Breweries & Distilleries
DEEP WATER VINEYARD
Deep Water Vineyard, known until 2015 as IrvinHouse, is the only domestic vineyard in the Lowcountry featuring muscadine grape wine that’s bottled on the property. You can taste all five of the vineyards’ varietals for just $5 and get a complimentary glass to remember your visit. Open Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm. www.deepwatervineyard.com. 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island, 843.559.6867.
Located on Wadmalaw Island, Firefly Distillery is South Carolina’s largest micro-distillery and is home to the original sweet tea vodka. Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka hit the market April 2008 and quickly became a favorite local drink. Open Tu-Sa 11 am-5 pm. www.fireflyvodka.com. 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island, 843.557.1405.
Known for its organic brews, Freehouse Brewery blends together flavors inspired by the Lowcountry. The Anglo-American and Belgian ales are all hand-made to create bold flavors that visitors can sample in the tasting room. Open Tu-F 3-8 pm, Sa 1-8 pm. www.freehousebeer.com. 2895 Pringle St., North Charleston,.
FROTHY BEARD BREWING
With around 30 different brews, Frothy Beard Brewing has something for everyone, including Choconaut, Tides of Galway Irish Red and Hominy Cream Ale to name a few. This microbrewery focuses on providing full-flavored ales for the Lowcountry. Open M-Th 3-8 pm, F-Su 11 am-8 pm. www.frothybeard.com. 7358 Peppermill Pkwy., North Charleston, 843.793.2970.
HIGH WIRE DISTILLING
This artisanal craft distillery produces a distinctive line of small-batch spirits, including gins, rums, whiskeys and vodkas using a German-made copper still. The rustic, 8,000-square-foot warehouse is available for touring and features a 25-person tasting room. Tours are offered Th-Sa each hour from 11 am to 6 pm (last tour at 5 pm). www. highwiredistilling.com. 652 King St., 843.755.4664. Map 1: E-3
STRIPED PIG DISTILLERY
Using slow distillery methods and regional ingredients, Striped Pig makes moonshine and vodka from South Carolina corn and rum from Savannah molasses. Plus, this distillery donates all its by-products back to the farms that provide the
ingredients for the high-end spirits. Open Th-F 3-7 pm, Sa noon-5 pm; tickets: $5. www.stripedpigdistillery.com. 2225A Old School Drive, North Charleston, 843.276.3201. Map 2: D-3
TRADESMAN BREWING CO.
Like your beer straight, no frills? Then Tradesman Brewing is just what you are looking for. The nanobrewery keeps things simple with its six ales, shying away from off-the-wall flavors. These brews were created to appeal to everyone, especially the hard-working, blue-collar class. Open Tu-F 4:30-8 pm, Sa noon-8 pm. www.tradesmanbrewing.com. 1639 Tatum St., 843.410.1315.
WESTBROOK BREWING CO.
Westbrook Brewing Co. is recognized across the Lowcountry for creating intriguing ales. With distribution now reaching as far as New York and Denmark, it’s no surprise that this company produces such tasty brews. With flavors like Udderly Stout, Grumpy Old Time and Citrus Ninja Exchange, this brewery never fails to impress. Open Tu-F 4-7 pm, Sa noon- 6 pm. www.westbrookbrewing. com. 510 Ridge Road, Mount Pleasant, 843.654.9114.