Our beer doesn't care if you wear skinny jeans. Or even pants.

I don't wear a watch; I don't own a cell phone; and my dog comes to work with me.

The last thing we ever wanted to do was office work.

Where we come to make your day better.

It's not work, it's beer.

Welcome to the oldest Brewery in the State of South Carolina. We've been making great beer here since 1993. We were founded following a wind-surfing trip to the Columbia River Gorge. After drinking beer from the local brewery, we knew that Charleston needed a brewery of its own. We brought something different to a landscape dominated by yellow fizzy beer.

We make beer we want to drink. Join us for a taste.

Our facility is open to the public for limited hours when we are not too busy making beer for this thirsty city. We are currently under construction but will resume our 5 day a week beer tastings later this fall. We can't wait to serve 8oz tasters and 16oz pints of special releases and our year-round offerings for $3 & $5 respectively in our new tasting room. Limited to 48-oz per guest. Please check back for updates.

Tasting Room & Tour Hours:

Currently closed for construction but we will resume our 5 days a week beer tastings on
June 1st.

Beer is an expression of its makers. Meet the team behind the Palmetto Brewery.

  • Ed Falkenstein
    Founder, Owner, Brewer, Engineer, Smart Guy
  • Chris Winn
    Sales, Media, & Marketing. Squirrel Chaser, Event Evangelist
  • Clint Vick
    Brewer, Cellarman, Jazz Hands, Baller
  • John Planty
    General Manager, Brewer, Cat Herder
  • Jesse McCrary
    Pack King, Keg Slinger




Here you can see a small sample of the damage caused by the Great Charleston Quake. On August 31, 1886, the largest quake on record for the eastern seaboard damaged 90% of buildings in the area. 7.3 magnitude and old brick construction did not mix. Off in the distance of Hayne Street, you can see part of the Old Palmetto Brewery which, by the grace of beer, was left mostly unscathed.
Image Courtesy of the SC Historical Society

The damage from the Earthquake was severe and morale was low. After rebuilding Charleston from the "War of Northern Aggression," two fires, a hurricane and now this quake, the mayor commissioned the old Palmetto Brewery to make a beer for a city-wide celebration. This is an original advertisement from 1886 announcing the new Earthquake beer, and it was the inspiration for our own special beer released for the 125th anniversary of the disaster. Aftershock is our take on a "Steam" style beer we lovingly call a "Carolina Common."
Image Courtesy of the SC Historical Society

This image from the Post and Courier was taken in 1888 showing some of the staff, coopers, brewers, and owner J.H. Doscher with his dog amidst barrels and equipment. The brewery looks a bit different than it did in the old days, and we encourage you to come by for a tour, tasting, or one of our special events.
Image courtesy of Mark Jones

Published in 1886, the old brewery deemed it fitting to open their own saloon and welcome guests in to sample the goods. In the name of tradition, and maybe having fun, we have decided to do the same and open a new tasting room here on Huger St. Tour hours vary, but click here to check out our current schedule.
Image courtesy of: The Historic Charleston Foundation

Known as the "Holy City," the only way to get a birds eye view of the city or harbor was from one of the church steeples that make up the Charleston skyline. This image sketched from St Phillips Church in 1890 shows the Charleston Harbor, Sullivans Island, and Johns Island. These are all great places to enjoy our beer today and you can get here by faster means than tall ship.
Image courtesy of: The Historic Charleston Foundation

Over the course of 60 years, the original Palmetto Brewery changed their bottle molds and logos several times to mark changes in policy, ownership, and glass technology. From the Claussen's, to Cramer and Kersten, and finally to the Doscher's, the old brewery served the area until 1913. These old artifacts are on display at the brewery and can be viewed anytime we are open for tours. We do like to think the current bottles are the best version, mostly because they have beer in them.

During its last years, the original Palmetto Brewery changed its name to the Germainia Brewing Company. We infer this was due to the increasing dominance of German breweries at the turn of the century, as well as lending an air of quality to the beers being made here in Charleston. Sadly defunct, this certificate was worth $43,700 back in 1909.