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pubs with good 'on tap' beer selections in charleston?

nono1 May 13, 2009 02:03 PM

Heading to Charleston in June. Staying a week on Daniel Island. Want to try a few nice restr (like SNOB, Hanks, Mustard Seed, or Cru Cafe, maybe), but we also like pub fare. Really enjoy craft beers, or micro brews on tap. Any suggestions?
Also may try The Wreck; heard food is really good. Not really into 'fancy', just GOOD FOOD that's reasonably priced. Hate tourist traps!
Good ideas, anyone?

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    Tom from Raleigh RE: nono1 May 14, 2009 09:25 AM

    Try Charleston Beer Exchange

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      CecilW RE: Tom from Raleigh May 14, 2009 10:02 AM

      I am taking a chance here since I have never been there but aspire to get there soon but there is a Blind Tiger Pub or some such named institution on Broad St. close to the harbor that I have wanted to try but I usually have the kids with me. Check it out for me.

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        Reignking RE: CecilW May 21, 2009 02:35 PM

        Good live music in the back occasionally...

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        nono1 RE: Tom from Raleigh May 15, 2009 12:04 PM

        thnx for the info!

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          nono1 RE: Tom from Raleigh May 15, 2009 12:10 PM


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          FoodLoverInChs RE: nono1 May 14, 2009 04:09 PM

          Lots of ideas for the type of food you're interested in:

          For beer: The Beer Exchange on Exchange Street downtown is a must. Extremely friendly and knowledgeable owners. www.charlestonbeerexchange.com. Laura Alberts Tasteful Options on Daniel Island is more wine-oriented, but they recently started offering craft beer on tap. www.lauraalberts.com. Both offer growlers.

          The Wreck is worth a visit. Cash only. Can't find fresher seafood and it's a low-key atmosphere on Shem Creek.

          Ted's Butcherblock downtown would be a good spot for lunch - amazing sandwiches and high-quality prepared foods and a great selection of craft beers by the bottle in a casual, old-school neighborhood butcher shop atmosphere. www.tedsbutcherblock.com.

          Of the "fancier" restaurants you mention, I'd go with SNOB - classic lowcountry cuisine in a nice but not stuffy atmosphere.

          Moe's Downtown Tavern has great "pub food" in a sports bar atmosphere. They also have a more neighborhood-style bar with the same menu on Rutledge Ave, but it's a bit off the beaten track (Moe's Crosstown Tavern).


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            ted RE: FoodLoverInChs May 14, 2009 06:15 PM

            I picked up a growler of Coast IPA at the Beer Exchange over Easter weekend. Great stuff and nice folks.

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              nono1 RE: ted May 15, 2009 12:09 PM

              Thnx. Would you know if you have to buy their growlers, or can you have one from a brewery/pub filled there? We have one from Victory in PA that we thought we'd take along with us.

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              nono1 RE: FoodLoverInChs May 15, 2009 12:07 PM

              Thnx for the links. Not quite sure whether or not the beer xchg is also a place to drink or just buy.

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                ted RE: nono1 May 15, 2009 09:51 PM

                Just off-premise sales. Don't know about outside growlers, but I'd hope so.

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              sweete RE: nono1 May 18, 2009 03:59 PM

              Hi. While not "pub fare", I would highly recommend EVO in North Charleston. They have craft/micro brews on tap and in bottles, growlers of the afformentioned, beer specials and even a beer "flight" that comes with a tasting of four tap beers and a tasty bar snack. Beyond that they have delicious wood-fired pizzas, salads, daily specials...all made with fresh local ingredients. Plus they're completely reasonably priced (the most expensive pizza is $12.00 if memory serves). Anyway, like I said - highly recommended, though it is outside the downtown area. Enjoy your trip!

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                Reignking RE: sweete May 21, 2009 02:36 PM

                Madra Rua, also in the same area.

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                  nono1 RE: sweete May 25, 2009 04:38 PM

                  Sounds great! Many thanks!

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                  superceleb RE: nono1 May 20, 2009 07:59 AM

                  While not a local place, nor pub food, the Mellow Mushroom on King St. has an awesome beer selection. They carry Coast beers on draft (local) and have amazing happy hour specials ($7 pitchers of different microbrews, everyday from 4-8PM).

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                    nono1 RE: superceleb May 25, 2009 04:48 PM

                    Thanks for the link!

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                    BlueHerons RE: nono1 May 20, 2009 08:11 AM

                    Local breweries off the top of my head are:

                    South End Brewery: Based out of Charlotte and is a very small chain. Less than five restaurants I believe. I like it and they have lots of on sight brewed beer.

                    T-Bonz downtown: Parent restaurant for Liberty Taprooms/Steakhouse who brew their own beer. T-Bonz will have a good selection of beer and good food. While it is also a chain, it is a local chain. One of the founders is from Charleston and the other from Savannah. I like the Rasberry Wheat. They should have quite a few of their own on tap.

                    I like the food at both.

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                      carolinadawg RE: BlueHerons May 21, 2009 02:47 PM

                      Actually, I think South End Brewery only has the one location in Charleston now. The one in Charlotte closed a while back. I always liked their beer very much.

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                        nono1 RE: BlueHerons May 25, 2009 04:50 PM

                        Many thanks!

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                        oldmanwino RE: nono1 May 21, 2009 11:29 AM

                        Try the Red Drum Gastropub in Mount Pleasant, just 5 minutes east of Daniel Island. Great pub with 12 or so beers on tap, excellent SW bar menu plus a great sit-down if so inclined. The bar kicks after 10 on Wed./Thurs. nights, with live music and a lovely crowd.

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                          nono1 RE: oldmanwino May 25, 2009 04:50 PM

                          Sounds good, especially since it's close by. Thanks a lot!

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