Mt. Pleasant’s Craft Breweries Serve Up Flavor & Fun
According to the American Brewer’s Association, “An American craft brewer is small, independent and traditional.”
The craft beer scene in America has exploded over the years and it’s booming in the lowcountry. With over forty craft breweries spread across the state of South Carolina, we’ve pinpointed three that you can find right around the corner. From seasonal beers to extra hoppy IPAs, these breweries offer some of the tastiest beers in Mount Pleasant. With each within about a mile of one another, this small corner of our community is a destination for beer lovers, locals and tourists alike.
Matty Symons, Sean Geddis, Brittany Ballinger, and Evelyn Kofler founded Two Blokes Brewery in the summer of 2016. Symon, originally from Australia, describes a bloke as “solid, unpretentious and approachable.” That’s exactly the kind of beer Two Blokes creates.
From newbies to craft-beer enthusiasts, Two Blokes’ offers an approachable menu and welcoming atmosphere that promises something for everyone to enjoy—the Half Pints Kids Corner keeps children and babies happily occupied and pooches on a leash are welcomed as well.
Two Blokes offers up several popular drinks, but Ballinger says their “Bush Fire” is—by far—the cult favorite.
“People who love this beer don’t want to drink anything else. Something about the smoky flavor and the malt just sticks with them.”
If you want to learn more about beer-making, this is a great place to start. The crew invites all, “Take a tour, try a tasting, grab a pint of your favorite, and spend some time with Two Blokes.”
We aren’t sure which guy is Bloke #1 or Bloke #2, (and neither are Symons or Geddis, who argue the point frequently) so we’ll let you decide.
Stop by Monday-Friday, from 4-9 pm; Saturday from Noon-9 PM; and Sunday, noon to 6 PM. In addition to taproom hours, Two Blokes can be found at several hotspots and restaurants across the lowcountry. Growlers are available to take home your favorites.
Small snacks like pretzels, jerky and chocolate are readily available, and food truck visits are frequent. Find what’s on tap, upcoming events, and more by checking their website or calling 843.654.4564.
547 Long Point Rd Ste 101
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
John Kosky, Jim Leonard, and Josh Parker opened Ghost Monkey Brewery in July 2016, based on friendship and a mutual love for craft beer. According to the trio, the name comes from the true story of Kosky’s personal experience of robbery by “a ghost-like monkey with quick speed.”
This warehouse-style nano brewery offers a casual setting, filled with couples, families, and people of all ages enjoying beer the way that it is meant to be, with the people you love. Leashed dogs are welcome as well.
Some of Ghost Monkey’s most popular drinks include “Ice Ice Baby” (a cream soda ale with strong vanilla and coconut undertones) and their “Lemon Basil IPA” (not overly bitter or hoppy, this IPA offers a strong basil flavor forward with lemon citrus on the back end).
In addition to their enormous contributions to the craft beer scene, Ghost Monkey does its part in giving back to the community. Earlier this year, Ghost Monkey launched a special edition beer to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research.
Taproom hours are Thursday 4-9 PM; Friday 4-10 PM; Saturday 11 AM -10 PM and Sunday, noon-6 PM. Growlers and crowlers are available to go.
Ghost Monkey invites all readers to be a part of their one year anniversary celebration. The festivities will begin the weekend of July 7, 2017.
Want to see what’s on tap? For a calendar of events, live music, food trucks and more, visit their website or call 843.352.3462
522 Wando Ln
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464
In 2010, Edward and his wife, Morgan opened Mount Pleasant’s first brewery, Westbrook Brewing.
Westbrook began dabbling in the art of craft beer making during his junior year as a computer science major at Furman University. Little did he know that Westbrook Brewing would grow to become Mount Pleasant’s largest micro-brewery.
Westbrook beer is currently distributed throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, New York and Europe. There’s a multitude of brews to choose from, but One Claw is currently the brewery’s most requested beer and it’s available year-round. One Claw, a rye pale ale, is created with an abundance of malted rye and scoops of Edward’s favorite hop varieties.
Current seasonal releases include the Key Lime Pie version of their Gose (their interpretation of a traditional German-style sour wheat beer), and their special Mexican Cake Stout, which runs through the summer season. Both are available in retail and on tap for a limited time.
Westbrook invites readers, “If you don’t know anything about beer, then we can help you find what you like.”
The taproom serves a large variety of their own beers, as well as occasional guest taps. Stop by for small batches and special editions that aren’t available in retail.
Tours and tastings are Tuesday-Friday 4-7 PM and Saturday from noon-6 PM.
For brewery news, tasting room announcements and event updates, visit their website or call 843.654.9114.
510 Ridge Rd
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Each brewery offers tremendous cultural and economic contributions to the Mount Pleasant community. With summer quickly approaching, there couldn’t be a better time to grab a cold beverage and support your local breweries. No matter which one you choose to call your home brewery, the staff and owners at Two Blokes, Ghost Monkey, and Westbrook agree, (and as Geddis puts it):
“It’s important for the community to know and understand who the small, independent and local breweries are, and support them. All boats rise with the tide. Drink local, independently owned.”
Drink locally. Drink responsibly.
Wishing you many happy summer days,
Your neighbors at Mt. Pleasant Lifestyle Magazine