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 - 5.7% 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:
    Columbus, Chinook, and Zythos
  • Malt:
    Caramunich, Carared, Victory, and Cararoma
  • Color:
    15.3 SRM
  • IBU's:
    37

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Pale Ale

American Pale Ale - 5.6% 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:
    Falconers Flight, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, and Citra
  • Malt:
    Maris Otter, Munich, and Carapils
  • Color:
    5.8 SRM
  • IBU's:
    55

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Charleston Lager

Classic American Lager - 5.4% 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, Mt Hood
  • Malt:
    Bohemian Pils, Munich, and Vienna
  • Color:
    5.1 SRM
  • IBU's:
    25

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Espresso Porter

Coffee Porter - 6% ABV
Light bodied, mild porter with strong aromas and flavors contributed equally buy 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:
    Cascade and Nugget
  • Malt:
    Maris Otter, Munich, Caramunich, Dark, Chocolate
  • Other:
    Dark Roasted Espresso, cold brewed
  • Color:
    27.5 SRM
  • IBU's:
    26.7

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Special Releases

Ginger Slap

Palmetto Amber Ale w/ Ginger and Cardamom - 6.0% 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:
    Zythos-Citrus nose, and subtle pine finish
  • Malt:
    US Carmel Malt, Cararoma, US Munich
  • Color:
    20 SRM
  • IBU's:
    38

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A.M. Wood

American Pale Ale-cask conditioned - 6.4% ABV

The combination of these malts provide for a deep gold color and sweet, malty flavor. The A.M. version of our classic Pale Ale we aged the already tasty liquid on Spanish cedar and let this beer ferment and carbonate on its own. The beautiful creamy head and pronounced cedar nose give way to the hop aromas that contribute to the peppery, citrus nose and dry finish of this beer.

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:
    Falconers Flight, Simcoe, Cascade, Centennial, and Citra
  • Malt:
    Maris Otter, Munich, and Carapils
  • Color:
    5.8 SRM
  • IBU's:
    55

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Aftershock

Dry Hopped California Common - 5.2% 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:
    Northern Brewer, Zythos, and Columbus
  • Malt:
    Carared, Carapils, and Munich
  • Color:
    6.5 SRM
  • IBU's:
    32

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Ghost Rider

American Pale Ale spiced with Cherries and Smoked Ghost Peppers - 5.6% 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:
    Centennial, Citra, and Cascade
  • Malt:
    US 2-Row, Munich, and Carapils
  • Special:
    Smoked Ghost Peppers, Cherries
  • Color:
    5.8 SRM
  • IBU's:
    42

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