Come for the Isle of Pale easy sipper, stay for the dogs (a huge wolf-like Shepherd regular is a fan fave), trivia, food trucks, sports ball on the projector, and corn hole matches aplenty. Since March 2016, Mike Fielding and Andy Elliott have been brewin’ up both inventive and classic pours, from chai and wheat ales to low ABV stouts and creamsicle sours.
Low Tide Brewing may not have traditional happy hour specials or anything in fact, other than beer, but that doesn’t matter to Johns Island folks. They’re there every afternoon and weekend (the brewery is open daily, praise) with their friends, family, and four-legged pals. Low Tide also scored a solid runner-up position for “Best Local Brewery Tap Room” this year. With a huge merchandise section, plenty of picnic tables and bar seating, plus a view of all the kettles and fermenters in action, we foresee this tap room (and brewery!) taking the lead spot in the very near future.
Part of the appeal of the brewery, conveniently located right off Maybank once you enter the island, is that there’s something going on almost daily. Monday is bingo, Wednesday is Brains and Brews trivia, Saturday is Suds and Savasana, and Sundays are reserved for a visit from Southern Tails for Precious Paws adoption. On Tuesdays, the brewers get creative with their Randall, a device developed by Dogfish Head founder and president Sam Calagione to infuse beer with flavors/ingredients. That means every Tuesday you can enjoy your favorite pint infused with ingredients like coconut, poptarts, and coffee beans. Oh, and they’ve recently introduced goat yoga, which we hope sticks around.
The best time to go may be a Thursday early evening, though, when nothing is scheduled except for good old fashioned drinking. Order a flight and snack from one of a number of popular food trucks in regular rotation like Chicken Fats, Rebel Taqueria, Braised in the South, and Dough Boyz. If you’re on a Johns Island crawl, head a few minutes down the street to Irish pub Seanachai. The bangers and mash will do you right. Best part? They always have Low Tide’s Tura’Lu red ale on draft. Good neighbors, indeed. —Mary Scott Hardaway
Runner-up: Tattooed Moose
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