Palmetto Beer

We offer a range of beers, brewing all of our barley sodas in and for the Lowcountry. Even our most complex beers are refreshing and sessionable. We put effort, thought, care and only the finest ingredients into our beer. Enjoy with food and friends!

Year Round Our four main brews available all year round.

Amber Ale

American Red/Amber Ale - 5.4% ABV
Mid to light bodied Amber Ale with subtle toasted Malt notes, and a dry crisp hoppy finish.

Truly our flagship beer, we have been brewing this Amber since we opened and it remains a top choice of craft drinkers. Back when we opened the brewery, the only "Microbrews" you could get around here were Sam Adam's Boston Lager and Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale. This beer was Ed and Louis's design to create a flavor that was somewhere in the middle, yet very unique.

Food Pairings:

This beer pairs great with a wide range of dishes. It's dry finish will help clean your palate after savory southern dishes, smoky BBQ, and cheese/fatty courses. It also pairs well with chocolate chip cookies, and desert pastries.

Information:

  • Hops:
    Simcoe, Falconers, Palisade
  • Malts:
    Victory, Caramel, Biscuit
  • Color:
    15.3 SRM
  • IBUs:
    27

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Pale Ale

American Pale Ale - 5.8% ABV

A distinct hop nose makes our creative version of this American style the essential Pale Ale. It is aromatically complex, mysterious, and unquestionably a "go-to" beer. The toasted malt notes balance out the bold hop profile.

Food Pairings:

This beer will pair well with a wide range of foods, but is really fun when enjoyed along side spicy dishes or a citrusy desert. Think about wings during the next big game or wash down a slice of key lime pie and have your mind blown.

Information:

  • Hops:
    Simcoe, Cascade
  • Malts:
    Carared, Caramel, Hand Malted Maris Otter
  • Special:
    Dry Hopped with Citra
  • Color:
    5.8 SRM
  • IBUs:
    55

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Charleston Lager

Classic American Lager - 5.0% ABV
Light Bodied Pilsner with fresh, sweet malt notes, an earthy yeast ester, and dry light finish.

This Beer is our tribute to the dominant beer style in this country for over a hundred years, and the style of beer brewed at the original Palmetto Brewery from the 1850s through 1913 when it shuttered its doors. When we re-founded the Brewery 80 years later, it made sense to bring back what brewing tradition we could. We named it the Charleston Lager because it is truly the perfect Lowcountry beer.

Food Pairings:

This beer is the perfect companion to a Charleston oyster roast. Works perfect with a bratwurst at baseball game too. Try it with soups, salads, or light cheeses.

Information:

  • Hops:
    Northern Brewer
  • Malt:
    Pilsner, Munich, Vienna
  • Color:
    5.1 SRM
  • IBUs:
    24

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Espresso Porter

Coffee Porter - 6% ABV
Light bodied, mild porter with strong aromas and flavors contributed equally by the chocolate malts and the cold brewed coffee

This beer is a collaborative project between Palmetto Brewing and our neighbors, the Charleston Coffee roasters. After many years together under the same roof, Ed and Lowell decided to wrap their collective brainpower around the concept of using expertly and locally roasted coffee in this beer. After several roasts and different coffee beans, the final recipe is truly a work of art combining bold flavors in a delicate balance. This beer is tasty and highly refreshing... suitable for every Lowcountry season.

Food Pairings:

This beer pairs well with a wide range of hard cheeses, smoky meats, and especially, rich chocolate or coffee based desserts. Try it with pork ribs, or a tiramisu and see for yourself. Enjoy with food and friends.

Information:

  • Hops:
    Sterling, Magnum
  • Malts:
    Patagonia, Caramel, Chocolate
  • Special:
    Charleston Coffee Roasters Espresso Coffee
  • Color:
    27.5 SRM
  • IBUs:
    25

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Special Releases Available often, or, whenever we get a wild hair.

Aftershock

Dry Hopped California Common - 5.8% ABV
A unique 100% American style lager. It's brewed with a special strain of lager yeast that works better at warmer temperatures. This method dates back to the late 1800's in California when refrigeration was a great luxury. A light bodied copper hued lager with earthy notes and assertive hop bitterness

On August 31, 1886 the city of Charleston shook to its core... an earthquake rattled the foundations of the city in the early evening, and took many of the buildings to the ground. After wars, hurricanes, and now earthquakes, the citizens of Charleston proved their resilience and work to rebuild and expand the peninsula and the city. After the dust had settled, the original Palmetto Brewing Company was commissioned to make a special beer to celebrate Charlestonians' resilience. We brewed this beer two years ago for the 125 anniversary of the quake, and have brought it back by popular demand.

Food Pairings:

This beer would sit well against a savory mussel or shellfish dish. Pair with mild cheeses or a watermelon salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

Information:

  • Hops:
    American Victory, German Munich, German 2-Row
  • Malts:
    Simco, Columbus, Tettnanger. Dry hopped with Columbus
  • Color:
    6.5 SRM
  • IBUs:
    38

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Hootie's Home Grown Ale

American Blonde Ale - 4.5% ABV

Inspired by the iconic collegiate rockers, Hootie & the Blowfish, we bring you Home Grown Ale, an easy drinking American Blonde Ale brewed in the band's hometown of Charleston, SC with Carolina Gold Rice and hints of lemongrass. A rich, golden colored ale fermented at a cool temperature to give a clean finish. The lightly roasted honey malt contributes to the golden hue of this beer and also gives a slight sweetness that is balanced out by our special blend of hops. This beer goes down amazingly smooth.

