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

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

Where we come to make your day better.

A Brewery By The People, For The People

As the oldest brewery in South Carolina, we've been making great beer since 1993. We got our start during a windsurfing trip to the Columbia River Gorge. While sipping beer from a local brewery during a windsurfing break, we decided Charleston deserved more than yellow fizzy beer – they deserved a brewery to call their own.

If Beer Is An Expression Of Its Makers, Then We Explain Everything.

  • Kelsey Johnson
    NC Sales Rep & Avid Grocery Store Dancer
  • Clayton
    Clayton Burrous
    Sales Director
  • Clint Vick
    Brewer, Cellarman, Jazz Hands, Baller
  • Collin Clark
    Certified Cicerone®, Pint Slinger
  • Teddy Carper
  • John Planty
    General Manager, Brewer, Cat Herder
  • Jesse McCrary
    Pack King, Keg Slinger

Our Illustrious History Timeline

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.