Updated: Aug 10, 2018
Charleston over the past 5-7 years has seen extensive growth in its commercial & development real estate sector. This is especially true on the Upper Peninsula in neighborhoods like NoMo & North Central that have seen an influx of tech companies, large student housing/professional apartments developments, renowned restaurant openings (Goat.Sheep.Cow, Edmund's Oast, Butcher & Bee, Rodney Scott's, Lewis BBQ, Home Team, etc.), and an impressive amount of single family residential home renovations.
One "niche" that no one could have predicted was the formation of "Charleston's Brewery District" that starts at NoMo's Revelry Brewing and runs north all the way up "The Neck" until you reach Lo-Fi Brewing, which sits right on Peninsular Charleston & North Charleston's city divide. Here's a quick over of Charleston's rapidly forming "Brewery District":
Revelry Brewing marks the beginning of the Brewery District. Sitting at 10 Conroy Street in Charleston's NoMo neighborhood, Revelry probably draws some of the most consistent large crowds with its rooftop balcony overlooking the Upper Peninsula and its numerous national beer awards. You can join a kickball league that often play at the field across the street and have one of their award winning beers, such as a "Lefty Loosey," afterwards. Revelry also boasts a full time Tobo Sushi truck out front that is served right to wherever you're sitting. They also sell tacos to pair with your beer.
Palmetto Brewing sits at 289 Huger Street and is a pioneer for the Upper Peninsula area. They setup shop far before any of the large upscale apartments you see today surrounding them or before NoMo started to see any serious sort of development. They're a staple in Charleston's local beer scene and can be found at many of Charleston's Downtown restaurants.
Cooper River Brewing Co. is nestled away right off I-26 in the most northwestern section of Wagener Terrace at 2201 Mechanic Street. It's a local favorite with a devout following, excellent tasting room, and even delicious brews. Located just a few blocks from Butcher & Bee's somewhat new upscale food court concept "Workshop." More on Cooper River: http://cooperriverbrewing.com/about-us/
Fatty Beer Works is located 1436 Meeting Street. You can find corn-hole outside off the street, a cozy tasting room, very friendly staff, and awesome beer. A bit of smaller operation compared to other breweries on this list, but still an excellent spot nonetheless. Full history of Fatty here: https://www.fattysbeerworks.com/story
Workshop is a rotating high end food court concept that allows smaller food operations (i.e. food trucks, streetside vendors) have a shot at supplying patrons with whichever cuisine they offer. Some popular tenants of Workshop are Juan Luis (Lewis BBQ's owner's take on Mexican), Pink Bellies, Verde, and others. Sushi Wa Izakaya (O-Ku's former chef) also recently opened up in a larger space in the complex. Workshop is located at 1503 King Street. Check out Workshop's current kitchens here: https://workshopcharleston.com/
Edmund's Oast Brewing Co. is located right beside the Workshop complex. It boasts all of the unique beers that its parent restaurant (Edmund's Oast) was known for and added to that repertoire. They also serve pizza, appetizers, sandwiches, wings, and other items on their menu. EOBC is located at 1505 King street. More on EOBC: http://edmundsoast.com/brewing-co/about/
Munkle Brewing Co. is the newest formed brewery in the district located at 1513 Meeting Street Rd. It is a beautiful building with high ceilings and great atmosphere. Their Belgian beer also shouldn't be slept on and is starting to pop up in more restaurants downtown. More on Munkle's background: https://www.munklebrewing.com/the-story/
Tradesman Brewing Co. opened in 2014, but very recently moved to 1647 King Street and is the newest brick-and-mortar opening in the Brewery District. They are located right of I-26 and provide a large outdoor seating area and hip industrial atmosphere with a literal container being used a their sign. More on Tradesman: http://www.tradesmanbrewing.com/our-story/
Lo-Fi Brewing is definitely the funkiest of all the breweries in the best way possible and also the last stop on the Brewery District. Their specialties include their Mexican Lager and the fruity & spiced favorite the "Glitter Pony." Its a high ceiling warehouse with a nice small bar inside. Picnic tables are situated throughout the brewery. Check out their amazing website here: http://lofibrewing.com/