New Lowcountry, Upstate breweries in the works


The South Carolina craft beer boom is showing no hints of subsiding as two new breweries in the planning stages are beginning to make their presence known.

In Charleston – or should I say Charlestowne? – is the upcoming Olde Charlestowne Brewing Co., which just this month started a Facebook pages to keep track of their progression. The brewery is in its infancy – they’re in the budgeting phase of planning and are still looking for a location – so details about the important stuff (read: beer) is still in the ether. But as for aesthetics, the brewery is aiming for an olde school look with wrought iron tap handles and a tap tower topped with a gas lamp. (Note: All of these things could change.)

In the Upstate, the Swamp Rabbit Brewery and Taproom is planning to open in the city of Travelers Rest by the end of the year. The brewery’s 10 BBL brewhouse will brew American, German and Belgian-style lagers and ales directly from the tanks. A down payment was put on the brewery this week as well. Owners Ben and Teresa Pierson have a little experience in the brewing world as Ben is the former brewmaster at the Lexington Avenue Brewery and Green Man Brewery in Asheville, NC.

Not to be left out, at least two parties are exploring the possibility of opening breweries in the Columbia area. Hopefully more details about those will come out soon.


Holy City celebrates 2nd anniversary Saturday


Aww! Our little GABF-winning brewery is growing up so fast!

With as much beer as they’ve put out and as many accolades as they’ve received, it’s hard to believe Charleston’s Holy City isn’t even 2 years old yet. But the coastal brewers will don their party hats this Saturday, July 20, to celebrate the brewery’s 2nd anniversary.

The carnival-influenced festivities run from noon until 8 p.m. at the brewery. The Bluestone Ramblers will be performing and food will be provided by Hello My Name is BBQ, HoM, Jack’s Cosmic Dogs and Old Salt Gourmet Pretzels.

And, of course, there will be plenty of beer on tap for the party. You can likely expect their new (incredible) BA Oyster Stout, different versions of the Slanted Porch Pale Ale, the newly release Fish Bowl 1 IPA and plenty more. And while I have no inside knowledge, there may be some surprises in store as well. (I mean, what’s a party without surprises?)