Brewed in collaboration with Cigar City Brewing Company & Rock Brothers.

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Homefront IPA

India Pale Ale - 7.2% ABV
Its big bad citrus-forward IPA that means business just like the US Military.

This beer has a great balance of roasted malts and strong citrus aromas. We brewed this beer to celebrate US active, retired service members and their famlies and to show our support, we are donating 100% of proceeds of this beer to Operation Homefront. We were lucky to be selected with 11 other brewers around the country to use the same recipe and support the same great cause.

Food Pairings:

This beer tastes great with everything, because we're all lucky to have the freedon to drink a fine ale, eat what we want with it, and apreciate the freedoms gifted to us by our troops and their sacrifices.

Information:

  • Hops:
    Chinook and Cascade
  • Malts:
    Cargill Pale, Cargill Caramel 60, Dingemans Aromatic, Weyerman Acidulated Malt
  • Special:
    Orange zest, aged on Louisville Slugger solid maple baseball bats
  • Color:
    31 SRM
  • IBUs:
    69

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843 Series A nod to our Charleston roots, only available in our Tasting Room.

Ginger Slap

Spiced Amber Ale w/ Ginger and Cardamom - 5.4% ABV

This Amber Ale is identical in its Malt Profile to our traditional Amber Ale. The exception starts where we achieved a crisp finish and strong aroma profile by finishing the beer with fresh ground Brazilian Ginger and cardamom seeds. The end result is a malty beer, balanced with a sweet ginger nose and lightly spicy, dry finish. It is a great beer for warm weather and very unique to the craft market. This beer is not at all like spicy options offered in the fall by many breweries' Oktoberfest or harvest beers.

Food Pairings:

I would bet my paycheck on this beer with a wide range of international dishes, including but not limited to sushi, Thai, Middle Eastern, Indian, and Pacific Rim/fusion. These foods traditionally have a spicy/savory backbone and the ginger and cardamom will compliment them very well. Spicy or savory American/bar foods will match up as well. Who like wings?

What is Cardomom?

Cardamom, aka Cardamon, Cardamum, grains of paradise... is an Indian spice, purported to be good for digestion and metabolism. Arab uses include aphrodisiacs and health tonics. Ginger shares a similar character but is more widespread and treated as a medical herb in most of Asia. Can our beer qualified as heath food? Drink one and let us know!

History of Ginger Beer:

Starting in England, ginger was used as a fermentable in the 1700's and reached a peak of popularity in the 19th century. Similar to IPA's, it traveled far and wide with British soldiers during the colonial era. Ginger was used as a natural preservative, much like hops, enabling sea passage without spoiling. Ginger beer was usually much stronger than English ales, but this version wont hurt you at 5.4%

Information:

  • Hops:
    Magnum, Palisade
  • Malts:
    Carared, Caramel, Biscuit
  • Special:
    Freshly Grated Ginger and Cardamom
  • Color:
    20 SRM
  • IBUs:
    35

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Colonel Rathbun's Farmhouse Ale

Farmhouse Ale 7.8% ABV

Our version of this handcrafted farmhouse ale starts with premuim grains and honors the practice of using locally grown ingredients. Brickyard Point Farm Hachiya persimmons, also known as Dios Pyros (Fruit of the Gods), provide a crisp complexity to this rustic and refreshing ale. Billowy white head and elegant lacing with a sweet aroma of pear, savory coriander and pink peppercorn, and a rich malt backbone.

As part of the 843 series, a portion of the proceeds of Colonel Rathbun's Farmhouse Ale will go to our friends at Grow Food Carolina.

Food Pairings:

A perfect match for any roasted meat, and balanced enough to pair with Mediterranean dishes.

Information:

  • Hops:
    Horizon, Calypso
  • Malts:
    Organic Wheat, Honey, Maris Otter
  • IBUs:
    23.7

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Huger Street Wheat

Wheat India Pale Ale - 7.2% ABV

Our downtown Charleston version fo a what India pale ale has a generous and inviting head that releases a sneak peek to the complexity beneath. Now, close your eyes and inhale the flora of Chinook hops which introduce you to the unique aroma of confederate jasmine, followed by subtle wafts of citrus and flowers provided by the Citra hops. Exhale, taste the hint of grapefruit along with a burst of tropical fruit. Take a deep, soulful drink and experience this mysterious and thought-provoking wheat India pale ale.

Information:

  • Hops:
    Cascade, Chinook, Galaxy, Crystal
  • Malt:
    Maris Otter, Wheat, Rye
  • IBUs:
    58

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Ghost Rider

American Pale Ale spiced with Cherries and Smoked Ghost Peppers - 6.4% ABV

This is a limited release Pale Ale with a bold citrusy front end and a nice malt back-bone with a touch of fruit sweetness. Then it changes - and the sweet ends with a slow and low warmth that builds steadily throughout the swallow. We condition this beer on smoked ghost peppers and cherries. Enjoy this beer with food and friends while you can.

Food Pairings:

This beer is warm... so we wouldn't recommend pairing it with the hottest dishes in your recipe book, although for the brave that can be a fun game. It plays well with smoky meats or for the more delicate, a glass of milk.

Information:

  • Hops:
    Falconer's Flight, Cascade, Citramalt
  • Malts:
    Maris Otter, Caramunich, Carared
  • Special:
    Cherries, Smoked Ghost Peppers
  • Color:
    5.8 SRM
  • IBUs:
    55

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