Charleston hasn't reached the upper echelons of twee currently occupied by Portland or Seattle, but we're starting to catch up with them in at least one respect: We've got a lot of craft breweries, and we're about to have more. If you can't make it out to a brewery tasting room, there's probably a craft beer shop in your neck of the woods.
The beer section of this Mt. Pleasant megastore puts local craft brews front and center with endcaps of bottles and cans from Palmetto, Holy City, Westbrook, and COAST, plus some selections from Freehouse in the refrigerator section.
This laid-back James Island beer garden keeps local brews on tap, including ones from JI's own Tradesman Brewing Company. While you're in there getting a growler filled, why not have a pint at the bar?
The Brew Cellar
Park Circle's small but mighty Brew Cellar specializes in American craft beer, and you can usually find a local brewery or two on tap. Check their Facebook page for updates on food trucks, sushi nights, and happy-hour specials.
Charleston Beer Exchange
Charleston's first craft beer store is still staffed by some of the most knowledgeable and helpful beer experts you'll meet. Visit their downtown store, and they'll school you on why local breweries are making some of the best beers around.
House of Brews
Mt. Pleasant's House of Brews sells bottled and canned beer from around the world, but they make sure to save space for local breweries as well. While you're in there, check out the selection of gourmet teas and coffees.
While you're in this neighborhood market picking up an artisanal sandwich or a nice bottle of wine, be sure to check out the fridge to see what they've got from the local breweries.
Total Wine & More
West Ashley's biggest wine, spirits, and beer store features an impressive selection from the locals. Get it by the can, bottle, growler, or keg.