • Tastings at COAST

    Thursdays, 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

    Pay $4 for four samples. Four sample limit. Cash only.

    COAST Brewing Company
    1250 Second St. N.
    North Charleston
  • Pub Tour of Charleston

    Thursdays-Saturdays, 4-7 p.m.

    Learn about local beer and local history as you cruise the streets of downtown Charleston on the Brew Bus during a pub tour.

    Original Pub Tour
    40 N. Market St.
    Downtown
  • Westbrook Brewing Tasting Room and Tours

    Westbrook Brewing Tasting Room and Tours

    Tuesdays-Fridays, 4-7 p.m. and Saturdays, 12-6 p.m.

    The local microbrewery offers an array of standard and seasonal ales in the tasting room. $4 for four 4-ounce samples. Served with samples of the Great Harvest/Westbrook IPA Beer Bread. There is a four-sample limit. Cash only.

    Westbrook Brewing Co.
    510 Ridge Road
    Mt. Pleasant
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