While Charleston is no stranger to craft beers, it’s rare to find a store that covers beer in such depth as The Charleston Beer Exchange does. Part retail store, part bar, you’ll be able to find the beer of your dreams here. And then some.
With beer stocked to the ceiling, this isn’t any normal liquor store. Their offerings range beyond the typical Budweisers and Coronas you’ll find in an average bar. They stock beers made locally, beers from abroad and small-batch artisanal beers brewed all over the country. To prevent you from getting overwhelmed, a friendly staff is there to help you make your decision, even if you don’t know an iota about fermented barley. Already passionate about the brew? You’ll find a store chock-full of sales people eager to chat about their passion. Who knows? An innocent beer run might even turn into an opportunity to learn something new about your favorite drink.
In addition to all of the bottles they sell, you can also choose to purchase a reuseable growler for $5. Fill it up with any of the speciality beers sourced from around the country—and with a few local ones, of course—they have on tap. It will hold about six bottles worth so you’ll be able to keep the party going for a good, long time.
Of course, a store of this calibre isn’t content to simply be sell beer. The Charleston Beer Exchange routinely teams up with local businesses to offer classes and tastings. Why not try a beer and cupcake tasting? You could also go to beer school at nearby Kudu Coffee to learn more about the drink you’re sipping on. They also host ‘Rare Beer Tuesday’ at their store with offerings ranging from a sour-style Belgian beer to a tasting of a reserve Brooklyn-style beer.
Not in Charleston? No worries, they ship all over their country and recently launched an online stocklist for easy browsing. That way you’ll know that the Schneider Aventinus, Vintage 2003 is in out of stock and they just got Victory Golden Monkey back in stock before you go.